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Stunning Vertical Forest Skyscraper By Stefano Boeri’s

by Benjamin Roman •

Urban living requires efficient use of space, but it can be a very environmentally-friendly lifestyle:  city residents generally live in small homes with access to walkable neighborhoods and public transportation.  One common downside is a lack of green space, but architect Stefano Boeri aims to change all that with his “Bosco Verticale” concept.  Italian for “vertical forest”, his project was …

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Scandanavia’s Largest Hotel: Stunning Architecture, Eco-Friendly Design

by Benjamin Roman •

Denmark’s newly opened Bella Sky Comwell Hotel is the largest hotel in Scandanavia, but its size is outshined by its unique, environmentally friendly design and architecture.  Located in Copenhagen’s leafy Ørestaden district, the hotel creates a striking impression both inside and out.

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Energy Efficient House In Mojave Desert Built With Shipping Containers

by Tracy McGill •

Sitting near Joshua Tree, California in the Mojave Desert is an energy efficient new home and studio built by architect Walter Scott Perry of ecotechdesign out of six re-purposed steel shipping containers. Also known as the Tim Palen Studio at Shadow Mountain, the 2,300 square foot home is the first permitted shipping container house to be built in the Mojave …

Copenhagen Waste-To-Energy Plant Will Multi-Function As Ski Slope

by Tracy McGill •

Copenhagen residents will soon be able hit the slopes, not on a ski mountain, but on top of a waste-to-energy plant. Looking to replace their current 40 year old industrial plant, Amagerforbraending held an international competition and unanimously chose this ski slope design by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) in an effort to turn what is normally an eyesore into a …

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City Of Green Rings To Be Built In Korea

by Justin Thomas •

A Dutch architecture group MVRDV have won a competition to design a city center for Gwanggyo, a new city which could be built south of Seoul, Korea. The town is planned to be a self-sufficient city of 77,000 inhabitants.

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Unusual Green Architecture In Japan: Namba Parks

by Justin Thomas •

In a city with few green spaces, Namba Parks is a welcome swath of green for the inhabitants of Osaka. Check out this full size photo of this amazing piece of architecture. The complex stands where Osaka’s baseball stadium used to be until 2003, and consists of a 30-floor skyscraper, Parks Tower, and a shopping mall with eight floors of …

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Leading-Edge Green Complex For Singapore

by Justin Thomas •

Solar Wall Heating Air For Buildings

Architecture firm Foster + Partners won an international competition to design a green complex that will fill an entire city block in downtown Singapore. This complex will be on the leading edge of green design. It will incorporate arrays of solar cells on the buildings’ facades. Ribbon-like canopies (also covered with thin-film solar cells) will start at the base of …

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Elite Solar Windows In Hong Kong School

by Justin Thomas •

This school in Hong Kong is a great example of how solar cells can be incorporated into a building. It’s a primary school — the CCC Kei Wai Primary School on Ma Wan island. It was built to show students the potential of photovoltaic architecture. The roof has solar panels on top, and the skylights have thin-film solar cells in …

Green Building Using Thin-Film Solar

by Justin Thomas •

This is the new Ballard Library in Seattle. It’s a state-of-the-art green building which makes use of a sod roof, daylighting, and translucent thin-film solar collectors from Schott. It is listed in the American Institute of Architecture’s top ten green buildings.

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ecoMOD

by Justin Thomas •

ecoMOD is a student design project at the University of Virginia School of Architecture. The aim is to design a house that is both affordable and eco-efficient. The first design they came up with is modular with an emphasis placed on melding indoor and outdoor space through passive design strategies. Via: Inhabitat