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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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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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Massive Green-Roofed Innovation Hub Set To Launch Botswana Into High Tech Business

Massive Green-Roofed Innovation Hub Set To Launch Botswana Into High Tech Business

The Botswana Innovation Hub is set to be located on a 57 hectare veldt (wide open space in Africa) outside of Gaborone. 270,000 square feet of office and laboratory space will be provided for technology

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Futuristic Farm House Designed to Collect Rainwater and Shelter Migrant Workers

Futuristic Farm House Designed to Collect Rainwater and Shelter Migrant Workers

Safe, durable and comfortable housing should be a given right for all migrant workers, but often it is not. Endemic's Farm House is a modest 800 sq ft home with a central living space surrounded by

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Green School On Track To Become Washington State’s First Certified Living Building

Green School On Track To Become Washington State’s First Certified Living Building

The Bertschi Science Wing is a 1425 square foot addition to the existing campus and will serve as a learning tool for the students. Collected rainwater will flow through a tunnel in the classroom so the

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Off-Grid Rammed Earth House On Navajo Nation Catches The Wind

Off-Grid Rammed Earth House On Navajo Nation Catches The Wind

Back in May 2010, 22 grad students from the University of Colorado Denver started planning Maxine Begay's new home and then started construction on it in September. This is the first semester a student

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Award Winning Tasmanian Addition Harvests Rainwater and Sunlight

Award Winning Tasmanian Addition Harvests Rainwater and Sunlight

The project involved a complete reorganization of an existing dwelling and the addition of a new living room, veranda, courtyard and garage. The beautiful home is located on Trial Bay and the most

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Arizona Life Science Building Has A Really, Really Big Shading Roof

Arizona Life Science Building Has A Really, Really Big Shading Roof

The Life Science Building lies between the existing campus buildings and the playing fields and helps connect the different campus parts together. Situated lower than the other buildings, a decision was

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Renzo Piano Unveils Italian Museum of Science for Former Factory Site

Renzo Piano Unveils Italian Museum of Science for Former Factory Site

MUSE is located on an 11-hectare brownfield industrial area adjacent to the Adige river and what used to be a Michelin tire factory. The factory was on the edge of the city center and effectively cut

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Rainwater-Harvesting Seattle Residences Aiming For LEED Platinum

Rainwater-Harvesting Seattle Residences Aiming For LEED Platinum

Seven private residences are surrounded by a screen wall and vegetation to form a visual an acoustic barrier for the residences. The units are arranged in a V-shape around an interior courtyard and

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Hilltop House Sits High on Stilts in Australian Spotted Gum Forest

Hilltop House Sits High on Stilts in Australian Spotted Gum Forest

Located on an incline in the Pittwater area, the Hilltop House responds to the slope by terracing down the hillside without cutting into the ground and damaging root systems. The relatively compact, steel

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LEED Platinum Student Village Opens at Bastyr University

LEED Platinum Student Village Opens at Bastyr University

Seattle-based CollinsWoerman has designed structures for Bastyr's Center for Natural Health (LEED certified) in the past, before undertaking the new student village project. With a unique layout and

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