Iranian Recycled Stone Apartment #1 Among 2013 Aga Khan Architecture Award Nominees

Iranian Recycled Stone Apartment #1 Among 2013 Aga Khan Architecture Award Nominees

Every three years, the Aga Khan Architecture Award acknowledges projects relevant to Islam that are culturally, environmentally and socially superior. Accompanied by a generous $1 million prize, it is among the world’s most prestigious architecture awards. Apartment #1 by Tehran’s Architecture by Collective Terrain is one of 20 projects nominated, and though it faces stiff[.....]

Bahrain’s Temporary Market 338 Beats Out Glitzy Shopping Malls

Bahrain’s Temporary Market 338 Beats Out Glitzy Shopping Malls

Despite the many stereotypes about residents of Gulf countries, many people prefer creative, sustainable boutiques to shopping in big glitzy malls, though their options are typically fairly limited. Which might explain why Bahrain’s Market 338 has become such a popular destination. Inaugurated by Al Riwaq Art Space, the temporary souq in Manama’s Adliya district started with[.....]

Israelis Design Cardboard Wheelchairs for Africa

Israelis Design Cardboard Wheelchairs for Africa

Izhar Gafni and the same team behind the already world-famous cardboard bicycle have added a few other items to their repertoire, including a cardboard wheelchair. After news of the dirt-cheap cardboard bicycle raced around the globe, an international non-profit organization contacted Israelis Nimrod Elmish and Izhar Gafni of I.G. Cardboard Technologies about developing a cardboard wheelchair[.....]

Israel Introduces E-Waste Management Bill

Israel Introduces E-Waste Management Bill

The Israeli government continues to process a bill that will regulate, for the first time, management of the country’s electronic waste. If it gets approved by the Knesset, the bill would require manufacturers to finance the proper recycling of their materials. The bill would also stipulate that by 2020 it would be illegal to send[.....]

DGrade’s Hipster Trash Clothing is Made Cheap in China

DGrade’s Hipster Trash Clothing is Made Cheap in China

Determined to make a positive environmental contribution, the UK-based clothing manufacturer DGrade perfected a method that converts recycled plastic into yarn. They use 20% less water, 50% less energy, and produce 55% less carbon emissions than the cotton manufacturing process requires, and they have recently opened a branch in the Dubai mall. Their cost-competitive brand Dirtball[.....]

6 Green Buildings That Won’t Break the Bank

6 Green Buildings That Won’t Break the Bank

All suited to the Middle East climate and budget, here are 6 green buildings that just about anyone can build without a mortgage. People often say of green building projects that they aren’t affordable. This is true if you’re shooting to live in a glittering LEED certified urban high rise in Dubai or Saudi Arabia,[.....]

The Recycled Plastic Bike that Never Gets a Flat Tire

The Recycled Plastic Bike that Never Gets a Flat Tire

Dror Peleg’s recycled plastic bike will set you “Frii” from flat tires. You won’t be able to do the Tour de France with this colorful bike designed by Israeli student Dror Peleg, but you will definitely capture everyone’s attention. Like this green toilet also developed in Israel, and Hashim Al Sada’s solar generator developed specifically[.....]

World’s Largest Canvas Turned Into 5,000 Reusable Bags

World’s Largest Canvas Turned Into 5,000 Reusable Bags

Environmental and human rights go hand in hand in Lebanon. Winning recognition from the Guinness Book of Records last October for the world’s largest hand painted cloth, 12,000 Lebanese joined hands for environmental and social peace. Spearheaded by Lebanon’s Red Cross and Timol Paints, 7,000 volunteers and 5,000 concerned citizens pledged to observe tolerance and[.....]