Eco-friendly electric bamboo cargo bike helping locals and tourists to get around Kathmandu emission-free while improving air quality

An eco-friendly electric bamboo cargo bike launched in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu is helping locals and tourists to get around the city emission-free while improving poor air quality. Kathmandu-based bamboo builders Abari teamed up with American professor Lance Rake of Kansas University to design the Habre Eco Bike in response to issues of urban congestion and pollution in the city of Kathmandu. Made by local … Continue reading Eco-friendly electric bamboo cargo bike helping locals and tourists to get around Kathmandu emission-free while improving air quality

ZeroCabin: Zero impact sustainable cabins for off-grid living in the thick of nature

Chile-based ZeroCabin has created a collection of 100% self-sustaining and off-grid cabins for those who want a retreat in nature that leaves zero impact. Developed by a small team of scientists with no architectural training, each cabin is built by the ZeroCabin  team upon an elevated base of two-metre high wooden piles to maximise views in nature. The timber-framed structures, which are built without using … Continue reading ZeroCabin: Zero impact sustainable cabins for off-grid living in the thick of nature

Mexican entreprenur puts invasive species of brown algae, sargassum, to use as a building material

Mexican entrepreneur Omar Sánchez Vázquez has devised a way to transform an invasive species of brown algae, known as sargassum, into building bricks. The brown algae, which traps turtles and fills the air with the smell of rotten eggs, is a threat to both the marine ecosystem and tourism. The organic, thermal and functional construction material utilises the same technique used to make adobe bricks, although … Continue reading Mexican entreprenur puts invasive species of brown algae, sargassum, to use as a building material

Modular homes in Örebro, Sweden built with solar panels and passive house principles are some of the most energy-efficient

A set of modular homes in Örebro, Sweden providing affordable housing for families have been built with solar panels and passive house principles at its core, making it some of the most energy efficient new builds. Designed by Stockholm-based architecture studio, Street Monkey Architects, the homes are almost completely powered by rooftop solar panels, while on-site batteries store unused energy that can be sold back … Continue reading Modular homes in Örebro, Sweden built with solar panels and passive house principles are some of the most energy-efficient

The Brighton Waste House: A blueprint for public buildings made almost entirely from waste

The Brighton Waste House – made from 20,000 toothbrushes, 4,000 DVD cases, two tonnes of denim jeans, 2,000 floppy discs, 2,000 used carpet tiles, and construction waste – continues to inspire six years after it was constructed. A permanent building, the award-winning waste house, designed by the architect and University of Brighton lecturer Duncan Baker-Brown, was opened in June 2014 and continues to be a … Continue reading The Brighton Waste House: A blueprint for public buildings made almost entirely from waste

Design and Architecture vs. Climate Change: What Does the Future Bring — ecogreenlove

Green living doesn’t have to look (or cost) like something out of a sci-fi movie. Today, there is a vast availability of ecological materials that can keep inhabitants safe while contributing to minimized pollution. Combined with modern design solutions, they’re helping create aesthetically pleasing homes in which families can live comfortably and sustainably. via Design and Architecture vs. Climate Change: What Does the Future Bring — … Continue reading Design and Architecture vs. Climate Change: What Does the Future Bring — ecogreenlove

Public bench heated by compost demonstrates waste as an alternative to fossil fuels for heating

London-based design studio Public Works has created a public bench heated by compost, to promote the use of waste as a viable alternative to fossil fuels for heating. Instead of burning garbage or fossil fuels, organic waste is used to provide energy for a heating system that warms a city bench in Oslo. The installation relies on the natural reaction of composting, which can generate … Continue reading Public bench heated by compost demonstrates waste as an alternative to fossil fuels for heating

London could be home to “largest living wall in Europe” in efforts to increase biodiversity and capture pollution

London could soon be home to the “largest living wall in Europe” as well as a wildflower meadow on top of a 12-storey building, in efforts to increase biodiversity in the area and capture pollution. The “largest living wall in Europe”, made up of 400,000 plants, is part of the proposed Citicape House hotel at a site on Holborn Viaduct, a traffic-heavy area close to St … Continue reading London could be home to “largest living wall in Europe” in efforts to increase biodiversity and capture pollution

Warka Tower: Sustainable structure that collects water from the rain and air helping rural populations access drinkable water

A vertical structure made from bamboo and mesh, otherwise known as the Warka Tower, is helping rural populations in Africa that face challenges in accessing drinkable water to collect and harvest potable water from the air and rain. The Warka Tower, designed by architect Arturio Vittori, collects water from the rain and harvests fog and dew. Made from biodegradable and 100% recyclable materials, the vase-shaped … Continue reading Warka Tower: Sustainable structure that collects water from the rain and air helping rural populations access drinkable water

Green-roofed shipping container homes planned in the England town of Aylesbury

Eight shipping containers will be converted into green-roofed homes to provide low-cost housing in Aylesbury, England. The Gatehouse Road project is the latest effort by the Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust to provide “quality affordable homes” to people in need. It will replace 39 garages, most of which are currently not in use. London-based Fraser Brown MacKenna Architects (FBM Architects) recently secured planning permission to … Continue reading Green-roofed shipping container homes planned in the England town of Aylesbury