sustainable design

Gorgeous Rammed Earth House generates all its own energy and captures all its own water in Australia

Gorgeous Rammed Earth House generates all its own energy and captures all its own water in Australia

The Rammed Earth House by Steffen Welsch Architects was their first project to apply environmentally sustainable design principles throughout. Located to the northeast of Victoria, the site is relatively

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Whitetail Woods Regional Park Gets Three New Elevated Camper Cabins

Whitetail Woods Regional Park Gets Three New Elevated Camper Cabins

As part of the grand opening for the new 456-acre park in Dakota County, Minnesota, Whitetail Woods Regional Park also opened three, architect-designed camper cabins. Elevated above the ground and nestled

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14 Faux Christmas Trees to Green Your Holidays

14 Faux Christmas Trees to Green Your Holidays

possibiliTree The holiday decor possibilities are endless with an eco-friendly possibiliTree! Designed by architect Richard Babcock as a natural wood, waste-free alternative to real Christmas trees, the

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8 Energy-Efficient LED Light Strands for the Holidays

8 Energy-Efficient LED Light Strands for the Holidays

Firefly Lights from Urban Outfitters Urban Outfitters is carrying these darling mini LED lights, called Firefly Lights, that are seemingly impossible. The strand is a metal wire with integrated

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Sonja Hinrichsen’s Amazing Snow Drawings Bring Viewers Closer to Nature

Sonja Hinrichsen’s Amazing Snow Drawings Bring Viewers Closer to Nature

Seen from a bird's-eye view, Sonja Hinrichsen’s snow drawings appear as intricate, swirling patterns that snake around the landscape, creating imagery between rows of trees, roads, and the water’s

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Could this Glass ‘Photon Space’ House Make You Healthier and Happier?

Could this Glass ‘Photon Space’ House Make You Healthier and Happier?

Could living in a glass box be the key to happiness? The designers of The Photon Space think so. The pop-up glass home is a comfortable 485 square feet of sun-drenched luxury, constructed from high-tech

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Atelier Vens Vanbelle Makes a Copper-Clad Addition to a Traditional Belgian Farmhouse

Atelier Vens Vanbelle Makes a Copper-Clad Addition to a Traditional Belgian Farmhouse

The growing family needed extra space that wouldn’t disrupt their daily habits and flow throughout the farmhouse, which already had a curved glass wall from a previous extension. The architects placed

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PHOTOS: Inhabitat Spends the Night in Quebec’s Hotel de Glace Ice Castle!

PHOTOS: Inhabitat Spends the Night in Quebec’s Hotel de Glace Ice Castle!

A visit to the Hotel de Glace is truly a magical experience. After the heated check-in pavilion, a path leads to the pointed arch complex made from snow and ice. Fur-covered wooden double doors welcome

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Tony’s Organic Farm Has a New Shipping Container Visitor Center in Shanghai

Tony’s Organic Farm Has a New Shipping Container Visitor Center in Shanghai

Tony's Farm is located just outside of Shanghai to the southeast and is the largest organic vegetable farm in the area. To provide better service to its customers and create a closer connection to the

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MVRDV’s Pushed Slab Hyper-Efficient Office Opens in Paris

MVRDV’s Pushed Slab Hyper-Efficient Office Opens in Paris

Pushed Slab is a 19,000 m2 office building with communal spaces located in south Paris. The concept emerged from a slab that was pushed in the center until it broke and created a void, and the different

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DIY: 6 Delicious Herbal Teas You Can Make This Winter

DIY: 6 Delicious Herbal Teas You Can Make This Winter

As the cold weather settles in, there is nothing like a hot cup of tea to take winter’s edge off. Rather than raiding your grocery store for pre-packaged flavors, why not try your hand at these easy DIY

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Massive Biodome Upgrade Unveiled for Montreal’s 1979 Olympic Park

Massive Biodome Upgrade Unveiled for Montreal’s 1979 Olympic Park

Kuehn Malvezzi’s winning design will bring a new insectarium to the site. The project includes a string of buildings that will take visitors through the metamorphic life process of bugs from different

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Tinywood Homes Come with Their Own Hot Tubs in the UK

Tinywood Homes Come with Their Own Hot Tubs in the UK

Tinywood Homes is a small company in Warwickshire, UK that specializes in building tiny homes for both rentals and for sale. The company rents out four tiny homes on their property to families and

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The Denver Botanic Garden’s New Research Center Rises Like a Modern Pyramid in Colorado

The Denver Botanic Garden’s New Research Center Rises Like a Modern Pyramid in Colorado

The Denver Botanic Garden’s new Science Pyramid is an iconic new symbol for the park that also fosters conservation and research. The sustainable pyramid structure was created by Burkett Design and

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Kohler’s New Toilet Seat Makes Your Poop Smell Like…Avocados?

Kohler’s New Toilet Seat Makes Your Poop Smell Like…Avocados?

The designers at toilet empire Kohler want to make your poop smell like… avocados. In addition to an entire toilet system, Kohler has come up with a smart seat that can be bought piece meal to transform

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Kjellgren Kaminsky Architects Unveil Sweden’s Largest Passive House School

Kjellgren Kaminsky Architects Unveil Sweden’s Largest Passive House School

Architects began the project by adding on a mixed-used addition to the existing education center, which accommodates up to 360 students. The Kollaskolan addition was built as a supplement to the existing

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Bernardo Bader Converts Centuries-Old Farmhouse into a Charming Country Home

Bernardo Bader Converts Centuries-Old Farmhouse into a Charming Country Home

The Haus Kaltshmieden was renovated on land that has been in the family for generations. Accordingly, the architects took great measures to maintain the farmhouse's character as they enhanced its design

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Toronto’s Converted Veggie Bus Brings Produce to Food Desert Areas

Toronto’s Converted Veggie Bus Brings Produce to Food Desert Areas

A new mobile organic food market is making its way around Toronto, bringing fresh fruit and veggies to areas considered to be food deserts. Designed by LGA Architectural Planners, the mobile farmer’s

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Would You Drink Fake Cow’s Milk Made from Genetically Engineered Yeast?

Would You Drink Fake Cow’s Milk Made from Genetically Engineered Yeast?

Fake cow's milk will be hitting the shelves next year. Muufri is a new animal-free milk cooked up by bioengineers from genetically engineered yeast. Unlike soy, rice or almond milk, Muufri was developed

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Test Drive Tiny Living in a Wheelhaus Cabin at the Luxurious Fireside Resort in Jackson, WY

Test Drive Tiny Living in a Wheelhaus Cabin at the Luxurious Fireside Resort in Jackson, WY

Jackson, WY-based Wheelhaus builds beautiful prefab 'rolling cabins,' which is a much nicer way to say RV homes. Basically these narrow and tiny homes are efficiently designed, sustainably built and

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Impossible Electric Bike Folds Up Small Enough to Fit in a Backpack

Impossible Electric Bike Folds Up Small Enough to Fit in a Backpack

Impossible Technology just unveiled a bike commuter's dream - an electric bike that can fold up small enough to fit inside a backpack! The Impossible Bicycle ensures even weight distribution for a

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Paris Officials Veto Herzog & de Meuron’s Triangle Skyscraper

Paris Officials Veto Herzog & de Meuron’s Triangle Skyscraper

Parisian city council officials have voted against Herzog & de Mueron’s Tour Triangle - a proposed triangular skyscraper that would be the French capital’s third largest structure. City councils

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Tree-Inspired Indoor Soccer Complex Provides Luminous Interior for Players and Fans

Tree-Inspired Indoor Soccer Complex Provides Luminous Interior for Players and Fans

The sports complex will house two soccer fields, reception area, administration offices, a café, viewing galleries, sports store, private entertainment space, and locker rooms for players. The

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Trek-In Prefab Cabin Offers Luxury Sustainable Lodgings for Campers

Trek-In Prefab Cabin Offers Luxury Sustainable Lodgings for Campers

Trek-In is a cross between the traditional architecture of a home and a tent. The pitched roof design allows for increased sleeping space while the solid wood exterior provides protection from the

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Winning Design for Copenhagen’s Køge North Train Station is a Spectacular Tubular Bridge

Winning Design for Copenhagen’s Køge North Train Station is a Spectacular Tubular Bridge

The Køge Bay Motorway is the busiest highway in Denmark and leads into Copenhagen alongside a track for local trains. Soon, a new double-track high-speed rail line will offer commuters and travelers a

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INTERVIEW: HOK’s Yann Weymouth Discusses Designing the Hurricane-Resistant Salvador Dalí Museum

INTERVIEW: HOK’s Yann Weymouth Discusses Designing the Hurricane-Resistant Salvador Dalí Museum

This article was originally published in October of 2011. Earlier this year we reported on the opening of the stunning Salvador Dalí Museum located in St. Petersburg, Florida. The museum is home to

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Roundup Bread: The Real Reason Americans are Intolerant to Wheat

Roundup Bread: The Real Reason Americans are Intolerant to Wheat

The influx of wheat allergies in the United States may not be gluten-related as many have thought, but instead could be attributed to Monsanto's toxic weed killer known as Roundup. Used as a drying agent,

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Sublime Wine Storage Unit Lights up the Night with Low Energy LEDs in France

Sublime Wine Storage Unit Lights up the Night with Low Energy LEDs in France

The stunning building is a showcase for the Ballande group, highlighting their fine wine in an appropriate casing. The storage unit rises in thick white concrete, appearing like a solid volume during the

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Amazing Forestiere Underground Gardens Were Hand Carved With Only a Pick and Shovel

Amazing Forestiere Underground Gardens Were Hand Carved With Only a Pick and Shovel

Photo © Yale B Quan Forestiere began building the underground arboretum in 1906 when he bought land near Fresno that he thought was fertile, but soon discovered it was hardpan.  Seeking to escape the

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Unit Fusion’s Moveable Modules Could Be the Future Neighborhoods of Hong Kong

Unit Fusion’s Moveable Modules Could Be the Future Neighborhoods of Hong Kong

In regards to Hong Kong’s rising economy, Y Design Office’s solution is to build vertical communities that benefit each of a neighborhood members. The Unit Fusion vertical tower provides modular units

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