Sustainable Design

The Cave is a gorgeous rammed earth villa that opens onto the Sierra Madres

The Cave is a gorgeous rammed earth villa that opens onto the Sierra Madres

The Cave is a beautiful rammed earth villa designed by studio Greenfield that harmonizes with the grounds of the Maderas del Carmen natural park in Mexico. Built for the staff of the on site animal

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Photographer Nathan Cowlishaw’s 9,500 mile journey will document the decaying Southwest

Photographer Nathan Cowlishaw’s 9,500 mile journey will document the decaying Southwest

Photographer Nathan Cowlishaw has spent the better part of the last few years traveling the southwest and documenting what he calls “modern Americana.” The photographer has now launched a Kickstarter

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Barndominium: Green Live-Work Space is a Modern Update to the Vernacular Barn

Barndominium: Green Live-Work Space is a Modern Update to the Vernacular Barn

The Barndominium is a long and narrow barn-like building with a wood exterior and a high-pitched roof. One half the building is occupied by a double-height wood workshop and the other half is a 1 bedroom,

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UC Berkeley unveils  3D-printed “Bloom” building made of powdered cement

UC Berkeley unveils 3D-printed “Bloom” building made of powdered cement

Ronald Rael and UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design just unveiled the world's largest 3D printed building made from powdered cement! Measuring 9 feet high by 12 feet wide and 12 feet deep, the

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‘Snowcone’ transforms a lifeguard station into an urban igloo

‘Snowcone’ transforms a lifeguard station into an urban igloo

The design duo of Diana Koncan and Lily Jeon have transformed a Toronto lifeguard station into a modern igloo, called Snowcone. The Ryerson Architectural Science students created a colorful geodesic dome

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7 intoxicating green designs for a happy St. Patrick’s Day

7 intoxicating green designs for a happy St. Patrick’s Day

PISSKY: Gilpin Whisky is Recycled from Diabetic’s Urine James Gilpin has a bit of a different interpretation of the adage "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." Gilpin, who has Type 1 Diabetes

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Roeland Otten Camouflages Ugly Public Utilities with Giant Photographic Installations

Roeland Otten Camouflages Ugly Public Utilities with Giant Photographic Installations

From afar, passersby may not notice Otten’s awesome photographic installations at all. Taken from the same vantage points at which they are mounted, each side of his photographic coverings depict the

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Haus am Steinberg is a Charming Wedge-Shaped Addition to a Historic Wine Cellar in Austria

Haus am Steinberg is a Charming Wedge-Shaped Addition to a Historic Wine Cellar in Austria

In order to prevent it from interfering too much with the original design, the gabled addition meets the roof lines of the original cellar while still maintaining something of its own identity. The

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Fun “Kids Pod” expands a vineyard home with a playfully perforated glazed corridor

Fun “Kids Pod” expands a vineyard home with a playfully perforated glazed corridor

Mihaly Slocombe, Australian home, home addition, kids pod, australian architecture, glazed corridor, green design, eco design, sustainable design, green architecture Mihaly Slocombe Australian

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Energy & Atmosphere – Keeping Cool and Staying Warm

GREEN BUILDING 101: Energy & Atmosphere – Keeping Cool and Staying Warm

  The very root of what makes a home green is how effectively it responds to its surrounding environment. You could say that this has defined the primary material pursuit of mankind for all

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VIDEO: Google’s new California headquarters is a greenhouse utopia by BIG and Heatherwick

VIDEO: Google’s new California headquarters is a greenhouse utopia by BIG and Heatherwick

Earlier in the week, we brought you news that Heatherwick Studio and BIG are collaborating on the design of Google's new Mountain View campus. And now, Google has just published a video in which the two

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Edmonton locals could ice skate to work using the new Freezeway

Edmonton locals could ice skate to work using the new Freezeway

Landscape architecture student Matthew Gibbs wants to be getting around the chilly Canadian city of Edmonton a lot more easy- and fun. Designed for his thesis project, the city is considering a pilot of

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Packaging the Future: Biodegradable Planter Pots for Spring Gardening

Packaging the Future: Biodegradable Planter Pots for Spring Gardening

Over the last decade there has been a dramatic increase in the availability of biodegradable plant pots, and I'm finding them everywhere from my beloved Gilbertie's Herb Gardens (which sells locally

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Pani Community Center in Bengal is made entirely from local and recycled materials

Pani Community Center in Bengal is made entirely from local and recycled materials

A new bamboo multi-use structure designed by SchilderScholte has popped up in the Bengalese town of Rajarhat. Funded by the Pani foundation out of the Netherlands, the building was made entirely from

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INTERVIEW: Architect David Hertz on how to build with old planes

INTERVIEW: Architect David Hertz on how to build with old planes

Inhabitat: When did it first occur to you to use an old airplane to create parts of the house? David: I have been interested in what we Take, Make and Waste, from our society's waste streams for almost 3

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Lala Abaddon weaves photos together to create intricately textured artworks

Lala Abaddon weaves photos together to create intricately textured artworks

Lala Abaddon’s optically intricate artworks may appear to be some sort of digital manipulation, but her pieces are actually made from painstakingly hand-woven paper. Starting out as large scale

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Y-town recycles old refrigerator into a dog house for adopted pup!

Y-town recycles old refrigerator into a dog house for adopted pup!

A lucky stray dog in China received the royal treatment with an expansive doghouse made from a recycled refrigerator! Designed by studio Y-town, the sectioned doghouse is made from an old fridge that has

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Black House Blues is a gorgeous woodland haven for music lovers

Black House Blues is a gorgeous woodland haven for music lovers

Inspired by the clients’ love of Blues music, Studija Archispektras built an airy black home nestled in a lush forest in Lithuania. Appropriately named Black House Blues, the gorgeous house is partially

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Fun chalkboard-covered passive house explores public/private space in Belgium

Fun chalkboard-covered passive house explores public/private space in Belgium

BLAF Architecten finished this two-story single family residence back in 2009 in Asse, Belgium. The surrounding region is relatively dense and there is not much space available for homes with private

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Bulgaria’s National Museum complex fuses sustainable design with historic architecture

Bulgaria’s National Museum complex fuses sustainable design with historic architecture

In lieu of their recent accession to the European Union, Bulgaria has commissioned Yanko Apostolov Architects to design a gorgeous new National Museum Complex to house the country’s art collections.

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BIG and Heatherwick Studio to design Google’s new Mountain View HQ

BIG and Heatherwick Studio to design Google’s new Mountain View HQ

Heatherwick Studio and the Bjark Ingels Group have confirmed that the two firms are set to collaborate on Google's new headquarters. Little is known about the new Googleplex campus, other than that it

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Sew Much Style upcycles vintage men’s suits into stylin’ messenger bags

Sew Much Style upcycles vintage men’s suits into stylin’ messenger bags

Designer Terry Lischka’s innovative bags transform thrift store men’s items into fashion-forward unisex messenger bags. Designing under the name Sew Much Style, Lichska scours thrift stores for

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Multi-family home in Marfa keeps naturally cool with rammed earth design

Multi-family home in Marfa keeps naturally cool with rammed earth design

Barker Freeman Design Office’s new home for Marfa, Texas will keep its residents naturally cool. The multi-family dwelling is made up of three structures that are partially submerged in a rammed earth

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VIDEO: Original Copies Author Bianca Bosker on Architectural Mimicry in China

VIDEO: Original Copies Author Bianca Bosker on Architectural Mimicry in China

We've been fascinated with the concept of duplitecture—the practice of cloning entire buildings—ever since we discovered that Chinese developers were knocking off European architectural icons and, in

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Enormous Temple of Trash Made from 100 Tons of Recycled Plastic Bottles

Enormous Temple of Trash Made from 100 Tons of Recycled Plastic Bottles

While the temple is no longer standing, the trend of upcycling plastic bottles that inspired the construction shows no signs of slowing down. Other recent examples of PET bottle creativity include the

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Minimalist Pergola House has an open trellis roof that unifies indoors and out

Minimalist Pergola House has an open trellis roof that unifies indoors and out

Apollo Architects & Associates’ modern Pergola House in Japan unifies its indoor and outdoor space with a slatted trellis roof. The rectilinear home north of Tokyo rises to two stories of open and

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LEGO PancakeBot pushes the boundaries of brunch technology

LEGO PancakeBot pushes the boundaries of brunch technology

If you love pancakes but hate making them, then the LEGO PancakeBot is your dream come true. Designed by Miguel Valenzuela, the LEGO robot pushes the boundaries of brunch technology by using an X and Y

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Creepy humanoid robot staff welcomes visitors to hotel in Japan

Creepy humanoid robot staff welcomes visitors to hotel in Japan

You won’t have to deal with disgruntled employees at the soon to be opened Henn-na Hotel in Nagasaki, Japan…since they are mostly humanoid robots. The high tech hotel has employed a fleet of ten

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Renovated ‘Ship in a Bottle’ home springs up in San Francisco’s Noe Valley

Renovated ‘Ship in a Bottle’ home springs up in San Francisco’s Noe Valley

The theme of this year's Architecture and the City Festival was “Architecture of Consequence", and each home on the tour demonstrated how progressive design and creative problem solving can address

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The Vertical Zoo: A wild greenery-wrapped tower that provides refuge for animalia

The Vertical Zoo: A wild greenery-wrapped tower that provides refuge for animalia

The zoo is built from a six armed star-shaped level designed to maximize space, views and circulation. It is based on a nucleus or a tree trunk from which emerges six branches, each 20 sq meters in size

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