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Chalmers Campus Lindholmen by Wingårdh Arkitektontor
Chalmers University of Technology is a Swedish university located in Gothenburg that focuses on research and education in technology, natural science and architecture. One building stands out amongst a sea of innovative design in the heart of their campus that is quite impossible to miss. Inspired by the Italian Renaissance, colorful geometric shapes adorn the outer facade creating a piece of functional art. The interior has ample floor space as the upper levels project over the lower. As a result, the building partially shades itself on sunny days. Eco-conscious to its core, the building by Wingårdh Arkitektontor is truly a modern marvel.

Tetra-Shed / Modular Home Office by David Ajasa-Adekunle
Tetra-Shed, designed by architect David Ajasa-Adekunle, looks like the ideal hypermodern outdoor studio for the hipster home-worker. The project basically consists of an angular single module that looks totally out of whack on the outside, but when opened up, forms an unexpectedly cozy space which offers all the functionality of a full-blown office room. Clusters of upto 6 modules have primarily been designed as additional work, rest and play space for homes. larger tessellations can be used for a range of applications such as classrooms, exhibition space, corporate events, tourism & leisure facilities and retail space. designed to exceed the building regulations, tetra shed is suitable for permanent year-round use.

ORKYS by Vivien Muller
Design by Vivien Muller the Orkys Solar Light is quite content to learn from organic sources. The bouquet of rectilinear leaves at the base of the stem is in fact a collection of pliable solar panels that can be adjusted to meet the sun's rays through an adjacent window. The energy collected from the daylight is converted into the warm glow embraced by the petals of the Orkys Solar Light.

Indoor hydroponic gardening system

Industrial designers Rafael Fernando daSilva and Débora Nogueira wanted to develop a plant system that would bring some enjoyment for the couple during cooking, with a healthy life concept behind it. The designers' vision led to the design of a DNA molecule-inspired hydroponic plant system which not only allows the homeowners to produce organic food for them, but also looks like a green sculpture. The product is made simple, two vertical metal tubes where the germinated seeds of the plants are placed into small holes around the tubes. A net holds them till they start to grow. There is also a light system, with a mobile light focus that can be programmed along the path where it moves, providing the right type and duration of light for certain plants. The hydroponic process is based on the NFT hydroponic system, an active process where a solution with nutrients is fed from a deposit to the culture channel. Part of the root of the plant gets a constant water flux, while the other part is in direct contact with humid air.

"Rethinking the Radiator" project, by Rochus Jacob
Rethinking the radiator is about helping people to reduce the average room temperature by 2 o which could eventually save a ton of CO2 a year and cut cost by 40%. Modern technology allows the use of lighter and more efficient materials in smaller forms. By moving the radiator deeper in to the living space the interaction becomes more present which enables the user to keep the heat consumption more often at a lower and constant level. The design refers to the analogy of a campfire which represents the social aspect and essential importance heating once had in our culture. Heat is a emotional value. The interface is not numeric instead you can either slide the heat up or down to find your personal state of warm. New insulation standards liberate the radiator from its position under the window. The system works with hot water or steam just like regular radiators and can be integrated into every existing infrastructure. In the summer, the radiator can be stored elsewhere to allow more living space.

Sciccosissimo by Andrea Magnani - garagedesign
In the latest years skiing technology has made huge steps forward. Colour: black; Furniture Style: Recycled; Production: Limited Edition.

Modular shelving system by designers Andrew Gancikov and John Fitzpartick for Bambica
This easy-to-assemble modular display system is made of fifty handcrafted bamboo pieces and polyamide plastic joinery. Simply snap the bamboo sections together with the accompanying pegs to create a wide variety of configurations. Combine multiple sets to expand the system. Green values include:renewable resources such as bambolo, reusable, repurposable, compact, flat packed, for efficient transportation, non-toxic glues, chemicals and processes.

New Kimball Art Center by Bjarke Ingels Group
BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group proposed a new Kimball Art Center(Utah, Usa) made of massive stacked timber elements reclaimed from train track piles from the Great Salt Lake-just one of many green solutions in the innovative plan-enclosing a spiral staircase, exhibition spaces, a restaurant, and topped by a terrace. The building will take advantage of Park City's climate, with an objective to meet a LEED platinum rating by harnessing sources of natural heat, using natural daylight, maximizing ventilation, and recycling rainwater. Generous skylights and large ribbon windows will flood the building with diffused natural light, greatly reducing energy costs for lighting.

Oli Silo Home by Pinkcloud
The Oil Silo Home, recycles existing empty oil silos by transforming them into affordable housing for families worldwide. It's a 100% self-supporting housing solution for the post-oil world and as an adaptive-reuse design, it incurs extraordinarily low costs. It's highly structurally stable, efficient to assemble and disassemble, and has the capacity for pre-fabrication and mass production.

8 House in 'Ørestad' by Bjarke Ingels Group
8 House is a 61,000 m2 bowtie-shaped mixed-use building of three different types of residential housing and 10,000 m2 of retail and offices which comprise Denmark's largest private development ever undertaken. Rather than a traditional block, the 8 House stacks all ingredients of a lively urban neighborhood into horizontal layers of typologies connected by a continuous promenade and cycling path up to the 10th floor creating a three-dimensional urban neighborhood where suburban life merges with the energy of a big city, where business and housing co-exist. The apartments are placed at the top while the commercial programme unfolds at the base of the building. As a result, the different horizontal layers have achieved a quality of their own: the apartments benefit from the view, sunlight and fresh air, while the office leases merge with life on the street.

Eco Hotel Endemico in Baja, Mexico by Grupohabita
The hotel is made up of 20 EcoLofts, set up like deluxe camping suites, and they sit above the ground to minimize impact on the surrounding landscape. The project sought to minimize its impact upon the land and to respect nature in every possible way. The designers decided to build the cabins up on stilts to minimize their impact on the land. Steel and wood were used to build them, and as these materials weather they will blend in with the landscape over time.

Solar eco-park in Quindao by gmp Architekten
Located off the coast of the Yellow Sea, the eco-park will be a new city quarter for living and working that will be powered largely by renewable energy. The region is known for a higher than average solar resource and the community will aim to use as much solar energy as possible. Germany-based gmp Architekten is responsible for the master plan, which is supported by the German Society for Sustainable Building (DGNB) and Transsolar Consultants.

Leed platinum home by Butler Armsden
95% of the materials used to build that home were recycled from the original house. Other recycled and sustainable materials were employed throughout the construction. The plan of the home is centered around a staircase, which unites each floor while also maximizing both air circulation and natural light. The home is powered by a series of solar panels on the roof, which also heat the hot water for the residents. A water reclamation system exceeds local building codes, and salvages rain and ground water. Each room has glass sliding doors which open up to the surrounding views and let in fresh air.

ZeroHouse by Specht Harpman
ZeroHouse is a prefabricated solar dwelling. Easily shipped and quickly erected, it operates completely self-sufficient in many climates. It has all elements necessary to comfortably support four adults.

The Living Roof by NAU
It is a self-sustaining capsule to be put on the rooftop. Its sensuous form feed wind into mini-turbines at each end, while funneling rainwater to collectors. Moreover it has also integrated photovoltaic cells.

Flow by Alberto Vasquez for Igendesign
'Flow' is a bamboo-made, self maintaining public light which operates on the principle of vertical wind turbine. The whole lamp disintegrates in nature excpet for the electronics - LEDs, wires and dynamo - which after time can be recycled without downcycling. Due to the simple junctions and mechanics, it can also be produced by the local unskilled workforce.

XXI century Botijo. "La siesta" by Raky Martinez, Hector Serrano y Alberto Matinez for La Mediterránea
Botijo or búcaro is a traditional Spanish porous clay container designed to contain water.

The botijo has the interesting property that once filled and placed in the sun, it cools the water that it contains. The botijo has a wide belly and one or more mouths where it is filled and one or more outputs called pitón o pitorro to drink from. The botijo is a typical element of Spanish culture and may vary in shape, color and material. The operating principle of the botijo is as follows: the stored water is filtered through the pores of the clay and in contact with the outside dry environment (characteristic of Mediterranean climate), it evaporates, producing a cooling (2.219 kilojoules per gram of evaporated water). The key for cooling it, is by the evaporation of bleed water, as the water evaporates, it extracts thermal energy from the water stored inside the jug (and from the environment itself too).

Designing a Sustainable Society on
In this TalkingScience video, three New York City urban planners discuss their vision and ideas for New York's sustainable future.

Spiraling Self-Sufficient Eco Skyscraper Provides Water, Food, and Energy for Noida, India on
Architect Vikas Pawar's Eco Skyscraper concept envisions a tower capable of providing clean water, food and energy for the citizens of Noida, India.
The conspicuous spiral elements that make up the building are more than just aesthetic features -- they serve as vertical farms supplemented by a sophisticated system of hydroponics that allow humid air to be converted into drinkable water. In addition to bringing potable water to its inhabitants, the Eco Skyscraper would be a full fledged vertical community that makes use of renewable sources like the wind and sun for power.

Giant Musical instrument on
We found this great story on! Want to make a giant guitar? You'll need two extra large plastic water tanks, a bunch of old 5-gallon buckets, some rope, and a wooden frame to hold it all together. At least that's how architect Marcelo Ertorteguy and Sara Valente made their giant musical instrument for the Zooart Festival in Cuneo, Italy back in July.
StereoTANK is a temporary installation and inhabitable musical instrument played by plucking the taut strings and amplified by the two tanks on either end. The vibrations also triggered LED lights to illuminate, adding a visual component to the sonic experience. StereoTANK: Recycled Water Tanks Turned Into Giant Musical Instrument | Inhabitat - Green Design Will Save the World

Architecture Design Eco Home by Fabi Architects
Working to develop affordable housing for the future, Fabi Architects has come up with a prototype house dubbed the "House of the Future". Equipped with an array of photovoltaic panels, the house will be its own renewable energy power house. In addition to the 55-square-meter photovoltaic array, the house carries a solar thermal system that provides hot water, a controlled ventilation system with heat recovery, a rainwater harvesting system that provides.

Interior design students attending American Intercontinental University South Florida (AIU) located in Weston decided to raise awareness to the devastation and need for reconstruction in Haiti by revising their Studio III projects from the typical corporate office assignment into an infrastructure rebuilding project. The students (Jose Arenas, Jeannette Castillo, Woolds Desrosiers, Victor Fernandez, Arlenys Izqueidro, Dian Josephs, Belymar Lopez, Natasha Ponce and Shernette Sharpe) sustainably designed their facilities and tried to make decisions that would not harm the environment and Haiti's natural landscape.

Wings of Hope Orphanage Playground

For the upcoming 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Swiss studio RAFAA lexed quite a bit and propose the competition entry "Solar City Tower" that-packed with solar panels and sustainable features-wants to help make Rio's Olympic Games the first ever zero-carbon games.

It will be seen by the game visitors and participants as they arrive by air or water.
The tower, captures solar energy. It will supply energy for all of the Olympic city, as well as also for part of Rio. It pumps up water from the ocean to create what appears like a water fall and this fall stimulates turbines that produce energy during the night. It will also hold the Olympic flame.
The Tower possesses an amphitheatre, an auditorium, a cafeteria and boutiques. Elevators lead to various observatories. It also has a retractable plat-form for the practice of bungee jumping.
At the summit is an observation point to appreciate the scenery of the land and ocean, as well as the water fall. Solar City built atop the island of Cotonduba will be the welcome symbol to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Parisian architects R&Sie have been pioneers of living green façades since the early 1990s, and with their 'Lost in Paris' project the idea was taken to new heights.
R&Sie's Francois Roche explains: 'all our projects are based on a similar protocol; they touch the boundaries of architecture. It takes off from a typically ecological approach, but goes beyond that. People are always curious when they walk by but sometimes they find the system creepy, or even dangerous to some; it is a game of attraction and repulsion.'

Beautiful Planets by Béatrix Li-Chin Loos
German-Taiwanese designer has created this series of spherical vases that play with the mix of leftover materials (wood, cardboard, leather and glass), contrasting rough and finished surfaces to create new aesthetics. Each piece is an unique eco-design creation, using completely different reused materials and woods with varying grains.

Trash Cube Pouf for Eternit by Nicolas Le Moigne
Trash Cube Pouf is a seating solution made from industrial construction waste cast off from the manufacture of roofing tiles and exterior cladding. The pouf was the simplest way to recycle some of the tons of scrap produced every year.

Vouwwow by Maartje Nuy and Joost van Noort
It's amazing to think that cardboard chairs can win design awards, but it has happened. This product is called "Vouwwow" which when translated means "wow it folds". This chair won the Mart Stam Thonet award for best design.

The Disko SU 1 by DeepDesign
A wireless outdoor lighting and sound diffuser with your playlist coming directly from your computer to trace visual and sonorous paths.

Image Courtesy of Bas van Raay,
photo by Rene van der Hulst
A radiator, a seat or an armchair? However, this is nice and inventive design, a cool style for hot shapes!

Green Flow is a natural "air softener" that utilizes particular plant (Tillandsia Usneiodes) properties to clean the air of pollutants. Conceptualized to purify small indoor places like offices and studios, Green Flow is energized by a USB connection.
Green Flow is inspired by Biomimicry, the science of applying the processes and systems found in the natural world to products. Plants work as a de-polluting agents, able to neutralize toxins present in the atmosphere. Another source of inspiration is Green Architecture which takes inspiration from nature. In Green Flow, the Tillandsia becomes the characterizing functional element.

"THE SMARTER TOILET" by MaryAnn (PBS Design Squad). The invention stems from the idea of putting a brick in your toilet tank to save water. "My cousins - who are boys - said this doesn't always work because sometimes you need a powerful flush!!" Her solution, "The Smarter Toilet," allows you to choose how much water you flush. A bottle at the end of a plunger acts like a removable brick, and a trigger mechanism lets the bottle float up "if a more powerful flush is needed." To further conserve water, rain is directed into the tank so that less fresh water is needed. "My invention will save millions of gallons of water. More then 40 percent of daily water requirements are used by toilets."

A new life for a (not so) useless storage container

By architects Antonia Astori, Nicola De Ponti and Ester Pirotta the Green Frame House project comes from a meeting between ideas and dreams: the dream to restore life, meaning and utility to an abandoned object, and the idea of experimenting with sustainability by defining forms for consolidated dwelling starting from an industrial module.

ELIZABETH RINTELS - Invented the Water Watcher. In 2008, Elizabeth Rintels, then 12, won the grand prize in By Kids For Kids' Going Green Challenge with a smart device that measures and monitors water use in the shower. Rintel's gadget, which can be attached to any faucet, lights up and beeps with every half-gallon of water that gushes forth.

Philips Sustainable City Lights concept project.

Streetlights don't do much during the day except make themselves vulnerable to an ever-abundant energy source known as the sun. Solar panels on streetlights absorb energy during the day so they can be used at night.

Grobal self watering pot, design Karim Rashid.
Provides a unique way to keep plants watered, without the risk of over watering or wasting water resources and contains an easy to read water level indicator to identify when it is time to refill.

Tulip by Bio Fireplace, design Matteo Ragni. A sinuous elegant form conveys a new dimension for heating. Some versions of Tulip are also made with a special type of Corian® made with recycled content. Tulip is fueled by bioethanol, an alternative energy source, completely organic and non toxic, derived exclusively from fermentation and distillation of vegetable matter. (Sugar cane, sugarbeet, potatoes, cereals and fruit.)

Poor Little Goldfish Sink by Chinese designer Yan Lu illustrates how important it is to save water: if you spend too long washing your hands, the fish loses its real estate. (Don't worry - there are safety measures to protect the fish!)

Designer light bulbs by Plumen. To increase the popularity of long lasting fluorescent light bulbs, Plumen has added a designer's touch.


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