Better Buildings & Infrastructure

By Carol Brighton | Highlighting Examples of Smart Design for Sustainable Living

This Solar-Powered Town Is Home To America’s First Self-Driving Shuttle Network

Babcock Ranch, a planned, sustainable community in Florida, wants to help its residents ditch their cars.<p>Later this year, if someone moves into a house in Babcock Ranch–a newly built, fully solar-powered town in Florida–they’ll be able to take an autonomous shuttle to the grocery store. The …

Urban Design

Groundbreaking for Staten Island office building with rooftop garden, bocce courts, and vineyard

Tomorrow elected officials are breaking ground on a Staten Island office building with a bocce court, giant rooftop farm, a nearby vineyard, and a …

Staten Island

Rebuilding After the Hurricanes: These Solar Homes Use Almost No Energy

Builders of prefabricated, zero-energy homes built for storm resilience have seen a spike in calls, particularly from the Florida Keys and Virgin …

Virgin Islands

Amsterdam is transforming a prison into a green energy-generating neighborhood

A brighter, solar-powered future is coming to Bijlmerbajes, a former prison complex in Amsterdam. The Dutch government tapped OMA to design a …

Amsterdam

How green bonds can bridge infrastructure financing gaps

Pay-for-success bonds backed by the Rockefeller Foundation and others seek to fund urban resilience projects.

Sustainable Business

CounterpointeSRE PACE Program Announces Innovative Financing for Greenroofs

PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) Financing for Greenroofs If you are lucky to be located in a U.S. state covered by PACE financing, you may be …

Real Estate

A New Net-Zero-Energy Community Is Coming to California’s Central Valley

California’s largest net-zero-energy housing development is coming next year to the Central Valley.<p>Third-generation homebuilder De Young Properties …

Green roofing can help save cities from flooding, U of T study shows

Share this:<p>The Vancouver Convention Centre<p>A new study from the University of Toronto says that green roof technology could help solve the problem of …

Sydney Opera House to host 'apartment blocks' for marine life by using artificial reefs

A new project to install an artificial reef alongside the Sydney Opera House will hopefully revitalise marine life in the harbour and restore natural …

Sydney Opera House

Walls Won't Save Our Cities From Rising Seas. Here's What Will

'Green' approaches may be the best way to protect coastal communities from flooding associated with climate change.<p>Subscribe<p>Let our news meet your inbox.<p>SIGN UP<p>To some people, climate change seems like a problem only for future generations. But for residents of many coastal cities, the future is …

Climate Change

Seattle’s new seawall built to make life easier for fish

<i>In our NewsHour Shares series, we show you things that caught our eye recently on the web. What about you? Leave your suggestions in the comments</i> …

China has just built the world’s longest elevated cycle path

We’ve heard of Beijing’s nine million bikes and China referred to as the “Kingdom of Bicycles”. But the reality in many Chinese cities is that the …

Cycling

Photos of CSC's new headquarters

After 17 years in its previous location, business services company <b>CSC</b> recently opened a new global headquarters in Wilmington.<p>The relocation comes …

Green Roofs

These Transparent, Solar Power-Generating Windows Are the World's First

Trying to make large buildings energy-neutral, companies are taking advantage of building windows' surface area to harvest solar energy.<p>Subscribe<p>Let our news meet your inbox.<p>SIGN UP<p>A tech startup on a mission to make modern commercial and housing estates energy neutral has outfitted the …

Clean Energy

100% solar-powered winery keeps naturally cool with cork-insulated roofs

An off-grid Spanish winery is harnessing the full power of the sun to ripen grapes and turn the fruit into wine. Local studio Munarq Arquitectes …

Off-grid

The first cross-laminated timber high-rise in the U.S. now has a building permit

It’s a first for the United States: the State of Oregon and City of Portland have granted a building permit for the first Cross-Laminated Timber …

Construction

Forward Labs solar roof promises higher production, lower cost than Tesla's

<b>The unicorn of cheap clean home energy will most likely be found in an affordable solar roof that doesn't look like a solar roof, and that can pay</b> …

Can Seattle’s Seawall Defend The City And Protect Salmon, Too?

Thousands of tourists migrate to Seattle’s waterfront each year to experience the ferry rides, kitschy stores and sweeping views of Elliott Bay.<p>Jeff …

$1.2 billion eco-friendly district will rise in Reno, Nevada

Architect and developer Don J Clark Group and landscape architects Office of Cheryl Barton (OCB) are currently at work on the initial phases of the …

Lake Tahoe

Draining the swamp: How DC is remaking its water treatment system

Politicians declare they want to “drain the swamp” in D.C. — a metaphor that many think works on two levels because the District was built on …

Airtight prefab House in the Woods pops up in just ten days

Airtightness, minimal site disturbance, and speedy construction are just a few benefits of the striking House in the Woods. Designed by London-based …

Architecture

Trash to Treasure: Converting Landfills to Public Green Space

By 1961, the Fresh Kills Landfill had grown to 1,281 acres.<p>By 1961, the Fresh Kills Landfill had grown to 1,281…<p>The Fresh Kills Landfill in the 1970s.<p>…

Re-Wilding: Cities by Nature

The historic gardens of Western civilization typically include segments that were municipal areas, hunting grounds, or, on occasion, fragments of the …

Cities

Top 10 Green Buildings of 2017

Winners of the American Institute of Architects’ annual sustainable design competition boast the sleek, light-infused interiors we associate with …

Studio Libeskind to build twisted garden tower in Toulouse

American architect Daniel Libeskind's firm has been selected to create a 150-metre-high tower covered in trees and plants in the heart of Toulouse's …

The Netherlands is home to a bike path that stretches over a school's green roof

The city of Utrecht, in the Netherlands, has inaugurated a bicycle path that brings together a bridge, the rooftop of a school and a garden.

Built Positive Principles Play Key Role in Venlo City Hall’s Sustainable Design Mission - News - Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute

When the city of Venlo in the Netherlands set out to design its new city hall, opened in 2016, officials decided to make it a shining example of …