BottleHouse: Emergency shelter created from discarded plastic bottles

Discarded plastic bottles have been transformed into an emergency shelter in a bid to tackle both plastic pollution and provide emergency shelter to disaster-stricken communities. The pyramid-shaped emergency shelter, otherwise known as BottleHouse, was designed and built by architectural and design start-up, small (Six Miles Across London Limited). Using bamboo for the structure and plastic bottles filled with either sand or straw as building bricks, the … Continue reading BottleHouse: Emergency shelter created from discarded plastic bottles

First of its kind sustainable EV charging station focuses on creating a green space for drivers to recharge

A series of sustainable charging stations for electric vehicles in Scandinavia have been designed in line with creating a relaxing green space for drivers to recharge mentally and physically. The stations are constructed in certified wood and surrounded by trees, grass and shrubs with the aim of enhancing biodiversity around the station. Danish architecture studio COBE’s charging stations – the first of which has opened in … Continue reading First of its kind sustainable EV charging station focuses on creating a green space for drivers to recharge

Opendesk: Making making local again with open-source furniture designs

Opendesk is a global platform offering open-source furniture designs that can be made anywhere in the world by local makers. By connecting customers to a library of designs, and a host of nearby craftsmen, Opendesk is ensuring furniture is made on-demand – locally, sustainably and affordably. Currently Opendesk make workplace furniture only because it’s the “best fit” for current digital fabrication technology. More than 30 … Continue reading Opendesk: Making making local again with open-source furniture designs

Groenmarkt: Amsterdam’s nature-inclusive housing blocks with rooftop dune

Two new housing blocks in Amsterdam are to be built as a place where bats, birds, bees, and butterflies live alongside humans, and with a spectacular rooftop dune landscape. The nature-inclusive blocks, situated on the Singel canal, feature green facades and a rooftop dune, where trees and native grass will be planted. An open-air natural swimming pool, greenhouse and wooden terrace completes the rooftop community … Continue reading Groenmarkt: Amsterdam’s nature-inclusive housing blocks with rooftop dune

VAC Library: Open library becomes learning centre for children in Hanoi to learn about urban farming

An open library-come-city farm-come-kids playground is providing a way for kids in Hanoi, Vietnam to learn about self-sustaining ecosystems and urban farming. VAC Library is a large wooden climbing frame with various cubicles filled with books. The large wooden structure also houses an integrated production system that is designed to teach kids about sustainable food production. It uses solar-powered aquaponics to keep vegetables and koi carp. … Continue reading VAC Library: Open library becomes learning centre for children in Hanoi to learn about urban farming

Bahia Denim: Furniture with a marble-like appearance made from discarded denim

There are numerous ways in which denim can be upcycled or recycled, and now designer Sophie Rowley has found an ingenious way to turn the hardy fabric into furniture. The Berlin-based takes post-consumer denim offcuts from the production waste of fashion industries and from households to create the new material. Sophie Rowley layers the textile offcuts on top of each other and then binds them together using … Continue reading Bahia Denim: Furniture with a marble-like appearance made from discarded denim

NoKa Fair: Recycled shipping container mall built with a Hawaiian flair selling local Kauai crafts and products

Shipping containers for use as shopping centres are no new feat – there’s the originals such as London’s Boxpark, and then there’s Bangkok’s Artbox, Seoul’s Common Ground and Mexico’s Container City to name but a few. And now the sustainable use of shipping containers as shopping malls has extended to Hawaii. NoKa Fair, located in Kauai’s North Kapaa, opened its doors last year selling local … Continue reading NoKa Fair: Recycled shipping container mall built with a Hawaiian flair selling local Kauai crafts and products

Malmö Upcycling Service: Challenging the design industry to work in a more sustainable and circular way

Malmö Upcycling Service has set out to challenge and encourage the design industry to work in a more sustainable manner, as well as create conditions for circular manufacturing. The Sweden-based design collective work mainly with local manufacturers from the country’s south region, using their waste material to create new products and change the perception of waste from trash to resource. For their latest initiative, Malmö Upcycling … Continue reading Malmö Upcycling Service: Challenging the design industry to work in a more sustainable and circular way

Floating community on Amsterdam canal set to be Europe’s most sustainable neighbourhood

A floating neighbourhood, complete with 46 households and a community centre, in the north of Amsterdam is set to be Europe’s most sustainable neighbourhood. Known as Schoonschip, in other words clean ship, the households and community centre will float on 30 plots on the Johan van Hasseltkanaal, a side canal of the IJ river. The project, which is designed by architects Space & Matter, will … Continue reading Floating community on Amsterdam canal set to be Europe’s most sustainable neighbourhood

Eco-House Designs [Infographic] — ecogreenlove

Private homes are estimated to be responsible for about one fifth to one-fourth of global carbon dioxide emissions; and for that reason, eco-friendly construction or green building is becoming more and more of a necessity. If you’re looking to move home and are wanting something more eco-friendly, here are some alternative types of housing that will help you cut down your carbon footprint… via Eco-House Designs … Continue reading Eco-House Designs [Infographic] — ecogreenlove