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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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Solar Ivy Building-Integrated Modular Photovoltaic System Grows Bigger & Better

Solar Ivy Building-Integrated Modular Photovoltaic System Grows Bigger & Better

Solar Ivy is a modular and customizable photovoltaic product with a wide range of applications. The "leaf" is roughly the size of a cantaloupe with a thin-film photovoltaic panel adhered to it. Customers

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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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Cascadia Center For Sustainable Design Aims To Be Most Efficient Commercial Building In The World

Cascadia Center For Sustainable Design Aims To Be Most Efficient Commercial Building In The World

The Cascadia Center will be a mixed-use commercial and office building and will eventually serve as the future headquarters of the Bullitt Foundation. Located at the crossroads between Seattle's Central

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NL Architects Unveil Knokke-Heist School Blanketed With a Green Roof

NL Architects Unveil Knokke-Heist School Blanketed With a Green Roof

The center of the school is a multifunctional hall, which can operate as a gymnasium, a meeting place, a theatre, and a public place for ceremonies and festivals. An internal corridor wraps around the

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Wind and Solar Powered Shipping Container Unfolds Into Traveling Cultural Exhibition

Wind and Solar Powered Shipping Container Unfolds Into Traveling Cultural Exhibition

Kalliwoda describes his project as polliniferous, meaning it has the ability to carry pollen -- in this case, pollen is a metaphor for knowledge. World In A Shell is designed to carry knowledge around the

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Historic Ford Factory Transformed Into SunPower Photovoltaics Headquarters

Historic Ford Factory Transformed Into SunPower Photovoltaics Headquarters

As you might expect from one of the leading manufacturers of photovoltaics in the US, the roof of SunPower's HQ is entirely coated in solar panels. The company's goal for the facility was to combine

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SCIArc & CalTech Team Fight to Bring the Solar Decathlon Back to the National Mall

SCIArc & CalTech Team Fight to Bring the Solar Decathlon Back to the National Mall

When the U.S Department of the Interior announced its decision to kick this year's Solar Decathlon off of the National Mall in January 2011, we doubt they expected such an uproar. One of the competing

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SCIArc & CalTech Solar Decathlon Team Forging On Despite Unknown Competition Location

SCIArc & CalTech Solar Decathlon Team Forging On Despite Unknown Competition Location

While the basic concept of the home remains intact from their first design incarnation, CH:IP has evolved into a more sophisticated net zero project. The home is designed for residents who live in the

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This Ginormous Orange Cube is an Architecture + Design Showroom In Lyon

This Ginormous Orange Cube is an Architecture + Design Showroom In Lyon

The building serves as the headquarters for the Cardinal Group, a real estate development firm, as well as the Design Showroom RBC. The intention of the project was to combine a showroom dedicated to the

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Chicago Home Renovation Receives the Most LEED Points Ever Recorded

Chicago Home Renovation Receives the Most LEED Points Ever Recorded

The Chicago, IL Helenowski Residence was gutted and all the inefficient systems, insulation and appliances were removed. Soy based spray foam insulation with no CFCL's was sprayed into the walls for extra

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Futuristic Multi Floor Bridge for Seoul Creates Its Own Energy

Futuristic Multi Floor Bridge for Seoul Creates Its Own Energy

The bridge would connect the Dangi-li Power Plant site (which is in the works to be redeveloped into public cultural space) in the north to the National Assembly Building in the south, while creating its

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Inspiring Green Technology, Innovations With the Power to Heal

Inspiring Green Technology, Innovations With the Power to Heal

Just over the last few decades technology has completed altered our daily existence. From personal gadgetry, to our understanding of what exists beyond our very own planet, technological advancements have

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Solar-Powered Crystalline Towers Unveiled for Abu Dhabi

Solar-Powered Crystalline Towers Unveiled for Abu Dhabi

Aedas and Arup's design for the financial headquarters takes into consideration both traditional Islamic architecture as well as sustainability. The exterior is covered in a crystalline honeycomb facade

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Inspiring Green Technology That Has the Power to Heal

Inspiring Green Technology That Has the Power to Heal

This article is underwritten by Veer.com. One can’t deny the ever-increasing role that technology plays in our lives. While some people are averse to the spread of technology, many of us recognize

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Stunning Hawaiian Residence Features Cyclone of Reclaimed Wood

Stunning Hawaiian Residence Features Cyclone of Reclaimed Wood

A gesture inspired by Hawaiian tradition, local basket weaving served as the muse for the incredible entrance, which evokes the feeling of customary gift giving upon arrival, characteristic of the

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Zero-Energy Housing Wedge in Denmark Covered in Solar Panels

Zero-Energy Housing Wedge in Denmark Covered in Solar Panels

Housing+ was designed by C.F.Møller in collaboration with Moe & Brødsgaard, Cenergia, Phillips, Schüco, Erik Juul and Vogt landscape. The zero energy development includes 60 residential units in a

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University of Nottingham Unveils Sleek Solar-Powered H.O.U.S.E

University of Nottingham Unveils Sleek Solar-Powered H.O.U.S.E

The University of Nottingham recently unveiled their H.O.U.S.E, a stunning sun-powered home that will be heating up the competition at the European Solar Decathlon, which kicks off this Friday in Madrid.

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Armadillo Box Solar-Powered Prefab Gears up For Solar Decathlon

Armadillo Box Solar-Powered Prefab Gears up For Solar Decathlon

Madrid is heating up as university teams from around the world battle their wits against the sun to build net-zero, sustainable homes in this year's European Solar Decathlon. One of our favorite designs

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Michael Graves-Designed Sentosa Eco-Resort Completed!

Michael Graves-Designed Sentosa Eco-Resort Completed!

Michael Graves, one of the New York Five and a household name after his stint designing for Target, has just completed his highly anticipated 121-acre Resorts World Sentosa, eco-resort on an island off

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Ephemeral Roof Exchange is a Space Age Transport Hub for Hong Kong

Ephemeral Roof Exchange is a Space Age Transport Hub for Hong Kong

With a trio of renewable energy generating systems and a space-age transient roof, the Ephemeral Roof Exchange is a futuristic design proposal for a major transport hub in Hong Kong. Designed by Steven Ma

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Latin America’s Tallest Skyscraper Aiming for LEED Platinum

Latin America’s Tallest Skyscraper Aiming for LEED Platinum

Although not particularly known for its skyscrapers, Latin America will soon have their very own eco tower to add to the growing mix of green skyscrapers all over the world. Torre Reforma, designed by

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Flexible & Lightweight Solar Fabric by FTL Solar

Flexible & Lightweight Solar Fabric by FTL Solar

FTL Solar has created a lightweight tensile fabric with integrated thin film solar panels that is capable of shading your deck while powering your home. Originally designed as easily deployable canopies

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Andrea Branzi Envisions a Solar Forest for Slovenia

Andrea Branzi Envisions a Solar Forest for Slovenia

Italian designer Andrea Branzi collaborated with 2A+P/A to design a remarkable new art museum that takes the form of a light-filled urban forest. Planned for Slovenia, the New Maribor Museum attempts mix

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