Crazy new building in China looks like a giant crab!

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China may have decided to steer away from “weird buildings”, but new architectural “ducks” seem to continue to sprout throughout the country. China’s new Ecology Center in Kunshan that celebrates Chinese crab culture looks like a giant crab, complete with hairy claws and white pincers.

The building is located on Yangcheng Lake’s eastern shore and references the area’s famous crab-based delicacy. Dark stainless steel creates the outer shell of the main volume, with pincers and… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Canadas tallest building breaks ground in Toronto

Canada’s tallest building has just begun construction in Toronto. Designed by Foster + Partners and CORE Architects, The One is a 1,004-meter-tall mixed-use building that stacks luxury condominiums atop high-end retail. This outstanding new addition to the Toronto skyline will be located at One Bloor West between the downtown and the upscale Yorkville neighborhood.

At 85 stories tall, The One will be Canada’s tallest building and the second tallest man-made structure after Toronto’s… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Transformable solar building changes shape to teach people how to live sustainably

How do you persuade people to adopt sustainable lifestyles? A team of Swiss architecture students believes in the power of demonstration—and they’ve designed and built the eco-friendly NeighborHub to prove their point. Conceived as a collaborative community space, the NeighborHub is a transformable, shared space that demonstrates innovative solutions, from renewable energy and water management to biodiversity and sustainable mobility.

The NeighborHub is a community space that… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Australian facility aims to produce 50,000 metric tons of building material from CO2 by 2020

Carbon dioxide emissions could be converted into a useful building material in a project from Australian firm Mineral Carbonation International (MCi). They just unveiled a research pilot plant at the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources. It appears they took a hint from nature: the company says their process mimics but speeds up weathering from rainfall that produces rocks.

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New images show progress on the next world’s tallest building

New images of the Calatrava-designed Dubai Creek Tower have emerged, showing the footprint of what is expected to become the world’s next tallest building. Developer Emaar Properties released construction site photos and video of the 2.3 square-mile Dubai Creek Harbour complex, with which they intend to eclipse the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest structure since 2010.

Emaar Properties and Dubai Holdings joined together to build the new complex in Dubai, with a 3,045-foot tower designed by Calatrava… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

South Korea is building a $10 billion agriculture city in Egypt

Within six months, an area of 300,000 feddans (non-metric unit) in Egypt will be transformed into an integrated agriculture city by South Korea. The $10 billion deal was signed on Tuesday by Egypt and Korea-Arab Society (KAS). The project will feature 50,000 smart greenhouses in addition to a number of seawater desalination and solar power plants.
 
Arab Finance reports that the protocol was signed by the General Authority for Reconstruction Projects and Agricultural Development, an affiliate… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Revolutionary glass building blocks generate their own solar energy

There’s a new building block in town, and it generates its own clean energy. Researchers from Exeter University developed revolutionary new glass blocks that are embedded with small solar cells. Not only do the blocks generate energy, but they also provide thermal insulation and allow natural light to enter buildings.

Called Solar Squared, the blocks are embedded with an array of optical elements that focus sunlight on tiny solar cells – during the manufacture process. The design ensures… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Breathtaking bamboo building withstands earthquakes and boasts a zero-carbon footprint

Thailand’s eco-friendly Panyaden International School has added a stunning new sports hall to its campus that’s built entirely of bamboo and stays naturally cool year-round in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Designed by Chiangmai Life Construction, the Bamboo Sports Hall features a modern organic design that draws inspiration from the lotus flower. The large multipurpose facility was built to withstand local natural forces including high-speed winds and earthquakes, and boasts a zero-carbon footprint.

Completed… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Greenbuild: The world’s biggest green building expo is coming to Boston

The world’s biggest conference dedicated to green building is coming to Boston this November, and you won’t want to miss it. The Greenbuild International Conference and Expo will bring together experts, professionals and leaders in sustainable building for mind-blowing exhibits, learning activities, a Net Zero zone, and pavilions with the latest in green building technology. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Oregon couple spends years building their net-zero ‘extreme green dream home’

Desert Rain features three renewable energy systems: a solar PV array; a solar thermal drainback system for heating domestic water and powering the hydronic floor system in the Main Residence; and solar “hot air” system, which aids in evaporating liquid from the composting system.

Related: California city could become the first Zero Net Energy city in the U.S.

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