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Twisted ContemPLAY Pavilion is a Complex Piece of Street Furniture Made With Local Materials in Montreal

Twisted ContemPLAY Pavilion is a Complex Piece of Street Furniture Made With Local Materials in Montreal

Master architecture students from McGill University (along with their supervisors) worked on this project for fifteen months, sourcing all of the necessary materials and technology from within the local

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MASS Group Wins Zumtobel Award for Locally-Constructed Hospital in Rwanda

MASS Group Wins Zumtobel Award for Locally-Constructed Hospital in Rwanda

The Butaro Hospital, in the Burera District of Rwanda is comprised of a number of buildings set on a hilltop location. Principles of natural ventilation and passive solar design help moderate temperatures

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Dramatic Dartmoor Treehouse is Woven From Wood Like a Bird’s Nest

Dramatic Dartmoor Treehouse is Woven From Wood Like a Bird’s Nest

Jerry Tate Architects and carpenter Henry Russell worked alongside students taking a 'Spatial Structures' course at this summer’s Dartmoor Arts Week just outside of Exeter. The brief began with a family

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Ta Phin’s Bright Red Solar-Powered Community House is Made by and for Local Vietnamese

Ta Phin’s Bright Red Solar-Powered Community House is Made by and for Local Vietnamese

Easily visible from afar, the Ta Phin community house sits amid a verdant setting 17km from Sapa, which is popular among tourists. It comes with an herb garden to promote sustainable agriculture, along

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CO2 Bambu Brings Low-Cost, Low-Carbon Bamboo Housing to Nicaragua

CO2 Bambu Brings Low-Cost, Low-Carbon Bamboo Housing to Nicaragua

In 2011 CO2 Bambu was awarded with a historic contract to build 82 bamboo-based homes in Rosita, Nicaragua as part of the Hurricane Felix reconstruction effort. Up until then, the options available to the

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Falcon-Inspired Qatar National Pavilion Lands at Rio+20

Falcon-Inspired Qatar National Pavilion Lands at Rio+20

The Qatar delegation to Rio+20 hired Grimshaw Architects to design a temporary pavilion for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Qatar National Food

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The Best Green Designs at Berlin’s 2012 DMY Design Fair!

The Best Green Designs at Berlin’s 2012 DMY Design Fair!

This year's DMY featured many flat-pack, no-glue no-screws designs, but the most intriguing was Gustav Duesing 23D chair made from interlocking pieces of birch plywood. Jolan Van Der Wiels unveiled

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Terracotta-Colored High School in Senegal Only Needs A/C 2 Months a Year

Terracotta-Colored High School in Senegal Only Needs A/C 2 Months a Year

Mostly locally-sourced materials were used to construct the Jean Mermoz High School in Dakar, which cut down the project's carbon footprint considerably. Further reducing its environmental impact, the

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Vietnam’s I Resort is a Beautiful Retreat Made Entirely from Natural Materials

Vietnam’s I Resort is a Beautiful Retreat Made Entirely from Natural Materials

The resort is located on a small hill near a river within a calm environment just outside Vietnam's Nha Trang city. Its round thatched-roof courtyard is used as a quite space and climate

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REC Architects Build a Grass & Glass Modern Building in Mexico

REC Architects Build a Grass & Glass Modern Building in Mexico

A strage mix that works really well, REC architects´office block in Mexico is a modernist building with a twist. Mixing traditional biodegradable materials with sharp glass and steel,

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New French Embassy in China Has a Golden Silk-Screened Facade

New French Embassy in China Has a Golden Silk-Screened Facade

© Adagp photographe Noelle Hoeppe Inaugurated by French President Nicholas Sarkozy in late 2011, the 20,000 sq m French embassy is the culmination of eight years of work. It serves as the chancellery,

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Kengo Kuma’s Xinjin Zhi Museum Has a Pretty and Practical Perforated Facade

Kengo Kuma’s Xinjin Zhi Museum Has a Pretty and Practical Perforated Facade

The Xinjin Zhi Museum is located at the foot of Laojunshan mountain in Xinjin and serves to usher people to the holy place of Taoism. Dedicated to the religion of Taoism, the design of the museum shows

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Beautiful KOKi Beach in Costa Rica Embraces the Environment With a Sustainable Spirit

Beautiful KOKi Beach in Costa Rica Embraces the Environment With a Sustainable Spirit

Capturing the essence of Costa Rica and its sustainable spirit, KOKi Beach embraces the environment and community in which it rests through a wide range of eco practices. Working principally with local

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Starbucks Transforms Historic Amsterdam Bank Vault Into Custom Hyper Local Coffee Shop

Starbucks Transforms Historic Amsterdam Bank Vault Into Custom Hyper Local Coffee Shop

This Friday, March 9th, Starbucks will open its first European concept store located in a renovated historic bank in Amsterdam. The new new shop is located in the vault of the historic Amsterdamsche Bank,

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100 Mile House Competition Challenges Architects to Design a Home Using Only Local Materials

100 Mile House Competition Challenges Architects to Design a Home Using Only Local Materials

Prior to the widespread use of polluting fossil fuels, most buildings were made from local materials, using techniques that made sense for the local climate and lifestyle. Now the Architecture

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Wang Shu’s Powerful Ningbo History Museum is Made of Rubble

Wang Shu’s Powerful Ningbo History Museum is Made of Rubble

Through an international design competition, Wang Shu won first place to design and built the Ningbo History Museum dedicated to the history of humanities and the arts on the east coast of China.

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WHIM Architecture’s Villa Al is a Green Living Complex In Tune With Nature

WHIM Architecture’s Villa Al is a Green Living Complex In Tune With Nature

Villa Al is WHIM Architecture's design for a green villa in Almere, the Netherlands. The concept was created for an open design a competition, and is a reaction to the growing desire to build as

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University of Texas Students Integrate Sustainability and Education With Africa’s Promise Village School

University of Texas Students Integrate Sustainability and Education With Africa’s Promise Village School

In the Spring of 2011, graduate students in Professor Garrison's vertical design studio were tasked with the design of a school in rural Tanzania. Seeking sustainable design advice, Dr. Gunn, the

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Part-Thenon is a Funky California Shed Made Entirely Out of Salvaged Car Parts

Part-Thenon is a Funky California Shed Made Entirely Out of Salvaged Car Parts

According to Karl, who did all of the construction work, this shed is surprisingly sturdy and water tight. It receives all of its support from the car parts and he even pre-tensioned the roof so that it

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TYIN Tegnestue Architects Build Beautiful Community Library in Bangkok Using Recycled Materials

TYIN Tegnestue Architects Build Beautiful Community Library in Bangkok Using Recycled Materials

Measuring only 10 feet by 30 feet, The Old Market Library was built in one of Bangkok's poorest areas for only $4,500. Featuring different spaces for different functions, the lower reading room has a

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New Hope School is a Boat-Shaped Thatched Roof Building on an Ecuador Beach

New Hope School is a Boat-Shaped Thatched Roof Building on an Ecuador Beach

Active-schools facilitate the development of healthy children by fostering social and physical environments that support free and imaginative learning. From the conceptualization of the space to the

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Roswag Seiler and Pakistani Locals Hand-build a School from Cob, Bamboo and Mud

Roswag Seiler and Pakistani Locals Hand-build a School from Cob, Bamboo and Mud

The Tipu Sultan Merkez School in Punjab, Pakistan has a new sustainable building that was designed by German architects Roswag Seiler and built by locals. Using locally sourced and low-impact materials,

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Supersudaka’s Kiltro House is a Resilient Locally-Sourced Home in Chile

Supersudaka’s Kiltro House is a Resilient Locally-Sourced Home in Chile

In Chile, mixed-breed dogs are called Kiltro, and these resilient animals are known to be survivors. Taking its name from these dogs, the Kiltro House was built under challenging conditions including a

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Mercado Palhano: A Beautiful Brazilian Eco-Market Adorned with Sexy Sliding Louvers

Mercado Palhano: A Beautiful Brazilian Eco-Market Adorned with Sexy Sliding Louvers

Making sure that the project met the most stringent sustainability requirements was high on the designers' agenda, so they commissioned a local environmental consultancy - Master Ambiental - to lead the

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Chadhaus’ Beautiful Hand-built Sustainable Furniture Lasts for Generations

Chadhaus’ Beautiful Hand-built Sustainable Furniture Lasts for Generations

Functional furniture can be an inspiration, and the Farmhouse Modern Credenza designed by Chadhaus is just such a piece! Combining utility with beautiful materials and fine craftsmanship, this credenza is

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Moshe Safdie-Designed Khalsa Heritage Centre is Inaugurated in India Today

Moshe Safdie-Designed Khalsa Heritage Centre is Inaugurated in India Today

The new cultural centre is located in the capital city of the Punjab state and is situated on a 75-acre site overlooking the town. Divided into two sections that straddle a ravine, the memorial is joined

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INTERVIEW: University of Maryland Wins Big at the 2011 Solar Decathlon

INTERVIEW: University of Maryland Wins Big at the 2011 Solar Decathlon

Here at Inhabitat we're suckers for the Solar Decathlon -- the biennial design/build competition in which university design teams from all around the globe battle it out on the National Mall in Washington

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Manchester Wood Makes Sustainable Wooden Furniture Out of Local Materials

Manchester Wood Makes Sustainable Wooden Furniture Out of Local Materials

Manchester Wood is a family business that makes built-to-last furniture from local and sustainable wood. Founded in 1976 in Manchester, Vermont, the company produces American-made solid wood furniture

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Beautiful Brazilian Beach House Made from Sustainable Wood, Stone and Recycled Tetra Pak Cartons

Beautiful Brazilian Beach House Made from Sustainable Wood, Stone and Recycled Tetra Pak Cartons

Located within an area where the root vegetable tapioca crops grow, the house was constructed using 12-foot modules and simple, locally available, green and long lasting materials. In order to enjoy the

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Plastic Formwork System Provides Quick and Quality Housing for Those in Need

Plastic Formwork System Provides Quick and Quality Housing for Those in Need

Every year, nearly seventy million people, or 200,000 a day, move from rural areas to urban cities. In South Africa alone, more than 2.2 million homes are currently needed, and an additional 180,000 homes

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