Beautiful bamboo arches breathe new life into a bland concrete building

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Vietnamese architecture firm Vo Trong Nghia has unveiled their latest example of bamboo brilliance at Nocenco cafe, a renovated rooftop restaurant in the city center of Vinh in central Vietnam. The client asked the firm to insert a unique and eye-catching addition to the top of a seven-story concrete building using local materials. After studying several options, including brick and stone, the architects settled on bamboo to create an airy and lightweight space with dramatic vaulted ceilings.

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A striking concrete home in Ontario targets minimal environment impact

Toronto-based Teeple Architects has paired a beautiful but unusual site in Ontario with the sculptural Port Hope House, an award-winning residence that boasts a wide array of sustainable features. Located east of Toronto, the single-family rural home takes inspiration from the client’s 75-acre property that consists of a woodlot, a fallow field, an abandoned Grand Trunk railway cut and a steep cliff that falls into Lake Ontario. Built with long concrete walls, the Port Hope House appears like a… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Translucent concrete walls dramatically light up Jordans Capital Bank

Translucent concrete walls add drama and beauty to a recently completed Capital Bank in Amman, Jordan. Located on ritzy Cairo Street in Abdoun, the new Capital Bank VIP branch marks the first worldwide use of LUCEM Lichtbeton, a type of concrete with translucent properties. When backlit with LEDs or sunlight, the LUCEM translucent concrete panels create a stunning display of light and shadow for an elegant effect befitting the bank’s “boutique” character.

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‘Game changing’ graphene concrete is twice as strong and better for the planet

Add concrete to the list of things graphene can improve. Scientists at the University of Exeter’s Center for Graphene Science developed a new technique to incorporate graphene in concrete production with the help of nanoengineering technology — and the resulting material was not only over twice as strong as concretes we have today, but “drastically reduced the carbon footprint of conventional concrete production methods.”

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Researchers develop self-healing concrete powered by fungus

Scientists at Binghamton University have developed the first application of fungi in self-healing concrete. In a paper recently published in the journal Construction and Building Materials, Binghamton University assistant professor Congrui Jin and her team outline the ways in which a special species of fungi, Trichoderma reesei, may act as a sealing agent when mixed with concrete. “This idea was originally inspired by the miraculous ability of the human body to heal itself of cuts, bruises and… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Tiny homes made of concrete pipes could be the next big thing in micro housing

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Monolithic, folded concrete walls lead visitors into this stunning gallery space in So Paulo

A monolithic facade of the new addition to the Porto Seguro Cultural Center in São Paulo, Brazil, folds inwards to create asymmetric, angular walls that lead visitors into its exhibition space. Design studio São Paulo Arquitetura conceived the building as a beautiful, multifunctional venue for exhibitions, workshops, courses, symposiums, parties and festivals.

The new gallery space is located in Campos Elíseos, a neglected area of São Paulo plagued by drugs and social problems. It is part… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Simple but smart design transforms a concrete plaza into a lively urban park

“The project springs from the need to create a welcoming place for the citizens of Favara while simultaneously donating to the city an innovative public space shaped from the perfect combination of wood and vegetation,” write the architects. In contrast to the site’s original and muted concrete setting, Zighizaghi is filled with greenery and playful elements from its honeycomb shape to the red light fixtures that double as loudspeakers. “Thanks to its interactive character, Zighizaghi transforms… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

11 green building materials that are way better than concrete

Depends on what you’re using it for . . . poured concrete floor? Foundation? Walls? Structural? Furniture?

Fly Ash Concrete (75% recycled)

Compacted Recycled Plastic/Trash

Rammed Earth

Straw Bales

Mycelium

Glasscrete

 

 

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How Much Does a Green Burial Cost?

For people who like the idea of continuing to help the environment after they die, a “green” or “natural” burial forgoes harsh embalming fluids, sealed metal caskets and concrete vaults of a traditional burial. “Green” cemeteries often combine an open space conservation easement or trust with natural burial techniques.
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