eco design

HARVEST: A Solar-Powered Prefab that Replenishes Nature’s Gifts

HARVEST: A Solar-Powered Prefab that Replenishes Nature’s Gifts

The net-zero home designed by Team Capitol D.C. has so many wonderful features that not only make the home itself self-sustainable, but also sustains its occupants. A rooftop photovoltaic array provides

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Scientists Use Microbes to Turn Poo into Hydrogen

Scientists Use Microbes to Turn Poo into Hydrogen

Scientists at Newcastle University have created a process that uses microbes to not only process sewage at treatment plants, but to then produce hydrogen gas as a renewable energy source. In collaboration

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Volkswagen’s Autostadt Gets a Suspended Leaf-Shaped Roof

Volkswagen’s Autostadt Gets a Suspended Leaf-Shaped Roof

The arched pavilion allows Volkswagen customers to test out the company’s new features of automatic parking, driving assistance and traffic sign recognition regardless of weather conditions. Although

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Fun Chalkboard-Covered Passive House Explores Public/Private Space in Belgium

Fun Chalkboard-Covered Passive House Explores Public/Private Space in Belgium

BLAF Architecten finished this two-story single family residence back in 2009 in Asse, Belgium. The surrounding region is relatively dense and there is not much space available for homes with private

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Low Energy House S Boasts Sliding Shutters to Block Sun and Wind in Bavaria

Low Energy House S Boasts Sliding Shutters to Block Sun and Wind in Bavaria

Located at the foothills of the Alps in Wiggensbach, Bavaria, House S is a two-story single family residence. Designed by Becker Architekten to be used as both a home and office space, the building enjoys

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Solar-Powered Bauhaus Barge Offers Luxurious Living with a Low Carbon Footprint

Solar-Powered Bauhaus Barge Offers Luxurious Living with a Low Carbon Footprint

The Bauhaus Barge is a unique solar-powered cruising houseboat that prides itself on using no fuel at all. Built by Jurgen Huber, the zero energy Barge is designed to offer “carbon neutral cruising

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Solar Chameleon House Transforms to Meet the Needs of Its Occupants

Solar Chameleon House Transforms to Meet the Needs of Its Occupants

Missouri University of Science and Technology has had a team of students competing in the Solar Decathlon competition almost every time except in 2011. The team gets back into the 2013 competition for the

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Algaerium Bioprinter 3D-Prints Nutrient-Rich Algae Superfood at Home!

Algaerium Bioprinter 3D-Prints Nutrient-Rich Algae Superfood at Home!

In just a short time, 3D printing has revolutionized the industries of medicine, tech, and design - and the technology's next breakthrough application could revolutionize our food system. PhD researcher

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J. Mayer H. Completes Transparent, Tree-Inspired Court of Justice in Hasselt

J. Mayer H. Completes Transparent, Tree-Inspired Court of Justice in Hasselt

The Court of Justice is one of two towers built for a new master planned area in Hasselt that includes a park, public buildings, offices and hotels, as well as urban residential blocks. The original plan

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Bentleigh College’s Eco Meditation Center is the Perfect Spot for Introspection in Melbourne

Bentleigh College’s Eco Meditation Center is the Perfect Spot for Introspection in Melbourne

DWP Suters completed Bentleigh's sustainable campus in South East Melbourne in 2009 and is now responsible for their new Meditation and Indigenous Culture Center (M&ICC). The small building is set in

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Harvest Home: Team Capitol DC Unveils Net-Zero 2013 Solar Decathlon Entry!

Harvest Home: Team Capitol DC Unveils Net-Zero 2013 Solar Decathlon Entry!

Students from the Catholic University of America, George Washington University and American University have been working long and hard on their net-zero home to compete in this year's Solar Decathlon.

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Ohio State University’s Psychedelic New Chiller Plant Earns LEED Silver Certification

Ohio State University’s Psychedelic New Chiller Plant Earns LEED Silver Certification

The OSU Chiller Plant provides 30,000 tons of chilled water to the university's medical district. It is sited on the edge of campus in a prominent location that also serves as an important gateway along

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Germany’s Skyline Plaza Garden is a Versatile Green Roof Like We’ve Never Seen

Germany’s Skyline Plaza Garden is a Versatile Green Roof Like We’ve Never Seen

Active spaces are divided by a network of paths that create areas for complimentary gardens. If Frankfurters need serenity, but don't have time to leave the city, they can enjoy Yoga or Tai Chi or stroll

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North America’s Largest Urban Orchard Transforms an Old Gas Station in Downtown Vancouver

North America’s Largest Urban Orchard Transforms an Old Gas Station in Downtown Vancouver

Vancouver’s Sole Food Farms has transformed an old gas station into North American’s largest urban orchard! Located in Downtown Eastside, the orchard provides jobs to recovering addicts and those with

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Energy Box Passive House is an Earthquake-Proof Sustainable Home in Northern Italy

Energy Box Passive House is an Earthquake-Proof Sustainable Home in Northern Italy

Pierluigi Bonomo used CLT to replace the damaged brick house. He built a box inside the remnants of the previous house, creating a “new home” for the inhabitants. The passivhaus principles are

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Flower-like Apertures on the HygroSkin-Metereosensitive Pavilion Open and Close in Response to Humidity Changes

Flower-like Apertures on the HygroSkin-Metereosensitive Pavilion Open and Close in Response to Humidity Changes

The pavilion was constructed as a box with varying curved surfaces made from thin modular plywood sheets. Combining high tech properties with mundane materials such as plywood, the designers embedded

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Black Carbon from Oil Drilling and Household Stoves is Melting Arctic Ice

Black Carbon from Oil Drilling and Household Stoves is Melting Arctic Ice

Black carbon concentrations on surface ice in the Arctic are partially responsible for the acceleration of Arctic melt. A new study published in the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics finds that

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2013 International Green Building Conference Kicks Off in Singapore

2013 International Green Building Conference Kicks Off in Singapore

This morning, delegates from more than 35 countries gathered at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Center in Singapore for the 2013 International Green Building Conference to exchange ideas about

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Streamlined Caravisio Camper Lets You Live Luxuriously on the Road

Streamlined Caravisio Camper Lets You Live Luxuriously on the Road

The Caravisio comes at a time when interest in caravan traveling is dwindling. According to Tabbert, the registration for camper vans in Europe is at an all-time low, and many believe that it's an

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Modern Silicom House in Madrid Peeks Out from a Leafy Allotment

Modern Silicom House in Madrid Peeks Out from a Leafy Allotment

The Silicom House peeks out from a gentle slope in Madrid that is surrounded by the allotment's luscious greenery. The family home sits in a sunk-in design and to access it one has to go around gorgeous

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Tower Infinity: ‘Invisible’ Anti-Skyscraper Gets the Green Light in South Korea

Tower Infinity: ‘Invisible’ Anti-Skyscraper Gets the Green Light in South Korea

Tower Infinity will be located at the heart of the Yongsan International Business District, whose master plan was originally designed by Samoo. The superscraper will be a landmark project for the area,

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Poachers in Zimbabwe Dump Cyanide into Water Holes, Kill 41 Elephants

Poachers in Zimbabwe Dump Cyanide into Water Holes, Kill 41 Elephants

Poachers in Zimbabwe have taken their hunt for elephants to a whole new level by poisoning their watering hole. Six men have been arrested in connection with the deaths of forty-one elephants in Harare

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The Gorgeous Stola Table Lamp is Made from 100% Recycled PET Plastic

The Gorgeous Stola Table Lamp is Made from 100% Recycled PET Plastic

The gorgeous Stola Table Lamp is one of the most beautiful recycled material lamps out there. Made by design company Actual SF, the accordion style structure is constructed from 100% recycled P.E.T. and

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A Green Roof and Solar Panels Crown Finland’s Gorgeous Haltia Nature Center

A Green Roof and Solar Panels Crown Finland’s Gorgeous Haltia Nature Center

The area around Haltia boasts classic Finnish beauty, combining granite bedrock, dense forest foliage, and a sparkling lake. The bedrock acts as natural insulation for the north end of the center. The

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World Trade Center “Tribute in Light” Returns for 12th Anniversary on 9/11

World Trade Center “Tribute in Light” Returns for 12th Anniversary on 9/11

It's hard to imagine - but this Wednesday will mark the 12th anniversary of the tragic 9/11 attacks on Twin Towers. As a tribute, New York's night skies will be lit once again with those two

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BARNagain Solar-Powered Home Built With Family’s Own Reclaimed Wood

BARNagain Solar-Powered Home Built With Family’s Own Reclaimed Wood

Family barns in southwestern New York were deconstructed and the material was saved, milled and shipped 65 miles to the north to Southern Tier where the new home would be. The reclaimed wood was used for

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ecoMOD South Affordable Homes Will Analyze Passive House Construction Standards

ecoMOD South Affordable Homes Will Analyze Passive House Construction Standards

The ecoMOD South project is the next generation in a long line of modular houses designed by the University of Virginia team. The two homes look exactly the same on the exterior and have the same floor

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Cameron Sinclair is Leaving Architecture for Humanity

Cameron Sinclair is Leaving Architecture for Humanity

Architecture for Humanity has just announced that the altruistic organization’s co-founders Cameron Sinclair and Kate Stohr will be leaving the organization after fifteen years of leadership. Beginning

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Urban Villas Constructed from Ancient Jurassic Limestone Melt into Grassy Surroundings

Urban Villas Constructed from Ancient Jurassic Limestone Melt into Grassy Surroundings

The four townhouses that make up Urban Villas are constructed on a slope, the main reason to keep their forms as simple as possible. Along the borders of the property are dense bushes and shrubs, as well

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Raw and Elegant Casa Y is an Energy-Efficient Home Near Turin

Raw and Elegant Casa Y is an Energy-Efficient Home Near Turin

The two story geometric volume is built into the hillside to take advantage of both the view and the constant temperature of the earth to buffer climatic changes. Upstairs, Casa Y features three bedrooms,

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