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Extraordinary Timber Skin Wraps Around Alma Hotel in Italy’s Dolomites

Extraordinary Timber Skin Wraps Around Alma Hotel in Italy’s Dolomites

The architect, Ulla Hell, sought a new home for her family of five, and the existing 1960s hotel needed a smart upgrade. The residential addition is organized over two floors, and every room has access to

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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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Lanefab’s Rainwater Recycling Highbury House is Topped With a Rooftop Garden

Lanefab’s Rainwater Recycling Highbury House is Topped With a Rooftop Garden

The 20th & Highbury laneway house is a new infill mini home in Vancouver that was built by Lanefab for a couple with an interest in urban gardening. The project features rooftop gardening beds

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Turenscape Architects Turns a 54-Acre Garbage Dump Into a Luscious Low-Maintenance Park in China

Turenscape Architects Turns a 54-Acre Garbage Dump Into a Luscious Low-Maintenance Park in China

Tianjin Bridged – Qiaoyuan post-industrial park is a 54-acre site built on what was once a heavy polluted, littered and deserted garbage dump. The city’s municipal government called Turenscape to

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The Muse: Bere Architects’ Paradisiacal London Home Has Four Roof Gardens, Forty Trees, Ponds and Meadows

The Muse: Bere Architects’ Paradisiacal London Home Has Four Roof Gardens, Forty Trees, Ponds and Meadows

Inspired by the German Passivhaus approach and technical methods developed by physicist Wolfgang Feist, Bere Architects' own director Justin Bere started building his own home back in 2002. Low CO2

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Rainwater Harvesting PET-Tree System Makes Urban Gardening a Breeze

Rainwater Harvesting PET-Tree System Makes Urban Gardening a Breeze

Pet-Tree is a vertical eco gardening system made from recycled PET containers. The design consists of structural plastic pieces and PET pots that are combined to form a tree-like shape. The system also

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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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Sonnenschiff: Solar City Produces 4X the Energy it Consumes

Sonnenschiff: Solar City Produces 4X the Energy it Consumes

The project started out as a vision for an entire community -- the medium-density project balances size, accessibility, green space, and solar exposure. In all, 52 homes make up a neighborhood anchored to

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World Monument Fund and American Express Unveil Sustainable Easter Island Visitor Center

World Monument Fund and American Express Unveil Sustainable Easter Island Visitor Center

While tourist traffic to Easter Island is important, WMF wanted to ensure that it was managed to benefit, rather than deteriorate, the important archaeological sites on display there. The new green

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Zaragoza’s Solar-Powered Spanish Pavilion is Shielded by a Ceramic Forest

Zaragoza’s Solar-Powered Spanish Pavilion is Shielded by a Ceramic Forest

Mangado's Spanish Pavilion was originally constructed for the 2008 Zaragoza World Expo, which drew architects from around the globe to build incredible feats of forward-thinking architecture focused

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Gorgeous Modern Home is a Showcase of Green Technologies

Gorgeous Modern Home is a Showcase of Green Technologies

Studio A, Inc. is known for its green residential projects, and this 5,000 square-foot home on Johns Island in Charleston, South Carolina is perhaps one of their finest works to date. The residence

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Studiodosi’s Henge Adds a Radical, Modern Look to Leeds City Waterfront

Studiodosi’s Henge Adds a Radical, Modern Look to Leeds City Waterfront

Italian firm Studiodosi’s proposed building for the waterfront in Leeds, UK definitely packs a radical punch with its bright green facade, but its sustainable features are just as notable. Named “The

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Green Roofed Hillside Homes Blend Into their Environs

Green Roofed Hillside Homes Blend Into their Environs

Austrian architects Tobias Weiss and Gernot Reisenhofer have designed a beautiful series of terraced hillside homes that save energy by blending into their environment. Nestled against the surrounding

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Kokopo House Fuses Luxury and Sustainability Under One Roof

Kokopo House Fuses Luxury and Sustainability Under One Roof

The Kokopo House proves that luxury, eco-minded amenities and off-grid living may co-exist. Peering over the top of the forest, the home's open structure creates a luxurious treehouse-like escape deep

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Off-Grid Residence Helps Preserve New Mexico Ranch

Off-Grid Residence Helps Preserve New Mexico Ranch

Pioneering the way for sustainable homes in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Milder residence blends beautiful adobe architecture with elegant touches of modernism. Conceived by Boston-based Signer Harris

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Michael Jantzen’s Revolving R-House

Michael Jantzen’s Revolving R-House

Sustainable design superstar Michael Jantzen thrills us again with the oh-so-adaptable R-House. Intended as a vacation home, it is constructed nearly entirely from Accoya, a new 'species' of

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The Breezy, Beautiful Brazilian Leaf House

The Breezy, Beautiful Brazilian Leaf House

Outside of Rio de Janeiro, on a beautiful little beach with amazing blue water, sits a little house with a flowering roof that shades and protects like a big tropical banana leaf. Designed by Mareines +

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The First LEED Platinum Skyscraper Nearly Completed

The First LEED Platinum Skyscraper Nearly Completed

After four years of construction the world's most sustainable skyscraper is nearly completed! Situated at One Bryant park in Midtown Manhattan, the crystalline structure will be the first high-rise to

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Penn State’s LEED Gold School of Architecture

Penn State’s LEED Gold School of Architecture

As students return to campuses across the country for the start of another semester, colleges are starting to showcase some serious strides in sustainability. Some are investing in wind power and other

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The UniCube Sustainable Dorm Design

The UniCube Sustainable Dorm Design

Sheathed in walls of living green and resembling a pagoda emblazoned with a curving copper rooftop, this UniCube dormitory utilizes an impressive set of sustainable features to regulate its temperature,

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Landscape House for an Ecologist

PREFAB FRIDAY: Landscape House for an Ecologist

In 2006 the AIA set forth an architecture challenge to create ‘A House for an Ecologist’-- a home base from which a US Fish and Wildlife Service Ecologist in Residence could live and conduct field

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