Sustainable Building

A Single Tree Grows Inside Suppose Design Office’s House in Yagi

A Single Tree Grows Inside Suppose Design Office’s House in Yagi

House in Yagi isn't completely finished. In fact, the home was designed to not be completely finished even when the owner moved in - the concept was for the home to only meet the most basic needs. Suppose

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INTERVIEW: We Chat With 16 Year Old Tiny House Builder Austin Hay

INTERVIEW: We Chat With 16 Year Old Tiny House Builder Austin Hay

Austin always thought it would be cool to build a treehouse, but once he found out you could build homes on a trailer to make them mobile, he quickly changed his mind. Basing his house on the popular

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Bronx Box Prefab Fills a Narrow Urban Lot with a Charming Waterfront Home

Bronx Box Prefab Fills a Narrow Urban Lot with a Charming Waterfront Home

The Bronx Box is a charming waterfront home that adds up to much more than the sum of its prefab parts. The two-module prefabricated structure features multiple skylights that fill it with natural light

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Architecture for a Change: Cooking Up Community Spirit in Zandspruit, Johannesburg

Architecture for a Change: Cooking Up Community Spirit in Zandspruit, Johannesburg

Johannesburg-based architecture firm Architecture for a Change helped to create a low-cost community bakery in the Zandspruit region. Comprised of several friends who met at school, the firm is dedicated

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Bioclimatic Rio Branco 12 Tower to Set New Standards for Green Offices in Brazil

Bioclimatic Rio Branco 12 Tower to Set New Standards for Green Offices in Brazil

The Rio Branco 12 office tower on Rio Branco Avenue will have 21 floors. Currently undergoing an urban revitalization, Porto Maravilha is slated to become a new urban and commercial district with over 5

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Striking Prefab Margaret Whitlam Pavilion Completed at Canberra’s National Arboretum

Striking Prefab Margaret Whitlam Pavilion Completed at Canberra’s National Arboretum

After bush fires decimated areas around Canberra in 2001, the city decided to rebuild by creating the National Arboretum Canberra. Plans for the Arboretum actually date back over 100 years ago, when

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Ross Lovegrove’s Solar-Powered Alpine Capsule is a Space-Age Mountain Retreat

Ross Lovegrove’s Solar-Powered Alpine Capsule is a Space-Age Mountain Retreat

Designers like Ross Lovegrove, who think of cars on sticks and solar trees, are constantly pushing the envelope. You may think concepts like these are absolutely off the wall and completely impractical,

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Modern Renovation Brings Victorian Ranelagh House Back from the Brink in Dublin

Modern Renovation Brings Victorian Ranelagh House Back from the Brink in Dublin

When the project was brought to ODKM Architects, the home was in a serious state of disrepair after two decades of neglect. The front brickwork was bowed and structurally unsound, while the roof and 2

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Tiny Polyhedral Noa Prefab is a Geometry Lover’s Dream Home

Tiny Polyhedral Noa Prefab is a Geometry Lover’s Dream Home

Technically, the shape is a rhombic dodecahedron with a hexagon for a base; the geometry was specially designed by Orgusaar to create a space that was easily assembled out of identical elements. The

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INTERVIEW: Ed Mazria, Founder of Architecture 2030 Introduces the 2030 Palette

INTERVIEW: Ed Mazria, Founder of Architecture 2030 Introduces the 2030 Palette

Ed Mazria is the influential environmental architect behind the 2030 Challenge, which aims to eliminate the use of fossil fuels in new construction, and to cut the use of fossil fuels in existing

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Rotating Girasole Home Follows the Australian Sun

Rotating Girasole Home Follows the Australian Sun

Girasole House Rotation from Liz Eve on Vimeo DNA Architects were commissioned by builder John Andriolo of MAG Constructions, who, as a youth studying in Italy, dreamed of building a house that

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Melting Permafrost is Transforming the Landscape and Way of Life in Alaska

Melting Permafrost is Transforming the Landscape and Way of Life in Alaska

At one point, permanently-frozen ground, or permafrost, covered nearly 1/4 of the land on Earth -- but that’s changing as global warming is melting the ice and changing the landscape in places like

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INTERVIEW: Architect David Hertz Talks to Us About How To Build With Old Planes

INTERVIEW: Architect David Hertz Talks to Us About How To Build With Old Planes

Inhabitat: When did it first occur to you to use an old airplane to create parts of the house? David: I have been interested in what we Take, Make and Waste, from our society's waste streams for almost 3

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The Goods Line: Sydney Begins Work on its own High Line-Style Urban Park

The Goods Line: Sydney Begins Work on its own High Line-Style Urban Park

The Goods Line will be a 500-meter-long urban pedestrian and cycle network stretching from Railway Square through Ultimo to Darling Harbour. The park will serve as a hub that connects 80,000 students,

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USDA Invests $2 Million in Sustainable Wooden Skyscraper Competition

USDA Invests $2 Million in Sustainable Wooden Skyscraper Competition

Last week at a meeting hosted by the White House, the USDA announced plans to host a competition encouraging architects, engineers, and builders to start designing and building high rises out of a simple

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Green Cities Can Help Sustain the Future

INFOGRAPHIC: How Green Cities Can Help Sustain the Future

People around the world are moving to urban areas in record numbers - and for the first time ever there's more people living in cities than in rural areas. This trend is only set to accelerate, so it's

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Vertical Hyper-Speed Train Hub Literally Flips High Speed Rail on its Head

Vertical Hyper-Speed Train Hub Literally Flips High Speed Rail on its Head

Now, first, you're probably asking, how do you make a train go vertical without dumping all the people on their head!? Good question, but don't worry, UK designers Christopher Christophi and Lucas

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World’s Second Tallest Living Wall Completed in Medellin, Colombia

World’s Second Tallest Living Wall Completed in Medellin, Colombia

Groncol and Paisajismo Urbano have been working on a number of projects in Colombia recently, and they just completed the Green Medellin wall. Located on the side of a residential building in the "el

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6 Fascinating Underground Homes That Go Above and Beyond

6 Fascinating Underground Homes That Go Above and Beyond

STUNNING BURIED HOUSE IN VALS, SWITZERLAND Unlike other homes whose goal in life is to stick out like a sore thumb (read: that guy on your block who strings up enough holiday lights to cause a

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Art Barn: A Connecticut Live/Work Space Completely Wrapped in a Beautiful Living Wall

Art Barn: A Connecticut Live/Work Space Completely Wrapped in a Beautiful Living Wall

Can't you just smell the fresh, crisp air surrounding this beautiful leaf-clad home in Greenwich, CT? Called the Art Barn, this multi-functional space is an art gallery, a studio and a residence all in

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‘The Shed’ by Hufft Projects Glows Like a Lantern on a Hill in Missouri

‘The Shed’ by Hufft Projects Glows Like a Lantern on a Hill in Missouri

Hufft Projects completed the beautiful, modern Curved House for a couple in 2009. Not long afterwards, the owners asked them to design and build a shed to store maintenance equipment. Sited west of the

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INTERVIEW: Julie Torres Moskovitz Discusses Passive Houses & Her New Book ‘The Greenest Home’

INTERVIEW: Julie Torres Moskovitz Discusses Passive Houses & Her New Book ‘The Greenest Home’

We recently cornered Moskovitz and pressured her to answer all our questions. What better expert on passive houses is there than someone who builds them and has studied them extensively? Her book The

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Lush Green Walls Protect a Pond-Topped Sunken Chapel in Mexico

Lush Green Walls Protect a Pond-Topped Sunken Chapel in Mexico

The clients visited BNKR Arquitectura's La Estaancia Chapel in Cuernavaca and loved the feel of it, so they asked the firm to design a private chapel for their own yard at their home. They asked for the

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Noah’s Ark is a Sustainable Floating City for a Post-Apocalyptic World

Noah’s Ark is a Sustainable Floating City for a Post-Apocalyptic World

Aleksandar Joksimovic and Jelena Nikolic are from Serbia and designed Noah's Ark, a sustainable floating city, for the 2012 eVolo Skyscraper Competition. Their hope was to design a safe and

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Help Reaction Housing Send Stackable Exo Emergency Shelters to Refugees in Syria!

Help Reaction Housing Send Stackable Exo Emergency Shelters to Refugees in Syria!

The Exo Shelter is inspired by the humble coffee cup - a sturdy, stackable, insulated object that is easily transported and utilized to deliver life-saving sustenance. Turn that coffee cup upside down and

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Solar-Powered Bragg Hill Barn-Inspired Home Was Built to Last Several Generations in Rural Pennsylvania

Solar-Powered Bragg Hill Barn-Inspired Home Was Built to Last Several Generations in Rural Pennsylvania

When Barney and Nancy Leonard decided to move out of Philadelphia to Chester County and build a new home, they knew the home would be super sustainable. They hired Matthew Moger of Moger Mehrhof

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Interview: Adrian McCarroll on Building Villa Amanzi in an Open Tropical Environment

Interview: Adrian McCarroll on Building Villa Amanzi in an Open Tropical Environment

Inhabitat: How would you characterize the kind of architecture you create? Is there a unifying theme behind all your projects? Our principle driving force is to create places and spaces where people

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BIG Updates Plans for the Kimball Art Center Renovation in Park City, Utah

BIG Updates Plans for the Kimball Art Center Renovation in Park City, Utah

The Kimball Art Center has been a fixture on Main Street in Park City since 1976 and has long provided space for art exhibitions, education and events, especially the Sundance Film Festival held every

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LAN Wins Award to Revamp the Extraordinary Grand Palais Exhibition Center in Paris

LAN Wins Award to Revamp the Extraordinary Grand Palais Exhibition Center in Paris

The Grand Palais is a famous historic site in Paris that holds a number of worthwhile attractions, including an exhibition hall and science museum. Inspired by London's Crystal Palace, the grand hall is

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Blu Homes Unveils a Balance Prefab for Frank Lloyd Wright’s Grandson Near Taliesin

Blu Homes Unveils a Balance Prefab for Frank Lloyd Wright’s Grandson Near Taliesin

Tim Wright, who is the grandson of Frank Lloyd Wright as well as a documentary filmmaker, writer, and teacher, often spent his summers at Taliesin as a boy. Now he and his wife Karen, who is a board

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