Sculptural Haus B uses passive solar principles to surpass Germanys energy standards

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Completed over the span of four years, Haus B is a passive solar home that’s a contemporary departure from the housing norm of the 1960s suburban neighborhood in which it resides. Located in Dreieich, Germany, the 320-square-meter house was designed by Düsseldorf-based design studio One Fine Day (Office for Architectural Design) in collaboration with Ulrike Thies who acted as the construction supervisor. Most impressively, the single-family residence was designed and built to surpass the requirements… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Charming home uses local, natural materials to pay homage to a chestnut tree

Young Czech architecture firm Valarch studio has completed a modest yet elegant family house built largely of timber to reference the property’s old chestnut tree in the garden. Named the Chestnut House, the home spans a compact footprint of just 840 square feet and comprises two sections: a larger living area and a smaller, green-roofed technical area united via a multifunctional vestibule. All building materials were locally sourced wherever possible with an emphasis on natural materials.

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UK’s first energy positive classroom produces 1.5x the energy it uses

After one year in operation, the numbers are in: the United Kingdom’s first energy net positive classroom is capable of producing 1.5 times the amount of energy it needs to operate. Known as the Active Office, the energy producing classroom stands as a shining example of what is possible as the United Kingdom and other nations attempt to transform their energy systems in response to climate change. The building was designed by experts at SPECIFIC, a UK Innovation and Knowledge Centre led by Swansea… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Artist uses materials found in nature to create elaborate cairns and mandalas

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School principal uses $22,000 of paint to transform former slum into a rainbow wonderland

We all know a fresh coat of paint does wonders for a room but what about repainting an entire town? That’s exactly what this small village in Indonesia did and the results are nothing short of spectacular. Armed with just $22,000 worth of paint, Kampung Pelangi transformed their village in Semarang into a multicolored wonderland and Instagrammer’s paradise. 

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Smog-fighting music academy proposal uses an air purifier system as effective as 33,000 trees

The Polish city of Krakow has some of the worst air pollution in the world. In hopes of improving the city’s air quality, FAAB Architektura proposed a smog-fighting music academy fitted with a German air purification system that they say works effectively as 33,000 city trees. The music academy was designed as part of a larger “Krakow Music City” masterplan that envisions a largely car-free and environmentally friendly development atop a former military base.

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

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Kengo Kuma’s “floating kitchen” uses Chinese dishes to support the shelves

Beijing Centre for the Arts’ founder Weng Ling commissioned Kuma to create a unique kitchen design. So he came up with a simple concept, an assorted range of kitchenware supporting the kitchen’s structure instead of the other way around. The Floating Kitchen includes ceramic bowls and plates, wooden boxes, vases, woks, wicker baskets, pots are pans, all coming from the Chinese city of Chengdu.

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Masdar Institute tests new tech that uses sand to store solar heat

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. When it hands you an abundance of dry, grainy sand, it’s a good idea to make the most of that as well. That’s exactly what a research group in Abu Dhabi is trying to do, with a project that uses sand collected right there in the United Arab Emirates to store solar energy and increase the efficiency of solar power plants. The new technology, created by scientists at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, is called Sandstock and, after several… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

A Thousand Shades of White uses photography to raise climate change awareness

My name is Jheng-Ru Li a research assistant from Taiwan. This year I am absorbed in a travel program call ” The Lung Yintai Cultural Foundation ”. It’s a art program commit to send an idea to the world by sponsoring young Taiwanese.”A Thousand Shades of White” is a photography project concerned with the human face of climate change in the far north nation. By capturing the changing Iceberg, ice fjord and the life of inuit who survived for centuries by hunting seals and whales in the remote villages… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building