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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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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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Casa del Agua in Mexico City Serves Local Filtered Rainwater

Casa del Agua in Mexico City Serves Local Filtered Rainwater

Casa del Agua is a new artisan bar concept in Mexico City where you can go for a drink of rainwater! The water is served in specially-designed and reusable glass bottles, and it's harvested and filtered

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Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei’s Sparkling 2012 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion Opens Today!

Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei’s Sparkling 2012 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion Opens Today!

Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei sought to 'uncover' the past Serpentine Gallery Pavilions by taking visitors underground. 13 columns, each representing a previous architectural piece (including this

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Stay Cool in CplusC Architects’ Super Ventilated Curl Curl Beach House

Stay Cool in CplusC Architects’ Super Ventilated Curl Curl Beach House

Curl Curl House is comprised of two open spaces divided by a central core. The public side includes a kitchen, a dining room, and a living room while the private side has two bedrooms and a bathroom. The

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American Society of Landscape Architects Highlights 479 Green Infrastructure Projects

American Society of Landscape Architects Highlights 479 Green Infrastructure Projects

The American Society of Landscape Architects just released an incredible useful and comprehensive database of 479 case studies of successful “green rainwater infrastructure” projects. It

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Sprialing Phoenix International Media Center Rises in Beijing

Sprialing Phoenix International Media Center Rises in Beijing

The Phoenix Center is located in the city's largest park, which was once home to the 2008 Summer Olympic beach volleyball games. Surrounded by lush greens and public pathways, the building's open

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Beehive-Inspired Vertical Farm is a Self-Sufficient Mini Ecosystem for London

Beehive-Inspired Vertical Farm is a Self-Sufficient Mini Ecosystem for London

Xome Arquitectos began their design based on the premise that by 2050 more than 70% of the world's population will live in an urban environment. If this comes to fruition as expected, vertical farming

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Denmark’s New Odense Hospital is a Healing City of Glass Amid the Forest

Denmark’s New Odense Hospital is a Healing City of Glass Amid the Forest

Hospital buildings at the OUH are closely clustered together in a dense circle, which is surrounded by a pedestrian ring and walkways that shoot off in spokes from the center. Visitors and patients are

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WaterShed: University of Maryland’s Solar Decathlon Home Gives More Than It Takes

WaterShed: University of Maryland’s Solar Decathlon Home Gives More Than It Takes

Although the University of Maryland may have a home court advantage for the upcoming competition, now set to take place at West Potomac Park, we're not going to hold it against them. The small home is

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Shenzen Interchange: New Landmark Tower Has Green Pockets Chiseled Right Into Its Sides

Shenzen Interchange: New Landmark Tower Has Green Pockets Chiseled Right Into Its Sides

The location of the tower at major crossroads is a very significant aspect of the design and largely influenced the building's volume. A low shopping podium is diagonally cut in the same path as the

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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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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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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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Solar-Powered Machine Creates Rainbows From Recycled Rainwater

Solar-Powered Machine Creates Rainbows From Recycled Rainwater

McKean, a former resident at the Bemis Center and now a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, has been conducting tests on rainbow creation since 2002. The Bemis Center commissioned McKean to

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Acqua Viva: Sculptural Hanging Rainwater Collection System

Acqua Viva: Sculptural Hanging Rainwater Collection System

The Acqua Viva rainwater collection system is made up of a series of spiraling Flowforms that collect rainwater and send it into storage vessels. The terracotta flowforms and vessels are designed to be

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Natural Science Center Nominated for Mies van der Rohe Award

Natural Science Center Nominated for Mies van der Rohe Award

NORD Architects, who won the award to design the science center in 2007, created a building that caters to students, children and the various programs that take place inside. The purpose of the Natural

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Sustainable Marine Research Center Studies Tsunamis

Sustainable Marine Research Center Studies Tsunamis

The concept for the 2,500 sq m offshore marine center is a colossal white structure located about 150 meters off the of shoreline of Kuta Beach in Bali. Large windows provide views of the surrounding

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Striking Off-Grid House on the Osa Penninsula in Costa Rica

Striking Off-Grid House on the Osa Penninsula in Costa Rica

When SPG Architects took the job they set to work transforming an abandoned construction site into an elegant steel-framed concrete slab structure, which they used to create the masterpiece that is Casa

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Locally-Built Green Toilet Facilities Provide Safe Sanitation for India

Locally-Built Green Toilet Facilities Provide Safe Sanitation for India

Many villagers in rural India are in need of clean, safe toilet facilities and places to wash laundry. Seeking to provide a solution to this pressing need, the National Foundation for India asked New

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Castle in the Sky Italian Water Tower Creates its Own Rain!

Castle in the Sky Italian Water Tower Creates its Own Rain!

Castle in the Sky is a water tower concept for Latina, Italy that goes above and beyond just storing water for the city. Dreamed up by Atelier Ramdam Architects out of Paris, France, this heavenly design

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Fierce Solar-Powered Eco Tower is Perfect for Hot Climates

Fierce Solar-Powered Eco Tower is Perfect for Hot Climates

This spiraling hollow structure is an exploration into a new prototype for a sustainable tower that may become a necessity if the planet heats up even more than it already is. Wrapped in a thin membrane

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New Canary Islands Concert Hall Has a Semi-Intelligent Shading Facade

New Canary Islands Concert Hall Has a Semi-Intelligent Shading Facade

The shores of Arrecife on the island of Lanzarote in the Canary Islands will soon be graced by a beautiful new concert hall. Dutch architecture firm, Henning Larsen, took first place in a competition in

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Solar Shanghai Pavilion Made of Recycled CD Cases Nears Completion!

Solar Shanghai Pavilion Made of Recycled CD Cases Nears Completion!

With about 22 days to go until the start of the Shanghai World Expo, some of the amazing pavilions are already complete, while others are rushing to finish. The Shanghai Corporate Pavilion is almost done

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China Pavilion Unveiled at the 2010 Shanghai Expo

China Pavilion Unveiled at the 2010 Shanghai Expo

Construction is finally complete on the national pavilion for Shanghai's 2010 World Expo, which is set to start on May 1st of this year. The China Pavilion, also known as the Oriental Crown, represents

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Solar Building Skin Turns Sydney’s Ugliest Tower into an Eco-marvel

Solar Building Skin Turns Sydney’s Ugliest Tower into an Eco-marvel

Sydney's ugliest building may soon be getting a new lease on life through to a plan to 'reskin' the entire tower with a high-performance photovoltaic skin. Architecture firm Laboratory for Visionary

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Replacing Ugly Construction Site Barriers with Beautiful Living Green Walls

Replacing Ugly Construction Site Barriers with Beautiful Living Green Walls

Normally at a big construction site, an ugly OSB wall plastered with posters provides a barrier between the site and the rest of the city. Typically thought of as eyesores, these walls are anything but

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Manhole of the Future is Powered by Rainwater

Manhole of the Future is Powered by Rainwater

Instead of acting as one of the most bland parts of city landscapes, what if manholes served a purpose? That’s what designers Cheolyeon Jo and Youngsun Lee propose with their “Eco Sign“,

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Solar Shanghai Pavilion Made From Used CD Cases

Solar Shanghai Pavilion Made From Used CD Cases

Preparations for the Shanghai World Expo 2010 are heating up and many countries are getting in on the action by designing structures for the space. We couldn't help but be dazzled by the Shanghai

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Istanbul Unveils $1 Billion Green Super Development

Istanbul Unveils $1 Billion Green Super Development

In what is set to be the greenest development in Turkey, Istanbul recently unveiled the VARYAP Meridian Project, a mixed-use super-development that will house the city's new financial and business

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