Fruit trees grow on the roofs of this rammed earth home in Hanoi

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Vo Trong Nghia Architects puts a fresh spin on the ancient art of rammed earth construction in the Dong Anh house, a modern dwelling with fruit trees growing on the roofs. Taking advantage of the property’s secure and isolated location in Hanoi, the architects applied an “open garden design” that embraces nature in, around, and even on top of the home. The thick earth walls have the advantage of high thermal mass and keep the home cool by storing heat during the day and then dissipating that… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



This stunning brick “cave house” in Vietnam is open to the elements

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Earth was buzzed by a giant asteroid this weekend and we didn’t even realize it was coming

The Chelyabinsk meteorite injured around 1,500 people when it exploded over Russia in 2013, and an asteroid with three to six times that rock’s diameter just passed incredibly close to Earth. The Catalina Sky Survey first observed the asteroid, dubbed 2018 GE3, on Saturday, and it whirled past Earth hours later.

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This dream job lets you live on a Cornish island with a Medieval castle

If you’ve ever wanted to live on an island, this job could help get you there. A castle in Cornwall, St Michael’s Mount, seeks a visitor services manager, and they’ll provide service accommodation if you’re the perfect fit. “Giants, mermaids, miracles, and more have all left their imprint,” according to St Michael’s Mount’s history web page. “All you have to do is set foot on the island, look and listen. Who knows what you’ll discover?”

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This pop-up camper transforms any truck into a tiny mobile home in seconds

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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

This self-sustaining Australian home harvests its own food, energy, and water

Building a self-sustaining home can involve a higher upfront investment, but having it designed by experienced architects will make it pay off in the long run. Design-build CplusC Architectural Workshop renovated this 1980s terrace house in Australia into an environmentally friendly home that allows its owners to grow their own produce and track daily energy consumption.

The house, named Aquas Perma Solar Firma, is located in an inner suburb of Sydney and owned by a couple that works… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This tiny house on a sled is the perfect way to see the Northern Lights

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This “boat” on wheels turns city dwellers into urban adventurers

This temporary installation in Utrecht, the Netherlands, transforms its site into an unknown land full of discoveries. City dwellers become “urbanauts”– contemporary adventurers that sail in the large public space. Rome-based design collective, orizzontale, conceived the project as a LED-lit modular wooden structure that reimagines the concept of a boat as a flexible urban space that merges art, design and technology.

The project is a piece of public infrastructure for RAUM, a workshop in… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This tiny timber cabin was built from construction waste for under $30K

Transportable, versatile, and low-cost, this tiny timber cabin shows how crafty use of local and recycled materials can lead to impressive results. UK architecture firm Invisible Studio designed and built this mobile prototype using a combination of construction waste and locally grown unseasoned timber for just £20,000 ($28,105 USD). Called Trailer, the multifunctional structure follows in the footsteps of Invisible Studio’s previous projects, such as the Ghost Barn and their own studio space,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building