Sure House is More Than Just Sustainable

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One of the entries into this year’s US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is the so-called Sure House, which is powered by solar energy and also built to withstand harsh coastal weather conditions. It was designed by the students of the Stevens Institute of Technology in association with the PSEG Foundation. (more…)

By |August 19th, 2015|Solar|0 Comments

Using Locally Available Materials to Build Refugee Housing

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Providing adequate housing and other necessary structures for displaced refugees is quite a task and the Re:Build project shows promise in this area. Re:Build is the brainchild of former Architecture for Humanity leader Cameron Sinclair, and architect Pouya Khazaeli, working in collaboration with Pilosio Building Peace, which is the non-profit section of Pilosio S.p.A, a construction and oilrig equipment manufacturer.

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By |August 18th, 2015|Green Building|0 Comments

Workshop Made of Wood

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Wood is one of the most eco-friendly and aesthetic building materials available today, and it’s always nice to see it used to its full potential. One example of such architecture is certainly the new agricultural warehouse recently completed on the campus of the Herefordshire and Ludlow College in the UK. (more…)

By |August 17th, 2015|Green Building|1 Comment

Unique Glamping Alternative

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UrbanCampsite recently constructed in Amsterdam is a collection of small shelters, which push the boundaries of modern design. While still efficient, they do focus more on artistic aesthetics and offer a great getaway spot for those seeking unique and “out-there” alternatives. (more…)

By |August 13th, 2015|Modern design|0 Comments

Narrow Yet Spacious Home

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With urban building space growing scarcer and scarcer it’s nice to see some modern solutions to the problem. The Japanese architecture firm YUAA Architects recently designed the so-called 1.8 M House, which fits on a lot that’s just 8′-4″ (2.5 meters) wide and 36′-1″ (11 meters) deep. This yields an interior space of 6 feet or 1.8 meters, which is how the home got its name.

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By |August 12th, 2015|Modern architecture|0 Comments

Passive Home That is Just Perfect

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The so-called Right-Sized Oak Park Home, designed by architect Tom Bassett-Dilley is a great example of how a passive and sustainable house does not need to be about giving up comfort and other modern conveniences. It boasts of a number of sustainable features and certifications, yet still fits right in with the other houses in Chicago’s Oak Park neighborhood, which is famous for its Frank Lloyd Wright house.

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By |August 7th, 2015|Passive House|2 Comments