This futuristic building is helping tackle air pollution

Posted on Thursday, August 10th, 2017 by

A twisting, smog-eating tower is nearly finished in Taipei, Taiwan. The skyscraper’s facade, roof, and balconies will contain 23,000 trees and shrubs — nearly the same amount found in New York’s Central Park. Inside, it will hold 40 luxury condos. The plants are projected to absorb 130 tons of carbon dioxide per year — the equivalent […]

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Video of Vertical City premieres in New York

Posted on Monday, April 17th, 2017 by

© Vertical City Half a century ago the architect Paolo Soleri promoted the idea of an Arcology, “a highly integrated and compact three-dimensional urban form that is the opposite of urban sprawl with its inherently wasteful consumption of land, energy resources and time, and tendency to isolate people from each other and the community.” […]

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Architect Uses Ancient Techniques To Cool Modern Building in India

Posted on Friday, April 4th, 2014 by

Before air conditioning was invented, people living in hot climates developed many different strategies for coping with heat, many of which have been forgotten or ignored. Architect Manit Rastogi or Morphogenesis designed the Pearl Academy of Fashion in Jaipur using a number of old technologies to create  […]

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Wave House

Posted on Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 by

Named La Maison-vague, which translates as Wave House, Patrick Nadeau‘s project is one 63 experimental houses being built in the commune of Sillery, near Reims, and was designed with an arching profile to resemble the shape of a mound or hill. La Maison-vague uses vegetation for its architectural and environmental qualities, particularly in terms of […]

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Schools going Solar!

Posted on Thursday, June 13th, 2013 by

Its summertime, and that means one of our themes is solar energy! As the sun shines its great to see so many schools installing solar panels to help power their educational experience. By 2013 over 500 schools in the United States had installed solar panels, not only reducing environmental impacts, but educating students every day […]

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Bosco Verticale: The World’s First Vertical Forest Nears Completion in Milan

Posted on Thursday, February 7th, 2013 by

Milan is one of the most polluted cities in the world, and the Bosco Verticale project aims to mitigate some of the  environmental damage that has been inflicted upon the city by urbanization. The  design is made up of two high-density tower blocks with integrated  photovoltaic energy systems and trees and vegetation planted on the […]

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The largest cork oak forest area in the world,Portugal

Posted on Thursday, January 24th, 2013 by

The environmental and socio-economic importance of the cork oak forest is  so valuable that several organisations, among which the WWF, the Forest  Stewardship Council (FSC) and the European Cork Federation (C. E.  Liège), with Corticeira Amorim’s participation, have developed  initiatives aimed at encouraging good practices and rewarding  agro-forestry owners who contribute to improving essential services […]

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Seattle Unveils The World’s Greenest Office Building

Posted on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 by

The 50,000-square-foot building will generate all of its energy using solar panels, and all of its water will be provided by harvested rainwater. There will be indoor composting toilets, a system of geothermal wells for heating, and the building’s wood-framed structure is made out of Forest Stewardship Council certified wood. read original article  take part […]

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Timber Shoffice is a Naturally Daylit Garden Shed and Office Combo in London

Posted on Friday, December 21st, 2012 by

The Shoffice is located in the backyard of a 1950′s terraced house in St  John’s Wood in northwest London. Designed by Platform 5 Architects, who  worked closely with the structural engineer and contractor, the combo garden  shed and office provides space for storage and working. Inspired by the curl of  shaved wood, the office is […]

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The Gingerbread Movement: The Greenest Building Material

Posted on Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 by

Everything in a healthy home should be non-toxic, from the building materials to the finishes. Think gingerbread. The other great thing is that gingerbread structures tend to be small and can be considered part of the tiny house movement. Because they sneak under the building code and planning guidelines, they have promoted an explosion of […]

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