Snhetta designs an energy-positive data center to fight climate change

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Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta and real estate developer MIRIS have unveiled designs for ‘The Spark,’ an urban data center that reuses excess heat to power cities. Framed as a “solution to the global climate crisis,” the prototype is designed to power cities with up to 18,000 people. The city of Os, located south of Norway’s second largest city, Bergen, will be the first municipality to test the concept as part of a plan to become the world’s first-ever energy positive city.

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UNStudio designs cocoon-like pavilion made of 100% recyclable materials

If you’ve ever dreamed of cocooning yourself in nature, this woven prefabricated pavilion may be right up your alley. Dutch architect Ben van Berkel of UNStudio has unveiled the Ellipsicoon, a digitally developed and handwoven pavilion that can pop up anywhere as a sculptural and meditative retreat. The curvaceous Ellipsicoon was created as part of the pavilion series for Revolution Precrafted, a collection of limited-edition prefabricated homes and pavilion designed by the world’s leading architects,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

BIG designs a high-end tiny house that goes off-grid

Bjarke Ingels Group has revealed images for the firm’s first-ever tiny house—the A45—designed for the prefab-housing startup Klein. Inspired by the traditional A-frame cabin, the A45 takes on an angular form conducive to rain run-off and easy construction. The 180-square-foot timber cabin boasts a completely customizable interior design and can be built within four to six months in any location.

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Zaha Hadid Architects designs robot-assisted vaulted classrooms for China

Zaha Hadid Architects unveiled designs for Lushan Primary School that blends forward-thinking construction techniques with deference to ancient Chinese culture. Located in the remote and beautiful countryside 160 kilometers northwest of Jiangxi’s capital Nanchang, Lushan Primary School will serve 12 local villages and offer a curriculum that focuses on the creative arts and STEM subjects. To reduce construction time and demands, the campus buildings will be housed in a series of modular vaulted… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Perkins+Will designs LEED Gold-seeking academic building for York University

Perkins+Will has won a design competition for the Toronto’s York University School of Continuing Studies, an eye-catching building that will target impressive eco-credentials. The design, which beat out a shortlist of seven proposals, is expected to meet a minimum certification of LEED Gold with potential for net-zero energy and net-zero carbon. The $50.5 million School of Continuing Studies will break ground in 2019 on York University’s Keele campus.

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Riken Yamamoto unveils green-roofed designs for Taiwans Taoyuan Museum of Art

Taiwan’s Taoyuan City is often passed over for its glitzier neighbor Taipei, but a new proposed art museum could give the city an extra boost in attracting new talent and tourists. Kanazawa-Based Riken Yamamoto & Field Shop unveiled competition-winning designs for the Taoyuan Museum of Art that comprises a pair of dramatically sloped green-roofed buildings. Dubbed “The Hill,” the multipurpose art museum will be located in the heart of the city and serve as a new community hub.

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David Chipperfield Architects reveal designs for Hamburgs tallest tower

Hot on the heels of Herzog & de Meuron’s recently completed Elbphilharmonie, David Chipperfield Architects has revealed designs for the German city’s next big architecture project: Elbtower. Towering above the skyline at 230 meters (755 feet), the sculptural mixed-use building will be the tallest building in the city and serve as a counterpoint to Elbphilharmonie to the west.

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YouTuber designs a DIY solar device to help power Puerto Rico

Swaths of Puerto Rico still lack electricity. Jehu Garcia, film-making equipment company owner and YouTuber, wondered how he could help. He’s known for building his own do-it-yourself version of a Powerwall, and tackled the Puerto Rico power issue with his technical know-how by building a solar generator, and providing information for others to also build the DIY generators.

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13 innovative, thought-provoking designs that broke new ground at the London Design Festival

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Trashpresso by Pentatonic

Trashpresso is a solar-powered mobile recycling factory. Furniture and home accessories company Pentatonic are at London’s Somerset House demonstrating to the public how plastic bottles can be transformed to tiles. It’s a potential model for recycling discarded materials in more remote areas of the world. 📷 @thecreativeedit_ #londondesignfestival @wearepentatonic @l_d_f_official… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Shigeru Ban designs 20,000 homes for severely overcrowded refugee camp in Kenya

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