The Biohouse Project
When I was looking for the mandatory internship for ETP we had some quite interesting leads. But all of them turned out to be not working. Softbank for example declined because of security policy. ...
Climate Responsive Pavilion Uses Laminated Metal to “Bloom” in the Sun
Architecture has long been valued for its static nature and sense of permanence. Increasingly, however, architects are working to make buildings more responsive to users and to the climate.
Bioclimatic House in the Canary Islands, Spain
This bioclimatic house, by Estudio José Luis Rodríguez, is a self-sufficient structure integrated into the terrain of the Canary Islands, a landscape characterized by a continuous terracing of the extreme topography.
Cantilevered Bioclimatic House Breathes Through its Roof in Greece
Gem Architects designed the Bioclimatic House in Greece, which breathes through its roof when it's hot
Greenhouse Construction - Constructing a geodesic greenhouse
How to construct a greenhouse and greenhouse construction tips.
Future Living Housing Project: Technology Meets Design
From www.yankodesign.com - December 8, 2014
The Future Living house took twenty six designers to create it, with every technologic leap analyzed to make sure all proposals were possible by 2050. It’s a paradigm shift in home resource creation and location with water using gravity to generate pressure and energy harvested from solar and wind. Air, water and waste are cleaned using a living bio wall.
Passive, Net-Zero, Solar and Off-Grid Housing
Passive Houses: 13 Reasons Why the Future Will Be Dominated by this New Pioneering Trend
Passive Houses are essentially buildings which use very little energy for heating and cooling, whilst also providing a high level of comfort.
The houses are so energy efficient they can save up to 90% in heating costs. One of the main focal points of Passive Houses is minimizing air leakage from the property. In fact, for a house to be certified, ‘the building must not leak more air than 0.6 times the house volume per hour’. The houses implement the latest in insulation technology, triple-glazed windows, balanced energy recovery ventilation and limiting thermal bridging, being heated mostly using ‘passive’ energy from electrical equipment, people and passive solar gains...
Etho House: A Net-Zero Home Designed to Get Chinese Families Out of the Crowded City
From inhabitat.com - July 15, 2013
Etho is a single-family dwelling that, while reminiscent of traditional Chinese architecture, will allow its residents to thrive in a rural environment.
Endesa’s Solar House 2.0 Pavilion adapts to maximum renewable energy potential
From www.ecofriend.com - February 14, 2013
Green Architecture of Casa Solare by Studio Albori
Casa Solare was designed by Studio Albori. This example of sustainable architecture is designed to gain maximum solar energy, to provide for the entire house.
Bonnifait + Giesen’s Cornege-Preston House is a Passive Solar Sink in New Zealand
From inhabitat.com - February 8, 2013
Bonnifait + Giesen designed this gorgeous new sustainable home in New Zealand, which is a veritable solar sink thanks to a clever approach to passive solar design
'‘Earthship’ Passivhaus Comes With Nibblers On The Roof | EarthTechling
A new net-zero-energy farmhouse in Virginia, which meets Passivhaus standards and is on track for LEED Platinum, is also built for sheep grazing on its roof.
Hungary's Odooproject prefab home produces twice the amount of energy it consumes
From www.gizmag.com - December 26, 2013
Budapest University students have created an innovative solar-powered prefab home for the 2012 European Solar Decathlon.The Hungarian "Odooproject" team has created a modern home design that features an open central area, complete with a summer kitchen. This central zone creates a private terrace that allows its occupants to spend a large amount of their time in the open air, while also taking advantage of the sun’s energy. Drawing inspiration from traditional Hungarian folk architecture, the house features a darker outer shell, which forms a closed building that is suitable for its climatic conditions.
University of Arizona's SEED [pod] House
From www.ecobuildingpulse.com -February 15, 2013
Team Arizona's 2009 Solar Decathlon entry aims for equilibrium in a constantly changing desert environment.
20 Stunning Energy-Efficient Homes in the 2011 Solar Decathlon!
From inhabitat.com - February 7, 2013
This year’s Solar Decathlon is coming up fast, opening September 23rd at the National Mall’s West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C. Teams from around the world have designed cost-effective energy efficient homes that employ renewable resources.
Solar Fab Lab House: An Entry To The First Solar Decathlon In Barcelona
From www.igreenspot.com - February 7, 2013
With the aim to design the cheapest solar home in the world, IAAC or The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia has the Solar Fab Lab House as their
Sand-bag House in Cape Town
Designed by MMA Architects the sand-bag houses costs only $8,600 per unit. This works is part of the 10×10 Housing Project in Cape Town, South
Rai Studio & Architecture for Humanity: Social Sustainability through Construction
A collaborative effort between Rai Studio, Architecture for Humanity and the Norwegian Refugee Council proposes an adobe prototype in Iran, updating traditional construction techniques to address issues of erosion, durability and insulation.
Indian Researchers Create Low-Cost Bricks From Recycled Paper Mill Waste
Researchers at the Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology have created bricks that use 90% low-cost recycled paper mill waste.
Build Sustainable Housing for Families in Africa
From www.globalgiving.org -February 14, 2013
In sub-Saharan Africa, the struggle to obtain decent housing plunges millions of families into a vicious circle of poverty.
Reinventing the African Mud Hut Together
From www.nkafoundation.org. - March 24, 2014
Nka Foundation invites entries for Mud House Design 2014, an international architecture competition open to recent graduates and students of architecture, design and others from around the world who think earth architecture can be beautiful.
Cylindrical Sandbag Shelters
From www.trendhunter.com -February 20, 2013
Nader Khalili is an Iranian poet and architect who builds low-cost housing out of bags filled with Earth.
Egypt Independent Earthbag Building Article
“Fagnoon Art School hosted a workshop for teaching the latest methods of earthbag building, an inexpensive construction method, hoping to bring the innovative technique to their farms and villages....
Green Home Building: Earthbag Architecture of Akio Inoue
From www.greenhomebuilding.com - May 16, 2014
The earthabag architecture of Japanese Professor Akio Inoue of Tenri University is featured here.
Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre is a Fun Cluster of Earthy Domes
Appearing to have sprouted right from the ground like a cluster of mushrooms, the Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre is a dynamic cultural hub located at the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers in Zimbabwe.
Architecture to the rescue: the world's greenest projects
From the home for skateboarders in Afghanistan to houses made entirely of sandbags in South Africa, here's a selection of the most innovative sustainable architecture from around the world...
Trends and Issues in Sustainable Housing
Future Architecture: Sustainable Architecture in Underdeveloped Countries
Innovative Green Architecture From Across The Globe
From www.greenerideal.com -February 7, 2013
Green architecture, otherwise known as sustainable architecture or green building, is a form of eco-friendly construction whereby a property is built with the natural environment in mind.
Building For A Better Cause: Habitat For Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is one of the leading non-profit organizations worldwide. . . Millions of people around the world do not have adequate accommodations (or any accommodation at all) due to financial difficulties or other circumstances. There are several misconceptions regarding the homes built and the people who are served by Habitat for Humanity. Many people tend to believe that Habitat for Humanity builds houses for free for poverty-stricken families. In actual fact, the organization builds houses and sells them at affordable rates usually with no interest.
Beyond Shelter: Architecture and Human Dignity
From www.artbook.com - February 18, 2013
Across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the United States, groundbreaking work is being done by small teams of outstanding professionals who are helping communities to recover from disaster and rebuild, bridging the gap that separates short-term...
Innovative Ecohomes for Difficult Climates
Garbage Homes - Bolivia
We follow one woman who is on a mission to build homes for the poor from the only resource she can find in abundance.
Hut-to-Hut is a Sustainable & Affordable Eco Home Model for Southern India
Rintala Eggertsson and students from the University of Technology in Trondheim designed and built an eco affordable home as a sustainable model in Southern India.
House Abo Beats the Heat in South Africa With Natural Cooling Techniques
Nico van der Meulen Architects have designed House Abo that incorporates a natural cooling system to counteract the extreme heat of the tropics.
AST 77´s Bamboo-Clad House is a Minimal, Elegant and Efficient Home in the Belgian Woodlands
AST 77 Architecten built a beautiful bamboo home that sits elegantly within Belgium´s forests.
Kunle Adeyemi Designs a Solar-Powered Floating School for the Flood-Prone Coastline of Nigeria
Architect Kunle Adeyemi has designed a three-story floating school for the settlements of Makoko in the state of Lagos, Nigeria.
Solar-Powered Shipping Container Architecture That Actually Makes Sense
From www.treehugger.com - March 7, 2013
A Nigerian start-up is offering mobile, solar-powered buildings made from shipping containers for a variety of uses - from marketing to saving the world.
Micro-housing (Tiny Houses)
Architects turn to crowd for FOUNDhouse micro-house funding
FOUNDhouse is a new project launched by architecture students Patrick Beseda and Lacy Graham which aims to raise funds, via Kickstarter, to build a micro-house.
Prefab and Modular
Students’ Award-Winning Home Leaves Small Footprint
From www.houzz.com - January 24, 2015
'Prefabricated components, solar power, airtight construction and a small footprint at this home, designed and built by a team of students at New Zealand’s Victoria University, earned third place in 2011 in the U.S. Solar Decathlon.
The Shed: a Simple + Elegant Prefab Shelter
Designed by collective Huff Projects, The Shed is a simple and elegant shelter completely prefab off-site.
Lidija Grozdanic Buckminster Fuller’s sparkling Fly’s Eye Dome unveiled in Miami
From www.globalpossibilities.org - December 9, 2014
Buckminster Fuller‘s patented prototype for low-cost portable dome housing, designed in 1965, has just been reproduced and installed in the Miami Design District for this year’s Design Miami.
House Arc modular home assembled “like an IKEA house”
From www.gizmag.com - February 26, 2013
House Arc, by architect Joseph Bellomo, is a prefabricated off-the-grid housing solution that facilitates compact living.
Tetris-Like Micro House Can be Stacked to Form Expanded Housing Suites
From inhabitat.com - June 8, 2013
Studio Liu Lubin designed this micro house in Beijing
New Jerusalem Orphanage is a Vibrant Shipping Container Home for South African Kids
The beautiful New Jerusalem Orphanage built with recycled shipping containers in South Africa makes up to 80 children feel loved again!
A Modular, Pre-fabricated Hospital in Puyo, Ecuador Surrounded by Gardens
From www.designboom.com - October 3, 2013
The county of Puyo in Ecuador has received a new healthcare facility, composed of three rows of eight staggered volumes that are each shaped with the silhouette of a house. The long pavilions are arranged next to one another, and at certain points are physically connected by pitched roof structures from the exterior, with linking hallways along the interior below.
DOM(E): Sustainable Geodesic Prefab for Any Location
From www.jetsongreen.com - July 30, 2013
No Rules Just Architecture has created DOM(E), an prefabricated off-grid home that is an eco-friendly and portable shelter. DOM(E) provides optimal living conditions no matter where it is located and is less expensive than traditional construction, while making the best use of natural energy resources.
Architecture For a Change Completes Tiny Prefab Eco Home in Mamelodi, South Africa
From inhabitat.com - August 14, 2013
Architecture For a Change recently completed their second transition housing unit in Mamelodi, Pretoria.
F3RH: Modular housing units to counter the effects of natural calamities - Promoting Eco Friendly Lifestyle to Save Environment -
From www.ecofriend.com - February 14, 2013
Compact Shipping Container House Challenges Space Requirements in Colorado
Studio H:T questions traditional home sizes and builds an off grid 1,517 sq ft, 3 bedroom home out of shipping containers in Colorado.
Cob Houses – Live Debt Free with Sustainable Development
Most of the cob houses in this presentation range from $900.00 to $50,000.
Nomadic Resorts' Tiny Prefab Pod Homes Can Pop Up Anywhere
From inhabitat.com - August 17, 2013
Nomadic Resorts sustainable fabric pod models, called The Looper, can pop up in jungles, mountains, or on the beach, creating a comfortable guestsâ€™ stay with little footprint onto the surrounding environment. Nomadic Resorts just unveiled The Looper - a new prefab pod dwelling that can pop up virtually anywhere! The low-impact shelter incorporates a wastewater treatment system and it's powered by renewable energy. The nomadic dwelling is perfect for jungles, mountains, or beaches, and it can move from one exotic location to the next without disturbing the land it settles upon.
Carry your home on your travels with portable solar abodes
From www.ecofriend.com - February 14, 2013
Emergency, Transitional Housing
Green Rapid Response Shelters
From www.trendhunter.com -February 20, 2013
reaction housing system - With the Reaction Housing System, you can now rest assured that in the event of any natural disaster -- be it an earthquake, a hurricane or a w...
Blooming Bamboo Home: A Modular Solution for Emergency Housing
From globalhop.indiaartndesign.com - November 17, 2013
H&P Architects from Vietnam provide an effective solution to emergency housing with this simple self-assembly home that can be mass produced at a minimal cost in a span of 25 days. BB (Blooming Bamboo) home is one solution to housing for millions of people in calamity-hit locations.
The prototype has just been completed last month in Cau Dien Town, Tu Liem District, Ha Noi, Vietnam. From a bamboo module, each house is simply assembled with bolting, binding, hanging, placing. The structure is strong enough to withstand 1.5m-high floods.
Giving The Displaced Dignity With These Eco Refugee Shelters
From urbantimes.co - August 29, 2014
With over 40 million people around the world living as refugees and with Israel now having created 40,000 more after their recent attacks on Gaza, there’s more urgency than ever before to create comfortable, dignified temporary housing for displaced persons.
2011 Solar Decathlon: Re_Home
From www.mnn.com - February 7, 2013
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign returns to the Solar Decathlon with a smart, sustainable residence designed as a rapid housing solution for families left homeless after natural disasters.
Solar Cube Refuges
From www.trendhunter.com -February 20, 2013
Temporary Housing Unit - Plenty of designers are caught up in the competition to design the most practical emergency shelter possible. The Temporary Housing Unit by Michel ...
IKEA Unveils Solar-Powered Flat Pack Shelters for Easily Deployable Emergency Housing
The IKEA Foundation and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) have banded together to make a modular, flat packed shelter with solar power for displaced refugees.
IKEA shelter - Temporary housing solution in emergency cases From www.homeharmonizing.com - March 20, 2014
We have come across an outdoor shelter design from the exalted IKEA. Conceived by the IKEA Foundation, it is a sturdy solution to temporary housing.
In Buenos Aires, foldable housing for disaster relief
From www.smartplanet.com -February 26, 2013
Two Argentine architects aim to make disaster relief housing quick and easy with foldable modules.
LAU architecture students assemble emergency shelter using plastic crates + ties
From www.designboom.com - May 1, 2014
LAU architecture students assemble emergency shelter using plastic crates + ties. Other than the three vertical support columns per wall and at the window sills, every single plastic crate functions as a storage unit.
Open-Source Construction and 3D Printing
WikiHouse: Get ready to design, "print" and construct your own home!
WikiHouse is an open source construction solution that aims to make it possible for almost anyone to freely download and build housing and components.
Meet The People Who Want To Print A Home In A Day
From www.popsci.com - January 27, 2014
The open-source construction system WikiHouse could upend architecture as we know it.
Prefab Homes: Passive Solar House Kits: Green Modern Kits!
From prefab-green-home.greenmodernkits.com - February 15, 2013
My passive solar zero energy off grid house kit construction blog.
Housing Module Requires No Tools for Assembly
From www.ideaconnection.com - April 19, 2013 9:24 AM
Designed as an emergency housing solution, the Rapid Deployment Module (RDM) can be assembled by two people in under a half hour.
Developed by the Massachusetts-based Visible Good, the RDM is delivered as a self-contained unit. It is modular, with no single piece weighing more than 20 pounds, and easy to set up without any tools. The hard walls and lockable doors and windows make the unit easier to secure, and the open interior can be furnished with whatever gear the situation dictates. The RDMs can also be attached to other units, such as a shower unit and a latrine unit, and have a lifespan of about 10 years.
Norman Foster Explains How 3D Printing Will Transform Architecture From archinect.com - May 21, 2014
Norman Foster Explains How 3D Printing Will Transform Architecture Archinect Super-starchitect Lord Norman Foster and his friends at the European Space Agency stunned the world last year with a plan to build a lunar base by 3D-printing it with moon...
Stone Spray builds architecture from the ground up ... literally
From www.gizmag.com - February 20, 2013
Stone Spray uses soil and sand combined with a solidifying agent to build solid, eco-friendly architecture much like a 3D printer.
Villa Asserbo: A Sustainable, Printed House That Snaps Together
We’ve covered 3D Printing a lot here at ArchDaily, but most of our coverage has been speculative and, frankly, futuristic – could we, one day, print out Gaudi-esque stone structures? Or even print a biologically-inspired, living house?
Open-source opens up architecture for the poor
From www.scidev.net - August 11, 2013
An online repository of sustainable designs suitable for developing countries is going from strength to strength.
Want a cheap home? Just 3D print it - from mud
From www.zmescience.com -January 21, 2015
Inspired from mud daubers (a species of wasp), designer Massimo Moretti managed to develop a new 3D printing technology for creating cheap houses. Working with architects, he developed bio-architecture which may go a long way towards fighting the housing crisis in some parts of the world.
Architecture and urban design students helped create a fully functional microhouse built using 3-D printing technology
From phys.org - June 30, 2014
A bed. A kitchen. A place for lounging and watching television. Full bathroom. Storage space. Those are typical minimum requirements for a person's apartment. Now imagine all of that packed into fewer than 50 square feet in a portable structure that you can 'build' in one day.
Low-Cost Housing Projects
Resourceful low-cost housing projects from around the globe
From www.dezeen.com - December 15, 2014
Architects plan low-cost residences for all kinds of reasons, whether rehousing victims of natural disasters or creating affordable homes for people with low incomes. We've collected eight of the best examples, from a prefabricated home in Sweden to a bamboo dwelling in Vietnam.
low cost housing building systems in africa by moladi
From www.designboom.com - May 22, 2013
the low-cost housing system consists of a reusable and recyclable plastic framework mould, which is filled with stone-less concrete and a special chemical additive.
World Habitat Awards | Orangi Low-cost Housing and Sanitation Programme
From www.worldhabitatawards.org -March 16, 2013
The Orangi Pilot Project - Research and Training Institute (OPP-RTI) initiated the community self-help programme that has transformed the sanitation and housing of the Orangi shanty settlement of Karachi in Pakistan over the last twenty years. Simultaneously it has helped to bring dignity, self-respect and hope to the lives of many thousands of men, women and children. Improvements in the quality of locally produced building materials, the training of local people as masons and barefoot architects and the development of simple new-build and renovation designs have enabled 2,500 homes to be built and improved annually. All improvement costs are met by the residents and it is estimated that over 1.5 million people have benefited from the replication of this approach in other cities and countries.
Better housing for poor to be tested in South America
From www.scidev.net - August 11, 2013
A UK–South American partnership aims to improve the quality of temporary housing for poor communities in Brazil and Ecuador.
Home cheap home: Vietnam architect's quest for low-cost housing
From phys.org - January 25, 2015
Vo Van Duong's bamboo and coconut leaf house looks much like others deep in Vietnam's Mekong Delta.
$4,000 home promises affordable housing in Vietnam From www.gizmag.com - September 22, 2014
Vietnam-based firm Vo Trong Nghia Architects recently revealed an affordable prefabricated prototype house that could potentially offer Vietnamese people on a very low income somewhere safe and durable to live. While still a work-in-progress and thus subject to change, the S House currently costs just US$4,000 to build.
Vo Trong Nghia Architects has been developing the S House since 2012, and the design has already gone through several iterations. The firm notes that because Vietnamese wages can be very low (the equivalent of under $100 per month in some cases), many people are required to live in temporary shacks that simply don't stand the test of time and are expensive to maintain and repair. Therefore, the main goals of the S House are durability, affordability, and ease of repair.
viable solutions for the future of sustainable housing in cambodia -
From www.designboom.com - April 24, 2014
Designboom viable solutions for the future of sustainable housing in cambodia Designboom in a collaboration among the NGOs, building trust international, habitat for humanity and karuna cambodia three sustainable housing projects have been...