Joseph Mercer suggests creating more “feral” London green belt

Royal College of Art graduate Joseph Mercer has proposed building Netherlands-style greenhouses on London’s green belt to intensity food production and allow farmland to be returned to a wilder natural state. Mercer envisions building a series of greenhouses on the Metropolitan Green Belt, a band of countryside that runs around London to control urban growth. As

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Sam Coulton designs environmentally friendly cemetery that would slowly dye London blue

Bartlett School of Architecture student Sam Coulton has designed a concept for a sustainable alternative to cremation to help Londoners confront death. Called London Physic Gardens: A New London Necropolis, Coulton’s proposal, which he created on his MAarch course at the Bartlett, involves building a new city of the dead where Chelsea’s pleasure gardens once stood. Here,

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Miró Rivera Architects designs Hill Country House as sustainable prototype in rural Texas

Texas firm Miró Rivera Architects has built a partially off-grid house with a jagged roofline, as a prototype for a sustainable community in the countryside. Miro Rivera Architects designed the Hill Country House for a very rural setting. It is independent of the municipal water supply, and provides its own heating and cooling via a geothermal

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A Simple Way to Waste Less Paper Thanks to Who Gives A Crap

I’m glad that themes around reducing, recycling and sustainability are becoming more common stories on the blog. Initially it wasn’t intentionally to talk about this. However the more I have, at home and with the kids, tried to find ways to use less as…

Foster + Partners to masterplan new sustainable city in India

Foster + Partners is masterplanning the new state capital of Andhra Pradesh in India, which will centre on a governmental building with a needle-like roof. Set on the banks of River Krishna, the new city of Amaravati will cover 217 square kilometres and is set to be one of the most sustainable cities in the world, according

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DE SMET is moving the fashion industry towards a more mindful future

Have you heard of DE SMET yet? If not, now’s your chance to become familiar with this beautifully minimal label with a conscious. I spoke with DE SMET’s owner and designer, Christina De Smet about sustainability and her tips for streamlining your close…

Apple now operating on 100 per cent renewable energy

Renewable energy is now used to power all of Apple’s retail stores, offices and data centres in 43 countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, China and India. Although not all of its facilities are connected to clean energy directly in some cases, the company is placing renewables back into the grid to offset

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Sine qua non

A fresh quality online jewellery platform which regroups luxury and high-end materials is often what we aspire to. Add to that a conscious design approach as well as distinctive pieces and you will ingeniously find FINEMATTER. You will be presented &#8…

Hawaiian house by LifeEdited harvests more energy and water than it consumes

Design consultancy LifeEdited has built a family home on Hawaiian island Maui, as a model for sustainable, off-grid living. The LifeEdited: Maui residence was completed last year to showcase methods of constructing, furnishing and running a house with as little environmental impact as possible. The black building is entirely self-sufficient, boasting a combination of design and technology

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Haptic and Nordic to build “sustainable city of the future” at Oslo airport

Haptic Architects and Nordic Office of Architecture have released plans for a city next to Oslo Airport that is to be completely powered by self-produced energy and served by driverless electric vehicles.  The practices are masterplanning Oslo Airport City (OAC) for a 370-hectare site beside the airport – which was recently extended by Nordic Office of

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Sustainable magnetic toys for the little builder

Minimalism is a common theme across my blog, sharing lifestyle ideas that lean towards a more minimal perspective has been one of my focal points over the years. The way minimalism can benefit your style, your home, your recipes and even with children …

KAW’s ActiveHouse is a sustainable home that generates more energy than it consumes

Dutch studio KAW employed a range of technical and architectural concepts to minimise the environmental impact of this house in Rotterdam, including introducing large windows into its brick facades to promote natural light and passive heating. The ActiveHouse property is the home of Reimar von Meding, a partner at KAW, who wanted to demonstrate how sustainable principles

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Snøhetta unveils plans for “energy-positive” Arctic Circle hotel

Snøhetta has revealed plans for a sustainable ring-shaped hotel, that will be nestled at the base of Norway’s Almlifjellet mountain, within the Artic Circle. The architecture firm claims that Svart Hotel, which takes its name from the nearby Svartisen glacier, will be energy-positive – meaning it will produce more energy than it consumes. While consumption rates

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Pairing

Juxtaposition of multiple materials and trio of neutrals is the name of the game. From this fusion of classics, what particularly stands out is the natural vegetable tanned leather bag from the German brand EKTKE Studios which will carefully raise our …

Wind farms and man-made island in the North Sea could help Europe meet renewable energy targets

A man-made island surrounded by wind farms in the middle of the North Sea could help bring large-scale renewable energy to Europe by 2050. Dutch energy company TenneT claims its plans for the North Sea Wind Power Hub has the potential to supply 70 to 100 million Europeans with renewable energy in just over 30

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Garage House by Foomann Architects can be used for car parking or adaptable accommodation

Corrugated-metal cladding contrasts with an angled white-painted brick wall at this robust and economical house in Melbourne, which features a ground-floor living area that can be used alternatively as a garage. Local studio Foomann Architects designed the house for clients who purchased a site occupied at its opposite end by another property in which they

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Our simple way of sorting trash & recycling at home

Recycling has been a responsibility the family shares but I try to get the kids involved as well. We kept some sorting bins in the garage but sometimes those few extra steps down the hall kept glass and plastic lingering around the house, so when I was…

Qatar’s shipping-container football stadium can be taken apart and reassembled after the match

Modified shipping containers are being used to construct Fenwick Iribarren Architects’ Ras Abu Aboud stadium in Doha for the controversial 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar. The Spanish architecture practice’s modular design means the stadium can be dismantled and moved to a new location after the football tournament. Repurposed steel containers will be arranged in an “elegant curved square” and each will

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Light Earth Designs creates sustainable cricket pavilion of self-supporting parabolic roofs

Three vaulted structures built using compressed soil-cement tiles form a canopy at this cricket pavilion in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, which looks out across the ground and a wetland valley. The pavilion for the Rwanda Cricket Stadium was developed by a British collective called Light Earth Designs that explores sustainable approaches to architecture and urban

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5 Days of Christmas Day 2 / A Chat With Norwegian Designers, Ask Og Eng

We’re so pleased to kick off this week with some Q&A’s from a few of our favorites. First up are Kine Ask Stenersen and Kristoffer Eng from Ask og Eng, who creates beautiful sustainable bamboo kitchens in Norway. They share their answers, their Chr…

Concrete portico provides sheltered outdoor space for pink brick house in Seville

Spanish studio Canales Lombardero designed this brick-clad house in Seville with a double-height concrete portico to connect its living spaces with the garden. The studio headed by Francisco González de Canales Ruiz and Nuria Alvarez Lombardero designed Perea Borobio House for a retired couple who needed a flexible space capable of accommodating visiting family. The

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Steven Holl unveils winning design for Doctors Without Borders operation centre in Geneva

Steven Holl Architects is teaming up with Rüssli Architekten to create a new headquarters for a major humanitarian organisation in Geneva, which will feature walls of tinted photovoltaic glazing. US firm Steven Holl Architects and Swiss studio Rüssli Architekten won a competition to design the new workspace for Médecins Sans Frontières, or Doctors Without Borders – an organisation set

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Cross-laminated-timber housing in east London offers “the future of low carbon construction”

Work has been completed on a 10-storey carbon-neutral apartment complex in London’s Dalston, which architecture firm Waugh Thistleton claims is the “world’s largest cross-laminated timber building”. Not only is Dalston Works believed to use more cross-laminated timber (CLT) than any other building in the world, at 33.8 metres tall, it is also among the tallest structures pioneering the use

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World’s first 3D-printed concrete bridge opens in the Netherlands

The first 3D-printed concrete bridge has been completed in the Netherlands as a crossing for cyclists, but construction company BAM Infra claims it could take the weight of 40 lorries. Made from pre-fabricated concrete blocks 3D-printed by robots, the 8-metre-long bridge forms part of a new ring-road being constructed around Gemert in the Dutch province of Brabant. The

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Saudi Arabia to invest $500 billion in fully automated city spanning three countries

Robots may outnumber humans in a new pioneering city billed by Saudi Arabia as “a new blueprint for sustainable life”, which would be entirely powered by renewable energy, and served by driverless vehicles and vertical farms. The city called Neom is to span an area of 26,500 square kilometres, stretching across the borders of northwest Saudi Arabia into Jordan and

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Fosters + Partners-designed Bloomberg headquarters is a “vote of confidence in London”

Bloomberg’s Norman Foster-designed European headquarters in London “sends a clear message to the world” that the UK capital remains a centre for global investment, said Sadiq Khan. Speaking at the official unveiling of building, the mayor of London thanked American business magnate and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg for what he called a “vote of

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Earthworm-inspired pavilion built in Latvia’s floodplains stages concerts and light shows

Didzis Jaunzems Architecture has built a circular pavilion for open-air music and lighting performances, designed to be reminiscent of an earthworm’s natural habitat. Nature Concert Hall is an interactive, educational multi-media event on nature and sustainable development held each year in a different location in Latvia. Every year is curated with a particular species as its “mascot” and Didzis Jaunzems

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Bartlett student Damien Assini suggests replacing HS2 railway with zero-carbon towns

Bartlett School of Architecture graduate Damien Assini has proposed that the UK government reallocates funds from the proposed HS2 railway, and instead creates a natural landscape incorporating carbon-free modular housing and a green economy. Assini’s project is called Re-imagination of the HS2, and is based on skepticism uncovered in his research about the potential benefits of the

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Personal Atelier

As a personal stylist, I must be in phase with the needs of my customers so to find pieces that will elevate their wardrobe to perfection: Ones that are timeless, versatile, and of remarkable quality. While I love to search … Continue reading

Structure grown from “mushroom sausages” shows potential for zero-waste architecture

Brunel University student Aleksi Vesaluoma has developed a technique for using mushroom mycelium as an environmentally friendly construction material. Vasaluoma worked alongside architecture firm Astudio to create the Grown Structures series using mycelium, the vegetative part of a mushroom fungus. Vasaluoma, a student at London’s Brunel University, developed a technique where the mycelium material is mixed with

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Vision unveiled for London school powered by Thames tide

Curl la Tourelle Head Architecture has drawn up plans for “London’s greenest public building”, a school that would be entirely powered using the tidal movements of the River Thames. The conceptual plans for the Thames Tidal Powered School involve a building that juts out over London’s principle waterway. A series of large turbines positioned underneath would then allow

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Snøhetta’s Harvard HouseZero aims to “solve one of the world’s biggest energy problems”

Harvard University, Snøhetta and Skanska Technology have teamed up to retrofit an old house, demonstrating how existing buildings can be made more energy efficient to help address climate change. Dubbed Harvard HouseZero, the project calls for transforming the Cambridge, Massachusetts, headquarters of the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities, which was founded in 2014 by

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Architecture “hasn’t caught up” with sustainability goals says AIA

Many architects are still not addressing the environmental impacts of their buildings, claims the American Institute of Architects, in response to Aaron Bestky’s recent critique of its COTE Top Ten sustainability awards. Mary Ann Lazarus, the chair of the AIA Committee on the Environment Advisory Group, wrote a letter to Dezeen after Betsky advocated that

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“There should be no top 10 prizes for sustainable architecture”

Awards should not be bestowed on buildings that boast sustainable credentials but lack other design merits, says Aaron Betsky in this Opinion column. If a thoroughly mediocre building uses less energy and is made in ways that are more “sustainable”, should it receive an award? The American Institute of Architects (AIA) apparently thinks so. This

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Riverside office tower in Chicago by Goettsch Partners rises from sharply tapered base

US firm Goettsch Partners has completed a glass skyscraper with a compact footprint, which responds to its placement next to active train tracks and the Chicago River. Called 150 North Riverside, the commercial tower is located on a prominent waterfront site in the city’s West Loop. Rising 54 storeys, the glass-faced skyscraper sharply tapers inward

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Cover uses computer algorithms to design prefabricated dwellings

A technology-driven home-building company in California says it is “doing for homes what Tesla is doing for the car”. Cover produces customised, prefabricated backyard homes often referred to as accessory dwellings — touted by some as a way to increase density and provide affordable housing in growing metro areas. The small dwellings can be used

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Buro Koray Duman adds barn-like gallery to artist’s residence in Upstate New York

New York firm Buro Koray Duman has taken cues from vernacular agricultural structures for the first-phase expansion of an artist’s foundation. A home, studio and exhibition space for a prominent American artist and photographer form the small compound on a 250-acre (101-hectare) plot in the Catskills region of New York state. Buro Koray Duman Architects, winners

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Holst Architecture wraps curvaceous facades of Portland office buildings in cedar

US firm Holst Architecture took cues from Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí while conceiving a pair of commercial buildings in central Portland. Called One North, the project consists of two sculptural buildings organised around a central courtyard, along with a third, rectilinear building by a different architect. Built on a former brownfield site, the complex is

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Zaha Hadid Architects reveals greenhouse-like technology hub to accompany world’s first wooden football stadium

Zaha Hadid Architects has unveiled a set of glasshouse-like technology buildings and a slatted-timber footbridge, which will join its wooden football stadium on a eco park in Gloucestershire, England. The humpbacked bridge will span a motorway to link the two parts of the Eco Park near the town of Stroud: one area dedicated to sports and another for technology. The

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Interlocking timber planks form Workshop Andelfingen by Rossetti + Wyss Architekten

A+Awards: it took just 18 minutes to regrow the timber used to build this entirely wooden warehouse in Switzerland, according to Rossetti + Wyss Architekten, which won a 2016 Architizer A+Award for the project. The Zurich firm designed the Workshop Andelfingen for the regional government’s waterways engineering operations centre to house vehicles and machines, and

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A Month of Minimalism / Marie Verdenius on minimalism in food

Food stylist, writer and photographer Marie Verdenius with a must-follow Instagram, has a particularly unique simplified style with food. With the thousands of recipes and food images we see on Pinterest I find it very refreshing to see food portrayed in such a stripped down, soothing approach. I had the pleasure of talking with Marie about her relationship with food and how a great meal can come from just a single ingredient as we draw near to wrapping up A Month of Minimalism.

How would you describe your personal relationship with Minimalism?

I think there is a lot of beauty in the simplest things that surround us every day. I am certainly drawn to minimalism, but I believe it is important that it still feels comfortable and warm. Minimalism can often be interpretated as cold or unpersonal. For me it means focusing on the basics, but with an eye for detail and design.

In regards to food, do you apply minimalist values to the way you shop and prepare food?

When it comes to food, I pay a lot of attention where the ingredients are produced or where it’s been made. Like bread for instance. I rarely bake it myself, so I love visiting artisanal bakery shops where you get a glimpse of how they work. Two of my favorite shops in Amsterdam have adjacent bakeries and it is such a joy to see how much love the bakers put in it to create their pastry, baguettes or sourdough loaves. I like to capture this love in my photography and styling just by using only the product and only a few props.

How much does sustainability and even managing waste play a part in your relationship with food?

I think sustainability and no waste are very important when it comes to food. I tend to buy most of it at organic shops and local producers. Luckily I live in an area where I have good access to these kind of products. I also try to only buy what’s necessary, but to be frank, sometimes I simply can’t prevent it to end up in the bin…

Some people prefer rarely to eat and opt for cooking all their own meals in order to have complete control over how their meals are prepared, while others rarely keep food in their kitchens and love having a meal prepared for them by someone else. Do you enjoy eating at a restaurant or making your own meals? 

I love both! Cooking after work can be a real challange at some times, because I don’t want it to be too complicated. But I do believe it is important to eat food that is good for the body and soul. It does not always have to be healthy, as long as you enjoy eating it! I especially like cooking for friends and family, it makes me forget about things and just focus on preparing a nice meal.

Eating outdoors is also something I really enjoy. In my hometown Amsterdam there are so many places to have good food, it is unbelievable! I have a few classics I always visit, but maybe even more new ones I need to make reservations for.

What sort of tips or advice would you give to people to want to eat more simply but not necessarily boring? How can people learn to find and appreciate the beauty in simple foods.

I would say not to complicate things too much. Everybody has specific ingredients that they really love and if you like to cook you are probably already able to make something really delicious with it. 

Take out one of those ingredients, like for instance sweet potato, and search for new simple recipes. Maybe you normally roast them in the oven with some rosemary, but what if you use them in a lentl soup, serve them as a puree side dish or combine them with chicken and thyme in a tray bake? There are so many ways to cook wonderful things with only five or six ingredients, so I’d say search for it on the internet, in cookbooks, or just ask your local supplier to give you some tips.

Are there other aspects of your life that you would relate to your food styling or with minimalism in general? Do you have a minimal wardrobe or have any personal values where less is more for you?

When it come to minimalism I’d say my interior is quite basic. I love natural tones and materials combined with hints of black and lot of white. I don’t need a lot of stuff anyway, I simply want to invest in beautiful design, which does not mean it has to be expensive. Just look around in second-hand shops, they are the best when it comes to finding unique items!

The last couple of years I’ve moved house three times and every time I brought things I did not need anymore to second hand shops or give them away to friends. I also love the concept of a sharing economy, we simply don’t need it all.

My wardrobe reflects the love for simple designs, natural colours and pure, soft materials. I rarely buy at big warehouses anymore, but search for more ‘green’ and fair options. Thankfully in The Netherlands there are quite a few sustainable brands.

Out of the Valley offers escapism with off-grid cabin made of oak and cedar

British firm Out of the Valley has developed an oak-framed cabin with burnt-cedar cladding that can be installed anywhere to provide a simple place to escape the stresses of modern life. The Oak Cabin was designed by Out of the Valley founder Rupert McKelvie as a sustainable low-impact dwelling that is equally suited to use in the

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A Month of Minimalism / Aja from Minimalism & Co.


During this series you will be hearing from others and their perspective on Minimalism with some of the same questions, allowing each person’s perspective to add color and variation. Here, I speak with Aja Edmond from Minmalism & Co. to gain her thoughts on Minimalism and moderation.

What does Minimalism mean to you?

Minimalism is an ubiquitous term so when I decided it was a principle I wanted to adopt, I went through the exercise of defining it for myself (vs. automatically adhering to the perceptions and definitions of others).

To me it means three things: awareness, clarity, and focus.

First you need to have an awareness about yourself and how you perceive the world we live in (some may call this consciousness). From there comes clarity — about who you are, what you believe in, what you do and do not care about, etc. Clarity, then, allows you to have focus so you can prioritize and efficiently allocate your time, effort, and resources to what matters most.

Since the world turns and we all evolve, I regularly go through this exercise then apply it to every area of life, from work and finances to my style and relationships.

The result is that I’ve developed an incredible ability to simplify decision-making in most areas of life.

Is there a mental process you go through before buying or bringing something home?

Most of my purchases are made during set times a year (once at the beginning of each quarter) which helps check impulse shopping. I go through a thoughtful process of eliminating things I don’t want or need, determining new things I want or need, and prioritizing based on what I have available to spend.

I don’t own many things and rarely covet or yearn for things, so when I do I know it must be special. Therefore, if a few unexpected needs (or desires) come up I usually indulge them if I they work within my budget and the confines of my space.

I have a lot of respect for my few possessions. I think the one question I ask before making a purchase is: will I cherish this for years to come?

It’s clear that minimalism is a way of life for you, would you agree that it effects all of your choices or just some?

My ability to simplify decision-making, as mentioned, is the most important and consistent benefit of my way of life.

Sometimes I may choose to overindulge or be excessive in different areas or at different times in life. However, it’s the ease at which I’m able to make that choice that I care most about.

I love the quote by Oscar Wilde “everything in moderation — even moderation.” In my quest for simplicity, I don’t want to become too idealistic. So, yes, it’s a way of thinking that’s very apparent in almost every area of my life (but I have no qualms about contradicting it ever so often).

Does sustainability play a role in minimalism for you?

Increasingly so and I have to credit my partner for his insistence on us being mindful of the impact we are having on the earth. Right now our focus is on leaving a minimal footprint by not being wasteful or using resources unnecessarily.

Though, my partner is more adamant about this than I am. For instance, he doesn’t want to get a dryer so we are rack hanging our clothes — and it drives me crazy. I definitely see some cultural differences (he’s German, I’m American) in how far we’re willing to adjust our lifestyles for this cause.

On my radar is the ethical fashion trend as well as some of the advancements in materials and production techniques being used across the consumer goods industry in general. If I must buy something new, I’ll attempt to at least consider brands that are serious about the environment.

Overall, I don’t think I’m doing as much as I could but I’m trying!

What goals do you have for yourself in the new year to make sure you continue to adhere to your minimalist values?

I haven’t set any new major goals or resolutions other than allocating time to walk through the awareness, clarity, and focus process — and making a few adjustments in each area of life as needed.

To add more color to this process it may be helpful to skim an essay I recently wrote called the Soul-Searching Strategy. Every year (plus during times of significant life changes) I think through these steps.

When you feel your life becomes too cluttered with unnecessary things, maybe not only objects but also commitments, what are some practical things or rituals you do to refocus on the essentials?

Oh I am ruthless about cutting things out of my life that don’t need to be there — be it things, people, activities, or ideas.

I tune in to my gut because there’s this nagging uneasy feeling that I get when something is out of balance. If I feel this for too long then I hone in on the culprit.

If it’s an object I give it away without a second thought. However, some things (like people) can’t just be cut at whim without causing damage. So I’m thoughtful about my approach (but once I make the decision they still have to go).

Invisible Studio designs composting toilet for woodland workshop

This long drop composting toilet by Invisible Studio provides facilities for the practice’s self-built woodland workshop, and was built using offcuts from the project. Invisible Studio founder Piers Taylor recruited a team of unskilled volunteers and friends to build the toilet from materials scavenged from the surrounding woodland. This meant the toilet could be delivered for free. The stilted structure is

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Concave roofs collect rainwater for arid areas in proposal by BMDesign Studios

Bowl-shaped vessels would collect rainwater on the roofs of buildings located in hot and dry climates in a proposal by Iranian practice BMDesign Studios. Tehran-based BMDesign Studios – one of many offices contributing to Iran’s booming architecture scene – drew up the concept when planning a primary school in Iran’s Kerman province. Taking into consideration the arid climate of its site in

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La Voûte Nubienne revives ancient building technique to “transform housing” in Africa

Future Makers: in this movie, Thomas Granier explains why his organisation La Voûte Nubienne believes the future of housing in sub-Saharan Africa can be transformed by reviving a 3,500-year-old building technique. Called Nubian vault, the technique originates from the ancient civilisation of Nubia located in what is today northern Sudan and southern Egypt. It enables

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Arturo Vittori’s Warka Water towers harvest clean drinking water from the air

Future Makers: in this exclusive movie, Italian architect Arturo Vittori explains how his wooden Warka Water structures can provide clean drinking water for rural communities in the developing world. Through the Warka Water project, Vittori is investigating alternative water sources for remote communities without access to running water. “Warka Water is a philosophy looking at the

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National University of Singapore starts building zero-energy design school

Construction started today on a Singapore design school that will produce all of its own energy and more. Designed as a collaboration between international office Serie Architects and Singapore studio Multiply Architects, the new School of Design and Environment at the National University of Singapore is intended to be a net-zero energy building. The structure will generate its electrical energy

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Inside

  Matt black and varnish, sleek and grainy textures, knotted and zipped details, plus a subtle touch of minimalist luxury compose the inside of this sustainable handcrafted bucket bag made of vegetable tanned leather: An ensemble dominated by the influence … Continue reading

Socially responsible design in America presented in Cooper Hewitt exhibition

Design solutions for a wide range of social concerns, from rapid-recovery housing to drinking water access for migrants, are featured in a new show at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York. The exhibition, By The People: Designing for a Better America, features 60 projects from every region across the USA. It is the third

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A Tiny Cabin In The Finnish Woods

With only one year until the start of his military service, designer Robin Falck needed to prioritise size and efficiency in building a cabin for himself in a spot he found while hiking in the Finnish forest. A small dwelling in Finland does not require a building permit if it is under 96 – 128 […]

A Floating Island Home 24 Years In The Making

Moored off the coast of Canada’s Vancouver Island, 45 minutes by boat to the closest town, is a colorful floating house complex named ‘Freedom Cove’.
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Rugged flint walls contrast dark cedar gables of House 19 by Jestico and Whiles

Dark-stained cedar gables contrast with knapped flint walls at this English countryside house, designed by London-based Jestico and Whiles for one of the firm’s directors (+ slideshow). House 19 is located in the Chiltern Hills – a picturesque countryside district 30 miles northwest of London. Flint occurs naturally in the Chilterns’ chalk-based soil. The hard material is traditionally used in tool and weapon making, but has More

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A Serene Home Amongst The Vines

Lisbon-based architecture practice blaanc designed a one-storey, three-volume home nestled into a vineyard in Montijo, Portugal.
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EFFEKT designs ReGen Villages that could produce all their own food and energy

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: Danish studio EFFEKT has envisioned a self-sustaining, off-grid village of greenhouse properties, which it will present inside the Danish Pavilion during the Venice Biennale. Called ReGen Villages, the project imagines a community of buildings that produce all their own food and energy – a model that aims to tackle a wide spectrum of global issues, from the More

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Spark unveils plans for colourful beach huts built from recycled ocean plastic

Architecture firm Spark wants to use plastic to build a series of elevated beach huts resembling giant pine cones in Singapore. Spark’s Singapore office envisions using some of the millions of tons of plastic waste dumped into the world’s oceans every year to build a series of unusual architectural structures along the shoreline of the city’s East More

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Shotgun Chameleon house in Houston is designed to help its owners off-set their mortgage

Taking influences from the vernacular houses of the southern US, this low-cost house in Houston by ZDES architects is designed to accommodate a family, but can be divided up to allow the owners to rent out private areas.  The 139-square-metre house, called Shotgun Chameleon, was conceived as a prototype that could be adapted with a variety of room configurations More

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KPF conceives futuristic new city quarter for archipelago in Tokyo Bay

US-based firm Kohn Pedersen Fox has envisioned a new district in Tokyo that includes a mile-high skyscraper and infrastructure elements that will protect the city from natural disasters (+ slideshow). Called Next Tokyo 2045, the conceptual plan was featured in the Japanese documentary series Next World and was recently published as a research paper by More

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Floating Greenhouse by Studiomobile

The ‘Jellyfish Barge’ is a modular floating greenhouse designed by the Italian firm Studiomobile. Created to support population…

House for Trees

In response to the rapid and near total urbanization of vietnamese cities, Vo Trong Nghia Architects designed a…

Top 10 Sustainable Homes

Nowadays sustainability is an important and interesting topic in many areas. The widespread conversation on sustainability also opens…