Sustainable

Skylab Architecture’s Radial Green-Roofed Columbia Building Tracks the Portland Sun

Skylab Architecture’s Radial Green-Roofed Columbia Building Tracks the Portland Sun

The Columbia Building is an educational demonstration of sustainable building techniques. Designed in a radial fashion to track the sun, this single-story concrete building folds seven cast-in-place

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Our Favorite Green Designs from Designersblock at Milan Design Week

Our Favorite Green Designs from Designersblock at Milan Design Week

The Experimental Vases designed by the Cray Collectivewere created in soft plastic moulds, which allows the material to steer the shape of the final piece. These were made of pigmented

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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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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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Apparatus X: A Mobile Eco Shelter Ideal for Disaster Relief

Apparatus X: A Mobile Eco Shelter Ideal for Disaster Relief

State College, PA — Students at Penn State are turning a trailer into an off-grid disaster relief shelter that will be well-suited for both first-response, as well as long-term aid. The trailer, called

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BREEAM Excellent Everyman Theatre Renovation Reuses 25,000 Bricks in Liverpool

BREEAM Excellent Everyman Theatre Renovation Reuses 25,000 Bricks in Liverpool

The Everyman is a culturally important hub for Liverpool, capturing the creativity and community engagement that makes the theater a vital building. Originally housed in a converted 19th century chapel,

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‘Broken’ Furniture Finds Beauty in Cracked and Unwanted Wood

‘Broken’ Furniture Finds Beauty in Cracked and Unwanted Wood

Finnish designer and woodworker Jalmari Laihinen's amazing new collection of furniture celebrates the beauty of cracked, harsh edged wood that would otherwise go unnoticed or discarded. Laihinen's Broken

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Former EPA Headquarters Receive LEED Certified Retrofit as D.C.’s Newest Residential Towers

Former EPA Headquarters Receive LEED Certified Retrofit as D.C.’s Newest Residential Towers

The Sky House towers usher in a future of adaptive reuse for the Southwest side of Washington D.C. These towers will be the tallest in the area, and boast rooftop pools with some of the nicest views of

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Beautiful Modern Retreat is a Tranquil Oasis on the Puget Sound in Washington

Beautiful Modern Retreat is a Tranquil Oasis on the Puget Sound in Washington

The concrete and glass structure of the Case Inlet Retreat is delicately brushed with weathered cedar cladding and an ipe deck, which softens the modern tones of the design. The balance is simple, clean,

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Lumio Folding Book Lamp Creator Max Gunawan

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Lumio Folding Book Lamp Creator Max Gunawan

We met up with Max at the Techshop in San Francisco, CA to see the Lumio first hand. At first glance the lamp looks like a simple hard-bound book or journal, but once you open it, the book unfolds several

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Stacks of Staples Create Ornate Patterns in Nilly Mozer’s 100K Stool

Stacks of Staples Create Ornate Patterns in Nilly Mozer’s 100K Stool

Designer Nilly Mozer creates beautiful furniture that can be customized with ornate patterns by sliding and arranging stacks of metal staples. Her simple "100K" piece can function as a table or a stool,

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Incredible ChefPro 3D Printer Creates Sweet Custom Candies!

Incredible ChefPro 3D Printer Creates Sweet Custom Candies!

Culinary artists will soon be able to join the 3D printing revolution thanks to an amazing new candy printer. The ChefPro from 3D Systems unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week

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Top 6 Exercise and Standing Desks to Get You in Shape While You Work

Top 6 Exercise and Standing Desks to Get You in Shape While You Work

Sit to Walkstation To really beat that lethargic feeling at work, the Walkstation from Steelcase is an exercise desk that elegantly combines a treadmill with a workstation. These units are pretty pricey

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Top 10 Crazy Christmas Trees Made from Bottles, Bikes, Shopping Carts and More!

Top 10 Crazy Christmas Trees Made from Bottles, Bikes, Shopping Carts and More!

RECYCLED BIKE TIRE TREE This Christmas tree in Bermondsey Square, London is made out of 35 wheels reclaimed from old bikes. It was designed by Sarah Wigglesworth Architects using wheels from a local UK

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DIY: How To Make a Beautiful Holiday Wreath in 5 Easy Steps

DIY: How To Make a Beautiful Holiday Wreath in 5 Easy Steps

To create your holiday wreath you will need: - Fabric shears. These will cut through fabric more easily than standard scissors. - A collection of small pieces of fabric swatches. We used table cloths,

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100% Chemical-Free Sprayer Kills the Most Common Pathogens Using Only Water

100% Chemical-Free Sprayer Kills the Most Common Pathogens Using Only Water

This amazing Eco3Spray handheld sprayer from Franke turns ordinary tap water into ozone, enabling it to kill common nasties like E. coli, salmonella, staph aureus, and pneumonia without using any

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Antony Gibbon’s Lord of the Rings-Style Treehouses Could Offer Elvish Accommodations for Humans

Antony Gibbon’s Lord of the Rings-Style Treehouses Could Offer Elvish Accommodations for Humans

The Roost Treehouse is made up of a series of pod-like capsules, which are harnessed to each tree in a way that neither harms the tree or prevents it from growing. These capsules enclose a central

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Humanitarian Low-Cost House With Shipping Container Rooms Springs Up in South Korea

Humanitarian Low-Cost House With Shipping Container Rooms Springs Up in South Korea

The design and construction team examined the conditions of the family’s existing home and found that the physical and environmental conditions were too poor to renovate. Therefore, they decided to

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Designers Create Imaginative Urban Playgrounds for Children and Adults in the Building Trust International Competition

Designers Create Imaginative Urban Playgrounds for Children and Adults in the Building Trust International Competition

With so much dead space plaguing urban cities today, charity organization Building Trust International put together a competition asking designers to reimagine these blights as innovative playgrounds for

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DIY: Make Your Own Artisan Soap Bar from Repurposed Scraps

DIY: Make Your Own Artisan Soap Bar from Repurposed Scraps

STEP 1: Gather all your materials. You'll need just soap bits, a plastic bottle, a grater, a cutting tool, and a pan for melting. STEP 2: Cut the bottom off of the plastic bottle to create a mold

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Dubail Begert Architectes Renovates Swiss Home with a Fake Green Wall

Dubail Begert Architectes Renovates Swiss Home with a Fake Green Wall

"The house refuses the romantic and nostalgic ode to the bygone countryside and scoops out its inspirations contrariwise from the contemporary farm sheds," said Sylvain Dubail and David Begert. Covered

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House in Melides Promotes Peace and Tranquility Through Modern Design in Portugal

House in Melides Promotes Peace and Tranquility Through Modern Design in Portugal

The House in Melides is separated into two major programmatic areas within the two stacked rectilinear volumes. The lower volume hosts the sleeping and service areas, while the suspended upper volume

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6 Essential Kitchen Tools for Vegan and Raw Cuisine

6 Essential Kitchen Tools for Vegan and Raw Cuisine

1. Eco Friendly Cutting Boards Select a set of durable and sustainable food-grade cutting boards, such as ones made from polypropylene and flax husk. Using flax husk reduces the amount of plastic used

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DIY Hermit Houses: Tiny, Off-Grid Customizable Living Units

DIY Hermit Houses: Tiny, Off-Grid Customizable Living Units

Hermit Houses' first prototype is called Abé, a name that comes from the tragic lovers story Aberlard & Heloise. Designed for a couple or small family, the 150 square foot wooden shelters were

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Rammed-Earth Quartz Mountain Residence Captures Beauty of Arizona Desert

Rammed-Earth Quartz Mountain Residence Captures Beauty of Arizona Desert

The sophisticated Quartz Mountain Residence is a 4,700 square foot single family home that sits almost as a sculpture in the desert landscape. Modern in its design, the home boasts a material palette of

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First Phase of k20 Architecture’s Hindmarsh Shire Council Centre Complete in Australia

First Phase of k20 Architecture’s Hindmarsh Shire Council Centre Complete in Australia

The Hindmarsh Shire building is in a region of Australia that is exposed to extreme temperatures, and therefore k20 Architecture began their adaptation by creating a building envelope with great thermal

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WRNS Studio’s New Tahoe City Transit Center Collects Snow For Rainwater Harvesting

WRNS Studio’s New Tahoe City Transit Center Collects Snow For Rainwater Harvesting

The TCTC’s shape is indicative of the region’s history with Lake Tahoe. Shaped with curves similar to a boat, this long rectilinear building’s roof eaves have long wooden slats as if designed as a

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Top Tips for Raising Your Pet in a Sustainable Way

Top Tips for Raising Your Pet in a Sustainable Way

Image via Shutterstock There is no doubt that pets give us unmatched companionship, but owning one can take its toll on the environment. In a book written by two New Zealand scientists, they suggest

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Amazing Life-Sized Lego Furnishings that You Can Really Live With

Amazing Life-Sized Lego Furnishings that You Can Really Live With

Lego DJ Table If you think this Lego DJ table is cool, you might want to try making one yourself. DIY instructions for the table were created (in German) by Kai Muller of Spy Style. Lego Grandfather

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ÁBATON Unveils Minimalist Prefab Micro Home in Spain

ÁBATON Unveils Minimalist Prefab Micro Home in Spain

Faced with grey fiber cement board, this dwelling unit houses a living room/kitchen, a full bathroom and a bedroom. It stands at just about 3.5 meters tall, and can be altered so that all openings become

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