“sustainable architecture”

The First Passive House in Texas is an Amazing DIY Renovation

The First Passive House in Texas is an Amazing DIY Renovation

Passive houses are some of the most energy efficient houses out there and completely prove themselves when it comes to the performance. Most of the time, passive houses are new construction in order to

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HASSELL’s Palm Island Uses Surrounding Pools to Keep Cool in Chongqing, China

HASSELL’s Palm Island Uses Surrounding Pools to Keep Cool in Chongqing, China

The recently completed hospitality and restaurant complex is built on an isthmus between two man-made pools. Water is central to the design of the project and the pools seep into the pedestrian courtyard

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Kleinwingerd is a Simple & Naturally Ventilated Vineyard Retreat in South Africa

Kleinwingerd is a Simple & Naturally Ventilated Vineyard Retreat in South Africa

The one bedroom home is located at the back of a rectangular plot. This layout provides the home with excellent views its surroundings and distances it from the road for increased privacy. The small

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New Mexico Highlands University Student Centre Responds to Desert Climate with a Sun-Tracking Louvered Facade

New Mexico Highlands University Student Centre Responds to Desert Climate with a Sun-Tracking Louvered Facade

Work began on the new Student Centre in 2010 and it was just recently completed this summer under the guidance of Diamond Schmitt Architects and aided by Studio Southwest Architects. Located at an

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Charming Tree Snake Houses Stand on Stilts at Portugal’s Pedras Salgadas Eco Resort

Charming Tree Snake Houses Stand on Stilts at Portugal’s Pedras Salgadas Eco Resort

Pedras Salgadas Eco Resort is a quiet retreat in the Parque de Pedras Salgadas, a pristine national park in northern Portugal. The popular spa & nature park started with seven little cabins perched on

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Sunset Magazine’s 2013 Idea Town Opens This Week in Seabrook, Washington

Sunset Magazine’s 2013 Idea Town Opens This Week in Seabrook, Washington

The Sunset Idea Town 2013 includes two Idea Houses and courtyard guest cottages with a shared courtyard and outdoor living space. The homes are within a close walking distance to Seabrook's local

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Brooks + Scarpa Complete Saw-Toothed Metalsa Center for Innovation in Mexico

Brooks + Scarpa Complete Saw-Toothed Metalsa Center for Innovation in Mexico

Metalsa SA and Brooks + Scarpa unveiled the plans for the dramatic industrial building back in 2012 and we're thrilled to see it completed and in operation. The project is located in a new Research and

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William Lee’s Beautiful Living Wall System Gives Building Facades a Green Upgrade

William Lee’s Beautiful Living Wall System Gives Building Facades a Green Upgrade

Designer William Lee has created a beautiful living wall system that combines the architectural qualities of a building facade with the lush appearance of a living wall. The system consists of a set of

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Ford, Powell & Carson Unveils Plans to Renovate Aging San Antonio Military Base With Green Housing

Ford, Powell & Carson Unveils Plans to Renovate Aging San Antonio Military Base With Green Housing

San Antonio-based architecture firm Ford, Powell & Carson was recently awarded top honors in the Low Impact Development Design Competition for their environmentally and contextually sensitive proposal

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Passive House Infographic Shows the Benefits of Building Efficient, Tightly Insulated Homes

Passive House Infographic Shows the Benefits of Building Efficient, Tightly Insulated Homes

Does insulation excite you? No? Well how about a house with zero heating bill? If you've been reading Inhabitat for a while there's a good chance you know what a passive house is. These super insulated,

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LivingHomes Debuts Next-Generation Zero Energy C6 Prefab Home

LivingHomes Debuts Next-Generation Zero Energy C6 Prefab Home

LivingHomes debuted the new and improved C6 model at Dwell on Design back in June. “Based on sales and interest, the C6 has been our most successful LivingHome to date,” said Steve Glenn, founder and

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Dynamic Vertical Farm Networks Could Provide More Space for Growing Food in China

Dynamic Vertical Farm Networks Could Provide More Space for Growing Food in China

Only 15 percent of China's total land area can be cultivated, which represents 10 percent of the global arable land, but this land is decreasing as the population grows. The Dyv-Net scheme is a vertical

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Team Israel’s Ultra-Efficient Solar Decathlon China Prefab is Based on Ancient Building Traditions

Team Israel’s Ultra-Efficient Solar Decathlon China Prefab is Based on Ancient Building Traditions

Team Israel's "All [e] Land" home is a net zero prefab that blends Israel's traditional building techniques with new technologies and sustainability. The design is based on a Mediterranean “4 Room

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Spark Architects’ Chongqing Clubhouse Rises in China

Spark Architects’ Chongqing Clubhouse Rises in China

The playful Clubhouse in Chongqing is the first part of a series of leisure facilities that Spark Architects designed for a large villa community in the outskirts of Chongqing, China. The clubhouse forms

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SOAK Pop-Up Shipping Container Spa Promotes Health & Sustainability in San Francisco

SOAK Pop-Up Shipping Container Spa Promotes Health & Sustainability in San Francisco

Spas are a luxurious place to relax and heal, but that doesn't mean they need to be wasteful power hogs flushing water down the drain. San Francisco startup SOAK wants to bring healthy and sustainable

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Locomotive Ranch Trailer House is Built Around a Vintage Trailer in South Texas

Locomotive Ranch Trailer House is Built Around a Vintage Trailer in South Texas

The river is prone to flash flooding, so to ensure the house and surrounding landscape would be safe, careful consideration was applied to the foundation. The vintage trailer is cradled in a steel-framed

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to CodeGreen Solutions’ Stephen Rizzo About Greening Existing Buildings

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to CodeGreen Solutions’ Stephen Rizzo About Greening Existing Buildings

CodeGreen's own LEED Platinum office space in NYC INHABITAT: Can you tell us a little bit about CodeGreen and what it does? Stephen: CodeGreen finds solutions for bringing sustainability and efficiency

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House in a Warehouse: Splinter Society Architecture Turns Old Warehouse Into Garden Oasis Home in Melbourne

House in a Warehouse: Splinter Society Architecture Turns Old Warehouse Into Garden Oasis Home in Melbourne

The old warehouse is located in a dense urban setting surrounded by homes and buildings on all sides. The client tasked local firms Splinter Society Architecture and Birdsmouth Construction to transform

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Grimshaw Architects Completes Light & Airy Highpoint Shopping Centre in Melbourne

Grimshaw Architects Completes Light & Airy Highpoint Shopping Centre in Melbourne

The Highpoint Shopping Centre is located about eight kilometers northwest of Melbourne's central business district in the suburb of Maribyrnong. Grimshaw Architects was tasked with designing the 30,000

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Energy-Efficient Waverley House Embraces the Outdoors in Sydney, Australia

Energy-Efficient Waverley House Embraces the Outdoors in Sydney, Australia

The client's run-down home was bordered to the north by a much larger building that shades the lot. Despite that limitation, Anderson Architecture worked to design a new home that could still bring in

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New Prefab Disaster Housing Prototype to Be Tested Out in NYC

New Prefab Disaster Housing Prototype to Be Tested Out in NYC

New York City wasn't ready when Hurricane Sandy hit last year, but city officials are hoping that a new prefab disaster housing prototype will help them prepare for the next big storm. Part of the Office

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Cradle-to-Cradle Inspired Netherlands Institute of Ecology Celebrates Biodiversity

Cradle-to-Cradle Inspired Netherlands Institute of Ecology Celebrates Biodiversity

Situated on the edge of Wageningen University, the Netherlands Institute of Ecology is carefully located to take advantage of a green center of knowledge. The goal was to design and build the most

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Green-Roofed World Green Center in Chile Aims To Reshape the Capital’s Cityscape

Green-Roofed World Green Center in Chile Aims To Reshape the Capital’s Cityscape

The architects conceived the “unused” space of the project as public space or infrastructure that connects urban commuters and draws them towards “server spaces” such as art galleries, convention

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BIG Unveils Twisting LEED Platinum Telus Sky Tower for Calgary

BIG Unveils Twisting LEED Platinum Telus Sky Tower for Calgary

BIG is collaborating with the Canadian architecture firm Dialog to design the mixed-use tower for the developer Westbank Corp. Calgary is a rapidly growing city and features cluster or towers in the

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Beautifully Renovated Hispasat Office is Wrapped in a Space-Age Solar Facade

Beautifully Renovated Hispasat Office is Wrapped in a Space-Age Solar Facade

Rather than building a brand new office, Spanish communication satellite company Hispasat chose to renovate their existing headquarters with a stunning perforated facade that actually improves the

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Reciproboo: A Simple Reciprocal Bamboo Frame Emergency Shelter

Reciproboo: A Simple Reciprocal Bamboo Frame Emergency Shelter

A reciprocal frame is a self-supporting system of beams or poles that require not center pole or support beam. In a reciprocal system, each pole relies on the pole beneath it for support and can be built

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Sitbon Architects’ Dead Sea ‘Cristal’ Pavilion is Actually Made of Salt!

Sitbon Architects’ Dead Sea ‘Cristal’ Pavilion is Actually Made of Salt!

The Dead Sea is located well below sea level - and it's actually sinking and drying up - but still thousands of people flock to the sea to float in its waters and improve their health. To draw attention

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ShelterKraft Werks Builds Homes & Shops from Reclaimed Shipping Containers

ShelterKraft Werks Builds Homes & Shops from Reclaimed Shipping Containers

ShelterKraft Werks in Seattle has the pick of the litter with unused shipping containers that come into port. The containers, which are made of sturdy Corteen steel, are costly to melt down and recycle,

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Chaise Urbaine: MVRDV Unveils Plans to Turn Industrial Buildings into a Plant-Covered Urban Oasis

Chaise Urbaine: MVRDV Unveils Plans to Turn Industrial Buildings into a Plant-Covered Urban Oasis

The waterfront along the river in Strasbourg is undergoing a transformation as the area is updated with fresh new residences and offices. With its close connection to the water and transportation, the

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LightWall Salvaged Material Pavilion Features an Upcycled Glass Bottle Wall

LightWall Salvaged Material Pavilion Features an Upcycled Glass Bottle Wall

LightWall was one of about a dozen entries in the 2012 ReSpace Competition and was selected as the Grand Prize winner. The project was designed by Scott Hefner and Abe Drechsler of the NCSU College of

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