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Prefab Ekó Solar Decathlon House is an Awesome Sustainable Housing Solution for Brazil

Prefab Ekó Solar Decathlon House is an Awesome Sustainable Housing Solution for Brazil

Team Brasil chose wood as the main construction materials for their solar-powered Ekó House since these are more readily available in their home country and because they help to raise awareness of the

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Sustainable Keast Park Community Pavilion is the Ultimate Lawn Sports Haven in Australia

Sustainable Keast Park Community Pavilion is the Ultimate Lawn Sports Haven in Australia

The original community facility was in disrepair and badly in need of an update, so Jackson Clements Burrows worked with the city and local residents to design a multi-purpose space for everyone. The

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Team Basque’s Solar Decathlon Ekihouse Promotes Self-Sufficiency and ‘The Simple Life’

Team Basque’s Solar Decathlon Ekihouse Promotes Self-Sufficiency and ‘The Simple Life’

The Ekihouse utilizes simplicity and functionality as its founding principles, and the result is an easily replicated dwelling that has a unique beauty to its facade. The multi-purpose design of the

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Super-Efficient MED in Italy House Takes the Lead at the 2012 Solar Decathlon Europe

Super-Efficient MED in Italy House Takes the Lead at the 2012 Solar Decathlon Europe

MED in Italy is a clever play on words that refers to the fact that the home was made in Italy, but it also refers to the Mediterranean climate around which the home was designed. In order to be able to

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Lufa Farms Brings Large-Scale Rooftop Farming To Montreal

Lufa Farms Brings Large-Scale Rooftop Farming To Montreal

When designing the greenhouse, the Lufa Farms team investigated what conditions suit each type of food grown in order to maximize yield. They use a rainwater harvesting system to put a minimal burden on

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Renzo Piano’s MUSE Museum is a Sustainable Building that Will Help Revitalize Trento’s Riverfront

Renzo Piano’s MUSE Museum is a Sustainable Building that Will Help Revitalize Trento’s Riverfront

The museum is part of a larger redevelopment effort in this part of Trento which will include housing, leisure, retail and office space, all to be designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop. The former

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58 Stevens Street: Zero-Carbon Aussie House Wins AIA Sustainability Award

58 Stevens Street: Zero-Carbon Aussie House Wins AIA Sustainability Award

In order to understand the magnitude of what has been achieved at 58 Stevens Street, we must first understand what "zero carbon" really means. There are some variations in interpretation, but most agree

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A House for Three Sisters Combines Multiple Families and Sensitive Design in Spain

A House for Three Sisters Combines Multiple Families and Sensitive Design in Spain

A House for Three Sisters is essentially three homes joined together and united by shared common spaces in the center in Bullas, Spain. Each home has great views, an upstairs master suite and its own

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Seal Rocks House is a Net Zero Energy Surfer’s Haven in Australia

Seal Rocks House is a Net Zero Energy Surfer’s Haven in Australia

Seal Rocks House 4 is organized as a basic square shape on a single level with a large open courtyard in the middle. The home has an area of 219 sq m (2,357 sq ft) with 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, a laundry area,

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Ta Phin’s Bright Red Solar-Powered Community House is Made by and for Local Vietnamese

Ta Phin’s Bright Red Solar-Powered Community House is Made by and for Local Vietnamese

Easily visible from afar, the Ta Phin community house sits amid a verdant setting 17km from Sapa, which is popular among tourists. It comes with an herb garden to promote sustainable agriculture, along

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Pelli Clarke Pelli’s Yale-NUS Campus Breaks Ground in Singapore

Pelli Clarke Pelli’s Yale-NUS Campus Breaks Ground in Singapore

The architectural language used by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects seeks to balance the traditions of Yale's campus in New Haven with those of Southeast Asia. According to the Pelli Clarke Pelli

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Self-Sufficient Brick Home in China Relies on Pigs for Energy

Self-Sufficient Brick Home in China Relies on Pigs for Energy

Lin's design follows a number of sustainable principles so that during the rainy season water is harvested on the roof and filters down to be stored in a large container for the rest of the year. Space is

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Solar-Powered Swiss Clockwork Embassy in Cameroon Will Have a Green Roof

Solar-Powered Swiss Clockwork Embassy in Cameroon Will Have a Green Roof

The Swiss embassy complex has been designed to have three main functions: the Chancellery, the Ambassador's residence and staff quarters. Private and public functions have been separated, and the

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Probiomed is a High-Tech & Eco Friendly Medical Research Center in Mexico

Probiomed is a High-Tech & Eco Friendly Medical Research Center in Mexico

Located in the small town of Tenancingo in the State of Mexico (about 150 kilometers southwest of Mexico City), Probiomed is a medical research and production facility that produces biomedical products,

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Terracotta-Colored High School in Senegal Only Needs A/C 2 Months a Year

Terracotta-Colored High School in Senegal Only Needs A/C 2 Months a Year

Mostly locally-sourced materials were used to construct the Jean Mermoz High School in Dakar, which cut down the project's carbon footprint considerably. Further reducing its environmental impact, the

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Phipps Conservatory’s Net-Zero Center for Sustainable Landscapes Opens Next Month

Phipps Conservatory’s Net-Zero Center for Sustainable Landscapes Opens Next Month

Quite impressively, the Center for Sustainable Landscapes at Phipps Conservatory is expected to meet or exceed the three toughest green building and landscape standards: the Living Building Challenge,

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Urban-Think Tank Awarded Silver Holcim Award For Colorful Community Center in São Paulo

Urban-Think Tank Awarded Silver Holcim Award For Colorful Community Center in São Paulo

Although Grotão is located in the center of the city, only one road connects it to the larger circulation systems of Sao Paulo, which limits the residents access to essential amenities. The goal of

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Prefabricated Parabolic Camping Pods in Steamy Australia Require no A/C

Prefabricated Parabolic Camping Pods in Steamy Australia Require no A/C

The Drew House was also restricted by serious bush fire requirements, so Laws chose to "build the pods using a simple steel and plantation timber frame with low density cement sheet walling and steel

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Singapore’s Supertree-Sprouting Gardens by the Bay Set to Officially Open This June

Singapore’s Supertree-Sprouting Gardens by the Bay Set to Officially Open This June

Singapore’s sprawling supertree-sprouting Gardens by the Bay are rapidly nearing completion - and one of the three indoor gardens, Bay East has already opened to the public with rave reviews. Designed

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Gorgeous 19th Century Georgian Farmhouse Gets a LEED Gold Renovation

Gorgeous 19th Century Georgian Farmhouse Gets a LEED Gold Renovation

The farmhouse, built in 1870, is an exquisite example of old world charm, complete with plentiful porches and capped with a cupola on the third floor. The house sits on Hardman Farm, a 173-acre site that

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NASA-Patented Technology Purifies Vittori Lab’s Greenery-Filled AirTrain

NASA-Patented Technology Purifies Vittori Lab’s Greenery-Filled AirTrain

Even though trains are considered more eco-friendly than a pile of people driving their own cars, let's face it - they aren't exactly the freshest green places to hang out. So Vittori Lab and a handful of

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Geotectura Breaks Ground on Israel’s First LEED Platinum Building

Geotectura Breaks Ground on Israel’s First LEED Platinum Building

Geotectura together with Axelrod-Grobman Architects and Chen Architects just broke ground on a futuristic new building for the Porter School of Environmental Studies that will be Israel's first LEED

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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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Climate Smart Cape Town’s COP 17 Pavilion is Made of 1,884 Recycled Milk Crates

Climate Smart Cape Town’s COP 17 Pavilion is Made of 1,884 Recycled Milk Crates

The Climate Smart Cape Town pavilion's milk crates and 22,000 plastic milk bottles were attached to a 15 x 12m scaffolding frame and act as ‘cells’ that have a superior thermal mass for a project that

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Self-Sufficient Thessaloniki Piers Pavilions Are Topped With Shiny Solar Orbs

Self-Sufficient Thessaloniki Piers Pavilions Are Topped With Shiny Solar Orbs

The Thessaloniki Water Transport system makes use of four piers (Eleutheria Square, Megaro, Aretsou, Perea) around the Greek city to pick up and drop off ferry passengers. Giannikis SHOP proposed a

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The Bilbao Arena’s Green Lizard-Like Facade Defends Against the Spanish Sun

The Bilbao Arena’s Green Lizard-Like Facade Defends Against the Spanish Sun

There are two parts to the Bilbao Arena, which is open to local residents when there are no sporting activities taking place. The loud enclosed arena is situated further away from the surrounding homes to

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San Francisco to Turn Old Limo Terminal Into a Sea Lion-Friendly Waterfront Park

San Francisco to Turn Old Limo Terminal Into a Sea Lion-Friendly Waterfront Park

The biologically sound wetland remediation project at Pier 27 demonstrates the port's commitment to the stewardship of waterfront historic resources. The project also has the potential to be a harbinger

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Modern Mission Hall House is Clad in Recycled Clay Tiles

Modern Mission Hall House is Clad in Recycled Clay Tiles

The two-story house resides beneath the boughs of an old oak tree and overlooks a richly planted yard and the open country. The sustainable home was sited on a small lot, so the architects emphasized the

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Karim Rashid’s Amazing Komb House in Cairo Bursts with Eco-Friendly Color

Karim Rashid’s Amazing Komb House in Cairo Bursts with Eco-Friendly Color

Rashid incorporated a host of passive and active design principles into this small home. All of the lighting is derived from energy-efficient LEDs, water is heated using solar panels, and all of the

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PHOTOS: Sanitov Studio’s Green Roofed Floating Home is Almost Complete – Exclusive at London Design Festival!

PHOTOS: Sanitov Studio’s Green Roofed Floating Home is Almost Complete – Exclusive at London Design Festival!

Alexander Host, the Danish designer behind many of the project's most special features, including an illuminated, sculptural facade, a waterproof hull, 93% recycled stone cladding, and many of the

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