eco design

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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Patrick Blanc Unveils New Oasis of Aboukir Vertical Garden for Paris Design Week

Patrick Blanc Unveils New Oasis of Aboukir Vertical Garden for Paris Design Week

Blanc’s team began installing the framework for the gorgeous vertical garden just seven weeks ago, on the corner of Aboukir Street and the Petits Carreaux street. The designer’s original sketch shows

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Famous Architects Unveil Amazing Energy-Generating Buildings for the 2017 Astana World Expo!

Famous Architects Unveil Amazing Energy-Generating Buildings for the 2017 Astana World Expo!

The last World Expo was held in Shanghai in 2010 and it featured a plethora of amazing designs and eco-themed pavilions from around the world. Unfortunately, many of the pavilions were removed after the

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LEGO Debuts a New Female Scientist Minifigure!

LEGO Debuts a New Female Scientist Minifigure!

Image courtesy Maia Weinstock There have been plenty of grievances over the years about the lack of women represented in LEGO building sets (not to mention the appearance of existing female

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HighLink: Green Promenade Turns San Francisco’s 280 Freeway into a Vibrant Urban Gateway

HighLink: Green Promenade Turns San Francisco’s 280 Freeway into a Vibrant Urban Gateway

The HighLink is a proposed pedestrian promenade and recreational space that would turn a section of San Francisco's 280 Freeway into a vibrant new urban gateway. Chosen as one of the winning projects for

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Zundert’s Bloemencorso Flower Parade Wows Visitors With Floats Made From Thousands of Blooms!

Zundert’s Bloemencorso Flower Parade Wows Visitors With Floats Made From Thousands of Blooms!

The tiny town of Zundert is most famously known as the birthplace of master painted Vincent Van Gogh, and the Bloemencorso parade honors his artistic spirit. With a population of just 20,000, the town

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Tiny Cylindrical House in Chiharada Rises Like a Fairytale Tower

Tiny Cylindrical House in Chiharada Rises Like a Fairytale Tower

Since the House in Chiharada was built very close to an existing residence, the designers chose a pure white cylindrical shape to contrast with the existing building's traditional rectilinear form. The

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Western Japan’s Hottest Summer Kills 87 People

Western Japan’s Hottest Summer Kills 87 People

Photo via Shutterstock Locals in western Japan have been suffering their hottest summer to date. From June to August, thermometers consistently hit above average temperatures with a sizzling high of

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Marco Casagrande’s Solar Powered Fishermen Attract Oysters in Taiwan

Marco Casagrande’s Solar Powered Fishermen Attract Oysters in Taiwan

Guarding the trail that appears at low tide outside of Great Kinmen, two fishermen line each side of the tidal road, welcoming visitors to walk to the island of Xiamen. Each of Casagrande's sculptures are

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Saraiva + Associados Unveil Energy-Generating Science Complex for Expo2017 in Kazakhstan

Saraiva + Associados Unveil Energy-Generating Science Complex for Expo2017 in Kazakhstan

The site is surrounded by an interesting landscape delimited by a Green Ring embracing a water reservoir. This, the design studio states, is an essential framework for landscape design and architectural

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Barcelona Launches First Public Electric Scooter Sharing Scheme

Barcelona Launches First Public Electric Scooter Sharing Scheme

What’s the secret to making a cool and sustainable city? Bike sharing schemes have been the flavor of the decade, spreading far and wide from Copenhagen to Buenos Aires. But Barcelona is leading the

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CityHEART is an Interactive Sculpture Made from Upcycled Bicycle Wheels

CityHEART is an Interactive Sculpture Made from Upcycled Bicycle Wheels

Architect and artist Casey Milbrand wrote a love letter to his hometown of Buffalo by creating a gorgeous upcycled sculpture called CityHEART. Made from twenty five disused bicycle wheels, the

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New FABtotum Device Makes 3D Printing Easy and Affordable for Just About Anyone

New FABtotum Device Makes 3D Printing Easy and Affordable for Just About Anyone

A fabulous new low-cost 3D printer has been launched and it could make DIY fabrication cheaper and easier than ever before. This cool device is dubbed ‘FABtotum’, and could be the new tool that allows

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GDS Architects Unveils New Jinshui Science Park Concept with Zero Carbon Footprint

GDS Architects Unveils New Jinshui Science Park Concept with Zero Carbon Footprint

In order to reduce energy use the studio has a solution to prevent dependency on air conditioning: the towers will each have a double skin facade of Low-E glass and horizontal sunshades on the inside - to

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Coop Himmelb(l)au Unveils Incredible Changsha Entertainment Ice World Atop an Abandoned Quarry

Coop Himmelb(l)au Unveils Incredible Changsha Entertainment Ice World Atop an Abandoned Quarry

Architecture firm Coop Himmelb(l)au's winning design proposal for Changsha's Entertainment Ice World poetically bridges architecture with landscape history. The proposed 120,000 square-meter structure

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Endangered Sumatran Tiger and Two Lions Poisoned in Indonesian Zoo

Endangered Sumatran Tiger and Two Lions Poisoned in Indonesian Zoo

Three animals at an Indonesian zoo died after eating poisoned meat earlier this month. An endangered Sumatran tiger named Peter and two lions, Gebo and Sonia, were found dead on August 17, 2013 at the

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Designer Transforms Old Bike into Pedal-Powered Elevator

Designer Transforms Old Bike into Pedal-Powered Elevator

After completing his gorgeous 30 foot high treehouse, Ethan Schussler scoffed at the idea of having to climb up and down a giant ladder all day. Rather than abandoned his tree top escape, the designer put

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2013 INDEX: Award Winners Unveiled! Designs to Improve Life Receive €500,000 Prize

2013 INDEX: Award Winners Unveiled! Designs to Improve Life Receive €500,000 Prize

Smart Highway While car technology has advanced by leaps and bounds in the past century, roads have remained basically unchanged since the late 1800s. Dutch designer Daan Roosegaard plans to change

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Couple Leave Their Jobs to Build a Recycled Windows Love Nest

Couple Leave Their Jobs to Build a Recycled Windows Love Nest

To make their dreamlike home and watch the sun set over the mountains, the romantic duo came up with the idea of building the whole facade from windows. That way they will get plenty of natural light in,

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Scientists Discover a 400 Mile Canyon Below Greenland Ice Sheet

Scientists Discover a 400 Mile Canyon Below Greenland Ice Sheet

Most of Greenland is covered in a thick sheet of ice, but scientists have just discovered another vast canyon beneath the 460 mile glacier. Headed by Jonathan Bamber at the University of Bristol, the

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Solar-Powered Jess Jackson Sustainable Winery Helps UC Davis Achieve Net Zero Goals

Solar-Powered Jess Jackson Sustainable Winery Helps UC Davis Achieve Net Zero Goals

The 8,500 sq ft Jess Jackson Sustainable Winery Building is the latest addition to UC Davis Winery, Brewery and Food Science Facilities in the central valley of California. We wrote last year about the

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Sustainable Day-lit House in Greenwich Boasts Enviable Panoramic Bay Views

Sustainable Day-lit House in Greenwich Boasts Enviable Panoramic Bay Views

Since the homes’ residents had lived in a house on the land previously, the orientation of the bedrooms and living rooms was required to follow specific guidelines in order to maintain the family’s

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McDonald’s Canada Launches First Vegetarian Option in 10 Years

McDonald’s Canada Launches First Vegetarian Option in 10 Years

McDonald’s Canada is trying to turn over a new leaf, or at least draw in an unlikely vegetarian crowd with their new menu. For the first time in ten years the fast food chain will be offering vegetarian

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Construction Begins on Chicago’s 2.7 Mile Long Bloomingdale Trail

Construction Begins on Chicago’s 2.7 Mile Long Bloomingdale Trail

Plans to turn the abandoned freight line into a community park and recreation trail began a decade ago. With construction now underway, Chicagoans will be able to take advantage of the new amenities in a

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Beehaus Provides Urban Rooftop Housing for Two Bee Colonies

Beehaus Provides Urban Rooftop Housing for Two Bee Colonies

Urban beekeeping has never been easier than with the sporty Beehaus. Resembling a picnic cooler, the easily maintainable hive is actually two hives in one, with two entrances that accommodate 22 separate

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10 Brilliant Green ‘Designs to Improve Life’ Shortlisted for the 2013 INDEX: Award!

10 Brilliant Green ‘Designs to Improve Life’ Shortlisted for the 2013 INDEX: Award!

Lepsis Terrarium Grows Edible Grasshopers As the world's population expands and resources for producing food become scarce, the World Health Organization thinks that we could all do with more insects

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OMA Wins Bogotá’s Centro Administrativo Nacional Masterplan Competition

OMA Wins Bogotá’s Centro Administrativo Nacional Masterplan Competition

The 680-acre master plan envisions a new civic center located at the city’s main axis, which starts at Bogota's historic downtown area and connects it to the airport and international gateway of

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Green-Roofed Beatrixpark Building Serves Local Children in Amsterdam

Green-Roofed Beatrixpark Building Serves Local Children in Amsterdam

Beatrixpark is known as one of the nicest parks in Amsterdam and features circular wading pool surrounded by a dramatic arcade. Children like to come and splash around in the pool, so to encourage that

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Zaha Hadid and UN Studio Shortlisted to Design Kazakhstan’s World Expo 2017

Zaha Hadid and UN Studio Shortlisted to Design Kazakhstan’s World Expo 2017

The theme of the 2017 World Expo is "Future Energy," which offers a chance to spotlight innovative, but practical energy solutions and their global impact. This is a tantalizing topic full of many

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Burnt Down Thermal Spa in Chile Turned into an Eco-Luxe Pixelated Hotel

Burnt Down Thermal Spa in Chile Turned into an Eco-Luxe Pixelated Hotel

The Alto Nevados Hotel in Chillan is mainly constructed from steel and designed as a pixelated box volume standing out among the gorgeous Andes Mountains. Its unique facade was made from old wooden boards

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