Sustainable Building

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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London’s Earth Creature is a Super Adobe Dome Built By The City’s Smallest Architects

London’s Earth Creature is a Super Adobe Dome Built By The City’s Smallest Architects

Small Earth has been creating low-impact landmark buildings in several locations around the world including Nepal, India, Zimbabwe, Brussels and England. For the Earth Creature at the Southbank's Hayward

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Long Island’s First LEED Platinum Community Center Opens its Doors

Long Island’s First LEED Platinum Community Center Opens its Doors

On September 8, 2012 North Hempstead, New York unveiled the latest addition to its Parks and Recreation Center – a LEED Platinum-certified community center complete with a solar carport, geothermal

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Fox Johnston Architects’ Balmoral Home Responds to its Surroundings

Fox Johnston Architects’ Balmoral Home Responds to its Surroundings

This home in Balmoral was designed by Sydney-based Fox Johnston Architects as a series of platforms that respond to the rhythm and topography of the site. A long linear form to the west contains sleeping

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DRPILLA Completes Beautiful LEED Gold Sag Harbor House in North Haven, NY

DRPILLA Completes Beautiful LEED Gold Sag Harbor House in North Haven, NY

Dominick R. Pilla Associates (DRPILLA) recently completed the first LEED for Homes Gold certified home in Sag Harbor, NY. DRPILLA combined modern architectural design with environmental building

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Bloc10: Unique Prefab Condos Showcase Sustainably Sourced Wood in Winnipeg

Bloc10: Unique Prefab Condos Showcase Sustainably Sourced Wood in Winnipeg

Bloc10 is a condominium project that was designed by 5468796 Architecture for Green Seed Developments. The project sits on a site formerly occupied by a gas station in Winnipeg’s River Heights

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Feel Free: Resource-Efficient Structure Sheds Some Light on CNC Fabrication in Melbourne

Feel Free: Resource-Efficient Structure Sheds Some Light on CNC Fabrication in Melbourne

Daiman Otto of Analog Structures worked with ARKit and GHD to design and fabricate Feel Free shelter for the Shed Light event in Melbourne. The shelter provides a sustainable and affordable structural

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Henning Larsen Wins Prize to Design Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research in Stuttgart

Henning Larsen Wins Prize to Design Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research in Stuttgart

ZSW, Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research in Stuttgart, is one of the leading renewable energy research centers in Germany and soon they will have a new facility in which to conduct their

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s Shimmering & Efficient Aberdeen University New Library Opens in Scotland

Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s Shimmering & Efficient Aberdeen University New Library Opens in Scotland

The Aberdeen University New Library, now know as the Sir Duncan Rice Library, houses over a quarter of a million books and manuscripts inside it's shimmering cubic volume. Located on the west side of

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LaunchPad Shipping Container Computer Labs Let South African Students Connect With Mentors

LaunchPad Shipping Container Computer Labs Let South African Students Connect With Mentors

The LaunchPad learning laboratories were designed pro bono by Perkins+Will to serve as a computer lab for students in South Africa to connect with mentors around the world as part of an Infinite Family

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Basket Apartments: OFIS Unveils Healthy & Sustainable Student Housing Project in Paris

Basket Apartments: OFIS Unveils Healthy & Sustainable Student Housing Project in Paris

The Basket Apartments student housing was designed by OFIS as part of a larger urban development designed by Reichen & Robert Architects in Paris' 19th district. Located on a long narrow lot the edge

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e(co)stratègia Nature Bridge Will Reconnect Barcelona With the Collserola Mountains

e(co)stratègia Nature Bridge Will Reconnect Barcelona With the Collserola Mountains

Taller Sau Arquitectura recently received first prize in a design competition to come up with urban interventions to reconnect the Collserola Mountains with the city of Barcelona. The competition was

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Nikken Sekkei’s Evaporative Cooling Bioskin Building Wins Energy Award at World Architecture Festival

Nikken Sekkei’s Evaporative Cooling Bioskin Building Wins Energy Award at World Architecture Festival

Nikken Sekkei's bioskin system is a groundbreaking attempt to reduce operations costs and energy use through natural processes. The idea was inspired by the traditional Japanese techniques of cooling the

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Prefab Bornego College is a Sustainable School Made With Recycled Bricks in The Netherlands

Prefab Bornego College is a Sustainable School Made With Recycled Bricks in The Netherlands

Bornego College commissioned HVDN and Studioninedots to design and build a new facility for their first year students in a spot adjacent to the school. The goal of the new building, besides providing

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Book Mountain: MVDRV Unveils Massive Monument to Reading in the Netherlands

Book Mountain: MVDRV Unveils Massive Monument to Reading in the Netherlands

MVRDV's Book Mountain is a new eco library that proudly stands in the heart of Spijkenisse and is surrounded by the old town and a new housing project. In an area with 10% illiteracy, this new library is

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Blu Homes Introduces The Sidebreeze, Their Largest Prefab Yet

Blu Homes Introduces The Sidebreeze, Their Largest Prefab Yet

Blu Homes' Sidebreeze is a 2,600 sq ft prefab home with 3 or 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms in a stacked configuration attached to the spacious central Breezespace™. The living room has 12 ft ceilings and

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SOM’s Pre-Certified LEED Gold Zuellig Building Opens For Business in Manila

SOM’s Pre-Certified LEED Gold Zuellig Building Opens For Business in Manila

The Zuellig Building is a 160 meter tall building with up to 65,000 square meters (700,000 square feet) of Class-A office space. Also included in the project is retail space, an underground parking

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Shade & Shelter is a Lightweight Flexible Dwelling That Responds To Its Desert Environment

Shade & Shelter is a Lightweight Flexible Dwelling That Responds To Its Desert Environment

Ohad Lustgarten was inspired by the natural forms of the oasis, caves and trees when he designed his temporary shelter for his thesis project at Shenkar College of Design in Ramat Gan, Israel. All are

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Jardin Serge Gainsbourg: Paris’ New Urban Park Bridges a Highway to Unite Two Communities

Jardin Serge Gainsbourg: Paris’ New Urban Park Bridges a Highway to Unite Two Communities

The ring road at the Porte des Lilas created a disconnect between two neighborhoods, so the city of Paris sought to bring them together. A design competition yielded a successful plan from local firm

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