Sustainable Design

Wind-Powered Pavilions in Shanghai Are Fun Candy-Coated Play Houses

Wind-Powered Pavilions in Shanghai Are Fun Candy-Coated Play Houses

Parks in China are used extensively by residents throughout the day to practice tai chi, dance, meet friends, relax or eat. Bailanjing Park along the river is a new development to increase the urban green

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Michael Hansmeyer Unveils Insanely Complex Plastic Columns with 16 Million Unique Facets

Michael Hansmeyer Unveils Insanely Complex Plastic Columns with 16 Million Unique Facets

Hansmeyer's process involves creating an algorithm to design the structure of the Doric column. In the case of the Gwangju Design Biennale installation, none of the four columns share a single surface or

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Forsaken 60’s Trailer Renovated into a Happy Hippy House in France

Forsaken 60’s Trailer Renovated into a Happy Hippy House in France

Can we stand a revival of the happy hippy movement? If it means that we'll have more eye-popping trailers like this one revived by Pierre Arnoux in France, then we say go full steam ahead. At only 20

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Frank Gehry’s “paper bag” building opens at the University of Technology, Sydney

Frank Gehry’s “paper bag” building opens at the University of Technology, Sydney

The road for Frank Gehry’s Dr. Chau Chak Wing on the Business School campus of the University of Technology, Sydney has been bumpy. Or should we say crumply? Sydney’s newest architectural

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Daniel Libeskind unveils shard-like solar Congress Center in Mons, Belgium

Daniel Libeskind unveils shard-like solar Congress Center in Mons, Belgium

Daniel Libeskind, with help from H2a Architects, has created one of his signature shard-like design for the European Capital of Culture in Mons, Belgium that mostly powers itself with photovoltaic cells.

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Lace-like sculptural walls naturally filter light in this Brazilian home

Lace-like sculptural walls naturally filter light in this Brazilian home

Architect Marcio Kogan’s gorgeous Cobogo House in Sao Paulo was given a top floor made up of sculptural accent walls, designed by Austrian sculptor, Erwin Hauer. The cast stone walls naturally filter

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Zaha Hadid unveils plans for world’s largest airport terminal in Beijing

Zaha Hadid unveils plans for world’s largest airport terminal in Beijing

Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has unveiled preliminary details for what is being billed as the world's largest airport passenger terminal, to be located in Bejing's southern Daxing District. Designed in

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Beautiful net-zero energy family ranch comfortably hosts sixteen in California

Beautiful net-zero energy family ranch comfortably hosts sixteen in California

The net-zero ranch comprises a cluster of buildings that frame and protect a sunny central courtyard from strong winds. The courtyard’s plunge pool and hot tub were strategically placed to overlook

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Illinois holds on to first place in USGBC’s top 10 states for LEED green building

Illinois holds on to first place in USGBC’s top 10 states for LEED green building

Today, the U.S. Green Building Council released the top 10 states for LEED green building, with Illinois leading all of the states once again, per capita, in the country. LEED is an abbreviation for

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Coop Himmelb(l)au unveils Flying Garden Tower for Frankfurt’s airport district

Coop Himmelb(l)au unveils Flying Garden Tower for Frankfurt’s airport district

  Sustainable design will soon be transforming one of Europe's most active transportation hubs. The Flying Garden Tower, designed by Austria's Coop Himmelb(l)au studio, will be built in

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BIODIVER[CITY] floating artificial reef lets visitors view ocean wildlife

BIODIVER[CITY] floating artificial reef lets visitors view ocean wildlife

The futuristic BIODIVER[CITY] floats on the ocean, creating an island-community above water, and marine-life fostering artificial reef below. The massive faux-reef would invite visitors observe the

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Radu Zaciu illuminates the beauty of fruits and veggies

Radu Zaciu illuminates the beauty of fruits and veggies

Fruits and veggies are a beacon of light in photographer Radu Zaciu’s new series. Appropriately titled “The Light Inside,” the beautifully rendered series shows everyday foods with a vibrant new

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Artist Nikki Ella Whitlock recycles wine bottle fragments into ethereal mosaics

Artist Nikki Ella Whitlock recycles wine bottle fragments into ethereal mosaics

British artist Nikki Ella Whitlock takes recycling to ethereal levels, by transforming old glass into stunning mosaics. With a mix of tiles and glass mostly from used wine bottles, the Derbyshire-based

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Ice architecture: 6 incredible buildings made from ice and snow

Ice architecture: 6 incredible buildings made from ice and snow

Tron Ice Hotel Suits In anticipation of the release of 3D TRON: Legacy, Ben Rousseau and Ian Douglas–Jones created a suite at the famous IceHotel above the Arctic Circle in Sweden. The electric blue

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Thermal Glass Igloos Offer Views of the Northern Lights at Finland’s Hotel Kakslauttanen

Thermal Glass Igloos Offer Views of the Northern Lights at Finland’s Hotel Kakslauttanen

Nestled in the wilderness near Finland's Urho Kekkonen National Park, Hotel Kakslauttanen has one of the Arctic Circle's best views of the Aurora Borealis. The sparse trees and complete lack of light

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Top 8 Amazing Eco Winter Wonderland Resorts Around the World

Top 8 Amazing Eco Winter Wonderland Resorts Around the World

WHITEPOD ECO RESORT, SWITZERLAND HOTEL de GLACE, QUEBEC MONTE ROSA HUT, SWITZERLAND ICEHOTEL, SWEDEN IGLOO VILLAGE OF HOTEL KAKSLAUTTANEN, FINLAND MOUNTAIN HILL CABIN, NORWAY SKIPARK 360,

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Visitors can climb all over the new cafe at Lisbon’s Vertigo Climbing Center

Visitors can climb all over the new cafe at Lisbon’s Vertigo Climbing Center

João Quintela and Tim Simon’s innovative café for a climbing gym in Lisbon invites visitors to climb up and over it! The design team collaborated for the Vertigo Pavilion, creating a multi-use timber

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Artist Simon Beck creates gigantic winter crop circles by walking in the snow!

Artist Simon Beck creates gigantic winter crop circles by walking in the snow!

Located in the beautiful valley of Savoie, France, Beck’s patterned snow circles decorate the expanses of the frozen lakes outside of the ski runs at Les Arcs ski resort.  Overlooking Mont Blanc, the

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Architect tops his sophisticated Irish farmhouse with repurposed shipping containers

Architect tops his sophisticated Irish farmhouse with repurposed shipping containers

Architect and farmer, Patrick Bradley, has created an amazingly sophisticated rustic country retreat out of four repurposes shipping containers. Set in an idyllic Northern Ireland countryside, the

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Rising ocean temperatures burst through NOAA’s charts

Rising ocean temperatures burst through NOAA’s charts

Last year was not only the hottest year on record, but the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration has just released a terrifying chart showing a sharp increase in the temperature of the world’s

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Dreamy Panchoran Retreat is made from old telephone poles and bamboo from the forests of Bali

Dreamy Panchoran Retreat is made from old telephone poles and bamboo from the forests of Bali

Photo: Tim Street Porter Tucked away within 25 acres of bamboo and coconut palm groves near Ubud, Bali, Panchoran is a little piece of paradise and the perfect way for anyone who is tired of taking

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12,000-square-foot 3D-printed mansion pops up in China

12,000-square-foot 3D-printed mansion pops up in China

China’s newest mansion is not only made from recycled materials, but the sprawling 12,000 square foot home was made with 3D printing! Developed by Chinese company WinSun, the luxury mansion was 3D

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FabCafe in Japan lets customers create 3D gummies of themselves

FabCafe in Japan lets customers create 3D gummies of themselves

Gummies aren’t just for bears and worms anymore. Tokyo's FabCafe in Shibuya recently offered nine lucky customers the chance to create a 3D-printed gummy version of themselves! Using the café’s 3D

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Cambodian floating toilets filter human waste naturally via wetland plants

Cambodian floating toilets filter human waste naturally via wetland plants

The floating village of Prek Toal in Cambodia is utilizing the power of natural filter wetland plants to soak up contaminants from their raw sewage. Floating toilets supported by Wetlands Work will soon

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H&P Architects unveil brilliantly efficient urban office with interwoven vegetation

H&P Architects unveil brilliantly efficient urban office with interwoven vegetation

+ H&P Architects Via Archdaily Photography © Nguyen Tien Thanh H&P Architects, SRDP-IWMC Office, Ha Tinh Province, Vietnam, sustainable architecture, sustainable design, climate

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Taylor Mazer’s tiny architectural drawings are smaller than a pencil

Taylor Mazer’s tiny architectural drawings are smaller than a pencil

Artist Taylor Mazer’s drawings are as impeccably detailed as they are teeny tiny. Using a super-slender Micron pen, the artist has created a beautiful body of work of industrial and architectural

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Harry Potter fans succeed in push for fair trade chocolate treats

Harry Potter fans succeed in push for fair trade chocolate treats

Some of the world’s biggest Harry Potter fans have gathered together for a sweet reason- ethically sourced chocolate. The Harry Potter Alliance, an actual group of Hogwarts enthusiasts formed in 2005,

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6 designs that could save your life

6 designs that could save your life

Inhabitat readers know that good design can save the world - but did you know design could also save your life? Engineers, designers, and hackers around the world are harnessing cutting-edge developments

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Green Box: Gorgeous studio completely wrapped in living plants by Act_Romegialli

Green Box: Gorgeous studio completely wrapped in living plants by Act_Romegialli

Rather than renovating the exterior of the garage with paint or siding, Act_Romegialli decided to let nature take its course, extending the idea of a green roof all the way to the ground. Leafy vines and

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Hamburg plans to build public green spaces atop noisy Autobahn

Hamburg plans to build public green spaces atop noisy Autobahn

The famous Autobahn freeway is getting a green upgrade, as Hamburg just announced plans to build three new public parks on top of it. The 8,000-mile road network runs through Hamburg’s city center,

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