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Mario Cucinella’s 20 Bright Green Schools in Gaza Will Educate up to 16,000 Children

Mario Cucinella’s 20 Bright Green Schools in Gaza Will Educate up to 16,000 Children

Mario Cucinella has designed a gorgeous prototype for the first of twenty green schools that will soon pop up throughout the Gaza Strip at a price of $2 million a pop. Combining contemporary sustainable

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Ábaton’s Converted Extremadura Stable is an Enviable Solar and Hydro-Powered Country Estate in Spain

Ábaton’s Converted Extremadura Stable is an Enviable Solar and Hydro-Powered Country Estate in Spain

The 1,056 square foot home really is the rustic home of anyone's dreams. Situated in a cozy corner of a 5 hectare plot, it is clad in original stone and finished off with other natural materials such as

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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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Apple Reveals Building Plan for Amazing Cupertino Campus with over 5MW Solar Roof

Apple Reveals Building Plan for Amazing Cupertino Campus with over 5MW Solar Roof

When renderings of the new Apple campus in Cupertino, California appeared on the scene in June we were stunned by its innovative shape, now we've learned that the new circular spaceship building, designed

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gmp Architekten Breaks Ground on New Solar Eco-Park in Qingdao, China

gmp Architekten Breaks Ground on New Solar Eco-Park in Qingdao, China

The new urban quarter will be about 10 sq. km in size - roughly the same as the Berlin Mitte district. Inspired by the surrounding landscape, the park's buildings will mirror the rock formations and green

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The Prefabricated Green-Roofed SAYAB Residential Complex Has an Infinite Lifecycle

The Prefabricated Green-Roofed SAYAB Residential Complex Has an Infinite Lifecycle

Luis Garrido's design was implemented by IC Prefabricados, and received, according to the designer, a Gold Medal in environmental responsibility from the Fundación América Sostenible. It's easy to see

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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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University of British Columbia’s CIRS Building is a Living Eco Laboratory in Vancouver

University of British Columbia’s CIRS Building is a Living Eco Laboratory in Vancouver

The building includes the BC Hydro Theatre, which utilizes advanced visualization and interaction technologies to engage audiences in environmental topics and climate change scenarios. It also features a

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Envision Solar Creates a Tracking Solar Tree for General Motors

Envision Solar Creates a Tracking Solar Tree for General Motors

General Motors has long been pursuing a more environmentally friendly business model, producing electric vehicles such as the Chevrolet Volt in landfill-free facilities. However, they can now add solar

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Leading Scientists Predict Giant Orbiting Power Plants Could Power the Earth by 2041

Leading Scientists Predict Giant Orbiting Power Plants Could Power the Earth by 2041

Solar power has been studied and tested for nearly 40 years, but only within the last few years have we seen innovations truly make leaps and bounds. Looking towards the future, scientists are now saying

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Quaint Poplar Garden House is a Low Impact Sculpture & Shed in The Netherlands

Quaint Poplar Garden House is a Low Impact Sculpture & Shed in The Netherlands

The allotment gardens are located close to the city center and serve as a green oasis between the railway track and the Helperzoom. Residents of the area can rent spaces for a reasonable amount in order

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LEED Platinum Kent Denver Dining Hall Provides a Holistic Experience in Colorado

LEED Platinum Kent Denver Dining Hall Provides a Holistic Experience in Colorado

Located in Englewood, Colorado the Kent Denver School is home to almost 700 middle and high school students. The 210-acre campus is home to a variety of environments including native grasslands, lakes,

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Germantown Sustainable Urban Science Center is a Green Roofed Living Laboratory in Philadelphia

Germantown Sustainable Urban Science Center is a Green Roofed Living Laboratory in Philadelphia

The site, a former brownfield, had to undergo extensive remediation in order to bring it up to acceptable standards. Even after the remediation there were areas that had to be capped to eliminate the

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Cogenra to Install Solar Array on Facebook’s 10,000 Square Foot Fitness Center

Cogenra to Install Solar Array on Facebook’s 10,000 Square Foot Fitness Center

Facebook recently announced its plans to install a solar array on its 10,000 square foot fitness center. The system will be designed and implemented by Cogenra Solar and will use the sun’s energy to

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Sanyo’s Shimmering Kasai Green Energy Park is Quite Possibly the Most Solar-Paneled-Out Compound in the World

Sanyo’s Shimmering Kasai Green Energy Park is Quite Possibly the Most Solar-Paneled-Out Compound in the World

Kasai Green Energy Park's administration building is quite possibly the most solar-paneled out building ever with double-facade panels (these are able to absorb solar rays from both their backs and

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INTERVIEW: University of Maryland Wins Big at the 2011 Solar Decathlon

INTERVIEW: University of Maryland Wins Big at the 2011 Solar Decathlon

Here at Inhabitat we're suckers for the Solar Decathlon -- the biennial design/build competition in which university design teams from all around the globe battle it out on the National Mall in Washington

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Refunc’s Solar-Powered Containosaurus Lands at Dutch Music Festival

Refunc’s Solar-Powered Containosaurus Lands at Dutch Music Festival

Here at Inhabitat we have seen many wonderful creations emerge from recycled shipping containers. From piled-up solar-powered houses to entire cities built from them, by comparison, Refunc's big-scale

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Shakti is a Solar-Powered Eco Retreat Nestled in the Himalayas

Shakti is a Solar-Powered Eco Retreat Nestled in the Himalayas

While the retreat may be of humble origins, the visitor experience is intended to be one of refinement. The main dining room serves up delicacies made by trained local residences. The rooms are kept cozy

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Zooom Productions’ Picturesque Salzburg Eco Office Blends into its Environs

Zooom Productions’ Picturesque Salzburg Eco Office Blends into its Environs

Sphere2 is situated adjacent to the facility's existing buildings, which were built using pre-fabricated KLH panels. The new building makes use of concrete and masonry construction clad with raw steel

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Norway’s Inspiria Science Center Promotes Clean Energy, the Environment, and Health

Norway’s Inspiria Science Center Promotes Clean Energy, the Environment, and Health

The 6,500 square meter center is composed of three wings that radiate out from a central double-height atrium. Designed with school children, families, and tourists in mind, the center inspires and

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Solar Cucumber Harvests Fresh Drinking Water From the Ocean

Solar Cucumber Harvests Fresh Drinking Water From the Ocean

The 'Solar Cucumber' is an innovative desalination plant design with the potential to help water-starved communities in coastal environments. The solar-powered desalination unit turns seawater to

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PHOTOS: Inhabitat Takes a Peek Inside the Panasonic Eco Ideas House in Tokyo, Japan

PHOTOS: Inhabitat Takes a Peek Inside the Panasonic Eco Ideas House in Tokyo, Japan

Panasonic created the Eco Ideas House to show the world how a symphony of their every-saving products working in concert can help consumers realize a zero CO2-emissions home, and live a more enriched

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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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Solar-Powered Black Forest Wooden House K is Built Around a Core of Clay

Solar-Powered Black Forest Wooden House K is Built Around a Core of Clay

The clients were looking for a contemporary wooden house that would provide them the most amount of comfort on their limited budget. The wooden post and beam house was designed around a central clay core

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Innovative Ray Solar Charger Juices Up Your iPod, iPhone or Other Gadget Using Sun Power

Innovative Ray Solar Charger Juices Up Your iPod, iPhone or Other Gadget Using Sun Power

Sunlight = free, electricity = not free, so doesn't it seem like a no-brainer to charge up your gadgets and small electronics using a solar charging device? That's exactly the thinking behind the Ray,

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Floating Marine Solar Cells Harvest Energy from the Sun and Waves

Floating Marine Solar Cells Harvest Energy from the Sun and Waves

Marine Solar Cells (MSC) by Phil Pauley are conceptual hybrid solar and wave energy generators designed to generate renewable energy off shore. The solar wave unit captures wave energy through natural

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Apple Patents Next Generation Solar Technology

Apple Patents Next Generation Solar Technology

The US Patent and Trademark Office just revealed that Apple has been granted 20 new patents which focus on next generation solar technology. According to PatentlyApple, the patents not only cover solar

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VIDEO: Announcing the Winner of the 2011 Solar Decathlon

VIDEO: Announcing the Winner of the 2011 Solar Decathlon

If you're anything like us, you've been having Solar Decathlon withdrawal since the biennial design-build competition ended at the beginning of the month. We're still buzzing with excitement from the

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6 Groundbreaking Green Innovations We Spotted at Popular Mechanics’ Breakthrough Awards

6 Groundbreaking Green Innovations We Spotted at Popular Mechanics’ Breakthrough Awards

OSORB We've written about Osorb before, but we were eager to see this miracle material in person. Made out of what is essentially glass, the substance acts like a nanomechanical sponge that absorbs

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