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

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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



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

The iridescent facade of this library reflects the innovative thinking going on inside

The Vaughan Civic Centre Resource Library by ZAS Architects is dedicated to learning using digital tools and 21st-century technology. Wrapped in a sleek, translucent facade, the library acts as a “transformative community centerpiece that aims to empower local residents of all ages and demographics.”

The new building reconciles the different scale of Vaughan’s City Hall’s Clock tower and historic Sarah Noble/Beaverbrook House. Its reflective, ever-changing facade references overlapping ideas… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

6 innovative ways to harvest and harness rainwater

From perennially parched California to unseasonably dry Massachusetts, rainwater is a precious resource in the United States, though it is often not treated as such. Across the impotable oceans, drought rages in East Africa and groundwater systems are stretched to their limits in India. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

LAs most dangerous intersection made safer with innovative crosswalk “scramble”

Los Angeles’ Hollywood and Highland intersection is losing its notoriety as the most dangerous intersection for pedestrians after introducing a crosswalk “scramble.” The design gives the road entirely to pedestrians, allowing them to even cross the street diagonally when it is their turn. Amazingly, incidences of accidents have plummeted since the overhaul just six months ago.

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The scramble, or Barnes Dance, is not a new idea. First popularized… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Turning Cemeteries for the Dead into Parks for the Living

by Peter Harnik
A second excerpt from the recently released book published by Island Press called Urban Green: Innovative Parks for Resurgent Cities. In this post, we look at cemeteries used as parks and some best practices.
In the past, before official parks came into being, cemeteries were the principal manicured greenspaces for cities – most famously [...]
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