Green Design

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Interior Design

New electric car from Sweden comes with 5 years of free charging

But only if you live in Sweden<p><i>Editor's Note: This post was originally published on December 6, 2017, and has been updated with the most recent information.</i><p>The competition for electric carmakers is starting to heat up—so much so that Swedish car company Uniti is trying a new tactic to get ahead of …

Sweden

Tesla completed the world’s largest battery, but South Korea may soon surpass it

It is on track to be completed by February<p>Although Tesla recently completed the world’s largest lithium ion battery in South Australia, a spinoff of South Korean company Hyundai Heavy Industries is hoping to surpass this designation by building its own battery storage system that is 50 percent …

Hyundai

Game-changing solar window becomes opaque in full sun to generate energy

The technology could be incorporated into buildings and vehicles<p>We already know that solar cells can be embedded in just about anything from wallpaper to stained glass, but a new solar window prototype from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is making headlines for its ability to …

Clean Energy

New clean energy credit union to help consumers go green, save money

The CECU will help Americans in all 50 states get loans for solar panels, electric cars, and more.<p>Donald Trump’s election has led many environmentalists to despair over the federal government’s stance towards clean energy and regulations. Even with states and cities trying to take the lead on …

Clean Energy

London’s iconic buses are testing coffee-based biofuel

A startup has supplied the buses with a coffee-based biofuel made from discarded grounds<p>While electric vehicles are getting a lot of love, London’s double-decker buses are going more alternative. Indeed, the city has been testing a new prototype boiofuel made of coffee.<p>The new coffee-centric …

Autos

Visitor Center raises the roof on Apple's new HQ

While obviously not as impressive as Apple Park itself, the Visitor Center <i>does</i> have a similar aesthetic – both buildings were designed by Foster + …

Apple Park

Meet Zero Mass Water, Whose Solar Panels Pull Drinking Water From The Air

It’s often said you can’t make something out of nothing. Cody Friesen may have come as close to succeeding as anyone.<p>To show me his technological sleight of hand, Friesen invites me to a hillside house in Berkeley, California on a sunny afternoon. There, in a shaded courtyard, we each sample a cup …

Design Thinking

This street bench was made by 3D-printing recycled plastic

The “Print Your City” project recycles plastic waste into 3D-printed street furniture<p>Rotterdam-based research and design studio The New Raw is turning plastic waste into wacky 3D-printed street furniture as part of a project called “Print Your City.”<p>Take the XXX bench, a twisty seating surface for …

Furniture

Tesla batteries will supply backup power for Nantucket

The 48-square-mile island is getting 200 utility-scale Tesla Powerpacks<p>When it comes to building power grids, Tesla loves the island life. Over the last year, the company has been installing large-scale energy systems in Australia, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico—and next on the list is the island of …

Energy

This wallpaper is actually a tiny solar panel

Researchers at the Imperial College London have created a “living” wallpaper printed with cyanobacteria ink<p>Wallpaper seems to be having a moment. Whether conductive or metallic, these wall coverings are definitely not your grandparents’ wallpaper. Now another innovation has emerged, this time out …

Imperial College London

Dallas Design District's Craighead Green Gallery perfects three-is-better-than-one approach

The Craighead Green Gallery in the Dallas Design District gets it when it comes to triple-headers. Its philosophy is, three artists are always better …

The Arts

Rock the botanical design trend at home

Emerald, avocado, apple, olive, lime, forest — all shades of green are in the spotlight thanks to the growing botanical design trend.<p>To master the …

Canadian News

New AR app helps you choose houseplants for improving air quality

It’s also just oddly fun to place virtual plants onto photos of your home<p>We all know that houseplants are good for us—the process of photosynthesis absorbs carbon dioxide and volatile organic compounds while producing oxygen. Studies also show that greenery lowers stress. But how many plants do you …

Plants

Philadelphia 2030 District launches to cut energy use, transportation emissions by half

Owners of the city’s largest properties are on board<p>In Philly’s latest move to combat climate change, it has announced the launch of the Philadelphia 2030 District. It’s a voluntary private initiative spearheaded by the Delaware Valley Green Building Council that brings together property owners, …

Climate

How to make concrete stronger and more environmentally friendly with irradiated water bottles

Concrete has shaped the modern world. Other than water, it is the most widely used material on the planet so it's unsurprising that scientists are …

Science

7 stylish ways to introduce a lush green and blue colour scheme into your home

Take a look at these rich and dramatic room ideas.<p>The season's new ink, cobalt, sapphire and emerald will bring a sense of the theatrical to any room.

Stylish

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 …

Foster and Partners

Résidence Bernier-Letarte

This residential project has been realized for a young family, whose father is a professional hockey player. Our mandate was to design a contemporary, minimalist home, with large black windows and white acrylic coating, on a sloping ground offering incredible views of the Parc des Laurentides. We …

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 …

Construction

Prefab micro apartment occupies the space of a single parking spot

Tikku’s footprint measure 8.2 feet by 16.4 feet<p>Casagrande Laboratory, a multidisciplinary architecture practice based in Helsinki, Finland, has completed Tikku, a three-story micro-apartment building, in a square there.<p>With a footprint of just 8.2 feet by 16.4 feet, or about the size of a single …

Design

Tesla wants to help Puerto Rico rebuild its power grid

Most of the island’s electric grid was destroyed by Hurricane Maria<p><i>Editor's Note: This post was originally published on October 9, 2017 and has been updated with the most recent information.</i><p>It looks like a simple tweet was all it took to get Elon Musk amped up to give Puerto Rico a redesigned power …

Puerto Rico

Proposed 80-story wooden skyscraper may be a preview of tall timber future

A project proposal in Chicago shows the continued fascination, and investment, in a new generation of wood towers<p>In a city lined with pathbreaking towers and skyscrapers, the River Beech project, if it comes to fruition, may earn its own chapter in the history of Chicago architectural marvels. …

Construction

Gorgeous House in Hinterbruhl by Wunschhaus Architektur

Hinterbruhl, Austria. It was completed in 2011 by <b>Wunschhaus Architektur</b> and it encompasses all the features and amenities required for a comfortable …

Houses

Netherlands paved a bike path with recycled toilet paper

As it turns out, TP can strengthen asphalt<p>We’ve seen some unusual pavement experiments in our time, with roads being infused with everything from cigarette butts to plastic bags. But when it comes to reinventing asphalt, the Netherlands is leaving nothing to waste. The country has undertaken a …

Cycling

10 seats that will amply add to the beauty of your garden!

When we think of garden furniture, most of us are reminded of old, worn out yellowed plastic chairs that were spotless white eons ago, and chunky …

Home

Tesla is sending Powerwall home batteries to Puerto Rico

The island is still almost entirely without power after Hurricane Maria<p>More than a week after the Category 4 Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico, the island with 3.5 million residents is still almost entirely without power, contributing to an unfolding humanitarian crisis. Reports say it could …

Puerto Rico

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

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

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 …

Gardening