This beautiful planted bridge doubles as a public gathering place in China

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When Beijing-based practice DnA Design and Architecture was tapped to renovate an old stone masonry bridge in Zhejiang, China, founding architect Xu Tiantian saw it as an opportunity to create a transformative and culturally significant gathering space for the public. Spanning the Songyin River, the updated Shimen Bridge now features a beautiful timber addition with built-in seating, planters, and even a centrally located square with trees. Here, villagers are encouraged to come and enjoy their surroundings… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



The Science Place becomes Australias first new LEED Gold-rated educational building

James Cook University’s The Science Place recently earned the distinction of becoming Australia’s first educational building to achieve a prestigious LEED Gold rating. Designed by HASSELL, the sustainable building with state-of-the-art facilities brings together the university’s chemistry, biochemistry and biology research cohorts under one roof. The Science Place also recovered and recycled 96% of all the previous building materials—a new record for a Townsville development of its size.

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Switzerland’s NeighborHub wins first place in the Solar Decathalon 2017

This past month, eleven university-led teams designed, built and presented futuristic houses at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathalon 2017. The competition took place in Denver, near the 61st and Peña Station. Though the challenge was simple it was by no means easy: create a building that integrates solar and energy efficiency technologies seamlessly in the design. Today, the winners of the highly-anticipated event have been announced.

For the first time in history, the… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Desert Twins produce water through condensation in driest place on Earth

Safe water isn’t easily accessible for one in 10 people on Earth. For nearly 10 years, artist Ap Verheggen has been working to address water scarcity, and his SunGlacier team recently had the opportunity to test their idea of making water from thin air in what they described as the driest, hottest place on the planet: the Sahara Desert. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

8 surprising uses for hemp that could make the world a greener place

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