Sustainable Building

Sonoma Mountain Village: North America’s First One Planet Community

Sonoma Mountain Village: North America’s First One Planet Community

Sonoma Mountain Village is envisioned as a place where residents can work, shop, play, and have virtually all of their needs met within a 5 minute walk of where they live. Once construction is complete

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A Timber Off-Grid Cabin That’s Tough Enough for the Formidable Australian Outback

A Timber Off-Grid Cabin That’s Tough Enough for the Formidable Australian Outback

Among the home's numerous sustainable features is a rainwater collection system that feeds back into the house from an elevated tank. The bathroom is still outside in a storage shed topped with solar

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Everything is Bigger in Texas, Including the Treehouses

Everything is Bigger in Texas, Including the Treehouses

Memorial City is a city within a city and offers up retail, office space, luxury midrise apartments, restaurants, The Westin Memorial City, and the Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. The

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Solar-Powered Publik Coffee Roasters Greens Your Buzz in Salt Lake City

Solar-Powered Publik Coffee Roasters Greens Your Buzz in Salt Lake City

Publik Coffee Roasters is located not far from downtown Salt Lake City in an up-and-coming district. The name Publik comes from the Dutch word 'publiek' for community, and it encapsulates the shop's ethos

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Shigeru Ban Unveils Spectacular Daylit Aspen Art Museum!

Shigeru Ban Unveils Spectacular Daylit Aspen Art Museum!

Work began on the Aspen Art Museum in 2005, construction kicked off in 2012, and now the museum is complete and ready for the public. The museum is hosting private showings this week, but come Saturday,

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Stunning Translucent Modular Home in Venice For Sale For $5 Million

Stunning Translucent Modular Home in Venice For Sale For $5 Million

Mark Baez's MCube is an amazing custom-built modular house in Venice that can be endlessly reconfigured - and it just hit the market for a cool $5,950,000. The home is made from 10-foot cubic modules that

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Zootopia: BIG Unveils Bold Plan to Build the World’s Most Animal-Friendly Zoo

Zootopia: BIG Unveils Bold Plan to Build the World’s Most Animal-Friendly Zoo

Zoos sometimes get a bad rap, but they are still wildly popular and a fascinating way to get up close to animals you would never see otherwise. Enter Zootopia - a kindler, gentler, more human zoo that

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Städel Museum Renovated with a Gorgeous Green Roof Dotted With Skylights

Städel Museum Renovated with a Gorgeous Green Roof Dotted With Skylights

The Städel Museum reopened to the public last weekend after 3 years of renovations and expansions by local Frankfurt firm, Schneider Schumacher. The renovation included an extension placed along the

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India’s Amazing Tree Bridges Are Made of Living Roots and Vines!

India’s Amazing Tree Bridges Are Made of Living Roots and Vines!

The town of Cherrapunji in the Khasi Hills is credited with the world record for annual rainfall of over 75 ft! And in this rainy, wet climate, the rubber fig tree grows with abandon. The tree has a

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One9: Nine-Story Prefab Apartment Tower was Installed in Just Five Days

One9: Nine-Story Prefab Apartment Tower was Installed in Just Five Days

While One9 is made up of stacked modules, Hickory Group does not consider their building as modular architecture since they did not use a fixed module size. In keeping with their dedication to minimizing

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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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Tiny Solar Shed Generates 100% of the Energy Needed to Run Historic Farm in The Netherlands

Tiny Solar Shed Generates 100% of the Energy Needed to Run Historic Farm in The Netherlands

Located in Hei- en Boeico, the Tiny Solar Shed is a necessary update for this historic farm. Previously, a lean-to like shed made of wood and metal was located adjacent to a larger barn. The owners used

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SOM’s West Palm Beach Concourse is the Third Station for All Aboard Florida’s Rail Network

SOM’s West Palm Beach Concourse is the Third Station for All Aboard Florida’s Rail Network

The new West Palm Beach station for the All Aboard Florida rail network will be located on a 2.5 acre site in the heart of downtown. SOM and Zyscovich Architects made sure to improve connectivity to the

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Penda’s Low-Impact Modular Bamboo Hotel Reconnects Visitors with Nature

Penda’s Low-Impact Modular Bamboo Hotel Reconnects Visitors with Nature

To satisfy the competition's three principles, Penda used locally sourced and fast-growing bamboo as the primary building material. Inspired by the minimalist teepees of the nomadic Native American

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Tropical Casa Flotanta Hovers Lightly Above the Pacific in Costa Rica

Tropical Casa Flotanta Hovers Lightly Above the Pacific in Costa Rica

Casa Flotanta is a two bedroom home built on a hillside overlooking the jungle near Puntarenas. Initial designs for the vacation home considered digging into the steep slope and putting up retaining

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GA Collaborative’s Masoro Village Project Builds Community (and Earthbag Homes) in Rwanda

GA Collaborative’s Masoro Village Project Builds Community (and Earthbag Homes) in Rwanda

Emerging from a research project and seeing how low-income areas were not considered for a planned housing program, GA Collaborative began working with Masoro village in 2008 to design housing and public

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Starbucks’ First Store in Colombia Serves 100% Locally-Sourced Coffee

Starbucks’ First Store in Colombia Serves 100% Locally-Sourced Coffee

Located near Bogota’s Parque de la 93 in the northern part of the city, the Starbucks is more than just a snazzy place to get a cuppa. Dedicated to locally-sourced goods, materials and most importantly

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Green-Roofed Ralph Allen Yard is a Zero Carbon Housing Complex in Historic Bath

Green-Roofed Ralph Allen Yard is a Zero Carbon Housing Complex in Historic Bath

Ralph Allen Yard is located in Combe Down, an area in the southern part of Bath that is well known as the source of the stone from which the city was built. To celebrate this rich history, the mixed-use

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Alvarez-Diaz Villalon’s LEED Platinum Office is a Green Design Gem in Latin America

Alvarez-Diaz Villalon’s LEED Platinum Office is a Green Design Gem in Latin America

The décor in Alvarez-Diaz Villalon's new headquarters is perfectly coordinated with minimalist paintings on the wall, designer furniture, and a cool slate grey color scheme. Though verdant green color

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SOM Reveals Airy Plans for All Aboard Florida’s Ft. Lauderdale Station

SOM Reveals Airy Plans for All Aboard Florida’s Ft. Lauderdale Station

A new rail network will connect the southern tip of Florida to the center of the state, and SOM just revealed the latest plans for the Ft. Lauderdale Station. All Aboard Florida is a privately owned rail

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Exposed Timber Stackyard House Embraces an Energy Efficient Lifestyle with Passivhaus Standards

Exposed Timber Stackyard House Embraces an Energy Efficient Lifestyle with Passivhaus Standards

Split into two levels to negotiate a sloping site, the Stackyard House is set with an in-situ concrete base and wrapped in silvered timber cladding. Asymmetrically arranged windows and solar screens

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INTERVIEW: Building Science Pioneer Dr. Joe Lstiburek on the Good, Bad and Ugly Side of Buildings

INTERVIEW: Building Science Pioneer Dr. Joe Lstiburek on the Good, Bad and Ugly Side of Buildings

The term 'building science' is used quite often now in sustainable building circles, but much of what we understand of it can be traced back to the work of Dr. Joe Lstiburek, founder of

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Uhl Foundation Headquarters Made from Salvaged Materials Boasts Spectacular Mountain Views in Italy

Uhl Foundation Headquarters Made from Salvaged Materials Boasts Spectacular Mountain Views in Italy

The new building serves as the Elisabeth and Helmut Uhl Foundation's new headquarters and houses a mix of room types, including a glasshouse for experimental plant cultivation, refectory, and meeting

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The First Building in Canada to Rise to the Living Building Challenge (Is for Kids)

The First Building in Canada to Rise to the Living Building Challenge (Is for Kids)

Located at the Simon Fraser University Campus on Burnaby Mountain just 25 minutes from downtown Vancouver, the UniverCity Childcare Center is on track for Living Building Challenge certification (LBC) –

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New Forest Study Centre: A Treehouse Retreat for Environmental Education

New Forest Study Centre: A Treehouse Retreat for Environmental Education

Nature lovers have always enjoyed being out in the woods and immersing themselves in the wild, and there's a stunning center in the UK that can help to make that experience even more magical. Commissioned

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Transbay Center: San Francisco is Building the Future of Public Transportation Beneath a 5.4-Acre Rooftop Park

Transbay Center: San Francisco is Building the Future of Public Transportation Beneath a 5.4-Acre Rooftop Park

The transportation sector accounts for a whopping 28% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Improving public transit is one of the best ways to cut that figure down - and the Transbay

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Even McDonalds Can Build Green

Even McDonalds Can Build Green

McDonald’s is probably near the bottom of the list of transnational corporations that support the environment and human health. But among the 35,000 McDonalds restaurants, there are a few independently

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The Biggest Hospital in North America to Feature a Green Roof with Medicinal Herbs

The Biggest Hospital in North America to Feature a Green Roof with Medicinal Herbs

The $2 billion, 772-bed facility is seeking LEED Silver status and seems likely to precipitate a paradigm shift in the way that health care is done. Architects at Canon Design designed the building with a

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NL Architects’ Spordtgebouw Combines 8 Gyms and a Climbing Wall in One Sweet Facility

NL Architects’ Spordtgebouw Combines 8 Gyms and a Climbing Wall in One Sweet Facility

Rather than build each school its own gym, the three pooled their resources to build a single Mega-Gym that would provide their students lots of options for play and sport. Inside the Spordtgebouw are

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Solar-Powered Blue Forest Eco Classroom Harvests Drinking Water from its Green Roof

Solar-Powered Blue Forest Eco Classroom Harvests Drinking Water from its Green Roof

Nestled within mature woodlands on the grounds of Benenden School in Kent, this new environmental education facility raises the bar for self-sufficient buildings in the UK. The designers claim it’s the

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