Sustainable Building

Minarc’s Prefab ION Adventure Hotel is Set to Open in Iceland in Spring 2013

Minarc’s Prefab ION Adventure Hotel is Set to Open in Iceland in Spring 2013

Located in one of Iceland’s most dramatic settings, at the footsteps of the UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park, the ION Hotel will be perfectly situated to connect travelers with the surrounding

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Logroño’s Stunning New High Speed Rail Station is Topped With a Public Park

Logroño’s Stunning New High Speed Rail Station is Topped With a Public Park

Abalos+Sentkiewicz Arquitectos' new high speed train station is part of a larger project to create a transportation hub, public park and housing development on a single site in the riverside city of

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The Sustainable Disaster Recovery Conference Comes to St. Louis on Oct 29

The Sustainable Disaster Recovery Conference Comes to St. Louis on Oct 29

Natural disasters are physically, socially, and psychologically devastating to a town. It can be extremely difficult to rebuild civic infrastructures and restore the lives of residents. Where do

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HNTB Unveils High-Flying Ribbon Bridge to Renovate Los Angeles’ 6th Street Viaduct

HNTB Unveils High-Flying Ribbon Bridge to Renovate Los Angeles’ 6th Street Viaduct

HNTB collaborated with Michael Maltzan Architecture, AC Martin, and Hargreaves Associates to design the new bridge, which was inspired by the arches of its predecessor. Opened in 1932, the art deco 6th

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David Adjaye’s Francis A. Gregory Library is a Beautiful, Light-Flooded Library in Washington, DC

David Adjaye’s Francis A. Gregory Library is a Beautiful, Light-Flooded Library in Washington, DC

The new Francis Gregory Library is built at the edge of Washington, DC's Fort Davis Park, where a Civil War-era fort once stood to defend the nation's capital. The transparent library looks out on the

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Help Greensburg GreenTown Finish its Meadowlark Eco-Demonstration Home

Help Greensburg GreenTown Finish its Meadowlark Eco-Demonstration Home

Greensburg GreenTown, a non-profit organization in Greensburg, KS, has launched a fundraising campaign to finish its Meadowlark Eco-Demonstration Home. The home will adhere to Passive House standards

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Intermode’s Kilmore House is a Series of Efficient Modular Pavilions in Australia

Intermode’s Kilmore House is a Series of Efficient Modular Pavilions in Australia

Intermode's housing model makes use of a variety of pre-designed modules that can be joined together to create homes that are customized for clients' needs. All homes are based around a 1,200 mm spine

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Paisano Green Community is the First Net-Zero Senior Housing Project in the US

Paisano Green Community is the First Net-Zero Senior Housing Project in the US

Paisano Green Community is a new typology for public housing and generates more energy than it uses. Solar photovoltaics on the roof and two wind turbines work to power the 73-unit facility and any excess

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LEAD’s Fiery Golden Moon Pavilion Lights up the Night at Hong Kong’s Mid-Autumn Festival

LEAD’s Fiery Golden Moon Pavilion Lights up the Night at Hong Kong’s Mid-Autumn Festival

LEAD's Golden Moon pavilion offers a new take on traditional Chinese lanterns, and it's an expression of the romantic legend of Chang’e, the Moon Goddess of Immortality, who can only visit her

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FORÊT II is a Meditation Pavilion Made from 810 Reclaimed Shipping Pallets

FORÊT II is a Meditation Pavilion Made from 810 Reclaimed Shipping Pallets

Justin Duchesneau and Philippe Allard have been working on projects together since 2009 and their latest FORÊT II (or Forest II) was completed just recently. The duo paired up to build a temporary

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Facebook’s Energy-Efficient Prineville Data Center in Oregon Achieves LEED Gold Status

Facebook’s Energy-Efficient Prineville Data Center in Oregon Achieves LEED Gold Status

The Prineville Data Center enjoys a high desert climate, meaning low humidity and temperatures that get pretty hot in the summer. At first, this wouldn't seem like a good place for a data center, but

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BIG’s Quirky Kilometer Long Superkilen Park Celebrates Diversity in Copenhagen

BIG’s Quirky Kilometer Long Superkilen Park Celebrates Diversity in Copenhagen

Superkilen Park is a long 1km urban space in the Nørrebro neighborhood on the northwest side of the Copenhagen, and was designed by BIG, Topotek1, and Superflex. The park features 3 distinct areas: the

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Fury and Fragility: A Sustainable Rebuilding Plan for the Town of Ishinomaki, Japan After the Tsunami

Fury and Fragility: A Sustainable Rebuilding Plan for the Town of Ishinomaki, Japan After the Tsunami

In Northern Japan, where the rugged coast meets pristine beaches, the town of Ishinomaki has long enjoyed the beauty and bounty of the surrounding sea. But benefit rarely comes without hazard and

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Basalt Ca’Paco is a Quiet, Green-Roofed Home in the Canary Islands

Basalt Ca’Paco is a Quiet, Green-Roofed Home in the Canary Islands

Equipo Olivares' Ca'Paco house is sensitive to the environment while reflecting the surrounding landscape. In fact, the home has its own topography with a driveway that sinks down to a lower level with

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SMPLyMod Prefab Duplex Harnesses Energy-Efficient Design in Canada’s Cold Northwest Territories

SMPLyMod Prefab Duplex Harnesses Energy-Efficient Design in Canada’s Cold Northwest Territories

Yellowknife is located on the northern shore of the Great Slave Lake in Northwest Territories and it experiences very cold winters with average temps around −27 °C (−17 °F). This harsh climate

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Massachusetts’ John W Olver Transit Center is the Nation’s First Net Zero Bus Station

Massachusetts’ John W Olver Transit Center is the Nation’s First Net Zero Bus Station

John W. Olver Transit Center by Charles Rose Architects serves as the new central bus station for the city of Greenfield in Massachusetts. The 24,000 sq ft, two-story building also features government

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Cassia Co-op Training Centre is a Sustainable School For Cinnamon Farmers in Indonesia

Cassia Co-op Training Centre is a Sustainable School For Cinnamon Farmers in Indonesia

In 2010, TYIN Tegnestue was approached by a French businessman who told them all about cinnamon production in Sumatra, where 85% of globally-consumed cinnamon is produced. As you might expect there is

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HWCD’s Floating Bamboo Courtyard Teahouse is a Zen Space For A Tea Party

HWCD’s Floating Bamboo Courtyard Teahouse is a Zen Space For A Tea Party

HWCD's Bamboo Courtyard Teahouse embraces traditional Chinese garden design by blending into the natural environment. The floating structure has a square envelope composed of a series of tea rooms

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LEED Gold Mojave Rivers Ranger Station Helps the Forest Service Protect the Mojave Desert

LEED Gold Mojave Rivers Ranger Station Helps the Forest Service Protect the Mojave Desert

The Mojave Rivers Ranger Station was designed to convey the Forest Service's conservation roots and the work it does to protect the land. Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects came up with a plan that would

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Shipping Container-Inspired Homebox is a Tiny, Movable 3-Story Vertical Home

Shipping Container-Inspired Homebox is a Tiny, Movable 3-Story Vertical Home

Han Slawik based his Homebox on the shipping container model for its transport capabilities, universal dimensions and usefulness. But at the same time, wear, repair and maintenance of steel materials is

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Davis Brody Bond Wins Competition to Design Sustainable St. Elizabeth’s Gateway Pavilion in DC

Davis Brody Bond Wins Competition to Design Sustainable St. Elizabeth’s Gateway Pavilion in DC

The north and south oriented plaza in front of St. Elizabeth's Hospital is currently underutilized and fenced-off to the public. Davis Brody Bond's design will transform the space into a useful

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Bensonwood Launches Unity Homes Line of Energy-Efficient Prefabs

Bensonwood Launches Unity Homes Line of Energy-Efficient Prefabs

Bensonwood's Unity Homes features four distinct home styles that are 2 to 4 bedrooms and range in size from 1,113 to 2,452 sq ft. The home styles are called the Tradd (a classic Tall Cape), Xyla (American

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Hanging Gardens Split Open BIG’s Marina Lofts Development Along Ft. Lauderdale’s River

Hanging Gardens Split Open BIG’s Marina Lofts Development Along Ft. Lauderdale’s River

Marina Lofts is slated to be a 1,072-unit rental condo complex built in three phases along the south side of the New River in Ft. Lauderdale. The project has been designed by BIG for Asi Cymbal who

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Could Bricks Made of Animal Blood Be the Future of Construction?

Could Bricks Made of Animal Blood Be the Future of Construction?

Scientists have been trying to develop cheap, alternative building materials for years. But there's one material that is surprisingly strong, secure, waterproof and perhaps just too creepy to handle:

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Green-Roofed, Mirrored Watergraafsmeer Garden Studio Reflects Light & Greenery in Amsterdam

Green-Roofed, Mirrored Watergraafsmeer Garden Studio Reflects Light & Greenery in Amsterdam

Maarten and Lori Lens-FitzGerald wanted to expand their living space without sacrificing their yard, so they tasked CC-Studio to come up with a plan. Replacing existing garden sheds in the back corners of

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Boxpark Shipping Container Mall to Pop Up in NDSM Shipyards in Amsterdam Next Year!

Boxpark Shipping Container Mall to Pop Up in NDSM Shipyards in Amsterdam Next Year!

Property investor and developer Corio is working in conjunction with Boxpark and London interiors and retail designer Brinkworth to design and build a pop-up shipping container mall in Amsterdam's

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Malaysia’s Stunning Green Diamond Building Wins Southeast Asia Energy Prize

Malaysia’s Stunning Green Diamond Building Wins Southeast Asia Energy Prize

The Diamond Building (Bangunan Berlian in Malay), so named for its unique shape, is topped with photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, which generate about 10 percent of the building's energy. Rainwater

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Richardson Apartments: David Baker’s Affordable Housing Project in Hayes Valley Wows Design Enthusiasts at AIA Homes Tours

Richardson Apartments: David Baker’s Affordable Housing Project in Hayes Valley Wows Design Enthusiasts at AIA Homes Tours

Photo by Bruce Damonte One of the most impressive aspects of the Richardson Apartments is that all of its 120 residents were formerly homeless. David Baker joked that these are his most appreciative

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