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Gesterbine Skyscraper

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A Polish architecture firm's visionary concept for a net-zero skyscraper.

With dozens of wind turbines integrated into the building and tendrils hanging down like tree roots, the Gesterbine Skyscraper looks like an imaginative piece of science fiction. And, in a way, it is. The building concept, envisioned by Polish architects mode:lina for the eVolo Magazine 2010 Skyscraper Competition, may be more fanciful than realistic; but hey, people thought geodesic domes were......read more

Seed Cathedral

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The UK Pavilion at Shanghai Expo.

As it nears completion, the UK Pavilion at Shanghai Expo 2010—dubbed "Seed Cathedral"— is shaping up to be a mindblowing piece of architecture. Designed by British star architect Thomas Heatherwick, the pavilion is covered in 60,000 transparent rods. During the day the fiber optic rods gather natural light and illuminate the interior of the pavilion. At night the rods transport the......read more

Research Lab Sets Green Building Standard

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The DOE's new Research Support Facility in Golden, Colorado will generate as much energy as it uses.

The US Department of Energy's new Research Support Facility at the National Renewable Energy Campus in Golden, Colorado is taking green construction to a new level. The building, which is 222,000 square feet and will house 800 employees, is zero-energy, meaning that it will create as much energy as it uses. Once finished, it will be awarded LEED Platinum certification. Using smart design......read more

SHFT Sampler 10-22-10

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Weekly links: Prop 23, boats turned into buildings, and why all architecture is becoming green.

SHFT honchos Adrian Grenier and Peter Glatzer spoke to Huff Post about Prop 23. "It's about our future, period," said Peter. "Are oil companies defending their hold on our addiction? Of course they are. They'll do whatever they can to prevent clean tech from growing. That's what Prop 23 is all about." California, stand up! Vote NO on Prop 23. For whatever......read more

Butler House

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A Melbourne warehouse space made beautifully livable by Andrew Maynard Architects.

Spotted over at Inhabitat is this beautiful reclaimed warehouse space, made into a wonderfully livable, three-story family home by Andrew Maynard Architects. Located in Melbourne, Australia, the green-roofed Butler House is a quiet, light-filled space that adapts to the needs of the young family. With a large outdoor roof terrace, the architects say that the design "fills the void that......read more

World's First Hemp House

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Designer/builder Anthony Brenner's hempcrete home takes green building to the next level.

Our friends at Loomstate featured this revolutionary bit of green building on their Act Natural blog. The trailblazing piece of architecture is the family home of Push Design's Anthony Brenner, whose daughter has extreme chemical sensitivities that limited what construction materials could be used. Located in Asheville, NC, the walls of the home are filled with hempcrete, a hemp-based,......read more

Crossway Passive House

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Parabolic eco house in the English countryside.

The rural Kent home of British architect Richard Hawkes and his family is the kind of house that makes passers-by stop and stare. The sweeping, arched form jumps out of the ground, covered in local flowers and grasses, veiling boxy glass and cedar structures where the family lives. Dramatic aesthetics aside, the home, called "Crossway," has eco credentials out the wazoo. It is one of the first......read more

Whoa, this spire is almost too sick for words. With a futuristic Lord of the Rings look, the Hydra Skyscraper just took an honorable mention award in the 2011 Evolo Skyscraper Competition. The spire has an exoskeleton made from graphene, which Inhabitat calls a "carbon super-material that is 200 times stronger than steel and highly conductive to heat and electricity." The concept super-tower has......read more

Minnesota's High-Tech, Net-Zero House

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The aggressively passive Isabella Eco Home.

In the middle of winter, Isabella, Minnesota may as well be the Arctic. The town sits at the north end of Lake Superior, twenty miles from the Canadian border, in one of the coldest regions in the continental United States. But inside the Isabella Eco House, there are no cold drafts, no freezing tile floors, and no hum of the furnace. In fact there is no furnace at all. This is the home of Dr.......read more

LightSpace II: Toronto's Grand Green Condo

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Top floor warehouse space transformed into sustainable home

In 2003, Toronto architects Baird Sampson Neuert created an experimental condo prototype called LightSpace for a design show themed on dense urban living. A show-goer was so impressed by the design that he asked the firm to replicate it for him. LightSpace II is the result. Part of the transformation of a former industrial building into residential condos, the rooftop residence employs......read more

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