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A City in the Sahara Desert

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The architecture firm OXO Architectes from Paris, working with Nicolas Laisné Associés, has recently presented their vision for a “vertical city” skyscraper, which they would like to build in the Sahara desert. This mixed-use tower would be the perfect solution for sustainable living in the desert, and it would be able to comfortably house a large number of people.

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The Most Sustainable Classroom

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The Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has recently constructed an on-site classroom, called the SEEDclassroom. The aim of this project was to provide a sustainable, inspiring and healthy space for educational purposes, and it is one of only such classrooms in the US.

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Tent-Like Home in the Woods

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Tents are one of the oldest forms of shelter in the world, and architect Hiroshi Nakamura and NAP studio of Japan were inspired to recreate it in a more permanent way. The finished product is a weekend home for an eco-conscious couple and resembles a set of tipis erected under the canopies in a wooded area of the Nasu district of the Tochigi prefecture in Japan.

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Passive Home Built Solely From Regenerative Materials

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Designer and builder Andrew Michler recently built a passive home for himself near Fort Collins, Colorado, which is made from either naturally regenerative or recyclable materials, and by using the Cradle to Cradle methodology. Despite the fact that this home is located in a very cold region, he also wanted to find a substitute for the plastic foam insulation, which is typically used in these cases. Foam plastic insulation has high embodied energy, is made with hazardous chemicals and is full of toxic flame retardants.

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High School Students and Professionals Join Forces to a Construct Homeless Village

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The Seattle-based non-profit organization Sawhorse Revolution is currently raising funds to sponsor the building of a “moveable eco-village” to house the city’s homeless. They are calling the project the Impossible City, and with the help of volunteers from among the local high school students and building professionals they home to start building it soon. Currently they are trying to raise the funds via an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign.

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Super Sustainable LivingHomes Prefabs Taking Over California

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The company LivingHomes has launched their first sustainable, LEED platinum prefab home back in 2013. They have also partnered with the non-profit Make It Right organization and architect William McDonough with whom they have created the so-called C6 home, which is an affordable LEED Platinum certified home, which also meets the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star standard.

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