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Richard Meier & Partners Unveil New Aztec-Inspired Mitikah Tower for Mexico City

Richard Meier & Partners Unveil New Aztec-Inspired Mitikah Tower for Mexico City

The slender and elegant 34-story tower rises above a transparent and translucent building base, and is part of a mixed-use master plan designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects and developed by

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Seattle’s Firestation 30 is a Copper-Clad Green Community Beacon

Seattle’s Firestation 30 is a Copper-Clad Green Community Beacon

Located at the juncture between the commercial activity of Rainier Avenue and the residential Mt. Baker neighborhood, Firestation no. 30 helps with the transition in scale between the two areas. Its

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Nirlon IT Park in Mumbai Turns a Mill Compound into a Cutting Edge Campus

Nirlon IT Park in Mumbai Turns a Mill Compound into a Cutting Edge Campus

In a unique redevelopment of a mill compound, Venkataramanan Associates executed a high-tech environment for Nirlon IT Park in Mumbai, India. The architects took care to incorporate several Danish best

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Cornell’s LEED Silver Plantations Center Glows Like a Lantern In the Woods

Cornell’s LEED Silver Plantations Center Glows Like a Lantern In the Woods

Situated on a plateau next to the garden knoll, the welcome center was constructed where several garden pathways meet. Built flush with the hillside, the center’s first floor has a terrace that meets

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Empire State Building Awarded LEED Gold Certification

Empire State Building Awarded LEED Gold Certification

After a $100 million green renovation that took more than two years, the Empire State Building has been awarded LEED Gold certification, making it the tallest building in the United States to be LEED

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Green Addition to Oakland’s Historic Temple Sinai is an Attempt to “Repair the World”

Green Addition to Oakland’s Historic Temple Sinai is an Attempt to “Repair the World”

The new addition is centered around a circulation spine that runs the length of the building behind the original temple and new facilities fronting 28th Street. This spine is composed of a mosaic stone

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Taiwan’s Taipei 101 Skyscraper Crowned the World’s Tallest LEED Platinum Building!

Taiwan’s Taipei 101 Skyscraper Crowned the World’s Tallest LEED Platinum Building!

The Taipei 101 was the tallest building in the world until the 2,717 foot Burj Khalifa was completed in Dubai last year. It houses 101 floors above ground and 5 below, including a multi-level mall and

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Harvard University Tops the Collegiate Pack With 50 LEED Certified Buildings

Harvard University Tops the Collegiate Pack With 50 LEED Certified Buildings

Although Harvard's school color is officially crimson, it seems as though it really should be green. The USGBC announced this month that Harvard University has completed a major milestone, having achieved

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8 Affordable Chicago Eco Apartment Buildings Achieve Economies of Scale

8 Affordable Chicago Eco Apartment Buildings Achieve Economies of Scale

As a way of bringing the price per unit down, Bickerdike made use of economies of scale by building 8 apartment buildings rather than just one. The buildings range from 6 to 27 units each and area all a

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Henning Larsen’s Gleaming Crystal Towers Will Be a Sustainable Oasis in the Desert

Henning Larsen’s Gleaming Crystal Towers Will Be a Sustainable Oasis in the Desert

Central Saudi Arabia is a difficult, if not impossible, location in which to create a new sustainable development. Summer temperatures can reach 120 degrees Farenheit, annual rainfall rarely exceeds 4

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Inhabitat Interviews Nancy Somerville About Sustainable Sites Landscape Rating System Program

Inhabitat Interviews Nancy Somerville About Sustainable Sites Landscape Rating System Program

Inhabitat: Can you give us a brief overview of Sustainable Sites Initiative? Nancy: The Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™) is an interdisciplinary partnership between the American Society of

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Richard Meiers’ Prismatic Liberty Plaza Will Bring New LEED Complex to Mexico City

Richard Meiers’ Prismatic Liberty Plaza Will Bring New LEED Complex to Mexico City

Liberty Plaza is a series of three, fifteen-story buildings on a long narrow site, which is bordered by three avenues and the commercial district. Across the street is the nature reserve with views of the

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EXCLUSIVE PICS: Inside Hearst Tower, New York City’s First LEED Gold Skyscraper

EXCLUSIVE PICS: Inside Hearst Tower, New York City’s First LEED Gold Skyscraper

While we write about innovative green buildings every day on Inhabitat, as New Yorkers, being located right in the heart of New York City affords us the opportunity to see firsthand many of the most

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Gorgeous Campbell’s Soup Green Employee Center is Mmm Mmm Good

Gorgeous Campbell’s Soup Green Employee Center is Mmm Mmm Good

Campbell’s is renowned for its pledge to encourage innovation, progression and economic growth, and wanted to represent that in the design of their employee center. The bi-level complex houses welcome

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PeopleFund’s Austin Headquarters Serves the Community and the Environment

PeopleFund’s Austin Headquarters Serves the Community and the Environment

PeopleFund's new headquarters provides them with permanent facilities in which to provide education, training, loan services, and affordable home ownership counseling and purchase opportunities. The

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Breathtaking New Forum for Science And Oceanography at the Scripps Center in San Deigo

Breathtaking New Forum for Science And Oceanography at the Scripps Center in San Deigo

The Scripps facility was built to provide a forum to help advance the study of the oceans, earth, and marine life sciences. It includes a 300-person flexible auditorium space, four oceanfront meeting

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Nanjing, China Master Plan Could Be Largest Green Development In the World

Nanjing, China Master Plan Could Be Largest Green Development In the World

The new city is set to be built on a combination of greenfields and existing industrial low lands. It has been planned to respect the history and culture of Nanjing while also projecting a modern and

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City Green Court in Prague Features a Living Wall and Tree In the Central Atrium

City Green Court in Prague Features a Living Wall and Tree In the Central Atrium

The new daylight-filled building is the third and final part of Richard Meier's office master plan for the Radio Plaza superblock. Inspired by Czech cubism, the exterior is a expressed as a series of

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Eastern Michigan University’s New Science Center Reaches for LEED Silver

Eastern Michigan University’s New Science Center Reaches for LEED Silver

Eastern Michigan University just unveiled a $90 million, energy-efficient addition and renovation to their Mark Jefferson Science Building. Designed by Lord, Aeck, & Sargent, the addition is pursuing

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Power Building in NYC’s Bronx Gets a LEED Gold Overhaul

Power Building in NYC’s Bronx Gets a LEED Gold Overhaul

As part of the Yankee Stadium Redevelopment Project, the Power House Building received a green roof and LEED Gold renovation, turning it into a mixed-use and energy-efficient facility. Located in Mill

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LEED Certified Forest City Opens This Week in SF’s Presidio

LEED Certified Forest City Opens This Week in SF’s Presidio

The Presidio is a kind of unique beast: once an army base, now a national park. Its managing foundation, The Presidio Trust, has been federally funded since its inception, but that funding has decreased

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Nakheel Tower Designed to be the World’s Tallest Skyscraper

Nakheel Tower Designed to be the World’s Tallest Skyscraper

Designed for Dubai by Woods Bagot, the Nakheel Tower is planned to be the world's tallest skyscraper. The towering spire would stand over a kilometer tall, measuring in at 1,400 meters (4,593 ft) and

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Foster + Partners Unveils Beautiful Bank With Undulating Roof

Foster + Partners Unveils Beautiful Bank With Undulating Roof

Foster + Partners has just unveiled yet another competition-winning design - this time for a beautiful bank headquarters in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The energy-efficient building will echo the landscaping

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Ground Zero Mosque to be 1st LEED-Certified Mosque in Country

Ground Zero Mosque to be 1st LEED-Certified Mosque in Country

The “Ground Zero Mosque” and community center has been a hot button topic as of late, but putting aside the heated debate on freedom of religion vs. sensitivity to victims’ families and

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Christman HQ: The World’s First Double LEED Platinum Building

Christman HQ: The World’s First Double LEED Platinum Building

The Christman Company is a construction management and development firm that specializes in historic renovations, so it was only fitting that the firm chose a historic five-story building in the heart of

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Rafael Viñoly to Design Edward M. Kennedy Institute to LEED Standards

Rafael Viñoly to Design Edward M. Kennedy Institute to LEED Standards

Rafael Viñoly Architects was recently selected as the designer of the United States Senate's Edward M. Kennedy Institute. The new institute will be located adjacent to the existing John F. Kennedy

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Frank Gehry Defends His Criticism of LEED

Frank Gehry Defends His Criticism of LEED

A few months ago, legendary American architect Frank Gehry had raised a few eyebrows by declaring that energy-saving green architecture and sustainable design is "a political issue" and that the LEED

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Tacoma’s Center for Urban Waters Adapts to Environmental Conditions

Tacoma’s Center for Urban Waters Adapts to Environmental Conditions

Talk about a smart building! The new Tacoma Center for Urban Waters goes beyond clever design and construction techniques. The recently opened research center and environmental laboratory actually has the

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Report Reveals the Cost of LEED Certification

Report Reveals the Cost of LEED Certification

LEED is one of the world's most well-known green building rating systems. But, like any popular system, it has both its supporters as well as its detractors. High-profile architects have sparked debate

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