Sustainable Building

Brandon Martella’s Live Share Grow Vertical Farm Could Generate 10% of San Diego’s Produce

Brandon Martella’s Live Share Grow Vertical Farm Could Generate 10% of San Diego’s Produce

Live Share Grow is a proposal by Brandon Martella for a combo residential tower and vertical farm for downtown San Diego. The multi-story tower is dual purpose - one side is holds residential apartments

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Gensler’s Super Sustainable Tower at PNC Plaza Breaks Ground in Pittsburgh

Gensler’s Super Sustainable Tower at PNC Plaza Breaks Ground in Pittsburgh

PNC Financial Services is known for pushing the boundaries of sustainable design; the group already boasts one of the largest living walls on the exterior of One PNC Plaza and has 170 LEED certified

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Fly House: A Fantastic Shipping Container Bed and Breakfast in Mallorca

Fly House: A Fantastic Shipping Container Bed and Breakfast in Mallorca

Located about 10 minutes from the center of Pallma, Fly House is conveniently situated near a number of amenities but it's also quiet and relaxed. Owned by Balbina and Miquel Angel, the one-bedroom house

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Crabill House: A Modern & Energy Efficient Forest Shed in North Carolina

Crabill House: A Modern & Energy Efficient Forest Shed in North Carolina

Located in a clearing in a lush forest is the Crabill house, which is characterized as a trapezoidal volume with a shed roof. The skewed cubic form, inspired by old farm sheds, is clad in solid and

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Gensler Hacks the J. Edgar Hoover Building To Envision the Office Building of the Future

Gensler Hacks the J. Edgar Hoover Building To Envision the Office Building of the Future

This past year Gensler worked on a plan to envision what an office building would look like in 2050 as part of the NAIOP (Commercial Real Estate Development Association) competition. Gensler was named one

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David Baker’s Zero Cottage is an Impressive Tiny Backyard House Made From Recycled Materials

David Baker’s Zero Cottage is an Impressive Tiny Backyard House Made From Recycled Materials

Zero Cottage is located in the backyard of of an urban lot in the Mission District fronted by StoreFrontLab, a community-focused cultural initiative that gives the historic commercial space a new public

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Tankstelle Bülowstrasse is a Renovated Gas Station Turned Art Studio in Berlin

Tankstelle Bülowstrasse is a Renovated Gas Station Turned Art Studio in Berlin

The Shell station was built in 1956, but it was abandoned in 1986 and sat empty until it was bought in 2005 by Juerg Judin. Over the next 3 years Judin worked to rehabilitate the station. He

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House in Yamasaki is an Energy Efficient and Naturally Daylit Greenhouse Home

House in Yamasaki is an Energy Efficient and Naturally Daylit Greenhouse Home

The House in Yamasaki is a 119 sm (1,280 sq ft) home in Japan located in a new residential area built on what used to be fields. The area is known for its often cloudy days, and Yo Shimada of Tato

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Waterstudio.nl Proposes Floating City Apps To Aid Slums Affected By Rising Sea Levels

Waterstudio.nl Proposes Floating City Apps To Aid Slums Affected By Rising Sea Levels

Wet slums are slum communities that live in conjunction with the water and many occur around the world. The connection to the water also puts them at risk for climate change and rising sea levels. To aid

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North Carolina’s Research Triangle Master Plan Seeks to Get More Done in Less Space, Sustainably

North Carolina’s Research Triangle Master Plan Seeks to Get More Done in Less Space, Sustainably

Located on a then-rural tract of land between the university cities of Raleigh (NCSU), Durham (Duke University), and Chapel Hill (UNC) the 7,000-acre Research Triangle Park was established in 1959. Since

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M:OFA Unveils Air-Filtering Green Office for the Delhi Pollution Control Committee

M:OFA Unveils Air-Filtering Green Office for the Delhi Pollution Control Committee

The Delhi Pollution Control Committee's design brief for their new building called for an affirmation of the organization’s purpose, which is to improve environmental quality through sustainability.

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Paddington Station Renovation Underway As Part of Massive Transportation Improvements in London

Paddington Station Renovation Underway As Part of Massive Transportation Improvements in London

Paddington Station is located on the northwest side of London and serves as the terminal for the dedicated Heathrow Express airport service. Originally constructed in the mid-1850's, Paddington was

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Italy’s Vertikale Climbing Gym is Clad in an Intelligent Facade That Eliminates the Need for Cooling

Italy’s Vertikale Climbing Gym is Clad in an Intelligent Facade That Eliminates the Need for Cooling

Vertikale Climbing Gym is located in a prominent location adjacent to Brixen's town square and a municipal park. The almost cubic building measures 20 m long, 16 m wide, and 15.7 m high and it's clad in a

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VLK Architects Renovate Fort Worth Warehouse Into Green iProspect Office

VLK Architects Renovate Fort Worth Warehouse Into Green iProspect Office

When VLK Architects was hired to design iProspect’s new office in Fort Worth, they sought to intertwine the city's historical elements with a high-tech industry. The use of wood, metal, railroad ties

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Buro Ole Scheeren Unveils Plans for Green-Roofed DUO Towers in Singapore

Buro Ole Scheeren Unveils Plans for Green-Roofed DUO Towers in Singapore

DUO is set to be located adjacent to the Kampong Glam district on an open site in between a number of other high rise towers. The design seeks to improve connectivity on the site as well as to the other

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La Ferme Musicale is a Vertical Farm, Music Venue & Educational Center for Bordeaux

La Ferme Musicale is a Vertical Farm, Music Venue & Educational Center for Bordeaux

La Ferme Musicale = also known as Ferme Darwin - is a concept for a vertical farm and cultural center in Bordeaux. Darwin Ecosysteme has been working on a larger project to build a sustainable community

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Zaha Hadid’s Light-Filled LEED Silver Galaxy Soho Opens in Beijing

Zaha Hadid’s Light-Filled LEED Silver Galaxy Soho Opens in Beijing

The new Galaxy Soho project is a 330,000 sq m commercial complex that includes office, retail and entertainment outlets. Designed by Zaha Hadid, the project is characterized by four large organic shaped

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Ruby House: A Modern Passive House in the Historic Avenues District of Salt Lake City

Ruby House: A Modern Passive House in the Historic Avenues District of Salt Lake City

The Ruby House is a modern and sustainable home located in the Avenues in Salt Lake City that is currently awaiting certification from the Passive House Institute. The site of the home was an empty lot

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BASF Awarded LEED Double Platinum For Their New High-Performance Headquarters in New Jersey

BASF Awarded LEED Double Platinum For Their New High-Performance Headquarters in New Jersey

BASF is the world's largest chemical company in the world and their new headquarters has achieved a status few projects in the world - LEED Double Platinum certification. The project was awarded LEED

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Lush Pastures: An Eco-Friendly Country Retreat near Adelaide, South Australia

Lush Pastures: An Eco-Friendly Country Retreat near Adelaide, South Australia

Owners Andy and Cheryl, dreamed up Lush Pastures after they retired and sought out a life where they could entertain guests, grow their own food and cook up amazing meals. They found their dream property

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Wonder | Wall is a Zero Waste Pavilion for Singapore’s 2012 Archifest

Wonder | Wall is a Zero Waste Pavilion for Singapore’s 2012 Archifest

WOW Architects was one of four shortlisted firms to design the first-ever pavilion for Singapore's Archifest. Their design for Wonder | Wall took inspiration from the location at Fort Canning Park and was

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Six Flood-Proof Buildings That Can Survive Rising Tides

Six Flood-Proof Buildings That Can Survive Rising Tides

Floods often come up quickly with almost no warning, so it's imperative to have safe and secure designs, especially in places known for flooding. Even regions that aren't known for rising waters can be

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Nakai House is a $25,000 Design Build Bluff Home Made from Recycled Materials in Utah

Nakai House is a $25,000 Design Build Bluff Home Made from Recycled Materials in Utah

Design Build Bluff is a design/build program that gives architecture grad students the chance to get some hands-on experience while building a home for a person in the Navajo Nation. The latest home was

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Urban Air To Transform Billboards into Wi-Fi Connected Bamboo Sky Gardens in LA

Urban Air To Transform Billboards into Wi-Fi Connected Bamboo Sky Gardens in LA

Glassman started taking notice of billboards after the Northridge earthquakes because the sturdy metal were still standing. He has long worked with billboard art work and public art, but also with bamboo.

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Efficient SIP Laneway House Pops Up in an Unused Urban Backyard in Vancouver

Efficient SIP Laneway House Pops Up in an Unused Urban Backyard in Vancouver

Back in 2009, Vancouver changed its zoning to allow home owners to build Auxiliary Dwelling Units in their backyards as long the new home was accessed via the back lane. These Laneway Houses are becoming

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Building Bytes: Brian Peters’ 3D Printed Ceramic Bricks Can be Used in Large-Scale Construction

Building Bytes: Brian Peters’ 3D Printed Ceramic Bricks Can be Used in Large-Scale Construction

Brian Peters has been researching the role of 3D printing in architecture and his most recent project explored how 3D printers could be used to make building materials. This fall he spent 6 weeks at the

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Solar- and Geothermal-Powered Guthrie Green Park Replaces an Old Truck Loading Facility in Tulsa

Solar- and Geothermal-Powered Guthrie Green Park Replaces an Old Truck Loading Facility in Tulsa

The site of the new Guthrie Green Park was once a 2.7-acre truck loading facility - essentially a concrete jungle. Now it's a green oasis and community gathering space offering gardens, interactive

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Slovenia’s Administrative Center Jesenice Beats the Heat With a Corten Steel Mesh Facade

Slovenia’s Administrative Center Jesenice Beats the Heat With a Corten Steel Mesh Facade

Located centrally in Jesenice, the new administrative center is sited next to the municipality building by a large roundabout with a steel worker memorial. The building is part of the Ministry of Public

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AIA Portland Center for Architecture is a Former Carriage House Transformed into a LEED-Platinum Office Space

AIA Portland Center for Architecture is a Former Carriage House Transformed into a LEED-Platinum Office Space

The AIA Center in Portland was formerly a livery stable, and is thought to be the oldest surviving structure in Portland’s now-thriving Pearl District, a former industrial zone. The building was also

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Boulevard Brewery Expands With a Light- and Hop-Filled Addition in Kansas City

Boulevard Brewery Expands With a Light- and Hop-Filled Addition in Kansas City

Boulevard Brewery is located at the corner of 25th Street and Southwest Boulevard in Kansas City, MO and they were in need of additional space to hold beer during the brewing process. Working within the

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