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Italian architectural firm, Nemesi & Partners has revealed its plans to clad Palazzo Itali...

Italian architectural firm, Nemesi & Partners, has revealed its award winning plans to clad Palazzo Italia in Milan with a smog-filtering facade as part of the Milan Expo 2015. The unique pavilion will be made from a special air-purifying cement created by Italcementi and will stretch over 9,000 square meters (96, 875 sq ft), requiring an estimated 2,000 tonnes (2,204 tons) of cement to accomplish the feat.  Read More

Casa 7A, by Arquitectura en Estudio and Natalia Heredia (Photo: David Uribe)

High up in the hills around an hour or two's drive from Bogota, Colombia, is located a country villa that boasts a degree of sustainability – and even more luxury. Designed by Arquitectura en Estudio and Natalia Heredia, Casa 7A also sports a novel facade made up of sliding and pivoting wooden screens that can offer both openness and privacy, as required.  Read More

The Container Bar is based in Austin, Texas (Photo: Chris Perez)

Shipping container-based architecture has produced plenty of innovative structures already, but isn't generally associated with beer ... until now. The recently-opened Austin, Texas-based Container Bar brings sustainable architecture and alcoholic beverages together under one roof, and provides a fine example of recycled architectural design, too.  Read More

Designer Antony Gibbon drew upon the wigwam for inspiration while designing the Nook

Native American tribes long used the wigwam as a semi-permanent shelter, and similar dome-shaped huts consisting of a simple framework covered in material serve as home for some African nomadic peoples even today. It makes sense then, that Antony Gibbon drew upon the enduring wigwam for inspiration while designing the Nook: a modern sustainable retreat that can be installed in difficult terrains, and can even float on water.  Read More

The National September 11 Memorial Museum pavilion, by Snøhetta (Photo: Jeff Goldberg/ESTO...

A dedication ceremony took place at the World Trade Center site yesterday, marking the completion of the National September 11 Memorial Museum before it opens to the general public on May 21. President Obama was in attendance for the ceremony, which honored those killed in both the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the earlier February 26, 1993 bombing.  Read More

Junya Ishigami's concept for the new Kinmen Passenger Service terminal is essentially a ma...

The Taiwanese government is looking to build a new ferry terminal to accommodate an increasing passenger volume and also, foster a tourism industry for post-war Kinmen. After fielding proposals from around the globe, it was a concept from Japanese architecture firm Junya Ishigami that won out, the judges deeming its mountain-inspired design would best define their vision for Port of Kinmen in the 21st century.  Read More

Urban Alloy is one of two winners of Metropolis magazine's Living Cities skyscraper compet...

For its Living Cities competition, Metropolis magazine asked participants for solutions to the housing crisis facing New York. According to the magazine, the city is expected to gain a million more residents by 2040, placing a strain on housing and transport. The winners have now been announced, and include a twisting tower on the High Line and a multi-transport, entertainment and residential hub.  Read More

The Miramar House, by E348 Arquitectura (Photo: José Campos)

When building a new home that features a degree of sustainable design, the sky's the limit – providing that the budget is unconstrained too. Things get tricky when there's less money to throw around, but E348 Arquitectura displayed imagination while constructing the passively-cooled Portugal-based Miramar House using local building methods and inexpensive materials.  Read More

An innovative self-service sexual health clinic has opened in Soho, London, where anyone c...

An innovative self-service sexual health clinic has opened in Soho, London, where anyone can be screened free of charge six days a week, while only waiting six hours to get their results back. The NHS Dean Street Express clinic was designed by Penson architects and features a high-tech system that allows patients to log themselves in, before being given a self-test kit and shown to a screening room. The clinic is also home to the first on-site Infinity machine, which quickly tests all samples and allows for results to be sent back to the patients within six hours of testing.  Read More

The Grove Towers project is due for completion in 2017 (Image: 3XN)

Danish architectural company 3XN has broken ground on an ambitious project in Mumbai that comprises two large sustainable mixed-use residential towers. Boasting an attractive intertwined design that brings to mind entangled trees, the plan is for Grove Towers to actually act almost like trees too – thanks to its sizable vertical gardens that are said to clean the local air.  Read More

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