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Farming Kindergarten, by Vo Trong Nghia Architects (Photo: Hiroyuki Oki)

Following our recent coverage on Vo Trong Nghia Architects' US$4,000 S House, the Vietnamese firm offers yet another impressive sustainable project that suits the particular local climate and needs. Located in the country’s Đồng Nai Province, the Farming Kindergarten sports a huge green roof, a water-recycling and irrigation system, and is cooled passively.  Read More

Scientists at Berkeley Lab believe that synthetic biology techniques could produce a signi...

The secret to pulling off long-term manned space missions is biomanufacturing – at least, that's the argument presented by scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) who have used synthetic biology to produce sustainable alternatives to fuel and anti-malaria drugs. Their theory rests on the idea that biological production processes and harnessing of materials at the mission destination could dramatically reduce mass (and hence cost) requirements.  Read More

Researchers out of Norway have developed a method that could bring down the amount of sili...

Most everyone not vested in oil and gas agrees that renewable energies such as solar are a more sustainable option, but cost remains an issue. To make solar more competitive by addressing the high cost of solar cell production, researchers out of Norway have developed a method that could bring down the amount of silicon used per unit area by as much as 90 percent. The price of silicon is a major driver in the cost of solar panels.  Read More

Top tiny homes: Increasing numbers of people are choosing to embrace simple and inexpensiv...

Constraints often fuel creativity, so it is perhaps unsurprising that despite inherent limitations in size and budget, the small living movement punches far above its weight in terms of innovation. With the end of 2014 fast approaching, Gizmag takes a look back at 14 of the best tiny homes that we’ve reported on this year.  Read More

Wasp hopes to bring affordable housing to poverty stricken areas with its mud-extruding 3D...

A need to address a lack of housing for the globe's growing population has turned up some eye-catching efforts, blending creative architecture with new, sustainable technologies. And it is increasingly looking like 3D printing could have a role to play. Italian firm Wasp is the latest to explore the potential of additive manufacturing in this area, developing a super-sized 3D printer capable of producing low-cost housing made from mud.  Read More

Liverpool's Everyman Theatre, by Haworth Tompkins was the surprise Stirling Prize winner a...

Liverpool's Everyman Theatre, by Haworth Tompkins, has won the Royal British Institute of Architecture (RIBA) Stirling Prize. Other notable winners announced during the awards show last night include the Manser Medal for best new British home, and the Stephen Lawrence Prize for outstanding architecture on a relatively low budget.  Read More

Cambodia's Sleuk Rith Institute will be Hadid's  first large-scale wooden project (Image: ...

Zaha Hadid is best known for producing flowing structures made from modern materials like concrete, but the Iraqi-British architect has unveiled her first large-scale wooden project. If the end result lives up to the promise shown by the early renders Hadid's office has made available to the press, Cambodia's Sleuk Rith Institute may well end up being rated amongst the architect's finest work to date.  Read More

The ZEB Pilot House was completed earlier this month (Image: EVE)

International architecture firm Snøhetta has partnered with Norway's Research Center on Zero Emission Buildings (ZEB), to design and build a remarkable experimental house that helps move the development of very efficient buildings forward. The ZEB Pilot House is claimed to generate almost three times the amount of electricity it requires, with the significant surplus available to help run an electric car, for example.  Read More

Foster + Partners has designed the new Mexico City aiport, which it says will be one of th...

Foster + Partners has designed a number of airports, including Kuwait International, Jordan's Alia International and the proposed London Britannia. Each is ambitious and environmentally considered. The firm says its Mexico City airport design, however, will make it one of the biggest and the most sustainable in the world.  Read More

The newly-built Levi's Stadium utilizes both technologically and environmentally advanced ...

You might expect a major new sports stadium built in Silicon Valley to be super cutting edge – and you'd be right. The newly-built Levi's Stadium is home to the San Francisco 49ers. It seats 68,500 people and is one of the most technologically and environmentally innovative stadiums in the world.  Read More

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