Green Design

How to make Allo for web look identical to Google Hangouts

While many in the Android and Google-fan communities used and loved (well, sometimes loved) Hangouts for messaging others from mobile and desktop, Google is now shifting the app’s focus to enterprise. In its place is Allo, which only started working on the web this week. Although we can’t help you …

Google

Stair of the week is bold and bamboo

We have written many times: "Making good stairs is an important part of green design; you want people to use them instead of elevators in bigger …

Sustainability

Tree-planting drones can sow 100,000 seeds a day

A community in Myanmar is using the drones to restore their river ecosystem<p>The much-hyped promise of a drone-driven future—where drones bring us food, take our selfies, and even serve as taxis—is not nearly as cool as this Myanmar community’s drone-driven present. A group of villagers along the …

Gardening

A Tesla solar cell roof rotates to naturally cool this desert home in Iran

Tesla is revolutionizing the way we power and build our homes – and architects are taking note. Hot on the heels of Tesla’s eagerly awaited solar …

Lifestyle

Floating, solar-powered 'dragonfly' bridge can sail to new locations

This floating pedestrian bridge can sail along rivers and oceans like a boat. Designer Margot Krasojevic conceived the bridge as a flexible structure …

Lifestyle

Costa Rica eco-resort combines jungle yoga with sustainable design

The NALU boutique hotel in Costa Rica is a sustainable jungle retreat for exercise and relaxation. Merging green building strategies with local …

Lifestyle

Sustainable Danish school is covered in 12,000 solar panels

The panels generate over half of the school’s electricity<p>A number of companies have been working to disguise solar panels as roofs, roads, and even window blinds. But one Danish school is taking a different approach, using custom-built solar panels as a featured architectural element. Almost the …

Clean Energy

Gorgeous solar-powered greenhouse home in Sweden hits the market

If you’re looking for a gorgeous home surrounded by an idyllic landscape, this greenhouse hybrid is currently on the market for a cool $864k. Located …

Lifestyle

BMDesign’s concave roofs offer a solution to water scarcity in iran

BMDesign believes that a concave roof will help make even the smallest quantities of rain to flow off the roof and eventually coalesce into bigger …

Design

LAVA’s sculptural and sustainable energy tower breaks ground in heidelberg

the outer façade comprises a network of cables and approximately 11,000 diamond-shaped plates of stainless steel, which rotate in the wind.The post …

Design

Sustainable Konbit shelter replaces home destroyed by Haiti earthquake

Many Haitians are still trying to rebuild their lives seven years after a powerful earthquake devastated much of the country. Thankfully, …

Lifestyle

LAVA breaks ground on sustainable energy tower in Heidelberg

A dynamic new icon of sustainable energy is rising in Heidelberg, Germany. Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA) just broke ground on a new …

Lifestyle

Here’s what the first Tesla solar roofs look like in the wild

The solar tiles are being installed on the homes of Tesla employees, including Musk’s own house<p>When Elon Musk started taking preorders for Tesla’s solar roof tiles earlier this year, he said they’d be installing the roofs on Tesla employees homes first as a way of test-driving the technology. …

Tesla

The Bookmark that charges your phone

You know what blows up? Lithium Ion Batteries. You know what doesn’t? A Solar Panel. Safer, much more eco-friendly, and a whole lot more cheaper than …

Clean Energy

German solar-powered car is ready for test drives

Preorders are open<p>From breakthrough inventions like solar roads and solar paint to Tesla’s hyped-up solar roof, this is an era where everything seems to be capable of generating energy from the sun’s rays. Another compelling example comes by way of German startup Sono Motors, which has just …

Clean Energy

Are These Skyscrapers the Future of City Architecture?

A design firm is building "natural" skyscrapers<p>These palm tree shaped WiFi kiosks have popped up across Dubai. They gather solar energy during the …

The Future

UK to ban sale of petrol and diesel cars from 2040

The UK is set to ban the sale of all diesel and petrol vehicles from 2040, following in the footsteps of France.<p>The ban forms part of the UK Plan for …

Alternative Fuel

This kitchen compost bin ferments your kitchen waste

The Taihi bin essentially pickles food scraps<p>After growing up in Ethiopia—where very little waste was thrown in landfills—now U.K.-based designer Ben Cullis Watson saw an opportunity to address the country’s trash problem, attempting to “change people's perceptions of waste and make it as 'sexy' as …

Design Thinking

Ontario’s new energy-efficiency rules could save homeowners money in long run

When Ian Roland and Linda Rothstein, who are partners in both law and marriage, decided to extensively renovate their home three years ago, they made green design a key priority, and not just because they wanted, as Mr. Roland puts it, to “leave as little footprint as possible.”<p>He describes their …

Design

Taghkanic House

A spectacular 140 acres of land in Columbia County, New York is the site of this project. The scale and the mere beauty of the nature required a careful study of landscape and a master-plan for sitting the structures while simultaneously maintaining much of its rugged & rural beauty. The …

Architecture

India’s new solar-powered train is the first in the world

Solar panels embedded in the train feed into a battery that can power it for up to 72 hours<p>India is getting on board with solar.<p>The first of the country’s solar-powered trains has begun service, running a 12.5-mile route from Delhi’s Safdarjung station to Farukh Nagar in the country’s north. The …

Clean Energy

Solar-powered biodome sustains all four seasons at the same time, under one roof

Italian architect Carlo Ratti just unveiled plans for a stunning biodome that recreates all four seasons under one solar-powered roof. The Garden of …

Lifestyle

Google X unveils new company for geothermal energy, Dandelion

The company is already signing up customers for their affordable and easy-to-install home geothermal energy system<p>Alphabet’s “moonshot factory” is slinging out a new independent company dedicated to bringing affordable home geothermal energy to the masses: Dandelion. For years, the popularity of …

Geothermal Energy

Woodworking: 10 easy ways to build your own pergola

Building a pergola is one of the easiest woodworking/DIY tasks out there—so if you're keen to test your skills, this is a good place to …

Landscaping

Philly ranks 11th in nation for green buildings

It fell out of the top 10 ranking in 2016<p>Falling one spot from last year’s top 10 ranking, Philly is now 11th in the nation for its green buildings, according to the 2017 Green Building Adoption Index.<p>The index, a joint venture between CBRE and Maastricht University, defined “green” buildings as …

Green Buildings

DIY: 9 steps to build your own pergola

Pergolas… we all want them, but we usually don't know how to build them. The good news? It's pretty easy.<p>The construction of a garden gazebo can be a …

Landscaping

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 …

Lifestyle

China builds panda-shaped solar farms to promote green energy to youth

The first of 100 planned panda-shaped solar farms has been completed<p>Fans of Dreamworks’ <i>K</i><i>ung Fu Panda</i> films may recognize a friendly face in Datong, China’s Panda Power Plant. The 248-acre solar farm was designed to look like a cute panda, and many see a striking resemblance with a particular cub …

Green Energy

Swedish eco-retreat will have 14 glass cabins and a massive greenhouse restaurant

Glass A-frames abound<p>Folks staying at this remote retreat in Sweden shouldn’t throw stones. The upcoming Stedsans in the Woods, located two and a half hours from Copenhagen, Malmö, and Gothenburg by car, will have an array of glassy cabins and an enormous glass greenhouse that serves as the …

Copenhagen

Mistbox keeps air conditioners cool to improve efficiency

There is no question that the right business model can make the difference between a good idea that doesn't make it and one that does, and though the …

Design Thinking