sustainable design

Pritzker Prize Laureate Shigeru Ban on Sustainability and What Makes a Building Truly Permanent

Pritzker Prize Laureate Shigeru Ban on Sustainability and What Makes a Building Truly Permanent

On Monday, 2014 Pritzker Prize winner Shigeru Ban sat down with New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman at the NYT Cities for Tomorrow conference to discuss Ban's pro bono work in disaster

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Lorna Barnshaw Makes Creepy Casts of Her Face Using 3D Technology

Lorna Barnshaw Makes Creepy Casts of Her Face Using 3D Technology

As 3D technology sweeps the science, medical and design worlds, artists like Barnshaw are trying to find its place in fine art. Turning to the classic self portrait was an obvious move, so Barnshaw sought

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Takanori Aiba’s Amazing Bonsai Tree Castles are Miniature Living Worlds

Takanori Aiba’s Amazing Bonsai Tree Castles are Miniature Living Worlds

Treating each tiny Bonsai as if it were a deep-rooted full-sized tree, Aiba creates incredible buildings that wind around the boughs and branches. Using copper line, epoxy putty, plastic, resin and stone

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Nico’s Interlocking Leaf Seats are Handmade in the UK Using Sustainable Materials

Nico’s Interlocking Leaf Seats are Handmade in the UK Using Sustainable Materials

Design by Nico recently showcased this cute set of interlocking Leaf Seats at Milan Design Week. As many as seven Leaf Seats can be connected together to serve a range of functions - from individual

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Perkins+Will Gives San Francisco’s Iconic 140 New Montgomery Tower a LEED Gold Renovation

Perkins+Will Gives San Francisco’s Iconic 140 New Montgomery Tower a LEED Gold Renovation

140 New Montgomery is an art deco skyscraper completed in 1925 that was home for the Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Company for 80 years. The property recently underwent extensive renovations and

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Louvered Wallaby House Maxmimizes Space and Energy Efficiency on Australia’s Sunshine Coast

Louvered Wallaby House Maxmimizes Space and Energy Efficiency on Australia’s Sunshine Coast

Robinson Architects designed the Wallaby Lane House with a linear plan that follows the landscape’s natural contours. The house and the studio space are positioned side by side under a common roof, with

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Striking ‘House of Toilets’ Harvests Rainwater and Sunlight on an Island in Japan

Striking ‘House of Toilets’ Harvests Rainwater and Sunlight on an Island in Japan

From afar, the House of Toilet has the profile of a typical pitched-roof home. Yet upon closer inspection, the public restroom is split into six distinct sections, each of which is cut at a slight angle.

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Fietsklik’s Clever ‘Click-On’ Modular Bike Rack Makes Carting Heavy Loads a Snap

Fietsklik’s Clever ‘Click-On’ Modular Bike Rack Makes Carting Heavy Loads a Snap

It's an age-old problem: You've ridden your bike to the market to pick up some fruits and veggies - but how do you balance a sack full of groceries while pedaling home? Backpacks and messenger bags work

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Far Sight House Stays Naturally Cool in Singapore

Far Sight House Stays Naturally Cool in Singapore

Completed in 2013, the semi-detached Far Sight House measures 4,983 square-feet and comprises two main floors, plus an attic space and terrace that's said to boast "million-dollar" views of Singapore's

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Kicking Horse Residence Embraces the Natural World in British Columbia

Kicking Horse Residence Embraces the Natural World in British Columbia

The Kicking Horse Residence is a mountain retreat designed for an active family of five at the base of a ski resort in Golden, BC. The home consists of two main volumes - a long, linear area on the north

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Grimshaw Architects Unveils Geometric & Airy Plans for the Istanbul Grand Airport

Grimshaw Architects Unveils Geometric & Airy Plans for the Istanbul Grand Airport

Istanbul Grand Airport was designed by Grimshaw Architects, the Nordic Office of Architecture and Haptic Architects, who were appointed by a Turkish consortium of Cengiz, Kolin, Limak, MAPA and Kalyon.

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Cans, Bottles, and Cardboard Boxes are Recycled Into Brand New Products

INFOGRAPHIC: How Cans, Bottles, and Cardboard Boxes are Recycled Into Brand New Products

By now most people know how important it is to recycle bottles and cans - but do you know what happens to your used containers once you toss them in the blue bin? I Want to Be Recycled has launched a

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Millionaire Creates Uber High Tech RV Camper for His Four-Year-Old Daughter

Millionaire Creates Uber High Tech RV Camper for His Four-Year-Old Daughter

Ferren, a 61-year-old inventor and cofounder of tech design firm Applied Minds, came up with the unique camper van with his young daughter in mind, wanting her to explore the world safely after he is not

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Best Green Designs From the Final Days of Milan Design Week

Best Green Designs From the Final Days of Milan Design Week

José Rodrigues de Araùjo's fabulous Bota Bandeira boots (displayed at the Brazilian exhibition) look like they could be worn by Oberon himself. Italian designer Giorgio Caporaso created this

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UNICEF’s Clever LEGO-Inspired Bricks Provide Food, Water, and Shelter to Disaster Victims

UNICEF’s Clever LEGO-Inspired Bricks Provide Food, Water, and Shelter to Disaster Victims

Providing food and shelter to victims of a natural disaster is one of the first priorities for emergency services, but the process can often generate a lot of unnecessary waste. To help tackle this

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A Second Peek at Milan Design Week’s Brera District

A Second Peek at Milan Design Week’s Brera District

  Alessandro Zambelli's "Afillia" light series is named after a botanical term referring to that which is leafless, but not lifeless. The lacy lights are handcrafted from Swiss pine and nylon

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Awesome Spaceship-Shaped Cabin Pops Up in French Castle

Awesome Spaceship-Shaped Cabin Pops Up in French Castle

Lesétablissements Tourneux's rocket ship hugs the stone walls of the historic castle, which was built north of Moselle in 1434. The castle opened to the public in 1998, and it now hosts a series of

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NYC’s New Tavern on the Green Restaurant Will Seek LEED Silver Certification

NYC’s New Tavern on the Green Restaurant Will Seek LEED Silver Certification

When it finally opens its doors on April 24th, NYC's famed Tavern on the Green restaurant will boast a slew of sustainable features that will help it live up to its verdant name. Inhabitat recently had a

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Elliat Rich’s Decennia Chair Blooms With Colorful Patterns as its Paint Wears Away

Elliat Rich’s Decennia Chair Blooms With Colorful Patterns as its Paint Wears Away

If you’re passionate about bespoke furniture, you can’t get any more personalized than Elliat Rich's Decennia Chair currently on show at Milan Design Week as part of ‘The Other Hemisphere’

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Flat Pack Tables Fold into Origami Shelters in the Event of a Disaster

Flat Pack Tables Fold into Origami Shelters in the Event of a Disaster

The immediate days after a disaster are the most critical since victims need supplies and materials ASAP. Rather than wait for help to arrive with shelters, Architecture Global Aid wanted to create a more

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Freshly Renovated Bronze-Glass Clad Trevox Apartments Reflect Mexico’s Mesmerizing Landscape

Freshly Renovated Bronze-Glass Clad Trevox Apartments Reflect Mexico’s Mesmerizing Landscape

In order to make the villa suitable for six units, CRAFT added a second floor to part of the original sprawling structure. Geometric mirrored panels make up the façade with strategic cut outs that create

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A Single Tree Grows Inside Suppose Design Office’s House in Yagi

A Single Tree Grows Inside Suppose Design Office’s House in Yagi

House in Yagi isn't completely finished. In fact, the home was designed to not be completely finished even when the owner moved in - the concept was for the home to only meet the most basic needs. Suppose

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Weird ‘Well Proven’ Chairs Made With Wood Shavings Pop Up in Milan

Weird ‘Well Proven’ Chairs Made With Wood Shavings Pop Up in Milan

Dutch-Brit designer duo Marjan van Aubel and James Shaw have created a new material that looks like polystyrene foam but is made from timber waste instead. Their wonderful Well Proven Chairs and Stools

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Industrial Chic Nannup Holiday House Perches on Stilts to Protect the Australian Bush

Industrial Chic Nannup Holiday House Perches on Stilts to Protect the Australian Bush

The oddly shaped Nannup Holiday House is accessible by a long ramp that stretches across the Australian landscape. Hugged by a forest on one side and a flood plain on the other, the area is known for

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Brera District Exhibits Designs for a Strong, Sustainable Future at Milan Design Week

Brera District Exhibits Designs for a Strong, Sustainable Future at Milan Design Week

Sweden-based designer Hampus Penttinen created his Svartskär chair out of the flotsam that washes up on the shore of Kosterhavet—Sweden's only national marine park. He used grafting techniques to bind

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Astronaut Pee Could Help Power Space Crafts

Astronaut Pee Could Help Power Space Crafts

Astronauts’ pee already gets recycled into water on space missions, but now NASA has found a way to transform their urine into fuel. Scientists have devised a process called forward osmosis that

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Sustainable Design Shines at Milan Design Week’s Ventura Lambrate Exhibition

Sustainable Design Shines at Milan Design Week’s Ventura Lambrate Exhibition

Studio Makkink & Bey designed a cheese maker for Imperfect Design, which consists of 9 different elements crafted of wood, ceramics, copper, and iron, respectively. The designers worked with different

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Stark White Autobahn Church Hides a Wonderous Surprise Inside

Stark White Autobahn Church Hides a Wonderous Surprise Inside

On the outside, Schneider + Schumacher Architekten's fantastic church looks like a white three-dimensional interpretation of traditional village church. But its interior is completely different, featuring

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The Best Green Designs from Designjunction EDIT at Milan Design Week 2014

The Best Green Designs from Designjunction EDIT at Milan Design Week 2014

  Dent 200 is a whopping two-meter-wide chandelier in the shape of a truncated icosahedron, created in PVC and developed by designer Chak Dent for Innermost design. The white version of

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The Best Green Designs from Salone Satellite at Milan Design Week

The Best Green Designs from Salone Satellite at Milan Design Week

MaterialConnexion is a material library with the latest innovations for design schools, architects, and creatives to use for inspiration and exploration. It also includes a wide range of sustainable

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