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Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s Shimmering & Efficient Aberdeen University New Library Opens in Scotland

Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s Shimmering & Efficient Aberdeen University New Library Opens in Scotland

The Aberdeen University New Library, now know as the Sir Duncan Rice Library, houses over a quarter of a million books and manuscripts inside it's shimmering cubic volume. Located on the west side of

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Basket Apartments: OFIS Unveils Healthy & Sustainable Student Housing Project in Paris

Basket Apartments: OFIS Unveils Healthy & Sustainable Student Housing Project in Paris

The Basket Apartments student housing was designed by OFIS as part of a larger urban development designed by Reichen & Robert Architects in Paris' 19th district. Located on a long narrow lot the edge

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Sinclair Meadows: Residents Move Into the UK’s First Carbon-Negative Street

Sinclair Meadows: Residents Move Into the UK’s First Carbon-Negative Street

Each of the buildings at Sinclair Meadows in South Shields has been constructed with natural materials at the forefront, such as timber frames, hemp insulation, lime render, and sustainable timber. In

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Team Andalucian’s Patio 2.12 House Places First in Energy Efficiency and Innovation at the Solar Decathlon Europe

Team Andalucian’s Patio 2.12 House Places First in Energy Efficiency and Innovation at the Solar Decathlon Europe

Four Andalucian Universities used their combined talents to design and construct the Patio 2.12 entry for the European Solar Decathlon. The delightful courtyard at its center creates a very relaxing and

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CiclaLabs’ Pedal-Powered Mobile Entertainment System On Show at the European Solar Decathlon

CiclaLabs’ Pedal-Powered Mobile Entertainment System On Show at the European Solar Decathlon

Utilizing the combined power of a couple of efficient photovoltaic panels and bicycles employed as dynamos, the Ciclalab team provided the crowds with music and entertainment all weekend. Both the panels

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Tongji University’s Bamboo Para Ecohouse Embraces Daoist and Western Philosophies at the Solar Decathlon

Tongji University’s Bamboo Para Ecohouse Embraces Daoist and Western Philosophies at the Solar Decathlon

Constructed from scratch in just under two weeks, the elegant but strong form of the Para Ecohouse creates an impressive dwelling for a couple to live comfortably in a sustainable manner. The simple

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Team Japan’s Omotenashi Solar Decathlon House Bridges the Gap Between Tradition and Modernity

Team Japan’s Omotenashi Solar Decathlon House Bridges the Gap Between Tradition and Modernity

The simple but elegant design of the exterior is mirrored inside, providing a comfortable and airy living area. The upgraded tatami mats (seen above) double as seating and bedding if required. As

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Nomura’s UK Headquarters is London’s First Carbon Neutral Building

Nomura’s UK Headquarters is London’s First Carbon Neutral Building

Nomura's office is built on the site of a former project that makes use of 30% of the existing infrastructure as a way to reduce impact, resources and costs. The project also increased public space along

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Four Andalusian Universities Collaborate to Create Versatile, Prefab Housing for Solar Decathlon Europe

Four Andalusian Universities Collaborate to Create Versatile, Prefab Housing for Solar Decathlon Europe

The final design submitted to competition will link four different modules to the central patio which is enclosed in glass and a faux-vine effect. This is designed to give a natural feel while creating

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Passive VOLKsHouse is an Affordable Net-Zero Energy Home in Santa Fe

Passive VOLKsHouse is an Affordable Net-Zero Energy Home in Santa Fe

MoSA Architects' work is focused on developing and building affordable and energy efficient homes that make it easy for the homeowner to minimize their environmental impact. Prior to their most recent

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World’s First Solar Kiosk Now Open For Business in Ethiopia

World’s First Solar Kiosk Now Open For Business in Ethiopia

Demand for electricity in developing countries is on the rise, but without a reliable electric grid or even access to power, other solutions have to be developed. Luckily, developing countries can now

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Self-Sustaining HOUS.E+ is a Rammed Earth Home of the Future in Vancouver

Self-Sustaining HOUS.E+ is a Rammed Earth Home of the Future in Vancouver

Polifactory came up with the concept for the self-sufficient HOUS.E+ for the 100 Mile House design competition, which concluded in May. Although not a winner, the home makes use of number of sustainable

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UCLA Develops Electricity-Generating, Transparent Solar Cell Windows

UCLA Develops Electricity-Generating, Transparent Solar Cell Windows

A team from UCLA has developed a new transparent solar cell that has the ability to generate electricity while still allowing people to see outside. In short, they’ve created a solar

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Harmony House Cat Shelter is Chicago’s First Net-Zero Commercial Building

Harmony House Cat Shelter is Chicago’s First Net-Zero Commercial Building

Designed by Farr Associates and dbHMS, Harmony House for Cats' brand new shelter is Chicago's first net-zero commercial building, and is pursuing LEED-NC Platinum certification. Adorned with a striking

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NEW PHOTOS: Spectacular Solar Supertrees Open this Month at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay

NEW PHOTOS: Spectacular Solar Supertrees Open this Month at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay

The 10 days of revelry celebrating the opening of Singapore's Gardens by the Bay promise to be quite the event, with headliners including Jason Mraz performing on opening night. The Supertrees will also

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Georgetown Station is a Model for Low-Impact Mass Transit Outside Austin, Texas

Georgetown Station is a Model for Low-Impact Mass Transit Outside Austin, Texas

Georgetown Station by Jackson McElhaney is one of 5 transit stations outside of Austin, Texas as part of CARTS. This Rural Transit District was formed through an interlocal agreement by nine county

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Influx_Studio Wants to Turn Chicago’s Marina City Into an Algae-Producing CO2-Scrubbing Powerhouse

Influx_Studio Wants to Turn Chicago’s Marina City Into an Algae-Producing CO2-Scrubbing Powerhouse

Working towards the Chicago DeCarbonization Plan, Influx_Studio came up with the idea to retrofit Marina City Towers into a renewable powerhouse and incorporate algae production technologies as a way to

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Solar-Powered Italian Home Uses Light Wells to Illuminate Its Interiors

Solar-Powered Italian Home Uses Light Wells to Illuminate Its Interiors

The generous family home is organized around a central courtyard, and the different volumes are staggered. The ground floor houses the entrance area, a work room, and a living space oriented towards the

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Stadium du Littoral is a Spectacular Net Zero Sports Complex in France

Stadium du Littoral is a Spectacular Net Zero Sports Complex in France

Located in Grande Synthe in the north of France, the Stadium du Littoral is a tour de force when it comes to sports. The 12 hectare site has three rugby fields, two football fields, an archery round,

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Solar-Powered Rail Station is a Diaphanous Train Storage Shed in Spain

Solar-Powered Rail Station is a Diaphanous Train Storage Shed in Spain

Planning for the 1,300 sq meter train storage shed began back in 2006 and it was finally completed in 2009. Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalonia Railway) conceived of the shed as a way

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Amazing San Francisco Victorian Renovation Marries the Old With Sustainable Modern

Amazing San Francisco Victorian Renovation Marries the Old With Sustainable Modern

Built in the 1880's the original 3-story home was by itself on top of a hill. Over the years, as roads changed and more houses were built, the original home was extended through a series of unorganized

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El Hierro: The World’s First Renewable Energy Island… or is It?

El Hierro: The World’s First Renewable Energy Island… or is It?

The tiny Spanish island of El Hierro has recently entered the spotlight and being dubbed "the world's first renewable energy energy. No one can deny that what's happening on El Hierro is amazing, but

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Google Launches $280 Million Fund to Finance the Installation of Home Solar Panels

Google Launches $280 Million Fund to Finance the Installation of Home Solar Panels

Over the past year, Google has been pouring several hundreds of millions of dollars into different renewable energy venues - and apparently the buck doesn't stop there. On Tuesday, the Internet giant

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ResilienCity: map-Lab’s 2035 Vision For Boston Includes a 20 Million Gallon Water Cistern

ResilienCity: map-Lab’s 2035 Vision For Boston Includes a 20 Million Gallon Water Cistern

Designed to be built in Boston's innovation district on greyfield and brownfield sites, ResilienCity will provide residential and office space for 300,000 people. A series of new canals will return 100

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Multi-Hued Kuggen Building (the Cog) Features A Rotating Photovoltaic Shade Screen

Multi-Hued Kuggen Building (the Cog) Features A Rotating Photovoltaic Shade Screen

Kuggen is located in Lindholmsplatsen and is surrounded by traditional gray buildings on a lively public plaza. The formerly windy site is made more friendly as a result of the circular building, which

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