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Eight Classrooms of the Future Finalists

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The Open Architecture Challenge is an international design competition that's hosted every two years.  This year, Architecture for Humanity and Orient Global hosted the competition to bring the architecture, design, and engineering community together with students and teachers to envision the classroom of the future.  After receiving over a thousand designs, each submission was rated on feasibility, sustainability, innovation in design, and overall design quality.  Now, after four rounds, there are eight finalists and one of these will win in September.  Check these designs out and tell us which is your favorite:

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Beautiful LEED Modern Home in Illinois

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This is the first detached, single-family home in Illinois to obtain LEED certification.  The modern residence received certification a little over a year ago in May 2008, so there's no new news, but the home is beautiful and worth sharing.  Designed and owned by Alphonso and Michelle Peluso, co-founders of Vertex Architects, LLC, the home is support by six, exposed steel columns that complement the exterior glass and stained cedar cladding.

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Old Storage Shed Converted to Modern Green Guest House

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There's a 250 square-foot storage shed renovation making the rounds on the internet right now.  Designed by Jeremy Levine Design (also behind the North Eagle Rock renovation), this new guest house features a prominent tilted, redwood clad wall that divides the bedroom and the bathroom.  With abundant natural light and bold elements, the Silver Lake, California renovation also features some of the following green elements:

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