Sustainable Materials

15 Conical Bamboo Pillars Hold Up Gorgeous Open Air Cafe in Viet Nam

15 Conical Bamboo Pillars Hold Up Gorgeous Open Air Cafe in Viet Nam

The conical pillars are made with bamboo that was first soaked in mud, smoke-dried, and then joined using rattan fiber and bamboo nails. Not an ounce of steel was used to support the structure, which was

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Klopf Architect’s Zen-Like Manzanita House Blends Martial Arts Principles with Architecture

Klopf Architect’s Zen-Like Manzanita House Blends Martial Arts Principles with Architecture

Although the size of new home is a fairly compact 1,500 square feet, the open and minimalist features of the structure provide a welcoming atmosphere closely connected with the area's beautiful landscape.

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Top 6 Architecture Stories of 2013 – Vote for Your Favorite!

Top 6 Architecture Stories of 2013 – Vote for Your Favorite!

2013 has been an amazing year for architecture but our most popular posts among readers definitely seem to be those that defy the status quo. We've seen a lot of stories about people moving into

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Couple Handcrafts Spectacular Minnow Light Shades with Responsible New Zealand Pine Veneer

Couple Handcrafts Spectacular Minnow Light Shades with Responsible New Zealand Pine Veneer

Industrial designer Carl Menary (also the maker of the ReTyre Clip) designed a series of four light shades for his wife Victoria to make and sell. They wanted a product made from local materials that

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Agüevo Cork Egg Cup Keeps Soft-Boiled Eggs Warm

Agüevo Cork Egg Cup Keeps Soft-Boiled Eggs Warm

Agüevo is a new modern egg cup made from natural cork! Designed by IN-TENTA, these water-repellent, lightweight anti-slip egg cups protect soft-boiled eggs and keep them warm thanks to the great

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Architecten CSK’s Breathtaking Energy Neutral Villa K is Surrounded by a Wild Oak Forest

Architecten CSK’s Breathtaking Energy Neutral Villa K is Surrounded by a Wild Oak Forest

The two story villa, which is almost 50 meters long and 19 meters wide, is built on one of the many historic beach ridges located in Bergen. While most private development projects in the area try to

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Swedish Students Design Passive Home Powered by the Sun

Swedish Students Design Passive Home Powered by the Sun

Measuring 645 sq foot, HALO takes its name and shape from the rainbow-like optical phenomenon around the sun. It was designed with small private rooms and large entertaining areas to shift people away

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Ales Javurek Wins First Place in Shipping Container Vacation House Competition

Ales Javurek Wins First Place in Shipping Container Vacation House Competition

Ales Javurek beat out 300 entries to take home first prize thanks to his stellar contemporary and sustainable design made out of steel shipping containers and wood panels. The home's ability to blend in

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Futuristic Villa Kogelhof Wins Prestigious ARC13 Architecture Award

Futuristic Villa Kogelhof Wins Prestigious ARC13 Architecture Award

Dutch firm Paul de Ruiter Architects has triumphed over 110 entries to win the highly-esteemed ARC13 architecture prize with their ecologically-minded Villa Kogelhof. The prestigious award is given to

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Snail Poo Makes Weird and Wonderful New Material

Snail Poo Makes Weird and Wonderful New Material

Who would have thought that snail poo could be turned into a new, colorful and flexible material? This exciting new idea was conceived by Dutch designer Lieske Schreuder, who adopted hundreds of snails

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Open Air Gjennomsikte Pavilion Doubles as a Lakeside Retreat and Theater Stage

Open Air Gjennomsikte Pavilion Doubles as a Lakeside Retreat and Theater Stage

This project was built in connection with the walkabout project (Breddelangs), which is a local initiative organized to bring awareness to the Lahelle river area. The green park surrounding the pavilion

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Meet the Winners of the First Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge

Meet the Winners of the First Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge

The Winners of the first Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge were announced this weekend at the Institute’s Innovation Celebration in New York City. Organized by the Cradle to Cradle Products

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Brilliant Expanding REK Bookcase Grows Along With Your Library

Brilliant Expanding REK Bookcase Grows Along With Your Library

Reinier de Jong just launched a new scaled-down version of his brilliant expanding REK Bookcase. The bookcase is made of poplar plywood sourced from sustainably managed forests in Europe, and it's able to

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Paulett Taggart Architects’ Light-Filled Telegraph Hill House Boasts Stunning Views of the San Francisco Bay [PHOTOS]

Paulett Taggart Architects’ Light-Filled Telegraph Hill House Boasts Stunning Views of the San Francisco Bay [PHOTOS]

Paulett Taggart Architects responded to the need for more natural light in the interior of the home by adding a dramatic full-height exposed stair and a new glass wall at the side of the house, opening up

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Kengo Kuma Unveils Gorgeous Geometric Pavilion For Japan’s Kyushu Geibunkan Museum

Kengo Kuma Unveils Gorgeous Geometric Pavilion For Japan’s Kyushu Geibunkan Museum

Visitors at the recently opened Kyushu Geibunkan museum in Japan will be thrilled to discover the museum's flexible wooden annex. Designed as a space for pottery and art, the wood pavilion provides great

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Infographic Shows the Amount of Various Building Materials That Can Be Produced For 1 Ton of CO2

Infographic Shows the Amount of Various Building Materials That Can Be Produced For 1 Ton of CO2

In the Scale of Carbon is a new exhibition launched by the Materials Council during the London Design Festival that explores the sustainability of different building materials. The exhibit uses cubes to

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Meet the Ten Finalists in the Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge

Meet the Ten Finalists in the Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge

The first Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge, coordinated by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute in partnership with Make It Right, was launched in November of 2012. By June of

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Otis & Eleanor Launch Beautiful Bamboo ‘Bongo’ Speaker on Kickstarter

Otis & Eleanor Launch Beautiful Bamboo ‘Bongo’ Speaker on Kickstarter

Nothing rocks harder than sustainability. That is why Otis & Eleanor teamed up with designer Megan Sebold to create a lightweight bluetooth speaker set made from one of the fastest growing plants on

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Classy Yield Cup Set Offers an Eco-Friendly Alternative to Plastic While on the Go

Classy Yield Cup Set Offers an Eco-Friendly Alternative to Plastic While on the Go

The Yield Cup Set offers the perfect alternative to plastic for people who are always on the go. It combines one pair of stainless steel cups secured together by a handcrafted leather casing and sturdy

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Woodworker Dan Coyle is Creating Fantastic Wood Bike Helmets in His Oregon Workshop

Woodworker Dan Coyle is Creating Fantastic Wood Bike Helmets in His Oregon Workshop

Coyle, a wooden helmet company, is one of those ventures that began as a garage experiment and slowly evolved into a successful business. Coyle makes specialty helmets in Corvallis, Oregon, using a wood

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Awesome Clay-Painted Jute Cabana in Portugal Provides Summertime Shade

Awesome Clay-Painted Jute Cabana in Portugal Provides Summertime Shade

In order to make the rich earthy colors, the design team made paint mixtures from local soils and clay. These were hand-painted on jute fabric, sealed with silicate mineral paint and linseed oil, and then

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Remains: Shani Langberg Transforms Waste Plastic Into Colorful Recycled Furniture

Remains: Shani Langberg Transforms Waste Plastic Into Colorful Recycled Furniture

Industrial designer Shani Langberg has created a series of furnishings made of left over pieces of rubbish taken from the 'Dispobud' factory, where disposable products such as non-woven fabric are

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Nike’s “Making” App Helps Designers Choose the Greenest Materials

Nike’s “Making” App Helps Designers Choose the Greenest Materials

With so many materials available on the market, it can be tricky for designers to ensure that their products are made with those that have the smallest possible environmental impact. In order to make it

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Nike’s New ‘Making’ App Shows the Sustainability of Practically Every Clothing Material

Nike’s New ‘Making’ App Shows the Sustainability of Practically Every Clothing Material

Shopping for eco-friendly clothes can be confusing if you’re not a fabric connoisseur - which is why Nike just launched a new app that catalogs the sustainability of every clothing material you can

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MIT Scientists Create 3D-Printed Artificial Bone

MIT Scientists Create 3D-Printed Artificial Bone

Scientists at MIT have figured out a way to produce a 3D-printed artificial bone that is just as lightweight and durable as the real thing. By analyzing the structural patterns found in natural bone and

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Kengo Kuma’s Kids Academy Taiyogaoka Hoikuen is a Beautiful Kindergarten Made from Locally Sourced Wood

Kengo Kuma’s Kids Academy Taiyogaoka Hoikuen is a Beautiful Kindergarten Made from Locally Sourced Wood

Kengo Kuma's Kids Academy Taiyogaoka Hoikuen is a single level building that covers a small area. It is built close to the ground and embodies Kuma's vision of 'small architecture'. The building is made

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Top Ten Green Lighting Designs at New York Design Week 2013

Top Ten Green Lighting Designs at New York Design Week 2013

LED Chandelier - by Group-Two Design Group-Two Design's elegant LED Chandelier updates the trope of the classic baroque chandelier with twenty-first century lighting technology, and sleek modern lines.

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Fast-Growing Bamboo Clads Kengo Kuma’s Tranquil Garden Terrace Miyazaki Hotel

Fast-Growing Bamboo Clads Kengo Kuma’s Tranquil Garden Terrace Miyazaki Hotel

The modest 4,562 square-meter hotel has an angled roof and is wrapped in fast-growing bamboo. A timber shelter hovers over the entrance, which leads to an expansive reception area that then leads to the

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Atelier Oslo’s Lanternen Pavilion is Made From Sustainable Norwegian Wood

Atelier Oslo’s Lanternen Pavilion is Made From Sustainable Norwegian Wood

Visible from afar, Lanternen serves as a meeting point and market shelter, as well as a space for informal music concerts and other performances. It stands on four stilts that are made from local

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Incredibly Detailed Nikon Camera Made Entirely From Cardboard

Incredibly Detailed Nikon Camera Made Entirely From Cardboard

Marta Crass created this incredibly realistic cardboard camera without the use of any precision machining tools (like laser cutters or plotters). Measuring 6.5” x 4.5”, the replica camera is modeled

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