July 14, 2017
Christopher Wilk, curator of a new exhibition dedicated to the eclectic history of plywood at the London's Victoria and Albert Museum, is singing the material's praises.
November 15, 2017
The architect behind some of Asia's most recognizable buildings has unveiled plans for a new skyscraper that he hopes will change the face of Vietnam's largest city. Featuring an observation deck and an urban garden hundreds of feet above the ground, Ole Scheeren's latest project will be built in central Ho Chi Minh City. CNN has been given an exclusive first look at the project.
October 14, 2017
This past week, eleven teams of students designed, built and presented futuristic houses at the Solar Decathalon 2017. The competition took place in Denver, and though the challenge was simple it was by no means easy: create a super-efficient sun-powered building that seamlessly integrates green building technologies into its design. The winners of the highly-anticipated event were just announced this morning – and Team Switzerland’s NeighborHub took first place!
October 13, 2017
Using unique design and building methods, researchers have created a prototype for an ultra-thin, curving concrete roof that will also generate solar power.
October 3, 2017
Chinese skylines have been subjected to tremendous change over the past decade. Heritage sites and huge swaths of traditional housing have been razed and replaced with soaring towers symbolizing wealth, development and power.
October 9, 2017
The SILO house was conceived as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s biennial competition Solar Decathlon, which challenges collegiate teams to design and build solar-powered houses.
October 6, 2017
First there was foamcrete, then there was papercrete and hempcrete, and now we've got AirCrete, a foamy mixture of air bubbles and cement that is cheap to make, waterproof, fireproof, and DIY-friendly.
September 13, 2017
In advance of the Buildings 2.0 conference, we wanted to highlight 50 companies with the some of the most exciting software and hardware products and systems for today’s buildings in the areas of: windows, mobility, furniture systems, foundations/pavement, energy systems, water systems, roof systems, building envelopes, lighting/sensors, building structures/systems, safety/security, and building management.
September 30, 2017
There's a problem frequently encountered by designers of very small houses, which is that beds are very nice to have while sleeping, but, even when you're not sleeping, they take up a lot of space.
September 26, 2017
As openers go, it’s a bold one, but not quite as outlandish as it sounds. The housebuilder who successfully cracks the code to building sustainably – and affordably – would be solving a large part of the planet-warming puzzle.
September 5, 2017
With street-level space at a premium, urban rooftops are underused spaces ripe with potential.
As a sweeping construction boom renders U.S. cities ever denser, there’s one type of urban space that’s still an untapped resource: rooftops.
August 18, 2017
It’s rare for a building to attract this much attention while still only under construction. But this new complex in the Chinese city of Shanghai is already wooing visitors because of its remarkably green appearance.
August 13, 2017
Especially on summer days like these, when it's about a million degrees out, a pool is a nice thing to have. But, you may be thinking, my backyard is not big enough for a pool. Or maybe you have the space but you're not totally keen on a pool taking up your entire backyard, because you want to be able to do other things there, too. But I am here to tell you that even if your backyard tends towards the teeny side, you can still have a pool. When it comes to pools, bigger isn't always better. Sure, you may not be able to train for the Olympics, but you'll be able to submerge yourself and drink a cold one on a hot summer day — and isn't that what pools are for?
August 3, 2017
Murphy beds, as great and as space-efficient as they may be, are not nearly as exciting as Murphy doors. Yes, there is such a thing as a Murphy door. You’re probably already familiar with the concept: this is basically a door disguised as a bookshelf, a door that hides a secret room. It’s definitely an exciting way of transforming a simple door into something more interesting, even if the idea is to make it difficult (or impossible) to spot the opening. Let’s see how others have integrated Murphy doors into their homes.
July 19, 2017
Johnston Marklee carved arches into the facades of this California beach house to frame sea views. The form is carried throughout the interior, creating a series of vaulted doorways, rooms and corridors.
July 18, 2017
An outdoor kitchen is not a very common feature these days and that’s a bit strange considering that people used to spend most of their time outdoors until quite recently. Most of the daily activities used to take place outdoors and that included cooking. Then came a time when we became obsessed with creating large and massive constructions which could house everything one needed.
June 21, 2017
I have to apologize for not posting in awhile. While the house has been steadily moving along, the last three months were not nearly has dramatic as the previous ones, and I kept looking for something visually amazing to post. A highlight is the pool above, which was really cool to see created, but the main guts of the house — from wiring to plumbing, followed by insulation and then sheetrock — took a few months and were hard to photograph. But take a look below!
June 17, 2017
Belgian ecological designer Vincent Callebaut is a master of green sustainable architecture. With his new conceptual project, he creates yet another environmentally sensitive fantasy land, this time transforming Brussels' historic Tour & Taxis. The resulting concept is a sleek, futuristic eco-village that any young professional would love to call home.
2250 AD. Earth is highly urbanized. Nearly 50 billion of people live on the Earth. New technologies offer several kinds of sustainable food production, but every piece of land is occupied.
June 8, 2017
Smaller houses, more people renting and an ironic passion for Seventies kitsch has led to a trend for indoor plants.
Instagram allows hipsters the opportunity to boast about their cheese and rubber plants, often displayed in macramé hangers. John Lewis’s annual shopping habit report says cacti will be a trend for 2017.
June 1, 2017
If you're building a set, an installation or props, it might be helpful to have a ready source of wooden poles of decent diameter. But the dowel rods at your local hardware store stop at 1 1/4 in diameter, and turning longer, larger pieces isn't practical.
May 16, 2017
The Starwood Residence lies low on the landscape with a series of sloping rooflines that appear to echo the surrounding mountain landscape. Weathered steel wraps the home to blend the building into the natural backdrop, while exterior sunshades maximize access to natural light and minimize solar heat gain in summer. In contrast to the steel-clad facade, the interior is richly layered with warm textures, from stone accent walls to Clear Vertical Grain (CVG) Douglas Fir siding. Large panoramic windows appear to extend the living areas outdoors.
May 17, 2017
Although the Netherlands may seem like a tranquil place to live, its climate can be quite volatile. Frigid winters and searing summer heat make energy efficient home design a must – local architects such as Joris Verhoeven Architectuur are creating amazingly efficient designs that don’t sacrifice on aesthetics. The firm’s sophisticated “Positive Energy House” in the small village of Sterksel is a solar powerhouse that generates enough energy to share with its neighbors
May 11, 2017
Remember when we first introduced you to LED backlighting for your TV? Remember how it blew your mind and completely changed your TV viewing experience? Well, prepare to have your mind blown yet again because we’re about to lay another game-changer on you. The Vansky Motion Activated Flexible LED Bed Light System is actually pretty simple, but the effect is fantastic. Step out of your bed and a warm glow is cast from underneath, illuminating your room with a soft light that looks amazing and won’t bother your partner if he or she is asleep. It’s awesome, it’s a best-seller on Amazon, and it’s discounted to just $22 right now. Grab it while you can, and thank us later.
May 12, 2017
Istanbul is on track for a stunning new landmark that’ll bring rural living to the heart of the city. International architecture studio Eray Carbajo designed Urban Rural, a modular residential high-rise that aims to raise the bar for sustainable development in Turkey’s capital. The modular units will fit together into a honeycomb-like volume with a balcony filled with greenery.
May 7, 2017
Is it just us or has the dawning of spring made you also start thinking more about your garden and how you can enjoy it? We all know that the UK isn't exactly blessed with hot, sunny or reliable weather, which is why we have to be a little more clever with our garden plans. So today, we're going to show you some amazing spaces that have totally taken the unpredictable UK weather into account!
May 5, 2017
In a dramatic episode of Lowe's original series The Weekender, designer Monica Mangin works her magic on a mind-numbingly boring living room. The builder-grade space hasn't been touched since the homeowners moved in two years ago, hence the beige walls, beige carpet, and little else in terms of furniture or architecture. Monica changes all that to stunning effect with a handful of DIYs and some surprisingly affordable furniture and decor from Lowe's. Check out the dramatic after shots and get all the makeover details ahead. Then, watch The Weekender episode for the complete story!
April 21, 2017
When it comes to structural innovation, many popular “building blocks” have come with a rising cost for our planet’s precious resources. Typical structural building components like masonry, concrete, and steel have large carbon footprints as they require great amounts energy to produce. The way forward means re-examining our go-to for resilient, sustainable construction materials. The best solution, though, may come from a return to our construction roots.
April 19, 2017
Relocatable and convertible with a shockingly quick set-up time, Modpool Shipping Container Pools are intriguing alternatives to traditional pools.
I am sure you must have come across the buzzword sustainability or sustainable development a lot. But have you ever wondered what does it mean?
April 14, 2017
This incredible skyscraper is more than just eye candy—its modular and farm-integrated design was created to fight world hunger and poverty. Designers Pawel Lipiński and Mateusz Frankowski proposed the Mashambas Skyscraper for rural areas in sub-Saharan Africa as a means to bring a “green revolution” to impoverished small farmers. The modular Mashambas is movable and functions as an educational center for growing crops, hosting markets, and training on agricultural techniques.
April 16, 2017
ould the skyscraper of the future dispense homes like a vending machine? Growing and adapting to Tokyo’s housing demand, this Pod Skyscraper is constantly under construction. Residents can order a ready-to-use modular dwelling manufactured by 3D printers on the top floor of the building, and then cranes lower it into place. The innovative skyscraper, designed by Haseef Rafiei, received honorable mention at this year’s eVolo Skyscraper Competition.
April 10, 2017
Building a sunken seating area or fire pit is a neat trick that architects sometimes use when they want to create an unobstructed view of the garden or backyard or when they want to offer intimacy and privacy to those using the area. We find the concept of a sunken garden to be very inspiring so ...
April 1, 2017
(CNN)Whereas western architectural tradition aspires to permanence -- an Englishman's home is his castle, after all -- Japanese architecture is focused on flexibility. A close harmony with the natural world combined with acute awareness of its dangers has cultivated a special approach to building.
March 25, 2017
A miniature house made from glass shows off expert construction and dazzling motifs seemingly ripped from Alice In Wonderland. Covered with stained glass, the house sits on a stretch of luscious green land in Mohawk, New Jersey. Neile Cooper, a long-time stained-glass artist and jeweler, considers the Glass Cabin her most ambitious work to date. The sharp right angles of the house juxtapose with the swiveling oversized leaves and the curving wingspan of butterflies, accentuating the fantasy house. "The Glass Cabin is my dream project, my creative sanctuary in my yard in a lovely lakeside town," the artist tells Creators.
March 24, 2017
Semi-arid regions of Africa face unique obstacles in their efforts to address a growing housing crisis. For years people built roofs with bush timber, but thanks to climate change and deforestation, those building methods are no longer feasible. And sheet metal is simply too expensive for most rural families. So the Nubian Vault Association is bringing back an ages-old sustainable building material: mud bricks.
March 8, 2017
Belgian construction company Skilpod has produced a prefabricated home that can generate all its own energy and pop up in as little as half a day. Designed by UAU Collectiv, the new #150 Skilpod solar-powered model is a zero-energy home constructed from cross-laminated timber and takes about 20 days in total to build in the firm’s factory in Geel. The timber modular home can be easily expanded and customized as needed and is insulated to passive standards.
March 22, 2017
The following excerpt was originally published in Natascha Meuser's Construction and Design Manual: Architecture Drawings (DOM Publishers). With our industry's technological advances, "the designing architect is not simultaneously the drawing architect." Meuser's manual aims to help architects develop and hone their technical drawing skills as the "practical basis and form of communication for architects, artists, and engineers." Read on for ten freehand drawing exercises that tackle issues ranging from proportion and order to perspective and space.
March 6, 2017
The home of the future could slash your utility bills and generate enough money to help pay the mortgage. UK firm Koru Architects designed and built one such house, named the Lloyd House, that’s effectively zero-carbon and runs entirely on renewable energy. Tucked away on a quiet street in England’s East Sussex, this contemporary home generates more energy than it consumes and even brings in a net income of £2650 per year from solar photovoltaics, solar thermal, and a wood-chip biomass boiler.
February 27, 2017
In 1845, one of America's most famous writers, Henry Thoreau, built a small home for himself on Walden Pond, a piece of property owned by poet Ralph Waldo Emerson. He spent more than two years there seeking a more simple way of life, and ended up flipping the standard routine of the times
February 17, 2017
When Stefano Boeri imagines the future of urban China he sees green, and lots of it. Office blocks, homes and hotels decked from top to toe in a verdant blaze of shrubbery and plant life; a breath of fresh air for metropolises that are choking on a toxic diet of fumes and dust.
We’ve seen a fair number of charming green roofs, but few are as committed to the idea as this sprawling new school in Revin, France. Completed by Bordeaux-based firm Duncan Lewis Scape Architecture, the project began with the demolition of the original ‘60s-built and badly-damaged Jean Moulin High School, which had been embedded into the landscape of rolling hills.
January 5, 2017
Paris-based architect Vincent Callebaut wants his buildings to be more than your average tower block. His vision is ambitious: create an energy-saving, carbon-absorbing civilization to fight global warming.
January 31, 2017
January 21, 2017
Helsinki architect Ville Hara of Avanto Architects, together with Linda Bergroth, designed this modular garden shed and greenhouse that can be used for a wide number of gardening needs, including creating a space for small scale cultivation or building a bright garden oasis.
January 18, 2017
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November 30, 2016
John Redfield watches with pride as his son moves a laser-guided precision saw the size of a semi-truck wheel into place over a massive panel of wood.
Redfield’s fingers are scarred from a lifetime of cutting wood and now, after decades of decline in the logging business, he has new hope that his son, too, can make a career shaping the timber felled in southern Oregon’s forests.
December 20, 2017
A building’s materiality is what our bodies make direct contact with; the cold metal handle, the warm wooden wall, and the hard glass window would all create an entirely different atmosphere if they were, say, a hard glass handle, a cold metal wall and a warm wooden window (which with KTH’s new translucent wood, is not as absurd as it might sound). Materiality is of just as much importance as form, function and location—or rather, inseparable from all three.
December 8, 2016
A leafy and sought-after neighborhood in Northwest Washington, D.C. hides a luxurious gem of a home with a net-zero energy footprint. The local architecture office of Robert M. Gurney designed the contemporary residence, named the Brandywine House, with light-filled interiors and a natural palette that includes high-end materials like zebra wood, granite, and Santos mahogany. Despite its large size, the carefully constructed home is respectful of the scale of its neighboring homes and is incredibly energy efficient.
December 4, 2016
Carotenoids are pigments synthesized by plants that give vegetables their yellow, orange, and red colors. Their antioxidant properties, as well as their benefits for visual health, are well known, but emerging research suggests these compounds may have a positive impact on cognition as well.
December 2, 2016
Many a child spent their youth scrambling up trees and building secret dens in the branches.
In an instant, plain-planked interiors propped in the trees transformed into faraway lands, forts and hideaways.
Brothers Andy and Simon Payne were no different. Growing up in Kenya, the two spent a great deal of time constructing zip wires, jungle swings and rudimentary tree-top homes.
Those with a keen eye for good architecture and fine design know that a house's facade is more than mere front, and that a garage is more than a cupboard for your car. More often than not, a dwelling's outward-facing surfaces are going to exist in some relation to the garage or carport, given that vehicles need access to the street. The garage, therefore, is an integral part of your home's facade and, if you want the two elements to agree with each other on good looks and practicality, you need to consider both together when you set out to design either one or the other.
November 21, 2016
When a new housing development called ReGen Village opens as early as next year on the outskirts of Amsterdam, residents won’t have to rely on external sources to provide most of their energy, waste management, or even food. The village is designed to operate as a closed-loop system, meaning it meets most of its needs from within. “We are redefining residential real estate development by creating regenerative neighborhoods,” says project mastermind James Ehrlich, a California-based developer and senior technologist at Stanford. “It’s very much attuned to the cycles of nature.”
November 19, 2016
If you're thinking about giving your home design an overhaul, or have just moved into a new house that needs a top-to-toe makeover, don't do anything until you've read these clever ideas.
We've pulled together a whopping 50 amazing suggestions for you (split into two articles so you can enjoy more inspiration tomorrow). So before you blitz that bathroom or demolish your dining room, grab a cuppa, sit down and get clued up on everything you need to know!
Tel Aviv-based designer Chen Bikovski couples a contemporary aesthetic with a nostalgic nod to the past to create whimsical works of modern art. Inspired by fond memories of her childhood and interested in experimenting with ambiance, the award-winning designer invented Popup Lighting, a series of lamps that plays with perspective and pays homage to a cherished childhood pastime: the pop-up book.
November 18, 2016
Traditionally, flooring treatments have been separated by "transition strips" — narrow boards that neatly cut off wood or carpeted sections of a room — but now, homeowners and designers are doing away with the defined separation in favor of something far more interesting.
Prefabricated housing firm Baufritz has collaborated with designer Alfredo Häberli to show that a house can be large, luxurious, and green. Their prototype residence gets all its electricity from solar power, and also has a neat secondary smaller dwelling attached by bridge that's designed as a home for grandparents.
November 16, 2016
First of all, this is my first instructable, so take it easy on this old hillbilly.
This instructable will outline how I made two similar concrete and cedar plank tables. This build probably isn't for the person wanting to try their very first project, but you certainly don't have to be Norm Abram to complete this. This is a fun project that incorporates different materials (wood, concrete, metal), and relatively speaking it can be a pretty quick build. I learned a few things along the way, made a few errors, but overall I'm pretty happy with the end product and hopefully I can help you learn from my mistakes. Let's get started.
November 10, 2016
While Vietnam is no stranger to radical vertical homes, this contemporary home in city of Ha Tinh certainly stands out—after all, the house manages to spread nine vegetated terraces over three breezy stories. Indeed, described by H&P Architects as “agritecture” (that is, a combination of architecture and agriculture), the house seeks to merge residential spaces with sustainable urban farming.
November 5, 2016
The modern design style is perfect for decorating small spaces, because it first of all seeks simplicity in both lines of furniture and color palette, giving priority to neutral tones that provide relaxed and quiet environments. It is also a style which has to be constant, maintaining integrated environments and incorporating as much natural light as possible.
November 4, 2016
If you are looking for some creative and unique ideas for your next home design or decor project, then you have come to the right place. We present here 22 images of stunning kitchens, living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms and more to inspire you in myriad ways. From rustic to ultramodern, and lavish to minimalist, you will surely find the decor scheme you are looking for. The credit for all these innovative and stylish ideas goes to the interior designers and decorators at Lider Interiores.
Ever wonder if that sheet of plywood or tile sealer that you’re using in your home renovation is bad for the environment or your family? We did the research to assemble a cheat sheet for purchasing more "green" building materials and finishes. For help, we queried Amy Dryden, a Senior Program Manager in Innovation and Technology at Build It Green.
November 1, 2016
As home prices gets higher and higher and the homes themselves get smaller and smaller, the demand for adaptable, space-sizing furniture is getting bigger and bigger. Enter Expand Furniture, a Canadian company that specializes in bunk beds that fold up into walls and cabinets that turn into full-length dining tables. While all of their products are great, the most mesmerizing one has got to be their Flexible Love 12 Seat Chair.
October 27, 2016
This week, San Francisco became the first U.S. city to require that certain new buildings be built with a green roof—an eco-friendly design technique that sows plants above a roofline. This latest action builds on a growing trend that has taken root around the world, and which boosters say offers significant benefits for the planet.
October 25, 2016
When the client decided to remodel her guest bedroom, West Hollywood design firm Studio Lifestyle removed the existing king bed and installed adult-size bunk beds instead. The owner—a well-known comedian—often hosts out-of-town guests in her Bel Air home, and the bunks were a design decision that reflected her humorous personality. It was also the perfect solution for design partners Shannon Wollack and Brittany Zwickl. “This adds extra beds that will accommodate multiple visitors who don’t mind sharing a room but don’t want to share a bed,” Zwickl says. In this sophisticated version of a sleepover space, the designers fashioned the suite out of walnut, created beds in two sizes, and installed built-in shelves and a writing desk. “The client actually started sleeping in there more than in her master bedroom,” Wollack says. “She liked the cozy feeling of sleeping on the bottom trunk.” Read on for ideas on how to make the design work in your own guest bedroom.
August 24, 2016
When you want to renew your living room, bathroom, terrace or any room in your house—but you feel like not much can be done to change things? In this article we will show you how you can renew any area in your home by covering your walls in different shades of stone. You might like to go for the real thing, or you might prefer a less expensive route such as wallpaper, stickers or paint combined. There are so many possibilities so let your imagination do all the work.
July 19, 2016
The future of home building is coming, and increasingly that means a new era in residential construction: homes designed to combat global warming and conserve resources—or even generate energy all on their own. Rooftops covered with vegetation, homes built with solar-powered materials, and electric vehicle charging stations are just some of the brand-new features that should bedeck structures in the near future.
Those may sound like they’re straight out of the pages of the latest sci-fi bestseller, but these features aren’t just pipe dreams, they represent the cutting edge in home building—designs that are slowly being integrated into new houses today. So what green features are you likely to see in your future home? Let's find out at Home Improvement Leads, who offer solar leads to quality solar contractors.