Sustainable Building

BIG Unveils Plans for Massive Green Overhaul of Miami Beach Convention Center

BIG Unveils Plans for Massive Green Overhaul of Miami Beach Convention Center

The goal of the new convention center and surrounding support areas is to bring Miami Beach to the convention center, including the cool shade of tropical trees, art deco styling, human-scaled

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Upcycle House: Lendager Architects Building $175,000 Home Entirely from Recycled Materials in Denmark

Upcycle House: Lendager Architects Building $175,000 Home Entirely from Recycled Materials in Denmark

The goal of the Upcycle House is to build a home with a minimal carbon footprint by using materials with a low embodied energy. In choosing materials for the project, Lendager based its selections on four

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Purchase Tickets for the Bay Area Screening of Studio H’s New Documentary “If You Build It”

Purchase Tickets for the Bay Area Screening of Studio H’s New Documentary “If You Build It”

If you find yourself in the Bay Area on May 28th, don't miss out on your chance to attend a sneak peek screening of If You Build It—a full-length documentary film about Studio H's revolutionary

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SOM’s Tanjong Pagar Centre Will Be the Tallest Building in Singapore

SOM’s Tanjong Pagar Centre Will Be the Tallest Building in Singapore

The Tanjong Pagar Centre will be part of the Singapore Urban Redevelopment Authority's vision to create "lively and attractive public places, protected and useful outdoor gathering spaces and sustainable

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The First Active House in North America is Now Complete Near St. Louis

The First Active House in North America is Now Complete Near St. Louis

Active House specifications were first developed in Europe and the Smith House in St. Louis is the first to be built and certified in North America. The standards, like many other green building systems,

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Bad Buildings Kill – Rana Plaza and the Case For Stringent Building Practices

Bad Buildings Kill – Rana Plaza and the Case For Stringent Building Practices

Photo by Andrew Biraj for Reuters We've been closely following the Rana Plaza tragedy in Bangladesh, where over 700 people have lost their lives when an eight-story garment factory collapsed on April

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MVRDV & Space Group Propose Plan for Green & Sustainable Growth in Norway

MVRDV & Space Group Propose Plan for Green & Sustainable Growth in Norway

Danish firm, MVRDV and the Norwegian firm of Space Group joined as a team to envision a future growth pattern for Stavenger, Norway on the southwest coast. The town, which is booming from growth in the

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Perkins + Will’s Prefab Sprout Space Classroom is a Healthy, Green Learning Environment

Perkins + Will’s Prefab Sprout Space Classroom is a Healthy, Green Learning Environment

Approximately 7.5 million students in the US are taught in more than 300,000 portable classrooms. Many of them are outdated. Sprout Space offers an alternative to yesterday's portable classrooms. Created

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BVN Architecture Unveils 3D Puzzle Emergency Shelter at Melbourne Exhibition

BVN Architecture Unveils 3D Puzzle Emergency Shelter at Melbourne Exhibition

The Melbourne Emergency Shelter Exhibition lasted from May 1-5, 2013 and was held in Federation Square where leading architects from the area designed and built emergency shelters. The purpose of the

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Spain’s Energy-Saving Ego Sport Center Supports a Healthy & Sustainable Lifestyle

Spain’s Energy-Saving Ego Sport Center Supports a Healthy & Sustainable Lifestyle

The new Ego Sport Center by Ferrer Arquitectos is a partial renovation of the pre-existing Ismael Moratón Sports Complex. This facility used to house an indoor and outdoor pool used for the Mediterranean

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Kagithane Gardens: JDS Architects Unveil Green-Roofed Daylit Office for Istanbul

Kagithane Gardens: JDS Architects Unveil Green-Roofed Daylit Office for Istanbul

Kagithane Gardens is a premier office and retail project that is designed to catalyze a new business district in Kagithane in the northern part of Istanbul. The M-shaped building rises up from courtyards

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Studio-E Architecture’s Oregon Passive House Makes Use of Recycled Materials

Studio-E Architecture’s Oregon Passive House Makes Use of Recycled Materials

The Fern Ridge Lake Residence is located on a 40-acre site on a bluff outside of Eugene, Oregon. The home is joined by an artist studio, a three-car garage and a number of outdoor living spaces to enjoy

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Gensler’s LGBT Affordable Senior Housing to Break Ground in Chicago This Summer

Gensler’s LGBT Affordable Senior Housing to Break Ground in Chicago This Summer

Gensler was the architect for the LEED Silver Center on Halsted, which is a community center dedicated to the LGBT community with almost a quarter of its programs dedicated to seniors. Center on Halsted

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Apartment No. 1 is Built Completely Out of Recycled Stone in Mahallat, Iran

Apartment No. 1 is Built Completely Out of Recycled Stone in Mahallat, Iran

The region around Mahallat has considerable travertine deposits, which is mined and cut into tile in factories. However the process of cutting tile is incredibly energy intensive, and the production of

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Historic Barn to be Transformed into Live-Work Architecture and Art Studios Near Moscow

Historic Barn to be Transformed into Live-Work Architecture and Art Studios Near Moscow

Nikola-Lenivets is a creative cluster about 100 miles outside of Moscow and started by Nikolay Polissky, a landscape painter from Moscow. During the Soviet Era, the area was a kolkhoz, or state-run

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Abandoned Pearl Brewery Adapted into a Vibrant Mixed-Use Project in San Antonio

Abandoned Pearl Brewery Adapted into a Vibrant Mixed-Use Project in San Antonio

Pearl Brewing Company was originally founded in 1883 in San Antonio and this brewery was built in 1973, but in 1985, the company was bought out by Pabst Brewing Company. They shut the brewery down in 1991

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Solar-Powered Salam Cardiac Centre is a Shipping Container Medical Facility in Sudan

Solar-Powered Salam Cardiac Centre is a Shipping Container Medical Facility in Sudan

The Salam Centre has been offering up free pediatric and adult cardiac health care since 2007 and is run by the Italian humanitarian organization EMERGENCY. During the design phase, TAMassociati

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Shortlist for the 2013 Aga Khan Award for Architecture Announced

Shortlist for the 2013 Aga Khan Award for Architecture Announced

The shortlist of nominees for the 2013 Aga Khan Award for Architecture were just announced in Spain - and the list includes outstanding projects ranging form a school in Afghanistan to a cemetery in

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Friends For Life Houston is the Only LEED-Certified No Kill Animal Shelter in Texas

Friends For Life Houston is the Only LEED-Certified No Kill Animal Shelter in Texas

The Don Sanders Adoption Center is located in an existing warehouse in an urban, mixed-used community near downtown. Instead of opting for a remote, out-of-town site, an urban location like this places

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Historic Horse Stables Converted into a Contemporary Home in the UK

Historic Horse Stables Converted into a Contemporary Home in the UK

After winning the 1946 Grand National, Lovely Cottage came home to enjoy a well-deserved rest in his stables on the outskirts of Winchester. Despite the dilapidation, the long, one-story block building

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INRA Research Laboratory is Dedicated to Ecology and Forest Genomics in France

INRA Research Laboratory is Dedicated to Ecology and Forest Genomics in France

The new INRA Research Laboratory is an expansion of the existing facilities. To match these buildings, Tectoniques designed the north facade as smooth and contemporary. Consistent light and no excess heat

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LEED Platinum-Certified George W. Bush Presidential Library Opens in Dallas

LEED Platinum-Certified George W. Bush Presidential Library Opens in Dallas

Each president gets a library and museum to house his collection of material, gifts and artifacts received during his time in office. The George W. Bush Library is housed on the edge of SMU, which is the

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Solar-Powered Berlin Home Features a Camouflaging Pixelated Facade

Solar-Powered Berlin Home Features a Camouflaging Pixelated Facade

The color gradient of the house is laid out so it gets darker close towards the ground and blends with the adjacent treetops. The pixel-like façade combines sustainable technologies with traditional

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Eureka Springs’ Open-Air Thorncrown Chapel is a Paragon of Environmental Design

Eureka Springs’ Open-Air Thorncrown Chapel is a Paragon of Environmental Design

With all the contemporary emphasis on modern sustainable architecture, sometimes we seem to forget that environmentally friendly architecture has existed for a long time. Built in 1980, Thorncrown Chapel

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We Celebrate Toyota’s New LEED Platinum San Francisco Dealership with a RAV4 EV Test Drive

We Celebrate Toyota’s New LEED Platinum San Francisco Dealership with a RAV4 EV Test Drive

We don't need much of an excuse to test drive any electric car, but we're loving a lot about this, from the fact that the SF Toyota dealership is a remodeled 1800s horse barn that retains 100 percent of

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Radhaus is a Glowing Bike Shop & Storage Facility in Eastern Germany

Radhaus is a Glowing Bike Shop & Storage Facility in Eastern Germany

After the new rail station was completed in Erfurt, lots of commuters were riding their bikes to the station and chaining their bikes up to whatever they could find. Plans hadn't been made to accommodate

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UC San Diego’s Charles David Keeling Apartments Set the Bar for Sustainable Student Housing

UC San Diego’s Charles David Keeling Apartments Set the Bar for Sustainable Student Housing

Second year students of UCSD used to be housed in two separate locations on campus away from their main dining hall, so the Keeling Apartments were constructed to consolidate their housing at Revelle

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San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Headquarters Boasts Solar Panels and Built-in Wind Turbines

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Headquarters Boasts Solar Panels and Built-in Wind Turbines

The SFPUC Headquarters are located in downtown San Francisco in a neighborhood dominated by civic buildings and just a block away from City Hall. KMD Architects was tasked with designing the greenest

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MVRDV Breaks Ground on Green-Roofed Business District at Shanghai Hongqiao Airport

MVRDV Breaks Ground on Green-Roofed Business District at Shanghai Hongqiao Airport

The facades of the buildings in the Shanghai Hongqiao Airport business district are meant to subtly reference the patterns seen in a bamboo forest, according to the architects. "The self-shading shape of

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Lanefab’s Rainwater Recycling Highbury House is Topped With a Rooftop Garden

Lanefab’s Rainwater Recycling Highbury House is Topped With a Rooftop Garden

The 20th & Highbury laneway house is a new infill mini home in Vancouver that was built by Lanefab for a couple with an interest in urban gardening. The project features rooftop gardening beds

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