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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By |April 28th, 2015|Green Building|1 Comment

Cozy Small Floating Home

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Floating homes require an ingenious design and some adaptation to not living on solid ground. This little floating home, located in Oregon’s Willamette River houseboat community, is a great example of just how functional and cozy a floating home can be.

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By |April 13th, 2015|Modern design|1 Comment

Woodscraper to Replace Skyscraper?

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The Elastic Woodscraper II was designed by Weingartner Architects as a possible solution to all the negative prospects of growing city populations, such as social alienation, limited resources, urbanization, and others. The Elastic Woodscraper II is envisioned in a way that promotes sustainability, social cohesion and efficiency.

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By |March 10th, 2015|Modern design|0 Comments

Bricks to Aid Passive Cooling

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Integrating passive cooling into sustainable housing has been a must for most designers for a while now. And with the creation of the so-called Cool Bricks by the design firm Emerging Objects this feat just got a little simpler. Cool Bricks are 3D printed bricks that can be filled with water to bring the temperature in homes.

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By |February 28th, 2015|Green Building|3 Comments

Pretty Solar Panels and Harvesting Energy From Interior Lights

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Finding and using alternative energy sources is quickly becoming a must and one obstacle to overcome is how to make solar panels easier to incorporate into building projects. This, of course, involves making them look pretty. VTT Technical Centre of Finland has gone a step further in this. They have come up with a method that allows for the printing of decorative graphics and functional components onto flexible organic solar panels.

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By |February 12th, 2015|Green Tech|1 Comment

Solar Powered Wakati Keeps Veggies and Fruits From Spoiling

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Wakati is an innovative little machine, which is capable of providing sterilized storage for fruit and vegetables, keeping them from spoiling in hot climates. This product is aimed at farmers in developing countries who do not have regular access to electricity and therefore refrigerators, meaning that a large portion of the food they produce goes to waste. To fight this problem, the Wakati is capable of operating on solar power.

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By |February 3rd, 2015|Green Tech|1 Comment