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Sweet Pea, a Built Green Houseboat by Affordable Floating Homes

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This tiny floating dwelling is big on sustainability

Founded last year in Olympia, Washington, Affordable Floating Homes aims to provide "small footprint, high quality interurban living at an affordable price without developing more land," according to owner Mike Auderer's mission statement on the company's Facebook page.  The new company's first build -- and Auderer's current domicile -- is called "Sweet Pea" due to its green exterior. It's......read more

Recykiosks

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Dutch 'recyclitects' transform dumpsters into public buildings

Here's another cool green design project from (surprise!) Holland, where designers Rikkert Paauw and Jet van Zwieten offer a hefty dose of symbolism by transforming old garbage dumpsters into functional mini-buildings.  Dubbed "Recykiosks," the structures were built using dumpsters filled with discarded construction waste. The "recyclitects" erected the kiosks in three different......read more

People's Meeting Dome, Denmark

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A fantastic deconstructed geodesic dome built with recycled wood

For this year's People's Meeting in Bornholm, Denmark, architects Kristoffer Tejlgaard and Benny Jepsen were asked to create a venue that would help spark debate and discussion about the future of housing. Their inventive response was the "People's Meeting Dome," a deconstructed geodesic dome made from a combination of recycled and local materials.  The building is composed of triangular......read more

The Big SHFT: David Hertz, Repurposed

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Sustainability is second nature to one of California's most innovative architects

David Hertz is widely recognized as one of green design's leading innovators. At the Studio of Environmental Architecture, the LA-based design firm he founded, Hertz focuses primarily on custom residential projects with particular experience in climate responsive, environmentally sustainable homes. He is perhaps best known for the seminal Wing House, an imaginative Malibu residence constructed......read more

Eco-Escape of the Day: Fiscavaig House

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This lovely holiday retreat on the Isle of Skye is elevated to minimize impact on the environment

Off the northwest coast of Scotland sits the Isle of Skye, a craggy, treeless island with a history of habitation stretching to the Stone Age. When local architecture firm Rural Design was approached to build a site-sensitive home on the island, they hesitated to take the contract for fear that the project would disrupt the ancient landscape. Eventually, however, they did, and the result is the......read more

La Fabrique by Bureau A

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Swiss architects build a home from recycled windows--in less than a week

This small pavilion clad entirely in recycled windows was inspired by an unlikely source: silent film. For the project, called La Fabrique, Geneva architects Bureau A drew inspiration from the 1920 Buster Keaton short "One Week," in which a newly married couple attempt to quickly build a small house from a kit of disorganized parts. Contructed in only a couple days using windows from demolition......read more

Portable Micro Home by ABATON

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The best things come in small packages

You know what they say about the best things coming in small packages? Madrid-based architecture studio ÁBATON has taken that concept to a whole new level.Meet the ÁPH80, a cutting-edge micro-home that can be assembled in as little as one day and transported via tractor-trailer. The architectural team was set on creating a dwelling that can integrate into its......read more

Sri Lankan Living Building to be World's Largest Vertical Garden

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This 46-floor apartment block will be home to 33,000 plants

A residential high-rise project located just outside of the Sri Lankan port city of Colombo will be home to over 33,000 shrubs and a rare tree species. Rising 46 stories and topped with a solar panel-covered rooftop, Clearpoint Residencies will boast the world's tallest residential vertical garden.  The 146-unit complex was designed in by Sri Lanka-based architectural......read more

Karri Loop House by Morq Architecture

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An H-shaped home near Perth, Australia built in harmony with its setting

Located just south of Perth in the town of Margaret River in Western Australia, Karri Loop House is a beautiful example of a building designed in harmony with its natural surroundings. Designed by MORQ architects, the H-shaped building plan wraps around three large existing trees, while at the same time framing a pair of assymetrical courtyards.  “These trees, their root......read more

Countries Get Eco Report Cards

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Biannual Environmental Performance Index unveiled at the World Economic Forum.

The 2010 Environmental Performance Index, which ranks the world's nations according to environmental policy and performance, was released last week at the World Economic Forum. The index is compiled every two years by Yale and Columbia University researchers. Leading the rankings is Iceland, which is powered almost entirely by renewable energy sources. Rounding out the top 5 are Switzerland,......read more

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