eco design

B_Rootstudio Creates Shade-Giving Chapel from Local Bamboo and Clay

B_Rootstudio Creates Shade-Giving Chapel from Local Bamboo and Clay

Candelaria Chapel sits atop a black clay hill special to villagers, where each year they visit on pilgrimage to honor Candelaria’s Virgin. Previously, the hill only held a concrete altar, but as the

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Need a Rooftop Farm? Call This Company

Need a Rooftop Farm? Call This Company

  Installing a green roof on your home or business is not a matter that can typically be resolved by consulting the Yellow Pages. Companies that specialize in this subject are few and far

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Students Transform a Boring Electrical Tower into an Inspiring Stained Glass Lighthouse

Students Transform a Boring Electrical Tower into an Inspiring Stained Glass Lighthouse

Art students in Germany converted an electrical tower outside of Hattigen into an impromptu art installation with vibrant panels of stained glass. Lechtturm (which means Lighthouse in German) glitters

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The Biggest Hospital in North America to Feature a Green Roof with Medicinal Herbs

The Biggest Hospital in North America to Feature a Green Roof with Medicinal Herbs

The $2 billion, 772-bed facility is seeking LEED Silver status and seems likely to precipitate a paradigm shift in the way that health care is done. Architects at Canon Design designed the building with a

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MapleXO and Case-of-Bass Turn Junk Skateboards into a Music Box You Can Skate On

MapleXO and Case-of-Bass Turn Junk Skateboards into a Music Box You Can Skate On

Skateboard recycler MapleXO joins forces with boombox maker Case-of-Bass to turn skateboards into music and a ramp that is blowing minds. The ramp is a 4-foot tall quarter pipe covered in the colorful

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Collapsible Smash Cup Lets You Grab Coffee on the Go Without Producing Waste

Collapsible Smash Cup Lets You Grab Coffee on the Go Without Producing Waste

Smash Cup is a collapsible, highly portable, reusable coffee cup that allows you to get your morning cup of Joe on the go without producing more waste! Reminiscent of disposable coffee cups but upgraded

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Artist Hillary Fayle Weaves Incredible Embroidery into Leaves (Without Breaking Them!)

Artist Hillary Fayle Weaves Incredible Embroidery into Leaves (Without Breaking Them!)

Hillary Fayle comes from the outskirts of NYC but is currently doing an MFA in Craft/Material Studies at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. She works with leaves as a primary material,

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NL Architects’ Spordtgebouw Combines 8 Gyms and a Climbing Wall in One Sweet Facility

NL Architects’ Spordtgebouw Combines 8 Gyms and a Climbing Wall in One Sweet Facility

Rather than build each school its own gym, the three pooled their resources to build a single Mega-Gym that would provide their students lots of options for play and sport. Inside the Spordtgebouw are

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Google Uses Street View to Create an Incredible Library of Global Urban Art

Google Uses Street View to Create an Incredible Library of Global Urban Art

With cameras scanning the world over, it was only natural for Google to hop on the bandwagon to collect the images captured of street art around the globe. Since it is the nature of street art to be

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Slim Profile ZNC Windows are First to be Certified by Both Passive House Institutes

Slim Profile ZNC Windows are First to be Certified by Both Passive House Institutes

The new ZNC (Zola No Compromise) window features a slim profile design, with rail mounted rainscreen cladding and powder coated aluminum exterior for longevity. The first window to be certified by both

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Lively Urban Cabin in Brazil Features Nest Beds and a Spherical Shelf Window

Lively Urban Cabin in Brazil Features Nest Beds and a Spherical Shelf Window

The Urban Cabin's interior flooring is comprised of a combination of FSC-certified timber and brown granite. Since the structure sits amidst a shaded woody area, it was treated as a work of art - a la

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Solar-Powered Blue Forest Eco Classroom Harvests Drinking Water from its Green Roof

Solar-Powered Blue Forest Eco Classroom Harvests Drinking Water from its Green Roof

Nestled within mature woodlands on the grounds of Benenden School in Kent, this new environmental education facility raises the bar for self-sufficient buildings in the UK. The designers claim it’s the

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Jennie’s Place: A Tiny Vernacular Memorial Home for Two Children Murdered in Honduras

Jennie’s Place: A Tiny Vernacular Memorial Home for Two Children Murdered in Honduras

On June 3, 2008, two children living in a small house overlooking a lush valley in Guaimaca, Honduras were murdered by four criminals. Jennie Lizeth Lopez (12) and her brother, Karlin Adali Valdez (10)

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Spectacular Solar-Powered Oakland Zoo Vet Hospital Boasts an EV Charging Station

Spectacular Solar-Powered Oakland Zoo Vet Hospital Boasts an EV Charging Station

The new Oakland Zoo Veterinary Hospital replaces a 1960's facility with advanced equipment and expanded capacity to house and treat animals. At 77,000-square-feet, the two-story hospital provides space

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MVRDV Transforms an 18th Century Chapel into a Spectacular Modern Museum Entrance

MVRDV Transforms an 18th Century Chapel into a Spectacular Modern Museum Entrance

The chapel, which was built by Jan Giudici in 1787, had long been neglected and without purpose. The beautiful architecture was revived by MVRDV, and the museum now spills out of into either side of the

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DIY VIDEO: How to Make a Mason Jar Herb Garden with Model Summer Rayne Oakes

DIY VIDEO: How to Make a Mason Jar Herb Garden with Model Summer Rayne Oakes

If you've always dreamed of having a little herb garden in your kitchen, here's a video DIY from our friend Summer Rayne Oakes that can bring that fantasy to fruition today. Follow along as Summer and her

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Smiljan Radic’s 2014 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion Opens in London

Smiljan Radic’s 2014 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion Opens in London

Photo by Iwan Baan Chile-based Smiljan Radic Studio just unveiled the 14th Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London. The studio's innovative temporary structure looks like a giant boulder propped up on

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Enter This Competition for a Chance to See Your Design Built in New York

Enter This Competition for a Chance to See Your Design Built in New York

Calling all designers, architects and visionaries! FIGMENT is now accepting submissions for its 2015 City of Dreams Pavilion Competition. They're looking for creative, forward-thinking designs made using

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Bespoke Terrapin Camper Handcrafted from Wood Boasts a Domed Roof and Plenty of Daylight

Bespoke Terrapin Camper Handcrafted from Wood Boasts a Domed Roof and Plenty of Daylight

Pavlowich began Casual Turtle Campers by designing and building slide in campers for truck beds. The campers are simple by design and do not include any plumbing, gas, heat or bathrooms. This keeps the

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Urban Eco-Village Planned for Canada’s Capital

Urban Eco-Village Planned for Canada’s Capital

Imagine a place where homes open onto gardens fed by streams from the rainwater flowing off nearby rooftops. Narrow cobblestone streets lead past vibrant storefronts to the village green where a group of

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Foldable Solar-Powered Geodesic DOM(E) Home Can be Erected Anywhere

Foldable Solar-Powered Geodesic DOM(E) Home Can be Erected Anywhere

The DOM(E) is an appropriate off-grid home for locations as far afield as the Namibian desert and Siberia since the unique construction and insulation provides a comfortable interior climate regardless of

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Frank Gehry’s Scalloped Glass Louis Vuitton Foundation Center Nears Completion in Paris

Frank Gehry’s Scalloped Glass Louis Vuitton Foundation Center Nears Completion in Paris

The undulating structure is made up of 3,600 panels of glass, which in turn make up giant overlapping “sails.” The angles of each sail will allow natural light inside while also protecting from direct

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GM is Transforming a Shipping Container into an Über Green Urban Homestead for Detroit

GM is Transforming a Shipping Container into an Über Green Urban Homestead for Detroit

In a bid to bolster the importance of sustainable development, General Motors is building a tiny urban homestead out of a recycled shipping container in Detroit. Along with the Michigan Urban Farming

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Tour NYC’s First Prefab Emergency Housing Units (PHOTOS)

Tour NYC’s First Prefab Emergency Housing Units (PHOTOS)

The term "emergency housing" can have a negative connotation, conjuring up images of FEMA trailers or makeshift tents offering very few creature comforts. Fortunately, New York City and Garrison

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Help Save This Incredible Hobbit Home in Wales From Imminent Demolition!

Help Save This Incredible Hobbit Home in Wales From Imminent Demolition!

Natural Homes and Living in the Future are distributing Charlie's petition to save his low-impact eco-home and we're joining them. Remember the extraordinary hobbit house Simon Dale built for just

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Bounce Below Suspends Three Massive Trampolines Deep Inside a North Wales Cave

Bounce Below Suspends Three Massive Trampolines Deep Inside a North Wales Cave

Love caves? Love trampolines? Now you can combine the two in one riveting experience. Adventure company Bounce Below installed three giant trampolines inside the sprawling belly of Llechwedd Slate Caverns

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Adobe’s 410 Townsend is a Collaborative LEED Silver Office in San Francisco

Adobe’s 410 Townsend is a Collaborative LEED Silver Office in San Francisco

Valerio Dewalt Train Associates also designed Adobe's Customer Experience Center and Work Anyplace space in San Jose. Their latest project for Adobe at 410 Townsend in Mission Bay works off the same

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Gorgeous Glass-Covered Gambier House Offers Stunning Views with Minimal Environmental Impact

Gorgeous Glass-Covered Gambier House Offers Stunning Views with Minimal Environmental Impact

MGB, the predecessor of office of mcfarlane biggar architecture + design (omb), designed the home to have minimal impact on the forested hill it rests on. The remote site is only accessible by boat, so

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Tonke Fieldsleeper: Tiny Home Hits the Road With Retro Flair

Tonke Fieldsleeper: Tiny Home Hits the Road With Retro Flair

Unlike large American RVs, the Tonke camper is handmade in a small workshop and can be separated from the van so that it's unnecessary to tow an additional vehicle. This also affords extra freedom while

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BOOK REVIEW: Bianca Bosker’s New Book, Original Copies, Dissects China’s Bizarre Knockoff Architecture Trend

BOOK REVIEW: Bianca Bosker’s New Book, Original Copies, Dissects China’s Bizarre Knockoff Architecture Trend

In Original Copies, Bosker, the senior tech editor at the Huffington Post, presents a thorough analysis of the remarkable building replication phenomenon that has been happening across China. She begins

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