Here’s Some Fancy Dog House ‘Bark-itecture,’ If You Will…

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Back when our family had our first dog, Ivory Snow (a cocker spaniel), I built her a doghouse made from a large cardboard box; it was later expanded with a second cardboard box. Boy, she loved that thing as much as I loved making it. For our dogs, I’m sure a list of things they would want start at delicious treats and a comfy bed, but for all we know, they could even dream of an improved and updated take on traditional dog houses that may even reduce their carbon footprint. Or paw-print; I’ll see myself out. Continue reading “Here’s Some Fancy Dog House ‘Bark-itecture,’ If You Will…”

The Amazing, Sustainable Hovering Cube Home in Sydney…


How many times have you come across a building or a house, and you’re initial reaction was “who decided to build that” and/or “HOW did they manage to build that”? Reasons for this burst of wonder could range from a house built on a small parcel of land or some futuristic home injected in the middle of same-y, cookie-cutter developer homes.  However, it could a case similar to the North Avoca Studio home in Sydney, Australia by architect Matt Thitchener, in which the building in question essentially defies the odds as it literally hovers above the ground! Nope; I’m NOT kidding… Continue reading “The Amazing, Sustainable Hovering Cube Home in Sydney…”

The Paris Courthouse, with Green Roof Landscapes, by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop

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The new, slim, transparent Tribunal de Paris, located in the north-central part of the Paris located in the country of France (rather than the Paris in the state of Texas in the United States)  will round-up the varied facilities currently dispersed around the capital like Voltron to become Europe’s largest law courts complex. The 525-foot-high by 115-foot-wide tower building is composed of four stacked superimposed volumes of decreasing size — similar to that of a staircase — that are carefully planned and designed for the best and efficient ease of use. The tiered level system (with each tier containing about ten stories) also allows large roof terraces that will be landscaped and planted with some 500 trees. This would soften the building’s sharp glass motif to create more comfortable spaces for solitary and group activities.

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Candida Tabet Arquitetura’s House ACP

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The House ACP, designed by Candida Tabet Arquitectura and completed last year (2016), is located on a semi-circle-shaped plot of land in Indaiatuba, Brazil that is a single story tall and features a mezzanine — acting as a featured social area — and an annex playroom house for the two children of the couple who this house was designed and built for. The building’s orientation helps maximize the views of the beautiful surrounding environment, as well as showcase the ciruclation of the interior spaces, while the double-height of the mezzanine’s great cieling promotes cross-ventilation (allowing the hot air to do what it does best; RISE).

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Deepwater Wind’s U.S. Offshore Wind Farm Proposal Stores Powers using Tesla Powerpack Batteries

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According to a story from Bloomberg, energy supplier Deepwater Wind issued a proposal (one of many from other bids) for a new offshore renewable wind power plant near Massachusetts that would use Tesla’s commercial storage batteries, called Powerpacks, to store energy until it’s needed. Their plan includes the construction of a production facility with 144-megawatt capability build off the coast with the Tesla Powerpacks storing wind-generated energy with a 40-megawatt storage capacity at peak production times, and hold it in reserve for peak demand hours. Continue reading “Deepwater Wind’s U.S. Offshore Wind Farm Proposal Stores Powers using Tesla Powerpack Batteries”

India Debuts its First Solar-Powered Train…

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The Indian Railway (IR) system, the largest rail network in Asia and typically filled with diesel-powered trains, has just introduced its first solar-powered train, named the Diesel Electric Multiple Unit (DEMU). The DEMU, which has solar panels placed on the roof of the unit, will operate in the city of New Delhi. It will be pulled by one of IR’s diesel-powered locomotives, with the solar panels powering only the passenger comfort systems (including lights, info displays, fans, etc.). According to IR, one train with six solar-panel equipped cars will save 21,000 liters (or 5,547 gallons) of diesel fuel every year, all while saving approximately Rs12 lakh (almost $20,000) in operating costs.

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The Canòdrom is Dear Design Studio turning a Greyhound Stadium into Tech/Startup Offices…

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What do you do when a 1960’s-era Antoni Bonet i Castellana-designed rationalist building that worked as a greyhound stadium track has outlived its use? If you’re Dear Design Studio, you refurbish it into a research park. Dear Design Studio won a competition for their take on the interior design of the building after its 2016 refurbishment, which was likely very impressive since they had to adapt the former greyhound stadium’s facilities into an open, dynamic and flexible space for technology companies and start-ups. Continue reading “The Canòdrom is Dear Design Studio turning a Greyhound Stadium into Tech/Startup Offices…”

Project.DWG and LOOS.FM turn Recycled Plastic Waste into Building Materials…

A joint project from Project.DWG and LOOS.FM was recently revealed; a temporary structure project in a community park in The Netherlands. The project, titled the PET pavilion — which follows the elevated and structural framework of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House –, aims to focus on rethinking the ways buildings are developed, built and utilized through the usage of sustainable building, recycling, and waste. To be more specific, the PET pavilion is a study to educate and explore new possibilities of the use of a building material made of plastic waste, rather than a be-all-end-all sustainable solution. Continue reading “Project.DWG and LOOS.FM turn Recycled Plastic Waste into Building Materials…”

Studio LOKAL’s Hanging Gardens Tower Wins Copenhagen Residential Competition


Denmark-based Studio LOKAL has won the competition for the design of a residential tower in Copenhagen, with The Hanging Gardens, its proposal for a merger of the historic brick buildings of Carlsberg (which is also the site of a former vegetable market) with the concept of a personal garden for each resident. The project — with construction set to start in April of 2017 — also has the concept of encouraging residents to grow their own produce in one of the tower’s gardens, a method of returning to homegrown roots. Continue reading “Studio LOKAL’s Hanging Gardens Tower Wins Copenhagen Residential Competition”

House ARM Uses Simple Geometry for Optimal Natural Light

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The House ARM, a 1,751 square-foot home designed by OOIIO Arquitectura and situated in Toledo, Spain (some 4,000 miles — give or take — from that other one in Ohio), is a functional, cost-effective one level home that uses geometric extrusions and sections to gather as much natural sun light as possible. Continue reading “House ARM Uses Simple Geometry for Optimal Natural Light”