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Rammed Earth Glenhope House is a Sustainable Vacation Retreat Outside of Melbourne

Rammed Earth Glenhope House is a Sustainable Vacation Retreat Outside of Melbourne

Three wings form the Glenhope House - a master living suite, bedrooms and the living/dining/kitchen area. The two private wings wrap around a circular driveway with two shaded parking spaces and the entry

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LEED Platinum ‘Shoebox House’ Achieves Style and Sustainability on a Budget

LEED Platinum ‘Shoebox House’ Achieves Style and Sustainability on a Budget

The clients and architect designed the eco-friendly home using the Sketch UP program from opposite sides of the globe - Browne and Praxis are situated in Santa Fe and Rothstein and Meckler are in Bangkok.

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Passive Cantilevered SN House Appears to Be Floating In the Air

Passive Cantilevered SN House Appears to Be Floating In the Air

The lot on which this house is built is a slope with a change of about 3 meters towards the back. The architects decided to build the house jutting out of the incline so that the cantilever could create a

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Germantown Sustainable Urban Science Center is a Green Roofed Living Laboratory in Philadelphia

Germantown Sustainable Urban Science Center is a Green Roofed Living Laboratory in Philadelphia

The site, a former brownfield, had to undergo extensive remediation in order to bring it up to acceptable standards. Even after the remediation there were areas that had to be capped to eliminate the

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Cascading Creek House Harvests Rainwater and Solar Energy in Central Texas

Cascading Creek House Harvests Rainwater and Solar Energy in Central Texas

The Cascading Creek House by Bercy Chen Studio was conceived less as a house and more as an outgrowth of the limestone aquifers in the geography of Central Texas. The roof is configured so as to create a

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RCDF’s LOFT is a Glimmering Structure Filled with Sustainable Systems

RCDF’s LOFT is a Glimmering Structure Filled with Sustainable Systems

RCDF Studio's LOFT is a finalist entry in LOFT LONDON FARM TOWER 2011 competition, a design contest based on the concept of the vertical farm. Their LOFT is a 550,000-square-foot building near London

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Steel-Clad Emigration Canyon Residence Captures Views, Rainwater and Daylight

Steel-Clad Emigration Canyon Residence Captures Views, Rainwater and Daylight

Emigration Canyon is a beautiful setting just outside of the Salt Lake Valley and is home to many families who want to be close to the city but enjoy the outdoors. Sightings of elk, moose, deer, hawks and

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WATG’s Extraordinary Cloud Bridge Could Make the 2016 Olympics in Rio the Greenest Yet

WATG’s Extraordinary Cloud Bridge Could Make the 2016 Olympics in Rio the Greenest Yet

If WATG has their way, the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will be the greenest yet - thanks to their awesome design proposal entitled The Cloud Bridge. Inspired by the Amazon River and Brazil's

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Twins: Vacation Homes for Two Brothers Engage With Snowy Landscape and One Another

Twins: Vacation Homes for Two Brothers Engage With Snowy Landscape and One Another

Four trapezoids and one triangle make up the basis for the shapes that compose each home. Using the mathematical principle of dissection, O’Brien designed the homes to incorporate the same amount of

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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the Largest LEED Platinum Non-Profit Building in the World

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the Largest LEED Platinum Non-Profit Building in the World

The new campus occupies a site located in downtown Seattle across the street from the Space Needle. Formerly an asphalt parking lot, the site was restored with more than 40 percent of it turned into 2

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Henning Larsen’s Viborg Town Hall Boasts a Sloped Plane of Gradated Greenery

Henning Larsen’s Viborg Town Hall Boasts a Sloped Plane of Gradated Greenery

Viborg is a large city in Denmark that required a new municipal building to accommodate its steady growth. Henning Larsen won the international design competition to create a sustainable building with a

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Andrew Maynard’s Ilma Grove Is a Gorgeous Solar Passive Family Home

Andrew Maynard’s Ilma Grove Is a Gorgeous Solar Passive Family Home

The ultimate goal for the owners was to improve the home for their family and reduce their environmental footprint while still maintaining a small home. Originally the home had a brick lean-to at the rear

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Net Zero Savannah iHouse Opens For Tours At Green Bridge Farm

Net Zero Savannah iHouse Opens For Tours At Green Bridge Farm

So far, Clayton Homes has built 9 iHomes around the country with their i-House 1.0 concept. These homes are all prefabricated and come with bamboo floors, Energy Star appliances, no VOC paint, CFL

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Landscape Designer Margie Ruddick Fined for Her Own Garden

Landscape Designer Margie Ruddick Fined for Her Own Garden

Landscape designer Margie Ruddick is in the running for the 2011 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award, and ironically, she's also faced with fines for the landscaping of her own yard! Ruddick’s

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Modern Home Fuses Traditional Thai Architecture With Green Building

Modern Home Fuses Traditional Thai Architecture With Green Building

After exploring many traditional Thai homes, Sinthuphan came to the conclusion that the style was not so important as the spirit of the homes. He also found that the "Thai house is about living within its

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Solar-Powered Supertrees Sprout at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay – New Photos!

Solar-Powered Supertrees Sprout at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay – New Photos!

Gardens by the Bay will be Singapore's largest garden project and is central to the country's continued development of Marina Bay. Managed by the Singapore's National Park Board, the gardens will

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Latticed Mixed-Use V Tower Rises From a Rooftop Park and Garden

Latticed Mixed-Use V Tower Rises From a Rooftop Park and Garden

Designed by Meridian 105 Architecture, V Tower is a grand, green residential high rise emerging from a base of retail, restaurant, cafe, and parking space. The project seeks to create a new ground plane

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Orokonui Ecosanctuary is a Swooping Shipping Container Visitor Centre That Protects New Zealand Nature

Orokonui Ecosanctuary is a Swooping Shipping Container Visitor Centre That Protects New Zealand Nature

The ecosanctuary protects native animals and plants and has even helped endangered species find a home. A huge, highly specialized pest-proof fence surrounds the sanctuary to keep out mammals such as

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Steven Holl Unveils Solar Powered Doctorate’s Building At The National University of Colombia

Steven Holl Unveils Solar Powered Doctorate’s Building At The National University of Colombia

Loving pretty much everything Steven Holl does, we were excited to see the the architect's preliminary concept designs for the new Doctorate's Building at the National University of Colombia in Bogotá

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High Tech WBF Lab LEED Platinum Winery Collects Enough Rainwater to Irrigate All of Its Vineyards

High Tech WBF Lab LEED Platinum Winery Collects Enough Rainwater to Irrigate All of Its Vineyards

Officially the lab is called The Teaching and Research Winery and the August A. Busch III Brewing and Food Science Laboratory, or WBF for short and is part of the the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine

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NC-office Designs Charming L-Shaped Self-Sustaining Homes For Haiti

NC-office Designs Charming L-Shaped Self-Sustaining Homes For Haiti

The small 8x8 modules consist of four rooms that form an L-shape. This allows the buildings to interlock repeatedly while also allowing for a small private garden. But the real beauty is that they are

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Philadelphia’s Stylish ‘Thin Flats’ Is First Duplex to Receive LEED Homes Platinum

Philadelphia’s Stylish ‘Thin Flats’ Is First Duplex to Receive LEED Homes Platinum

The development had to pack a pretty big punch to achieve its LEED Platinum rating. The design starts with an efficient shell made from low-impact framing materials and filled with closed-cell expanding

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MVRDV’s Shenzhen Guosen Tower Is A Giant Energy Efficient Chinese Lantern

MVRDV’s Shenzhen Guosen Tower Is A Giant Energy Efficient Chinese Lantern

The volume of the tower has a square floor plan with an elegant, slender volume that allows daylight to reach into the building to provide a more pleasurable working environment for employees. So that

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Stelmat Headquarters Makes A Bold Statement With Its Green Roof And Indoor Living Wall

Stelmat Headquarters Makes A Bold Statement With Its Green Roof And Indoor Living Wall

Recently completed in 2010, the five-story Stelmat Headquarters is like a stack of cards with each layer placed to create new rooftop and balcony spaces. Walking up to the building, one is greeted by a

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Massive Living Mountain Skyscraper Transforms the Desert Into a Habitable Environment

Massive Living Mountain Skyscraper Transforms the Desert Into a Habitable Environment

The high rise conglomerate is built from local materials and stands on a reinforced concrete pier foundation to be able to withstand the shifting sands. Steel and reinforced concrete will be used to

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Manta Ray-Inspired Saffire Resort Restores a Tasmanian Site To Its Previous Glory

Manta Ray-Inspired Saffire Resort Restores a Tasmanian Site To Its Previous Glory

The site of the Saffire Resort was once a disused caravan park, so considerable time was spent rejuvenating the landscape and restoring natural ecosystems where possible. With the help of landscape

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Flat Tower: Massive Honeycomb Skyscraper Arches Over Green Space

Flat Tower: Massive Honeycomb Skyscraper Arches Over Green Space

The massive arch is 800 meters across or the length of the Burj Khalifa building set on its side. The principle was to build a large building without disrupting the skyline of a midsized city.

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Greenfab’s New Prefab Model Home in Seattle Aims for LEED Platinum

Greenfab’s New Prefab Model Home in Seattle Aims for LEED Platinum

The 3 bedroom, 2 3/4 bath home includes non toxic and environmentally friendly materials for good indoor air quality. Recycled and local materials were sourced extensively and existing concrete from the

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Modern, Green US-Canada Border Crossing by Julie Snow Architects

Modern, Green US-Canada Border Crossing by Julie Snow Architects

The border between Canada and the US in Minnesota is an expansive, open wetland bog and the Port of Entry is conceived as a specific response to all that vastness. The long, low volume reiterates the

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Spiraling Superfuturistic Newport Station in Wales Connects Two Sides Of The City

Spiraling Superfuturistic Newport Station in Wales Connects Two Sides Of The City

The tracks run smack dab through the middle of Newport and as a result, each side might as well be its own city. Newport's previous station was inadequate for modern rail travelers with a station only on

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