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Rainwater-Harvesting Vertical Garden Flourishes on the Facade of Barcelona’s Raval Theatre

Rainwater-Harvesting Vertical Garden Flourishes on the Facade of Barcelona’s Raval Theatre

Construction started on the Raval Theatre vertical garden in November of 2013 and it was quickly completed that December. The theater is located in Pedró Square in the Raval District of Barcelona, and

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Amazing “Green Machine” Mobile City Concept Transforms Deserts into Lush Oases

Amazing “Green Machine” Mobile City Concept Transforms Deserts into Lush Oases

In 2007, the UN declared that desertification is one of the world's biggest environmental challenges that lead to widespread famine and economic instability. Malka's thought experiment is a provoking

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Tiny Wooden Pods by Cannatà & Fernandes Pop Up in Portugal

Tiny Wooden Pods by Cannatà & Fernandes Pop Up in Portugal

The Nautic Club's modern small units stand out within the Abrantas natural park and traditional Portuguese architecture. They have a privileged view of the Tagus River and nearby green mountains.

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Uruguayan Surfer-Girl Builds Charming Off-Grid Accommodation Powered by Nature

Uruguayan Surfer-Girl Builds Charming Off-Grid Accommodation Powered by Nature

Originally from Montevideo, Victoria Gonzales migrates every year between Punta del Diablo and the shores of L.A. She leads a healthy lifestyle full of surfing, yoga and raw food, a philosophy that is

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Refuge du Goûter: Space-Age Self-Sufficient Alpine Lodge is the Highest Building in France

Refuge du Goûter: Space-Age Self-Sufficient Alpine Lodge is the Highest Building in France

Located on one of the most popular routes used by climbers hoping to scale Mont Blanc, the Refuge du Goûter took five years to plan and three more to build. Dubbed a 'high-altitude hotel,' the project

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Off-Grid, Solar-Powered Isolée Retreat Opens Like a Cupboard

Off-Grid, Solar-Powered Isolée Retreat Opens Like a Cupboard

Isolée is a three-story structure designed on a concrete pier foundation in order to limit its impact on the site. This creates a sense that the building is standing on feet, like an old stand-alone

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N55’s Walking House is a Modular, Self-Sufficient Dwelling for Modern Nomads

N55’s Walking House is a Modular, Self-Sufficient Dwelling for Modern Nomads

The Walking House enables people to live a peaceful nomadic life, moving slowly and gathering energy from the wind and sun. Its six autonomous legs are design to walk on any surface, with minimal impact

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Sosoljip is a Self-Sufficient Net Zero Energy House in South Korea

Sosoljip is a Self-Sufficient Net Zero Energy House in South Korea

After living for years in Seoul, Dr. Jung Soik wanted to move to a remote country village on Namhae, but wanted her home to be self-sufficient in terms of energy use. So she and Lifethings designed a

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Self-Sufficient Shipping Container Sauna Box Will Get You Hot & Steamy

Self-Sufficient Shipping Container Sauna Box Will Get You Hot & Steamy

We first caught wind of the Sauna Box back in 2005 and since then Castor has built a number of these custom units and updated them along the way. The Sauna Box is built within an 8x8x8 ft mini shipping

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Great City: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Unveil Plans For China’s First Self-Sufficient, Carless City

Great City: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Unveil Plans For China’s First Self-Sufficient, Carless City

The project envisions a city that avoids the high energy consumption and carbon emissions associated with suburban sprawl. According to the architects, Great City will be developed by Beijing Vantone

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Shelter@Rainforest: Self-Sufficient Net Zero Longhouse Supports Sustainable Reforestation in Malaysia

Shelter@Rainforest: Self-Sufficient Net Zero Longhouse Supports Sustainable Reforestation in Malaysia

Shelter@Rainforest is located in a remote location that is a five-hour drive from Kota Kinabalu in the state of Sabah, Malaysia. It serves as the family home for the manager of a forestry company that is

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Self-Sustaining HOUS.E+ is a Rammed Earth Home of the Future in Vancouver

Self-Sustaining HOUS.E+ is a Rammed Earth Home of the Future in Vancouver

Polifactory came up with the concept for the self-sufficient HOUS.E+ for the 100 Mile House design competition, which concluded in May. Although not a winner, the home makes use of number of sustainable

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Coodo’s Stylish Modular Units Can be Combined to Create the Prefab Home of Your Dreams

Coodo’s Stylish Modular Units Can be Combined to Create the Prefab Home of Your Dreams

The Coodo system of modular units includes a multifunctional pavilion, a pergola, a summer kitchen, mobile living units and residential buildings. Whether you need office space, a studio, a yoga pavilion,

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The Cube-Shaped Flotane is a Solar-Powered Rest Stop For Hikers in Norway

The Cube-Shaped Flotane is a Solar-Powered Rest Stop For Hikers in Norway

The parking area has long served as a departure point for hiking trips and as a rest stop for motorists along the Aurlandsfjellet Route. In 2010, the parking area was updated with service facilities,

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Portugal’s Off Grid Garducho Biological Center Promotes Habitat Protection

Portugal’s Off Grid Garducho Biological Center Promotes Habitat Protection

The aim of the Garducho Biological Center (Estação Biológica do Garducho) is to foster sensitivity to the importance of biodiversity, and to increase scientific knowledge on the species and habitats in

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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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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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Self-Sustaining Haiti Children’s Academy Breaks Ground Outside Port-au-Prince

Self-Sustaining Haiti Children’s Academy Breaks Ground Outside Port-au-Prince

Haiti Partners secured a 2.8 acre parcel in Bawosya, in the mountains 4 miles southeast of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The project will consist of eight classroom buildings with two classrooms each, as well as

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Team Belgium’s E-Cube 2011 Solar Decathlon House is a DIY Modular Kit-Home

Team Belgium’s E-Cube 2011 Solar Decathlon House is a DIY Modular Kit-Home

Through their various decisions, the 40-member team from Ghent University constantly stressed affordability and efficiency. The house begins with a starter unit that, and according to the buyer’s time

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Team Massachusetts’ 4D Solar Decathlon Home is a 21st-Century Take on the Gable House

Team Massachusetts’ 4D Solar Decathlon Home is a 21st-Century Take on the Gable House

The 4D Home beautifully blends traditional architecture with modern building techniques to create an exceptionally efficient off-grid home that can produce more energy than it consumes. The heart of the

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Team Canada’s TRTL Solar Decathlon House is a Modern Take on a Native American Home

Team Canada’s TRTL Solar Decathlon House is a Modern Take on a Native American Home

Building on the importance of family and community gathering, the open plan TRTL house features a flexible dining and living area that fosters family relationships. The two bedroom home can be assembled

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Team New Zealand’s First Light House Wins the Engineering Contest at the 2011 Solar Decathlon

Team New Zealand’s First Light House Wins the Engineering Contest at the 2011 Solar Decathlon

We've been sitting on the edges of our seats all day, anxiously awaiting today's Engineering Contest results at the 2011 Solar Decathlon. The results were just announced, and we're happy to report that

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University of Maryland’s WaterShed Solar Decathlon House Takes First Place In Architecture!

University of Maryland’s WaterShed Solar Decathlon House Takes First Place In Architecture!

Before one even enters the Watershed house the lush green native landscaping and natural siding stand out. The University of Maryland architecture students made a conscious effort to source local plants

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Tidewater Virginia’s Unit 6 Unplugged Solar Decathlon House Embraces History and Tradition

Tidewater Virginia’s Unit 6 Unplugged Solar Decathlon House Embraces History and Tradition

The furniture in the Unit 6 Unplugged house reflects the influence of the Arts and Crafts movement, which originated in England in the late 19th century and was spread worldwide by architects and

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New Zealand’s First Light Solar Decathlon House Puts an Innovative Twist on the Basics

New Zealand’s First Light Solar Decathlon House Puts an Innovative Twist on the Basics

Several unique features set the house apart from the rest. Inspired by the traditional New Zealand holiday home, the “Kiwi bach”, socializing and a relationship with nature were of prime importance in

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Luis de Garrido Unveils Incredible Glass-Domed Eco House Shaped Like the Eye of Horus

Luis de Garrido Unveils Incredible Glass-Domed Eco House Shaped Like the Eye of Horus

The multi-level central dome is framed with steel and clad in glazed glass panels that permit sunlight all year round. Although the greenhouse effect promotes natural heating, certain measures - such as

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Underground Skyscraper is a Self-Sufficient Desert City

Underground Skyscraper is a Self-Sufficient Desert City

An entry in next year's eVolo Skyscraper Competition, the inverted skyscraper is a completely self-sufficient underground city capable of producing its own food and energy and creating a

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Futuristic Floating City is an Ecotopia at Sea

Futuristic Floating City is an Ecotopia at Sea

Futuristic floating cities seek to provide a solution to many of our environmental problems, like rising sea levels, increasing temperatures and dwindling resources. Recently Japanese building firm

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Sub Biosphere 2: A Self-Sustaining Underwater City

Sub Biosphere 2: A Self-Sustaining Underwater City

Biosphere 2 never lasted too long, but there were certainly many lessons to be learned about living self-sufficiently, and even sustainably. UK-based designer Phil Pauley envisions another biosphere set

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