Germany is building world’s largest passive housing complex with 162 green units...

Aug 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   by Lacy Cooke   INHABITAT View Slideshow In Germany, the world’s biggest passive housing complex is currently under construction. The solar-powered Heidelberg Village designed by Frey Architekten will comprise 162 units and a host of sustainable features, including rooftop and vertical gardens. Heidelberg Village, Wolfgang Frey, Frey Architekten, Heidelberg Village by Frey Architekten, community, passive housing, passive housing complex, sustainable architecture, architecture, design, energy efficiency, energy efficient architecture, passive architecture Frey Architekten founder Wolfgang Frey designed the complex so a wide variety of people could live on the property. There’s a range of one bedroom apartments to apartments that can house families of four or five people. Each apartment will have its own balcony. Solar power and modern ventilation systems will allow the complex to be energy efficient. Vertical gardens and roof gardens...

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This U.S. City Is a Sustainable Utopia—Here’s What They Have Accomplished & Where They Are Headed...

Jun 4, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] They have set out to reduce emissions by 80 percent. By Brian Holland, Juan Wei / Island Press  VIA ALTERNET LOCAL PEACE ECONOMY Photo Credit: Zhu Difeng / Shutterstock.com The following is an excerpt from the new book Can a City Be Sustainable? by Brian Holland & Juan Wei in the State of the World series from Worldwatch (Island Press, 2016):  The City of Portland has created and implemented strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for more than 20 years. In the early 1990s, it became the first city in the United States to adopt a comprehensive carbon dioxide reduction strategy. In 2001, Multnomah County (the most populous of Oregon’s 36 counties) and the City of Portland (which is the seat of Multnomah County and Oregon’s largest city) passed their joint Local Action Plan on Global...

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This U.S. City Is a Sustainable Utopia—Here’s What They Have Accomplished & Where They Are Headed...

Jun 2, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Local Peace Economy They have set out to reduce emissions by 80 percent. By Brian Holland, Juan Wei / Island Press   VIA ALTERNET Photo Credit: Zhu Difeng / Shutterstock.com The following is an excerpt from the new book Can a City Be Sustainable? by Brian Holland & Juan Wei (Island Press, 2016):  The City of Portland has created and implemented strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for more than 20 years. In the early 1990s, it became the first city in the United States to adopt a comprehensive carbon dioxide reduction strategy. In 2001, Multnomah County (the most populous of Oregon’s 36 counties) and the City of Portland (which is the seat of Multnomah County and Oregon’s largest city) passed their joint Local Action Plan on Global Warming. In 2009, Multnomah County and Portland adopted...

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MASSIVE SOLAR-POWERED GARDEN TOWERS TO SPRING UP IN TOKYO...

Apr 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   by Lucy Wang  INHABITAT View Slideshow Tokyo’s urban jungle is about to become a whole lot greener. Dutch firm ingenhoven architects unveiled designs for the Toranomon Project, a mixed-use development draped with greenery that, once complete, will boast the city’s highest residential building at approximately 220 meters tall. Designed to flank the existing Toranomon Hills Mori Tower on two sides, the green-roofed buildings will include a variety of environmentally friendly technologies, from solar panels to gray water recycling. The Toranomon Project will comprise two buildings: a 175,000-square-meter office tower and a 122,000-square-meter residential tower, both of which will be slightly shorter than the 250-meter-tall Toranomon Hills Mori Tower located between the two. The new buildings will feature horizontal ledges to provide solar shading and to maintain a shared architectural vocabulary. OMA has...

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OIL HEIR BRINGING MORMON-INSPIRED SUSTAINABLE CITY TO VERMONT...

Apr 1, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] NewVistaFoundation.org  VIA GRIST If You Build It, They Will Groan By Katharine Wroth The tiny towns in Vermont’s Upper Valley are practically postcard-worthy: White steeples, general stores where the owners know your name, rolling hills dotted with spirals of hay and contented cows. But because they are located just off Vermont’s major highway, Interstate 89, and because fiercely independent landowners have historically opposed the idea of zoning regulations, these communities frequently face challenges to their idyllic image. Self-storage companies, cell providers, retailers, and developers have put forth decidedly unbucolic plans plenty of times over the years; sometimes they win, and sometimes — as in the case of a recent effort to build a mixed-use development spurned by environmental groups — they lose. Now residents of the area have learned about an unfolding real-estate...

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LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE IN THE NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (MARCH 1 – 15)...

Mar 21, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] THE DIRT   by J.R. Taylor Buffalo Bayou Park, Houston / Jon Shapley, The Houston Chronicle Saving Water Is So Hot Right Now in Landscape Design – Wired, 3/4/16 “The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) asks hundreds of landscape architects around the U.S. to forecast the trends in outdoor design for the coming year. The point of the survey is to look beyond industry insider buzz and figure out what designers’ clients are actually asking for. This year’s results are in, and they show people are overwhelmingly concerned with water conservation.” The Great Wall of Japan Divides a Country Still Reeling from 2011’s Earthquake – Lakes Mail, 3/5/16 “Within months, plans to build super seawalls of up to 17m in height along more than 400km of the coastline of the worst-hit Fukishima,...

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THESE PREFABRICATED mnmMOD WALL PANELS COULD REVOLUTIONIZE THE WAY WE BUILD...

Mar 14, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]                                      Photo via mnmMOD by Charlie Radka  INHABITAT Imagine a building material that isn’t only beautiful, but promotes energy efficiency, so you save money heating and cooling your home. Now imagine that it significantly cuts construction time and cost, as well so you get your house faster and on budget. California-based design studio Minarc has made this dream a reality with mnmMOD – a standardized but customizable structurally insulated wall-panel – and beautiful homes are popping up across the world in as little as eight hours. Minarc, a Santa Monica based design studio, designed the mnmMOD prefabrication system as an innovative and energy-efficient solution to cheap and poorly-constructed low cost housing. Minarc’s kit-of-parts prefab house system is based primarily on the simple building block of the Structural Insulated Panel – commonly known as...

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BIOCLIMATIC DOME HOME IN COSTA RICA BUILT WITH NADER KHALILI’S EARTH BAG TECHNIQUE...

Feb 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]     by Tafline Laylin  INHABITAT Earth bag construction is taking off around the world, in large part thanks to Cal-Earth in Hesperia, California. Alumnus of the earth building center founded by Nader Khalili, Barro Vivo Costa Rica is close to completing this impressive 1,700-square-foot beauty in Turrubares, which was constructed using the Iranian architect’s pioneering super adobe technique. super adobe, earth bag construction, nader Khalili, dome home, dome home in Costa Rica, House Quetzalcoatl, earth bag dome home, Barro Vivo Costa Rica, naturally cooled dome home Costa Rica, Cal-Earth green building, earth bag dome home, earth bag building, green building technique, dome home Turrubares, Turrubares Costa Rica Ayal Bryant from Barro Vivo CR told Inhabitat because they live in a relatively hot and dry climate, where they receive about 3 months of...

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EDMONTON’S FIRST LANEWAY HOME HAS NO CARBON FOOTPRINT...

Feb 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   An Edmonton couple is hoping to turn their passion for green energy into a money-saving one by building a laneway home that produces exactly as much energy as it consumes. Karly Coleman and Andreas Hengst worked with local consulting company Carbon Busters to create the eco home — the first of its kind in the city. The 638 sq.-ft. two-bedroom home sits above a garage of the same size in the Westmount neighbourhood. The home is powered by solar panels and a special wall. It also features thermal storage, an air-to-water heat pump and extra insulation on the walls and windows. There’s also a plug-in for an electric car charger in the garage. The entire home emits zero greenhouse gases and is powered entirely from renewable energy. Coleman and Hengst finished the...

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LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE IN THE NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (FEBRUARY 1-15)...

Feb 19, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] THE DIRT by J.R. Taylor The Plimsoll Building / The Telegraph Plans for Botanic Garden Move Forward, Despite Neighbors’ Protests – The Houston Chronicle, 2/3/16 “Until now, the proposed Houston Botanic Garden has delivered more pain than gain to some neighbors in the southeast quadrant of the city. The future garden site is still functioning as Glenbrook Golf Course, and some residents would rather keep it just as it is.” The Real Challenge for Los Angeles’ New Football Stadium Is Everything Around It – The Los Angeles Times, 2/8/16 “The feints, dodges, Potemkin stadium renderings and extended leverage plays are over. The National Football League — behemoth, cruelly skilled manipulator of cities and printer of money — is officially headed back to Los Angeles.” London’s Green Revolution – The Telegraph, 2/9/16 “Landscape architects...

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TRIO OF LIVING GREEN BUILDINGS REINVENT PARIS AS A THRIVING SUSTAINABLE ECOSYSTEM...

Feb 16, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   by Lucy Wang  INHABITAT Share on Facebook Pin Tweet+ The heart of Paris’ 13th district has been reimagined as a thriving sustainable ecosystem. The Reinventer Paris competition recently named a trio of green eco-conscious buildings winner of the Paris Rive Gauche site M5A2. Designed by XTU Architects in collaboration with BPD Marignan, SNI Group, and MU Architecture, the winning design, called In Vivo, seeks to inject urban greenhouses, vertical forests, and even a solar-powered algae biofacade into the mixed-use block. As one of the 23 winners of the Reinventer Paris competition, In Vivo explores how to create the “Paris of tomorrow” through resilient architecture. In Vivo’s eco-friendly buildings are draped in greenery and will house 13,000 square meters of housing for students and young researchers; 1,200 square meters of public space; a...

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LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE IN THE NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (JANUARY 1 – 15)...

Jan 19, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] THE DIRT by J.R. Taylor Can a Professionally Designed Garden Add Value to Your Home? – The Huffington Post, 1/4/15 “This year marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Capability Brown – the landscape architect renowned for designing over 170 country house estates and gardens during the 18th century. His elegant style of undulating parkland and serpentine lakes can still be seen at dozens of locations, including Blenheim Palace and Stowe.” See a Rooftop Garden in Brooklyn Inspired by the High Line – Architectural Digest, 1/6/15 “Few cities in the world have real estate as expensive as New York’s. For its millions of residents, the idea of certain amenities, such as a private garden—must be quickly abandoned. Yet one apartment building in Brooklyn’s trendy Dumbo neighborhood is creatively changing all of that.”...

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VIDEO: MEET THE ARCHITECT WHO BUILDS SOLAR HOMES FROM RECYCLED MATERIALS...

Dec 16, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] By Kate Yoder   GRIST In Taos, N.M., recycled tires are the building blocks for a community of radical, off-the-grid homes called “Earthships.”Meet their architect, Michael Reynolds. He’s the rugged, eccentric star of a seven-minute short film from The Atlantic, directed by Flora Lichtman and Katherine Wells for The Adaptors podcast, which gives us a snapshot of life in these captivating solar homes built from natural and recycled materials.Even though his architectural vision appears to be centered around the idea of sustainability, Reynolds isn’t your typical environmentalist. In the film, he says, “I’m so sick of recycling and sustainable and green and organic. They’re rhetoric things.” However, he doesn’t shy away from climate change — quite the contrary, in fact. “I’m not going to argue with the people dancing on the top level of the Titanic before...

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HEMP-BASED INSULATION MAKES A COMEBACK IN BELGIUM...

Oct 29, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Hempcrete is actually quite similar to concrete, but is carbon negative, waterproof, fireproof, insulates well, and is completely recyclable, making it an optimal green building material. Architect Nikolaas Martens, one of the two co-founders of Martens Van Caimere Architecten, told Dezeen that hempcrete’s sustainable qualities make it an easy choice for home renovations. Related: Nation’s First Hemp House Makes A Healthy Statement “In our projects we try finding solutions to lower the building costs,” he told Dezeen. “In the 1950s, 60s and 70s, Belgians were building houses that were badly or not insulated. So renovating these houses in a sustainable way tends to be expensive. Hempcrete combines the insulation and finishing in one layer, reducing building costs.” “Plus,” he continued, “it is durable and sustainable, because it is made from a waste product.”...

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EXCLUSIVE: Elevated CO2 Levels Directly Affect Human Cognition, New Harvard Study Shows...

Oct 28, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Joe Romm CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: Climate Interactive   In a landmark public health finding, a new study from the Harvard School of Public Health finds that carbon dioxide (CO2) has a direct and negative impact on human cognition and decision-making. These impacts have been observed at CO2 levels that most Americans — and their children — are routinely exposed to today inside classrooms, offices, homes, planes, and cars. Carbon dioxide levels are inevitably higher indoors than the baseline set by the outdoor air used for ventilation, a baseline that is rising at an accelerating rate thanks to human activity, especially the burning of fossil fuels. So this seminal research has equally great importance for climate policy, providing an entirely new public health impetus for keeping global CO2 levels as low as possible....

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BACA ARCHITECTS’ AMPHIBIOUS HOUSE PROTECTS INHABITANTS FROM FLOODING...

Oct 26, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] INHABITA  all images courtesy of baca architects       baca architects has completed the what is believed to be the UK’s first amphibious home, built along a picturesque stretch of the river thames. named ‘formosa’, the three-storey dwelling is located in a designated flood zone and can ascend up to 2.7 meters to cope with increasing water levels. as the river rises, a concrete dock below the structure gradually fills up, gently elevating the building. the three-storey dwelling is located in a designated flood zone and can rise up to 2.7 meters       as a result of the design’s buoyant properties, the floor level is set only 1 meter above the ground, rather than the more standard 2 meter deficit for static homes. despite being designed with minimal moving parts,...

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ARTIST FILLS THE VAULTS OF A DILAPIDATED 1924 BANK IN CHICAGO WITH BOOKS AND ARTWORK...

Oct 25, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Architecture by Lidija Grozdanic   INHABITAT What happens when you fill bank vaults and offices with books and artwork instead of money? These pictures of the Stony Island Arts Bank in Chicago show a former bank now functioning as a vibrant destination for artists, scholars, curators and collectors. Renovated by non-profit Rebuild Foundation, the 1923 building is meant to function as a place where people can engage with South Side history. The 20,000-square-foot building was originally designed by William Gibbons Uffendell for a savings and loan banking institution. It has been closed for decades until artist Theaster Gates, founder of Rebuild Foundation, decided to restore it. He completely retrofitted the building and preserved some of the historical elements, such as the rusted vault and cracked plaster moldings. The 1923 building was converted into “a...

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GREEN BUILDING IN COLD CLIMATES...

Oct 22, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Architecture Green Building in Cold Climates: Inhabitat Interview with Bernat and Kate of Maison Durable Portneuf by Catherine Winter-Hebert   INHABITAT Share on Facebook Pin Tweet+We’ve seen many examples of how well green buildings can work in temperate and warm climates, but what about the harsher conditions that can lash homes in rural Quebec? Inhabitat recently had the opportunity to interview Bernat Ferragut and Kate Alvo of Maison Durable Portneuf about the innovative techniques they used to create their eco-friendly, sustainable, elegant home in the woods of Portneuf, Quebec, and how they can help others do the same. INHABITAT: How did you get involved in this building project? It was complete chance that led us there, actually. While on a visit to the Portneuf region, we found a parcel of land that no one else wanted....

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NET ZERO INHOUSE BOASTS WATER-SMART SOLUTIONS ESSENTIAL FOR PARCHED CALIFORNIA...

Oct 11, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Architecture by Lucy Wang  INHABITAT Stories of drought-stricken California have become sadly common, with many citizens forced to slash their water use so severely they’ve let their gardens die. Luckily, innovative architecture is proving that a water-conscious lifestyle doesn’t necessitate giving up your green thumb. Students at the California Polytechnic State University designed and built INhouse, a net-zero prototype home that’s powered by solar and integrates a smart water-recycling system that doesn’t use a drop of potable water to irrigate plants. Selected as a contender in the 2015 Solar Decathlon competition, INhouse was intelligently designed in response to the climate conditions of coastal California. The state’s hotter-than-usual temperatures inspired one of the most important features of the house: a constructed wetland system that collects all the greywater from the house before filtering and...

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STUDIO 102 TRANSFORMED AN ABANDONED HOUSE IN HANOI INTO A GROWING, GREEN OFFICE SPACE...

Oct 10, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] INHABITAT Architecture by Lidija Grozdanic  inhabitat Architecture firm Studio 102 transformed a vacant twin house in southwest Hanoi, Vietnam, into a living-working space that blurs the boundary between inside and outside. Commissioned by design and consulting firm Mein Garten, the architects managed to effectively reduce the building’s energy consumption and used reclaimed materials to cut the renovation costs. Mein Garten is a consulting and design firm that focuses on landscape architecture and horticulture. They were looking for an office space which would convey the company’s design attitude and provide a space closely connected to nature. They found a vacant twin house in Trung Hoa – Nhan Chinh New urban park and commissioned Studio 102 to come up with a renovation design. Portions of the walls were removed to facilitate a stronger connection between...

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SOLAR-POWERED DURA HOME IS A 100 per cent self-sufficient shelter build for disaster zones...

Oct 6, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Architecture by Lucy Wang  INHABITAT Is your city well prepared for a natural disaster? After Hurricane Sandy devastated New York City, architects vowed to build smarter towards greater resiliency. One urban approach is the DURAhome, a modular net-zero structure that mitigates disaster damage with energy-efficient and adaptable design. Developed by the New York City College of Technology, the solar-powered DURAhome fits into a typical 25-by-100-foot New York City lot and can be quickly stacked to create a space-saving multistory dwelling in times of unexpected disasters. The New York City College of Technology (NYCCT) developed the DURAhome—Diverse, Urban, Resilient, and Adaptable—for the 2015 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon that’ll kick off this Thursday, October 8. Designed to symbolize the diversity of New York City and the NYCCT team members, the modular timber house...

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THE NEST HOME IS A SOLAR-POWERED PREFAB MADE FROM RECYCLED SHIPPING CONTAINERS...

Oct 6, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] The Nest Home was designed to accommodate a growing family. It offers both private and common spaces that can be easily expanded by adding more containers to the existing ones. Repurposed materials were used throughout the house, from wood siding made from reclaimed shipping pallets to carpeting made from reprocessed fishing nets and insulation made from recycled denim batting.   An array of 24 photovoltaic panels powers the house and an electric vehicle, with each panel containing a micro-inverter that transforms direct current to alternating current without the need for a centralized inverter. Automated windows support the HVAC system and help maintain optimal indoor temperatures. The lighting is also automated in order to save energy and detect when the house is empty. Residents can use three hydroponic gardens to produce fresh vegetables and...

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THIS GUY BUILT HIS OWN TINY HOME FOR LESS THAN $500 USING SALVAGED MATERIALS...

Sep 29, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Michaael Kenned Hogan, INHABITAT   Everywhere you look these days, some high-end designer is coming up with a pricey way to put all kinds of luxury options into the tiniest of spaces. Some tiny homes available on the market cost more than a standard size home. But that’s not the way Scott Brown sees the tiny house movement. Rather than try and trick out a tiny space with granite countertops and fancy appliances, Brown went the old-fashioned route — and found a lot of recycled materials to incorporate into this tiny, low-cost home.   Using salvaged materials and a few gifted items — like a sweet woodstove — he built this little home for under $500. The home is only 83 square feet and sits on 20 acres of land that Brown’s friend...

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7,500 AFFORDABLE FLOATING HOMES COULD HELP FIGHT LONDON’S CRIPPLING HOUSING CRISIS...

Sep 29, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Lidija Grozdanic, INHABITAT These prefab floating houses are meant to populate disused spaces along 50 miles of waterways in London. Complemented by 150 hectares of “bluefield” space in the docklands and marinas, this conceptual design aims to bring 7,500 affordable homes to the British capital. The project was designed in collaboration between Baca Architects and Floating Homes Ltd and is among the 100 shortlisted entries at the New Ideas for Housing competition which addresses Greater London’s housing crisis. The entry, named “Buoyant Starts” aims to provide high-quality, prefab floating homes at an affordable price and engage the underused water spaces of the capital. The second concept called Innovation Licence focuses on providing one-off building permits for projects that don’t comply with London’s current planning policy. The architects claim that the Innovation Licence...

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MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT SKYSCRAPERS ARE BEING BUILT THAN EVER BEFORE. BUT THERE’S A CATCH.A...

Sep 17, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] re Being Built Than Ever Before. But There’s a Catch. Green building is a booming industry, but it’s still a small slice of the construction sector. —By Tim McDonnell  MOTHER JONES |   1 The Bank of America tower in Manhattan. Wikimedia Commons There was a time not so long ago when getting a LEED certification on a new building was a big deal, a relatively rare badge of architectural pride. LEED—which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design—is a suite of architectural metrics for things like energy and water conservation. These days, it’s the most common standard for designating a building as being environmentally friendly. As nationwide spending on green construction has soared, LEED certification has become almost par for the course. According to a new report from the US Green...

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THE WORLD’S LARGEST GREEN ROOF IN SILICON VALLEY...

Sep 9, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] 0 all images courtesy of the hills at vallco       uruguayan architect rafael viñoly has unveiled plans to build ‘the world’s largest green roof’ in cupertino, california. working alongside landscape architects OLIN, the mixed-use scheme — titled ‘the hills at vallco’ — will transform an existing shopping mall in a huge complex containing a host of amenities for the local community. the development is located at the heart of silicon valley       located at the heart of silicon valley, and positioned adjacent to apple’s ‘campus 2’, the vast $3 billion USD development includes a new neighborhood with a vibrant mix of retail outlets, offices and recreational spaces. above, the enormous green roof boasts an integrated 30-acre park accessible for residents and visitors alike. a 3.8 mile trail can be...

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BRAD PITT’S ‘MAKE IT RIGHT’ TO UNVEIL THEIR FIRST TINY HOUSE IN NEW ORLEANS...

Aug 23, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Charley Cameron, INHABITAT Make it Right, the non-profit founded by Brad Pitt to provide sustainable housing in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, has just announced they are building their very first tiny house. The non-profit has partnered with FYI’s “Tiny House Nation” to build the 496 square foot, solar-powered LEED Platinum house for a local middle-school teacher, and will unveil the finished property in a “tiny house-warming ceremony” on August 28th, one day ahead of the 10th anniversary of the devastating storm and subsequent levee failure. Related: Brad Pitt’s Make it Right to build 20 LEED Platinum homes for Sioux and Assiniboine tribes in Montana The tiny house will be the 109th home that Make it Right has completed in the Lower 9th Ward, a neighborhood...

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America’s First Hemp House Pulls CO2 From the Air...

Aug 14, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] This beautiful eco-friendly home only costs $133 per square foot to build. By Amanda Froelich / True Activist   VIA ALTERNET   Hemp is making a major comeback around the world. In the US, five states have legalized the recreational use of cannabis, and hemp-based building materials are now gaining in popularity. The first house built in America with hemcrete was constructed in Asheville, North Carolina, and the 3,400 square foot Push House boasts a number of eco-friendly features. To create a solid – yet breathable – wall system, hemp hurds were mixed with lime and water on-site an poured in-between the exterior supporting studs in lift. As USA Today notes, Hempcrete is actually less like concrete and more like infill straw bale, as it is non-structural. The insulating quality is r-2.5 per inch, and it...

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PARASITIC POD HOMES ATTACH TO BUILDINGS TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL HOUSING FOR HOMELESS...

Aug 1, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Tafline Laylin, INHABITAT Since 2010, the number of homeless people “sleeping rough” on the streets of London has risen 77 percent, according to James Furzer, an architectural assistant at Spatial Design Architects. In response to this humanitarian travesty, he conceived a conceptual parasitic pod home to provide temporary shelter. The winning design of the 6th Space for New Visions design competition, which called for comfortable, functional,naturally-lit spaces with a low environmental impact, “Homes for the Homeless” demonstrates howFAKRO products can be used to create detachable pods that not only attach to existing buildings, but also blend in. On any given night, 750 people seek safety, solitude and some level of protection against London’s dank cold. Socially alienated and regularly humiliated, according to Furzer, homeless people are also 35 times more likely than...

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PEOPLE AND PLANET BENEFIT FROM ‘GREEN’ BUILDINGS...

Jul 19, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   By Paul Brown, Climate News Network     The headquarters of the U.S. Green Building Council in Washington, D.C. (Ted Eytan via Flickr) This Creative Commons-licensed piece first appeared at Climate News Network. LONDON—Buildings that are designed to cut water and energy use and make as little impact on the surrounding environment as possible make life much better for their occupants too. Studies into 69,000 buildings—homes, offices and factories—in 150 countries show that there are fewer illnesses among residents and workers, who report they are more comfortable and happier. Employers also find they are more productive. Companies that opt for “green” buildings gain because workers stay longer in their jobs and have fewer absences, while recruitment is easier because new employees are attracted to environmentally-friendly building Dr. Joseph Allen and fellow environmental...

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