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10

Jul

A skyscraper that grows taller and taller as its occupants generate wasteBilled as a ‘self-generating development,’ Organic Skyscraper’s ultimate height is dependent on the recycling activities of its occupants.

A skyscraper that grows taller and taller as its occupants generate waste
Billed as a ‘self-generating development,’ Organic Skyscraper’s ultimate height is dependent on the recycling activities of its occupants.

20

Jun

Old toothbrushes help to keep this rubbish-built abode stay nice and toastyWork is completed on a British green building project that sets out to prove ‘that there is no such thing as waste, just stuff in the wrong place.’

Old toothbrushes help to keep this rubbish-built abode stay nice and toasty
Work is completed on a British green building project that sets out to prove ‘that there is no such thing as waste, just stuff in the wrong place.’

14

May

Who needs ink?
If Hoyoung Lee’s concept pencil printer becomes reality, you’ll never buy another ink cartridge. The pencil printer separates the wood from pencils and uses the lead to print documents. There’s even a built-in eraser component that allows you to remove text from a page and reuse the paper, so you’ll be saving money and trees.

Who needs ink?

If Hoyoung Lee’s concept pencil printer becomes reality, you’ll never buy another ink cartridge. The pencil printer separates the wood from pencils and uses the lead to print documents. There’s even a built-in eraser component that allows you to remove text from a page and reuse the paper, so you’ll be saving money and trees.

11

May

World’s tallest living wall takes hydroponics to new heightsEmployees at Desjardins Group headquarters in Quebec can breathe easier (and have something gorgeous to gawk at during lunch) thanks to a new 15-story vertical garden.

World’s tallest living wall takes hydroponics to new heights
Employees at Desjardins Group headquarters in Quebec can breathe easier (and have something gorgeous to gawk at during lunch) thanks to a new 15-story vertical garden.

01

May

treehugger:

Sustainable wood lamps soften glare of energy-saving bulbs

28

Mar

This edible water blob could replace plastic bottlesThe Ooho ‘water bottle’ is a gelatinous blob that allows you to have your bottled water (minus the plastic) and eat it too.

This edible water blob could replace plastic bottles
The Ooho ‘water bottle’ is a gelatinous blob that allows you to have your bottled water (minus the plastic) and eat it too.

Rainforest Guardian: Futuristic skyscraper protects, irrigates the AmazonOne of the dazzling/sobering entries in the 2014 eVolo Skyscraper Competition, this lotus-shaped fire station-in-the-sky deploys spray drones if fire breaks out under the forest canopy.

Rainforest Guardian: Futuristic skyscraper protects, irrigates the Amazon
One of the dazzling/sobering entries in the 2014 eVolo Skyscraper Competition, this lotus-shaped fire station-in-the-sky deploys spray drones if fire breaks out under the forest canopy.

Floating farm city harvests icebergs for hydroponicsFour French architecture students hope to create a new kind of fertile crescent in the North Atlantic, designing a C-shaped vessel that would irrigate crops with icebergs and house up to 800 people.

Floating farm city harvests icebergs for hydroponics
Four French architecture students hope to create a new kind of fertile crescent in the North Atlantic, designing a C-shaped vessel that would irrigate crops with icebergs and house up to 800 people.

17

Feb

Grain silo reborn as student housing in South AfricaA Johannesburg property development company has turned a shuttered grain silo into the city’s hottest new student housing complex. And just wait to you see what’s mounted on the roof…

Grain silo reborn as student housing in South Africa
A Johannesburg property development company has turned a shuttered grain silo into the city’s hottest new student housing complex. And just wait to you see what’s mounted on the roof…

06

Feb

New England’s first Living Building scores high marks in sustainabilityThe world’s fifth building to achieve the super-rigorous Living Building Challenge has been certified. And giving its location in New England’s Knowledge Corridor, it should come as no surprise that it’s an educational facility.

New England’s first Living Building scores high marks in sustainability
The world’s fifth building to achieve the super-rigorous Living Building Challenge has been certified. And giving its location in New England’s Knowledge Corridor, it should come as no surprise that it’s an educational facility.