Sustainable Building

World’s First Solar Kiosk Now Open For Business in Ethiopia

World’s First Solar Kiosk Now Open For Business in Ethiopia

Demand for electricity in developing countries is on the rise, but without a reliable electric grid or even access to power, other solutions have to be developed. Luckily, developing countries can now

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PHOTOS: Venice, CA’s First LEED Platinum Home is a Remodel of a 100 Year Old Craftsman

PHOTOS: Venice, CA’s First LEED Platinum Home is a Remodel of a 100 Year Old Craftsman

For starters, the 100 year old floor in the home was restored and the addition was matched to the original thanks to a neighbor’s old flooring which had been sitting unused in storage. The staircase and

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Florida Eco-Village Will Be the First Affordable Net-Zero Townhome Development in the US

Florida Eco-Village Will Be the First Affordable Net-Zero Townhome Development in the US

An innovative housing development is set to get underway in Dunedin, Florida that will see the creation of the first affordable LEED Certified Net Zero Energy townhome development in the US. The

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Villages Nature is a Utopian Eco Resort Planned Near Disneyland Paris

Villages Nature is a Utopian Eco Resort Planned Near Disneyland Paris

Just 32 km east of Paris is the 160,000 m2 site slated for Les Villages Nature de Val d’Europe, which will be an eco resort destination for families. Developed by Euro Disney and Pierre & Vacances

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The Courtyard House Battles Extreme Heat With Passive Strategies In India

The Courtyard House Battles Extreme Heat With Passive Strategies In India

With this summer seeing record scorching temperatures and blackouts in India, the Courtyard House seems prepared to deal with the high temperatures. Designed by Mumbai-based Sanjay Puri Architects, the

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Rudanko & Kankkunen Complete Rammed Earth Ringa Mountain Farm Pavilion in Shangri-la, Tibet

Rudanko & Kankkunen Complete Rammed Earth Ringa Mountain Farm Pavilion in Shangri-la, Tibet

In the Sping of 2012, designer Anssi Kankkunen and earth-builder biologist Vittorio Moretta spent almost two months in Tibet working with locals to investigate architecture and building technologies.

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Gigantic Energy-Generating Waterfall Skyscraper Could Power the 2016 Rio Olympics

Gigantic Energy-Generating Waterfall Skyscraper Could Power the 2016 Rio Olympics

The self-sustaining tower for the 2016 Olympic Games is designed to create renewable energy for use in the Olympic Village as well as the city of Rio. A large solar power plant generates energy during the

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Next Generation Sunset Breezehouse Opens to the Public For Tours This Week

Next Generation Sunset Breezehouse Opens to the Public For Tours This Week

Located in the heart of wine country in Healdsburg, CA is this year's Sunset Idea House, which was designed and built by Blu Homes. Back in 2005, Sunset helped debut Michelle Kaufmann's iconic Breezehouse

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Nicolas Tye Architects Create A Modern and Eco-Friendly Studio On The Ruins Of An Old Barn

Nicolas Tye Architects Create A Modern and Eco-Friendly Studio On The Ruins Of An Old Barn

Nicolas Tye started his architecture firm in his private home, but soon he had more employees than he had space, so they needed to expand. Tye chose to keep the office on-site and to build a modern space

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MinArc’s Serene Icelandic Eco Retreat Harmonizes With the Landscape

MinArc’s Serene Icelandic Eco Retreat Harmonizes With the Landscape

MinArc's goal was to create a serene family sanctuary that connects its inhabitants with the surrounding natural environment. At the same time they wanted to combine sustainable and eco-friendly materials

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Anish Kapoor’s Recycled Steel ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower Provides Views of London’s Olympic Park

Anish Kapoor’s Recycled Steel ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower Provides Views of London’s Olympic Park

The ArcelorMittal Orbit is an observation tower located in the heart of London's Olympic Park and stands at almost 4,500 feet tall. The sculpture was designed by Anish Kapoor, and structural engineering

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Self-Sustaining HOUS.E+ is a Rammed Earth Home of the Future in Vancouver

Self-Sustaining HOUS.E+ is a Rammed Earth Home of the Future in Vancouver

Polifactory came up with the concept for the self-sufficient HOUS.E+ for the 100 Mile House design competition, which concluded in May. Although not a winner, the home makes use of number of sustainable

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Tiny Stacked Marfa 10×10 House is a Minimalist Artistic Dwelling in Texas

Tiny Stacked Marfa 10×10 House is a Minimalist Artistic Dwelling in Texas

Designed by Candid Rogers as a retreat for thoughtful repose, the tiny home embraces the site and the surrounding landscape. The bottom floor holds an open kitchen/dining area backed by a bathroom. A

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East House is a Green Renovation That Doesn’t Need Heat or A/C in Australia

East House is a Green Renovation That Doesn’t Need Heat or A/C in Australia

The East House Byron Bay was originally a brick home constructed in the 1990s and the owners of the home wanted to transform it into a modern and sustainable residence that supported their passions, which

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CitizenM Prefab Hotels Now Provide Affordable Luxury in London and Glasgow

CitizenM Prefab Hotels Now Provide Affordable Luxury in London and Glasgow

Back in 2008, CitizenM built its first two prefabricated hotels in Amsterdam as an experiment, and then took the lessons they'd learned to design and build the hotels in the UK. They started with the

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Portland Community College’s Newberg Center is the First Net Zero Higher Education Building in Oregon

Portland Community College’s Newberg Center is the First Net Zero Higher Education Building in Oregon

Portland Community College opened a new campus in Newberg, a small town in the Willamette Valley, to meet the educational needs of the community. Hennebery Eddy Architects designed the master plan for the

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Claude Cormier + Associés Transform the Canadian Museum of Civilization Plaza in Québec into a Lush Grassland

Claude Cormier + Associés Transform the Canadian Museum of Civilization Plaza in Québec into a Lush Grassland

The Canadian Museum of Civilization was designed by Canadian architect Douglas Cardinal and inaugurated in 1989. The museum consists of two pavilions whose volumes are physical representations of

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Bergen Safe House is a Temporary Structure Protected From Fire by a Charred Exterior

Bergen Safe House is a Temporary Structure Protected From Fire by a Charred Exterior

The Bergen Safe House was built in just 4 days as part of the Bergen International Wood Festival in Norway. Created by Dutch architects Max Rink and Simon de Jong and designer Rachel Griffin, the

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Green-Roofed West Kowloon Terminus Will Link Hong Kong With China’s High Speed Rail

Green-Roofed West Kowloon Terminus Will Link Hong Kong With China’s High Speed Rail

Currently under construction, the Express Link West Kowloon Terminus will provide a high speed connection to the Pearl River Delta, mainland China and the rest of the high speed rail network. The rail

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Energy-Generating Mushrooms Provide Power, Water, and Shelter in the Sci-Fi City of “New Mumbai”

Energy-Generating Mushrooms Provide Power, Water, and Shelter in the Sci-Fi City of “New Mumbai”

Tobias Revell's faux documentary shows how the mushrooms grow quickly and begin to harvest the sun, creating energy that provides heat and lighting, like an organic solar panel. They can even be

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Tutukaka Beach House Features Moveable Shutters To Bring In Natural Daylight

Tutukaka Beach House Features Moveable Shutters To Bring In Natural Daylight

The Tutukaka House was designed by Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects as a refuge for a busy family to use when they wanted to get out of the city. Located about 2 1/2 hours outside of Aukland on the

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Living Light Solar Decathlon House Soaks Up the Summer Sun at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Living Light Solar Decathlon House Soaks Up the Summer Sun at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

The completely self-sustaining home uses passive building techniques and automatic controls to produce its energy needs. As the sun rises, shades are automatically raised to let daylight into the space.

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MOA+I Proposes Gorgeous Waterfront Test Cricket Ground in Auckland, New Zealand

MOA+I Proposes Gorgeous Waterfront Test Cricket Ground in Auckland, New Zealand

The Ministry of Architecture + Interiors has just released images of their plan to build a new international test cricket ground in Auckland's Waitemata Harbor. The sweeping structure that stretches out

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Aine Bunikyte’s Ridged Roof Furniture Brings High Life Dining to Pitched Roofs

Aine Bunikyte’s Ridged Roof Furniture Brings High Life Dining to Pitched Roofs

Everyone dreams of having their own roof terrace. We could all enjoy a private, cozy space high above the streets with a breathtaking view if it weren't for those pesky pitched roofs. Lithuanian design

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Think Thick: Thermal Mass Construction Produces Energy-Efficient Homes that Resist Fire and Decay

Think Thick: Thermal Mass Construction Produces Energy-Efficient Homes that Resist Fire and Decay

Most of us know that a full refrigerator uses less energy than an empty one, because anything’s that denser than air will better store the cold. Opening the door of an empty fridge causes cold air

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Yale University’s LEED-Platinum Kroon Hall is a Model of Sustainable Architecture

Yale University’s LEED-Platinum Kroon Hall is a Model of Sustainable Architecture

The building uses a very interesting technique to provide the heating and cooling: The lowest floor is set into a hillside with only its south side exposed, providing thermal insulation and minimizing

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Beijing’s Encapsulated ‘Parkview Green FangCaoDi’ Has Its Own Energy-Efficient Microclimate

Beijing’s Encapsulated ‘Parkview Green FangCaoDi’ Has Its Own Energy-Efficient Microclimate

Parkview Green FangCaoDi is a 800,000 sq ft mixed-use development and is quite possibly one of the largest sustainable projects in the city. The collaborative design work of Integrated Design Associates

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Ravenswood School for Girls Provides a Stimulating & Sustainable Learning Environment

Ravenswood School for Girls Provides a Stimulating & Sustainable Learning Environment

Before the new addition, the Ravenswood School for Girls lacked focus and direction -- not to mention it had multiple entrances that caused problems keeping track of visitors. The new Mabel Fidler

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Creative 430-Square-Foot Apartment in Tel Aviv Seems Much Larger Than It Really Is

Creative 430-Square-Foot Apartment in Tel Aviv Seems Much Larger Than It Really Is

Housing prices in Tel Aviv have soared in recent years and many people are unable to afford moving, but still want to upgrade or improve their space. As a result, many have resorted to remodeling their

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Cornell’s Human Ecology Building Reflects The Latest in Sustainable Technologies

Cornell’s Human Ecology Building Reflects The Latest in Sustainable Technologies

The Human Ecology Building was designed for a variety of departments in order to facilitate collaboration in a healthy and creative space. The new 89,000-square-foot facility features high-tech

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