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World Class: World Cup Housing?

By Diane Small It’s a question many governments are faced with: what to do with huge sports stadiums after important international events? And after Germany’s victory, Brazil, host of the World Cup 2014, now finds itself with several stadia…

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Chrysalis Eco Habitat

By Diane Small Eco-architecture is not yet the norm. In fact, most architecture requires tonnes of concrete, steel, and glass, then sucks up energy, water and gas from national grids. But a handful of emerging design companies, including French-based…

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6 Steps To A Healthier Home

By Arwa Lodhi Remember ‘sick building syndrome’? It’s still alive and well–the glue from carpets can give off toxic fumes; TVs, computers and wifi create ‘electric fog’; many old houses have lead pipes, which leach into water–and all of…

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China’s 3D Printed House Boom

By Diane Small As anyone who has ever built or even renovated a house knows, building produces a lot of waste. From surplus wood and bricks to more hazardous electrical wiring, lead and asbestos, in most developed countries, building…

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Breathtaking: Oxygen Eco Tower

By Chere Di Boscio A constellation of vertical villas with lush tropical gardens, built over 75 floors and standing over 277 meters high, surrounded by 61,000 square meters of parkland. This is the Oxygen Eco Tower,  a residential tower designed to be…

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Adelaide Rocks with Nice Architects

By Jody McCutcheon When is a heap of rubble not a heap of rubble? When it’s a visually spectacular, vegetation-adorned, climate-controlling mini-mountain. We’re talking about the centrepiece of the proposed cultural and civic space in Adelaide, South Australia, that…

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Amazon Goes Green

By Diane Small Amazon, the online retailer, is staying true to the jungly connotations of its name by creating a completely green headquarters in Seattle. Designed by American architecture firm NBBJ, the new structure will be comprised of 30-metre-high transparent balls…

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Super Hot: GeoThermal House

By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi Haven’t your ever wished your humble abode could be something more like what you’ve read about in fairy tales: something tucked deep away in the forest, using sunshine for light, trees for a ceiling and…

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Bosco Verticale: Milan Gets Green

By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi Former Milanese Municipal Counsellor for Culture, architect Stefano Boeri, has used his skills and love of green buildings to create an eco-residential area in the Italian fashion capital: Bosco Verticale, or the Vertical Forest. Boeri,…

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Our 5 Top Eco Buildings of the Year

By Jody McCutcheon In the past year, I’ve written about some impressive—and impressively sustainable—architecture projects unveiled around the world, and no doubt, the wealth of this eco-friendly design has enriched residential, commercial and civic/cultural buildings. Green-conscious designers have toed…

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It’s a Miracle! Cardboard Cathedral by Shigeru Ban

 By Jody McCutcheon A testament to human resilience and sustainability, Christchurch’s Cardboard Cathedral was designed by Japanese “disaster” architect Shigeru Ban following the February, 2011, earthquake that devastated Christchurch. There were many obstacles holding the construction of this six-storey Cathedral back,…

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Go Home with Leonardo Di Caprio

By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi Leonardo Di Caprio is not only a great actor, he’s also a huge eco-advocate, speaking out often about global warming. But he doesn’t just talk the talk–Leo is fully dedicated to leading an eco lifestyle…

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Dramatically Eco French Theatre

By Chere Di Boscio Theatres should be dramatic, and the brightly coloured, environmentally friendly Jean-Claude Carriere Theatre in France certainly embodies this idea. Conceived of by the renowned Montpellier architect firm A+ architecture, the project has held up the environment…

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Diogene: Renzo Piano Goes Eco

By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi Possibly the most acclaimed living architect in the world, Renzo Piano has always had an environmentally friendly heart. Selected by as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2006 and winner…

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Natural Collaboration: Fox Wälle Architects

Embracing a sexy collaboration of form, function and environment, green architecture is the building design of the future. In many ways, that future is already here, as architects incorporate solar, wind, even algae power into new projects, always seeking new, sustainable energy…

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Micro House, Maxi Cool

By Jody McCutcheon In a land where space is scarce and people are plentiful, a Micro-house seems like an ideal solution to the challenges of carving out individual living space. Studio Liu Lubin of Beijing has designed a habitation…

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What the Heck’s a Heliotrope House?

By Jody McCutcheon Sun-worshipers, take note. The Heliotrope houses of Germany literally follow the sun on its daily rotation. Brainchild of architect Rolf Disch, the building prototype is the first of its kind, producing more energy than it consumes—emission-free,…

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Algae Powered Architecture

By Jody McCutcheon Talk about “green” buildings. Now you can quite literally, because architects and engineers have pushed the design envelope to bring sustainability and the battle against climate change into the domain of the building complex. Consider it better living…

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The Rise and Rise of Green Walls

By Chere Di Boscio Think of any city and what comes to mind? Probably an imposing, grey cement image, right?  Some architects think it’s time to change this archetypical vision–specifically through the use of lushly beautiful vertical gardens. Also…

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High and Mighty: Sky Farming

San Diego’s Farms Get Vertical By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi “Live, Share, Grow” aren’t the buttons of a new social network, but the name of a vertical farm. Twenty four year old Brandon Martella, a recent graduate of the New…

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COR Blimey! Eco Architecture in Miami

Downtown Miami’s COR Building (Oppenheim Architecture) By Jody McCutcheon People have often taken trips to Florida, USA to view architecture. The Art Deco buildings of Miami have been of particularly interest, but now architecture buffs can visit this southern…