Eco-friendly Community Rowing Boathouse boasts a stunning kinetic facade

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Cambridge-based Anmahian Winton Architects has designed a new eco-friendly home for the largest public rowing organization in the United States—the Community Rowing Boathouse in Boston, Massachusetts. Created to offer rowing opportunities at all skill levels, the modern community landmark comprises two buildings that cater to underserved populations, such as Boston public middle school students, the physically disabled and veterans. To lower energy demands and reduce its environmental footprint,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



An innovative forever house renovation features a pocket park for the community

Mention the word ‘renovation’, and thoughts of expansion immediately spring to mind—especially in the expensive Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy. So when the owners of a two-story terrace house in Fitzroy decided against creating a large home and instead sought to turn part of their unused site into a “pocket park”, they smartly tapped Austin Maynard Architects to lead their project. The local Australian architecture firm—known for their creative and anti-McMansion designs—created the King… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This revolutionary sustainable community in Atlanta is still thriving 15 years after its founding

I have a project that includes a sustainable community design and a net-zero house within it. I designed the masterplan for Serenbe Community located outside of Atlanta. The design began in 2001, the first house was built in 2004, and now there are 600 residents. The second image shows an aerial of one of four hamlets planned for the community in what we are calling a constellation of sustainable hamlets. The second image is of my house, just completed within the community with passive solar, PV… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Chernobyl’s abandoned dogs create their own exclusion zone community

If you ever happen to visit Chernobyl, you might run across one of the around 300 stray dogs that reside there. After the 1986 disaster, residents weren’t allowed to bring their pets, and many dogs were left behind. Today, their descendants still live in the area, and while their life isn’t easy, The Guardian, which shared their story, described them as “a playful example of global kindness and cooperation.”

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“It has totally changed how people feel:” new forest transforms former UK coal community

One organization in the United Kingdom is transforming an industrial landscape into a green, thriving woodland. The National Forest Company planted the first tree 25 years ago, and today have planted eight million trees in 200 square miles in the Midlands, in the first forest created in the United Kingdom in 1,000 years. Former coal miner Graham Knight told The Guardian, View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Failed Palm Springs golf course is being repurposed into a sustainable community filled with olive groves

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“Miralon is dramatically large in scope and vision,” said Freehold California Division President Brad Shuckhart. “It is like no other place in Palms Springs and yet it emerges naturally from the Desert. This is a community that looks boldly forward with environmental advances while embracing the region’s great architectural history.”

“Evolving the existing golf course into habitat-sensitive,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Rooftop farms in Gaza provide lifeline to the community

Meeting even basic needs in Gaza can be a challenge for the nearly 2 million people that live in the territory’s 141 square miles. Under the Israeli blockade, which prevents vital supplies from reaching Gaza and inhibits international trade, the Palestinians of Gaza rely on resilience and innovation to survive with the resources they have. Squeezed out of arable land, many Palestinians are farming upwards, on the rooftops of the dense urban Mediterranean territory. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

German community bands together to convert old WWII bunker into a ‘green mountain’

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“We are rebuilding what we inherit.” The project’s initiative states, “Adding something to history while dealing with it and thereby reshaping history itself.”

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Futuristic Dutch community features 50 out-of-this world spherical homes

Although it might look like the set of a science fiction film, this neighborhood in the Netherlands was built by humans for humans. Dutch artist and sculptor Dries Kreijkamp designed this unusual apartment community, dubbed the Bolwoningen (“ball” or “bulb”). Built in 1984, the residential development is comprised of 50 of these futuristic spherical structures grouped together amid walkways and trees, alongside a scenic canal.

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The brickwork inside this beautiful Tehran community center will blow your mind

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