Indiana Kiosk Turns Tree House Concept On End

Posted on Tuesday, December 11th, 2012 by

Called “Chop Stick,” the one-of-a-kind structure is, at once, a work of art, a functional green building, a science exhibit, a recreation Chop Stick is the brainchild of a Swedish architecture firm Visiondivision, which was commissioned to build a concession stand for the 100 Acres: Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park adjacent to the […]

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Eco-Hotel Drops In On Natural Environments

Posted on Thursday, December 6th, 2012 by

Inspired by organic forms found in nature, the Drop Eco-Hotel concept was one of the winners of a “microarchitecture design contest” held in October between the 89 members of the Spanish design consortiums o-cults, in collaboration with furniture designer Urban Square and the Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura urban planning firm. Some of the many […]

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High Line-Style Project For Sydney Aims To Deliver The Goods

Posted on Friday, November 23rd, 2012 by

Old railroads are all the rage when it comes to adaptive reuse. New York City kicked off the trend with its High Line park, which officially opened to the public last year. Now we’ve got Chicago’s long-anticipated rails-to-trails park system, the Bloomingdale Trail, set for completion in 2014, with plans for a smaller-scale but similar […]

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Starbucks Opens New Reclamation Drive Thru Made From Recycled Shipping Containers

Posted on Wednesday, November 21st, 2012 by

If you happen to be passing through Tukwila, Washington, make a pit stop at Starbucks’ brand new reclaimed shipping container coffee shop. The first in what could possibly be a new branding strategy, the Reclamation Drive-Thru is built out of four shipping containers and has been designed to LEED green building standards. Designed in-house by […]

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10 Green-Tech City Solutions for Beating the Heat

Posted on Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 by

The  Reichstag, Germany’s parliament building, was retrofitted in 1999 with a  new dome that uses glass and mirrors to reflect daylight deep into the  main chamber, reducing dependence on artificial lighting. It also  employs a funnel to divert and collect rainwater. read more original article National Geographic

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A Tree House ‘Cocoon’ For Backyard Camping

Posted on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 by

Basically, a Cocoon Tree pod is a spherical aluminum structure wrapped in a waterproof outer skin that weighs, all told, around 130 pounds. That lightweight profile makes it easy to rig up yourself, via a system of ropes and nets, in around two hours — or, if you prefer, you can have the installation performed […]

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UK’s first building to be made entirely from waste

Posted on Tuesday, October 9th, 2012 by

Construction and industrial waste will be used to build ecohouse in Brighton city centre. The project is named “the house that Kevin built” and will have latest eco technologies including integrated solar panel and heat recylcing system read original original article: uk-waste-building-animation-video

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Green Housing For The Homeless Saves San Francisco Cash

Posted on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 by

. Comprising 120-units, this five-story building features sustainably harvested wood (including redwood and elm) and a landscaped courtyard, complete with tile mosaics. Sunshades outside the apartment windows allow natural daylighting to enter the buildings without contributing undue heat, and the water at the Richardson is warmed courtesy of the sun, which also kicks in electricity, […]

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French Student Team Rhône-Alpes Wins the 2012 Solar Decathlon Europe With Canopea House!

Posted on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012 by

Big news out of Madrid,  Spain: French university Team  Rhône-Alpes has won the 2012  European Solar Decathlon with their stunning solar Canopea  House! Leading the Solar  Decathlon competition since winning the Architecture  and Operations  prizes, this compact home is topped with a 10,7 kW array of photovoltaic panels  that produce enough energy to run all […]

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In Utah, Affordable Green Homes Teach Green Build Skills

Posted on Tuesday, August 28th, 2012 by

In Moab, Utah, interns from all over the world are gaining an education in people-powered, sustainable housing, while helping to put a green roof over the heads of low-income area residents. Community Rebuilds is a non-profit organization with a mission to build energy-efficient, affordable workforce housing through a volunteer-run program that also provides a basic […]

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