Two design students build a charming, off-grid summer cabin in a remote Finnish forest

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Architects build their own rammed-earth office around existing trees

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Architecture students build a tiny CLT classroom in just 3 weeks

A team of 13 University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) architecture students designed and built Emerge, a tiny timber classroom that will help promote sustainable forestry through education. Located in the woods near Eugene, Oregon, the student project was crafted as part of UNL’s PLAIN design/build program in collaboration with the 673-acre family-owned Bauman Tree Farm, and The DR Johnson Lumber Mill. The micro cabin was erected in just three short weeks thanks to the use of prefabricated cross-laminated… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

No one knows why these bees build incredible spiraling hives

Caution: after what you are about to see, you may never be satisfied with your run-of-the-mill honeycomb again. That’s because these design-savvy bees weren’t content to live in generic boxes like most bees, so they made their hives look like something that could have come out of the mind of Zaha Hadid herself.

Known as sugarbag bees (Tetragonula carbonaria), the insects live in Australia and create an unusual single-layer spiraling hive that is completely unlike the traditional flat beehive…. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Local residents help build pre-fab bamboo social center that can be constructed in a week

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Microsoft is razing its Redmond campus to build a sustainable mini city

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Nebraska grants TransCanada approval to build the Keystone XL pipeline

Nebraska just gave the go-ahead for Keystone XL, giving TransCanada the final permit they need for the hotly contested oil pipeline. After nine years and 4.3 million petition signatures against the pipeline, TransCanada could move forward with the project thousands have protested against. But Nebraska’s Public Service Commission didn’t approve the company’s preferred route – but an alternative route TransCanada portrayed in the past as unworkable.

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Students build a low-cost yet high-quality sustainable home from recycled materials

Affordable and sustainable housing is possible—and Studio 804’s many projects are proof. Working together with University of Kansas architecture students, Studio 804 produced their latest design/build project, called 1330 Brook Street, in a working-class neighborhood in the city of Lawrence. As with their previous projects, the energy-efficient home is designed with LEED standards in mind and makes use of passive solar strategies to save on energy.

The three-bedroom, two-bath home… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Elon Musk wants to build a rocket that can fly you from New York to Shanghai in 30 minutes

Imagine being able to travel from New York to Shanghai in just 30 minutes. If Elon Musk — the visionary behind PayPal, SpaceX, and Tesla — succeeds with his newest vision, a trip of this kind will soon be possible. During Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp., the entrepreneur shared his goal to build the code-named “BFR,” which could transport anyone anywhere on the planet in just 60 minutes. Musk, who has long-dreamed-of founding a human colony on Mars, is willing to use his own… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Elon Musk is reportedly planning to build his own Hyperloop

Back in 2013, Elon Musk shared his vision for a futuristic mode of transportation called the hyperloop. Because Musk had no intention of developing the invention, the research he and his team at SpaceX conducted on the form of travel was graciously shared with the public. He said in a conference call, “I don’t have any plan to execute because I must remain focused on SpaceX and Tesla.” Well, it turns out Musk has changed his mind. Last month on Twitter, the Tesla Inc. chief executive officer… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building