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Tokyo Techno Station Achieves Japan’s Highest LEED Certification Rating

Tokyo Techno Station Achieves Japan’s Highest LEED Certification Rating

The project boasts dozens of sustainable features, including RFID-activated heating/cooling and lighting systems that can be programmed by the employees themselves. Energy efficiency is strengthened

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MAPA Architects’ Tiny MINIMOD House is a LED-Lit Prefab Home for Off-Grid Living

MAPA Architects’ Tiny MINIMOD House is a LED-Lit Prefab Home for Off-Grid Living

The house is assembled in a factory and transported to the site as a ready-made living unit. Its large openings provide a visual connection to its natural surroundings, while different coating used for

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MOS Architects’ Sustainable Nepal Orphanage is a Green Model For Other Communities

MOS Architects’ Sustainable Nepal Orphanage is a Green Model For Other Communities

The project grew from a partnership between MOS Architects and the Seeds of Change Foundation, which focuses on educational and environmental work in Nepal. The region where the orphanage will be located

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Christopher Megowan’s Convertible Courtyards House Acts Like a Chameleon in Melbourne, Australia

Christopher Megowan’s Convertible Courtyards House Acts Like a Chameleon in Melbourne, Australia

The architects created a central courtyard between the weatherboard and the extension, and brought plenty of natural lighting to the open kitchen, dining area and living room. A glazed linkway runs along

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Young at Art Museum: Florida’s First LEED Gold Certified Children’s Museum Completed

Young at Art Museum: Florida’s First LEED Gold Certified Children’s Museum Completed

The main idea behind the Young at Art project is to focus on the way children experience the world. Inspired by the possibility of facilitating interaction between children and the space, the architects

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UNStudio Wins Bid to Design Contemporary Baumkirchen Mitte Tower Topped with Multipurpose Green Roof in Munich

UNStudio Wins Bid to Design Contemporary Baumkirchen Mitte Tower Topped with Multipurpose Green Roof in Munich

The building’s ribbed façade includes bright metal and wooden elements to give the tower the appearance of a "custom-made furniture piece for the urban space." Using flexibility as a core design

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Gorgeous Beautour Biodiversity Museum Updates Historic French Mansion With Thatched Facade

Gorgeous Beautour Biodiversity Museum Updates Historic French Mansion With Thatched Facade

The historic Durand mansion was used as a starting point for the project, which has been converted to house research labs and event space. The new building is home to permanent and temporary exhibition

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MenoMenoPiu Unveils Plans for Wind-Powered Alvar Aalto Campus Otaniemi

MenoMenoPiu Unveils Plans for Wind-Powered Alvar Aalto Campus Otaniemi

The four sides of the courtyard unfold along the axis of the main road and create an urban square that is shared by students and other inhabitants of the city. The courtyard frames the view of the main

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Super Resilient DesertSol House by Team Las Vegas Captures the Mojave Desert’s Sun and Soul

Super Resilient DesertSol House by Team Las Vegas Captures the Mojave Desert’s Sun and Soul

Team Las Vegas is made up of 60 students from various disciplines and already they have shown themselves to be highly organized and poised to win with a design that is not only befitting to the Mojave

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KAMJZ Tower in Taiwan Protects Itself from Earthquakes Using Just Rainwater

KAMJZ Tower in Taiwan Protects Itself from Earthquakes Using Just Rainwater

By gathering water during heavy periods of rainfall, the building would be able to use its mass, in combination with an impressive set of design features, to act as a defense mechanism against

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Isla Urbana’s Rainwater Harvesting Revolution Tackles Mexico City Water Shortages

Isla Urbana’s Rainwater Harvesting Revolution Tackles Mexico City Water Shortages

Mexico City residents face huge water scarcity issues. In fact, eight million people living in the country’s capital suffer from inadequate water supply. Sometimes this means going months without access

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Studio RMA’s Hi’ilani EcoHouse is America’s First Carbon-Neutral Concrete Structure, and it’s Volcano-Adjacent!

Studio RMA’s Hi’ilani EcoHouse is America’s First Carbon-Neutral Concrete Structure, and it’s Volcano-Adjacent!

Hawaii is paradise, but building a home there takes an experienced hand and a strong working knowledge of its unique climate and geology. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the 4,000 sq. foot Hi’ilani

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Architecture For a Change Completes Tiny Prefab Eco Home in Mamelodi, South Africa

Architecture For a Change Completes Tiny Prefab Eco Home in Mamelodi, South Africa

Architecture For a Change recently completed their second transition housing unit in Mamelodi, Pretoria. The unit's 220 mm masonry walls give it excellent thermal performance, it uses solar energy for

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Sustainable Makokos Floating School in Nigeria is Finally Complete

Sustainable Makokos Floating School in Nigeria is Finally Complete

The floating locality of Makoko has around 100,000 habitants, a congregation of fishermen that settled in the area 200 years ago. Dubbed "Africa's Venice," it is situated on a lagoon at the edge of Lagos

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Locomotive Ranch Trailer House is Built Around a Vintage Trailer in South Texas

Locomotive Ranch Trailer House is Built Around a Vintage Trailer in South Texas

The river is prone to flash flooding, so to ensure the house and surrounding landscape would be safe, careful consideration was applied to the foundation. The vintage trailer is cradled in a steel-framed

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1,400 Solar Panels Power New Star-Shaped UN Headquarters in Copenhagen

1,400 Solar Panels Power New Star-Shaped UN Headquarters in Copenhagen

Located on an artificial island just north of Copenhagen's city center, UN City houses 1,700 UN staff. The eight-point star represents the UN's involvement in all reaches of the globe, and the perforated

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Denmark’s Rabalder Park Can Store 10 Swimming Pools Worth of Floodwater

Denmark’s Rabalder Park Can Store 10 Swimming Pools Worth of Floodwater

Designed by Danish firm Nordarch, Rabalder Park combines its drainage function with recreation, offering the city inhabitants lots of hang-out, grill and dancing areas, fitness and parkour equipment and a

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Wood Wrapped Beveridge Mews Apartments Provide Flexible Light-Filled Housing

Wood Wrapped Beveridge Mews Apartments Provide Flexible Light-Filled Housing

A new timber-clad social housing project called Beveridge Mews was recently selected as one of the 2013 RIBA national awards for excellence in architecture. Peter Barber Architects organized the eight

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Grand Cancun Eco Island Cleans Up the Ocean While Generating Renewable Energy

Grand Cancun Eco Island Cleans Up the Ocean While Generating Renewable Energy

The entire surface of the offshore platform will be covered in solar panels that will provide energy for both Grand Cancun and the main city's national grid. Vertical wind turbines and underwater tidal

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Kammok’s Glider Shelter Harvests Rainwater At Your Campsite

Kammok’s Glider Shelter Harvests Rainwater At Your Campsite

Kammok, a Texas-based manufacturer of light-weight camping hammocks, just unveiled their new Glider shelter - which is not only weatherproof and heat reflective, but has an innovative built-in rainwater

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Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill’s Imperial Tower Could Be Mumbai’s Tallest and Greenest Skyscraper

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill’s Imperial Tower Could Be Mumbai’s Tallest and Greenest Skyscraper

With projects like the Burj Khalifa under his belt, architect Adrian Smith has become synonymous with supertall skyscrapers - so it's no surprise that his firm, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill, is the

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Stunning Prefab Northcote Home Combines Minimalist and Passive Design in Australia

Stunning Prefab Northcote Home Combines Minimalist and Passive Design in Australia

The three bedroom modular residence was carefully arranged on the site to avoid excess solar gain in summer while making the most of winter daylight. Extensive floor to ceiling glazing on the lower level

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Jike Idea: Transformable Shipping Container Takes Designers on Tours Across China

Jike Idea: Transformable Shipping Container Takes Designers on Tours Across China

The project, managed by Beijing Jikerzhicheng Product Design Consulting Co., Ltd, is part of the "Dragging the Box to Travel" program organized by the Lvshe Design company. Instead of doors the container

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Post-Apocalyptic Porous Skyscraper is Nestled Into a Massive Asteroid Crater

Post-Apocalyptic Porous Skyscraper is Nestled Into a Massive Asteroid Crater

Crater-Scraper received an honorable mention in the 2013 eVolo Skyscraper Competition. Developed according to garden city principles, the Crater-Scraper’s layout comprises numerous clusters of

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Reflective Predator-Like Armor Clads the Cairns Botanical Gardens Visitor Center in Australia

Reflective Predator-Like Armor Clads the Cairns Botanical Gardens Visitor Center in Australia

The visitor center is clad in a series of flat panels that are each placed at different angles, warping the reflecting landscape in interesting ways. Likewise the building itself bends to accommodate

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Kia Opens Solar-Powered Car Dealership in South Africa

Kia Opens Solar-Powered Car Dealership in South Africa

Car dealerships tend not to be the greenest of buildings; they're typically located in strip-malls outside of town, and of course, they are made to hawk gas-guzzling vehicles. But Kia Motors is

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Zero Carbon Solar-Powered Long Studio Sits Gently Upon the Earth in Rural England

Zero Carbon Solar-Powered Long Studio Sits Gently Upon the Earth in Rural England

Modeled after the local vernacular in this agricultural region of England, The Long Studio leaves a massive aesthetic imprint, yet it has a very modest environmental footprint. Built with

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Melbourne’s St. Alfred’s Church Boasts Highly Sophisticated Passive Heating and Cooling Systems

Melbourne’s St. Alfred’s Church Boasts Highly Sophisticated Passive Heating and Cooling Systems

St. Alfred's Anglican Church consists of a main worshipping auditorium, a gathering foyer, meeting rooms, offices and a commercial kitchen as well as an outdoor play and barbeque area. One

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Copenhagen is on Track to Achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2025

Copenhagen is on Track to Achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2025

Image of Copenhagen, Shutterstock Lord Mayor Frank Jensen of Copenhagen recently announced that the city is on track for 2025 carbon neutrality. If measures implemented to reach this important

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Digitally-Fabricated Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion Collects Rainwater For Irrigation

Digitally-Fabricated Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion Collects Rainwater For Irrigation

The Boston Harbor Island Pavilion is located on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, the linear park created from burying I-93. The Pavilion was built to entice residents and visitors to visit the Harbor Islands, a

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