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Crossway Passive House

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Parabolic eco house in the English countryside.

The rural Kent home of British architect Richard Hawkes and his family is the kind of house that makes passers-by stop and stare. The sweeping, arched form jumps out of the ground, covered in local flowers and grasses, veiling boxy glass and cedar structures where the family lives. Dramatic aesthetics aside, the home, called "Crossway," has eco credentials out the wazoo. It is one of the first......read more

Down to Earth

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Stone Creek Camp by Andersson Wise Architects: A green-roofed getaway in the Montana wilderness.

Long before sustainable design hit the mainstream, Austin-based architects Andersson Wise earned a reputation for creating low footprint buildings that borrow design cues — and materials — from the sites on which they're built. Stone Creek Camp, a rustic wilderness retreat on the picturesque shores of Montana's Flathead Lake, is a case in point. The central building on the property,......read more

Whatever's Clever

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Clever Little Bag, PUMA's new eco packaging, hits the market.

Sneaker shoppers will be taking home their next pair of PUMAs in something sustainable. The apparel company's new eco-conscious packaging and distribution system, which was unveiled on SHFT last year, will start hitting stores soon. Designed by Yves Behar's fuseproject studio, the so-called "Clever Little Bag" is part of PUMA's footprint reduction strategy. It's claimed that the packaging......read more

Whoa, this spire is almost too sick for words. With a futuristic Lord of the Rings look, the Hydra Skyscraper just took an honorable mention award in the 2011 Evolo Skyscraper Competition. The spire has an exoskeleton made from graphene, which Inhabitat calls a "carbon super-material that is 200 times stronger than steel and highly conductive to heat and electricity." The concept super-tower has......read more

Kenneth Cobonpue's Bamboo and Rattan Roadster

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The world's first biodegradable car.

Sustainable designers Kenneth Cobonpue and Albrecht Birkner have joined forces to shape what's being touted as the world's first biodegradable car. The Phoenix is a superlight roadster built from rapidly renewable bamboo and rattan, along with steel and nylon. Borrowing design principles from Mother Nature herself, the exterior structure is built like a leaf and the interior is a single woven......read more

SHFT Sampler 4-15-11

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Concentrated solar gets a boost from Google, recycled flip-flops make colorful housewares, marijuana isn't so green, and more.

Grab Your Shades: The future looks bright for concentrated solar power. Google announced a $168 million investment in Brightsource Energy's Ivanpah Solar Plant in the Mojave Desert, which will be the largest concentrated solar plant in the world. (via GOOD) Fancy Footwork: Dutch designer Diederik Schneemann crafted a colorful collection of vases and lamps made from recycled flip-flops found......read more

Boxed Water Is Better

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Michigan company hawks a green(er) alternative to bottled water

Sometimes, to think outside the box you gotta think within it. Such is the case with Boxed Water Is Better, a Michigan startup that has created a sustainable alternative to the eco-abomination known as bottled water. Company founder Benjamin Gott calls his venture "part sustainable water company, part art project, part philanthropic project, and completely curious."  Boxed Water's......read more

Reclaimed Woodcraft by Mitz Takahashi

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Mid-century style furniture crafted from salvaged and recycled wood

Using mid-century design as his inspiration, Osaka-born, Montreal-based woodworker Mitz Takahashi breathes new life into discarded wooden offcuts, crafting the pieces of reclaimed lumber into everything from clocks to bookshelfs to guitar amps.  With a deft hand and a keen sense for sustainability, Takahashi blends mahogany, walnut, oak and other salvaged woods to create......read more

Luxembourg Steel Mill Reinterpreted As Public Park

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Brilliant urban design thinking by AllesWirdGut Architektur

In Luxembourg, Austrian architecture firm AllesWirdGut has re-envisioned the site of an obsolete steel mill as an elegantly designed urban park. Leaving the skeletal elements of the the old factory in place, the architects let the site's hidden qualities shine through the new design. From their description: Seating areas and new trees are concentrated into islands, which leave empty......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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