Living facade of plant pots will cover Green Villa by MVRDV in the Netherlands

Architecture practice MVRDV has unveiled designs for a residential development in Sint-Michielsgestel, the Netherlands, with green walls formed of shelves of plants. Together with their co-architect Van Boven Architecten, the Dutch practice has developed Green Villa for property developer Stein to sit in a corner site on the southern edge of the town. The three-storey […]

Bricks made from loofah and charcoal could promote biodiversity in cities

Plants and insects can thrive on the surface of these Green Charcoal bio-bricks, engineered as an alternative to concrete by researchers at the Indian School of Design and Innovation in Mumbai. The researchers’ eco-friendly bricks are made of soil, cement, charcoal and organic luffa fibres — better known as loofah, the plant commonly used for […]

June Tong envisions thermal bath powered by Arctic cruise ship waste

Royal College of Art student June Tong has proposed creating an Arctic thermal bath, which would be powered by cruise ship waste, in a bid to spotlight the industry’s environmental impact. The proposal, named In Murky Waters, was designed to draw attention to the increasing number of “parasitic and destructive” cruise ships capitalising on the […]

OJT creates Bastion Community housing complex for war veterans in New Orleans

New Orleans firm Office of Jonathan Tate has transformed a vacant, tree-studded site into a residential complex for soldiers and their families, with dwellings arranged in a way that aims to foster social bonding and prevent isolation. The Bastion Community development is located in Gentilly, a suburban neighbourhood largely dominated by single-family homes. The project […]

Harmon Guest House by David Baker offers contemporary lodging in California wine country

American firm David Baker Architects has completed an eco-hotel in Sonoma County that features board-marked concrete walls, a garden courtyard and a brise-soleil made of redwood slats. Harmon Guest House is part of a trio of “boutique eco-hotels” in the town of Healdsburg that were designed by David Baker Architects, a studio based in San […]

“We’re seeing an unprecedented mobilisation of architects in the fight against climate change”

With architects changing their ways in response to global warming, Phineas Harper asks: what does radical architecture look like in the era of climate change? A whole host of Stirling Prize-winning architecture practices have declared an emergency in response to accelerating climate change. Calling for a “paradigm shift”, they unveiled 11 pledges to bring architectural practice […]

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