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Learn how design can be used to create a greener world, from sustainable architecture and tiny homes to eco-friendly remodeling and urban planning.
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Providing abundant natural daylighting and blurring the boundaries between the interior and exterior worlds, a home boasting a massive glass wall — or two or three — can hold endless architectural appeal to those who don’t mind sacrificing a bit of privacy. Sure, you don’t have to bother stepping outside to enjoy the breathtaking natural scenery that may surround you, but you better pray that your next-door neighbor isn’t nicknamed “Pat the Peeper.” (There’s a good reason why glass-heavy homes are often erected on remote, woodsy estates and not in dense suburban neighborhoods or in close vicinity to golf courses.)
In 1854 there was a major outbreak of cholera in Soho, London. Nobody knew what caused cholera, but John Snow carefully mapped the location of every victim, (documented wonderfully in Stephen Johnson's book The Ghost Map) and figured out that the focus of the epidemic was a community pump. He removed the handle, forcing residents to get their water elsewhere, and the epidemic ended. It turned out that there was a leaky cesspit only a few feet away from the pump.

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this rural china timber library spotlights how to build without cement by trellewriter
This Rural China Timber Library Spotlights How to Build Without Cement
The Dong people's skills with wood are put to use.
the cover of saudi's plan for the world's largest airport
Saudi Arabia Unveils Plan for the World's Largest Airport
Norman Foster wins yet another airport design competition.
6 Unexpected Products Made From Hemp
Once upon a time, hemp was one of America’s most vital cash crops, a hardy, low-maintenance and incredibly versatile plant, the fiber of which was used to produce everything from rope to paper.
a brochure with the words retrofit is riba south west building of the year
Retrofit Is RIBA South West Building of the Year
It's all about the embodied carbon that you save compared to building new.
a man standing in the middle of a lush green forest filled with lots of plants
6 Unexpected Products Made From Hemp
Once upon a time, hemp was one of America’s most vital cash crops, a hardy, low-maintenance and incredibly versatile plant, the fiber of which was used to produce everything from rope to paper.
the front cover of toronto residential building is our new poster child for sustainable design
Toronto Residarential Building Is Our New Poster Child for Sustainable Design
Prefab wood construction, exterior corridors, natural ventilation, heat pumps, and more.
the greenest building is flexible, adaptable, and universal
The Greenest Building Is Flexible, Adaptable, and Universal
CRTKL is developing a template for a building that can serve many functions.
the words mmrdv designs a green haven among skyscrapers
MVRDV Designs a Green Haven Among Skyscrapers
Two towers are covered in trees and have a big green gap in the middle.
the hospital of the future will be grown not built
The Hospital of the Future Will Be Grown, Not Built
Architect Eric Corey Freed explains how and why.
7 Clearly Cool Glass Houses
Providing abundant natural daylighting and blurring the boundaries between the interior and exterior worlds, a home boasting a massive glass wall — or two or three — can hold endless architectural appeal to those who don’t mind sacrificing a bit of privacy. Sure, you don’t have to bother stepping outside to enjoy the breathtaking natural scenery that may surround you, but you better pray that your next-door neighbor isn’t nicknamed “Pat the Peeper.” (There’s a good reason why glass-heavy homes are often erected on remote, woodsy estates and not in dense suburban neighborhoods or in close vicinity to golf courses.)
an old building with the words students design off grid circular tiny house using cradle to cradle principals
Students Design Off-grid 'Circular Tiny House' Using Cradle-to-Cradle Principles
This micro-home is made with recycled and renewable materials, and strives to be carbon neutral.
the construction industry is climate - unfriendly - but it's complicated
The Construction Industry Is Climate-Unfriendly—But It's Complicated
The Economist lists three reasons for this. We list a few more.
a living room filled with furniture and decor
Architect Couple Redesigns Small Paris Apartment as Adaptable Family Home
This "tidy and busy" renovation combines different personalities and design approaches.
the cover of ontario's sorema factory is led certified and net positive
Ontario's Soprema Factory Is LEED Certified and 'Net Positive'
A decade ago this would have been impossible. This is real progress.
three story house with people in it and the words building a sustainable condo today involves designing for the future
Building a Sustainable Condo Today Involves Designing for the Future
Plus focusing on resilience, health, and wellness.