Green Design

Failed Palm Springs golf course is being repurposed into a sustainable community filled with olive groves

A failed Palm Springs golf course is being reborn as an “eco-modern agrihood” located on 300 beautiful acres of desert landscape. The Miralon …

Palm Springs

New concrete roof includes thin-film PV cells to generate power

Digital design and fabrication techniques allowed researchers in Switzerland to create a curvy, super thin concrete roof that will one day help a …

Clean Energy

World’s most sustainable office space opens in London

Designed by Foster + Partners, Bloomberg’s new London facility sets a benchmark for green architecture and design<p>When Bloomberg, the news and financial tech giant, decided to build a new European headquarters in London in 2010, it had a chance to not just build a home, but make a statement for …

Architecture

Beijing's five-star, LEED-certified Hotel Éclat is a green as it is swanky

Sustainability and luxury haven’t always gone hand in hand, but Beijing’s new Hotel Éclat is a stellar example of the two worlds colliding in the …

Hotels

the zero house is an attempt to meet the highest goals in sustainable building

using a wide range of natural and minimally-processed or recycled materials, the house provides its occupants with a zero energy bill, as the solar …

Architecture

Foster + Partner's Bloomberg headquarters is the "world’s most sustainable office"

The first photos have been released of Norman Forster's newly completed European headquarters for Bloomberg in London, which claims to be the world's …

Architecture

Bloomberg’s new London HQ rated world’s most sustainable office

Bloomberg’s new European headquarters in London scored a 98.5% against the latest BREEAM sustainability rating scheme—making it the world’s most …

Architecture

WEEKEND AT HOME / 84

lately i’m really crushing on green. there’s something so pretty and natural about it like bringing a bit of the forest indoors. plus, it looks <i>so</i> …

Design

Gorgeous algae-filled chandelier also purifies the air

It’ll make you green with envy<p>We all know of the air-purifying benefits of plants, whether they’re incorporated in green facades or plopped into parks. But a new creation from London designer and biotechnologist Julian Melchiorri has given biological air-filtering a chic new form: algae-filled …

Design

Living Design Objects for Your Eco-Friendly Home

Green design has become more prominent, but every now and then we spot something unusual that wows us. This is Colossal recently featured a “living” …

Design

saguez + partners' reinvented headquarters in paris is a workspace for students and clients

<b>the manufacture design is a new model of agency set in a classified historic industrial hall moving into a grand paris mixed-use eco-development.</b> the …

Design

This modular urban gardening system can create all sorts of planters

The system’s six basic elements enables the construction of a wide range of planter designs<p>Danish architects Sine Lindholm and Mads-Ulrik Husum have reworked their Ikea-born Growroom pavilion to create an even simpler and more versatile system for constructing urban planter structures. GrowMore is …

Furniture

Putting the fun into functional: how to decorate your children's room with style

Children can be fickle: best friends change by the week and today’s favourite toy is forgotten tomorrow. So what should parents do when it comes to decorating their children’s rooms? Worried about spending too much on something that will be quickly rejected, or unable to work out how their child’s …

Interior Design

Boundary

Functional, dynamic, and versatile, the Boundary Prima Pack system effortlessly fit into your personal rhythm with adaptable storage to provide you a …

Sustainability

Solar-powered Cottage in the Vineyard puts a modern spin on rural architecture

Ramón Esteve Estudio completed a minimalist mono-pitched dwelling that blends into its agricultural backdrop yet still catches the eye with its …

Design

Cottage in the Vineyard

Cottage in Fontanars is located in the municipality of Fontanars, on the outskirts of the village surrounded by large acreages. The project seeks the maximum environmental and landscape integration because of its border location between a zone of pine forests and the grapevine fields, being diluted …

Architecture

Brilliant zero-energy air conditioner in India is beautiful and functional

New Delhi-based Ant Studio made a zero-electricity air conditioner to combat the brutally hot summers in India’s capital. Built for a DEKI …

Real Estate

oleant designs an environmentally friendly luminaire covered with icelandic moss

sep 11, 2017<p>the ingredients used in the lamp include flour, salt, yeast, LED lights and batteries, which are then coated with a layer of resin to …

Environmentally Friendly

NYC scaffolding is getting an upgrade

Urban Umbrella, made of recycled steel and translucent plastic panel, is coming to two NYC sites<p>The first beneficiaries of a 2010 Big Apple competition intended to fancy up the city's scaffolding have arrived. A whole seven years ago, then 28-year-old designer Young-Hwan Choi, of the firm Urban …

Design

anonym's Y house is designed to be protective as well as open towards the urban changes

<b>the ‘Y house’ located in nonthaburi, thailand, opens a dialogue with its existing context through the rhythm of building skin layering.</b> it brings …

Design

800,000 low-income homes in England will get free solar panels

The move would reduce energy bills by hundreds of pounds<p>Continuing its efforts to ease the affordable housing crisis in England, government officials have committed to installing solar panels to 800,000 low-income homes across England and Wales.<p>Free to tenants, the panels are expected to reduce …

Renewable Energy

Ikea’s Space10 develops the Algae Dome, a prototype for food-producing architecture

Could algae be the “meat” of the future?<p>Space10, Ikea’s “future-living” lab in Copenhagen that brought us Growroom, the spherical urban garden, has developed a bioreactor called the Algae Dome in an effort to explore the potential that algae will have on the future of food and …

Food

Electricity-free Stanford system cuts cooling costs by beaming heat into space

Heat naturally flows from hot things to cold things, and since there are few places colder than the vacuum of space, that's a great place to try to …

Clean Energy

5 World-Changing Projects Win the 2017 INDEX: Award

The world's first sustainable design prize is also the largest monetary prize, awarding a total of € 500,000<p>The United Nations can be fraught with …

Sustainability

Coolala is the world’s first portable, solar-powered A/C unit

Holds a charge of up to eight hours and weighs just seven pounds<p>If you’ve ever wished to upgrade a personal hand-held fan into something with more serious cooling power, then you’re going to want to check out this new portable air conditioning unit.<p>Called Coolala, not only is it truly portable, …

Clean Energy

Massive new data center to be built in chilly Norway to offset energy use

Every like and tweet costs energy, which isn’t great for climate change. That’s why the American-Norwegian data company Kolos is building a new data …

Lifestyle

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

<b>Because if you make it beautiful and open, people will use it.</b><p>We have written many times: "Making good stairs is an important part of green design; …

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