Palestinians Attempt to Build Secret Renewable Energy Plants

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Palestinians living in Masafer Yatta who do not have access to the electrical grid have been developing home grown renewable energy plants. Palestinians living in the Masafer Yatta village have been secretly pursuing wind and solar energy projects in order to mitigate a serious shortfall of energy in the village. But the 150,000 residents that […]

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Siemens Headquarters at Masdar City Scoops Coveted Architecture Award

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The LEED-hopeful Siemens headquarters in Masdar City has been awarded the coveted 2012 MIPIM future projects award.  It wasn’t long ago that the first batch of photographs depicting the new Siemens headquarters made its way through the virtual world, but the LEED Platinum-hopeful building designed by Sheppard Robson has already scooped a coveted architecture award, […]

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DIY Solar Panels Made of Grass That Anyone Can Make

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MIT researchers say that soon all we’ll need to harvest our vast solar resource is  grass and stabilizing powder.  While Masdar and Suntech and other solar energy projects are laboring under expensive, high-tech materials in order to improve their energy-absorbing capability, MIT researchers in the United States are taking a different approach. They realized that […]

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Foster & Partners Used to be so Green. What the Bleep Happened?

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This Foster & Partner’s project completed in 2004 is green and deeply respectful of its environment – why did they change their design approach?  In 2004, Foster & Partners completed this gorgeous Chesa Futura apartment building in Switzerland using a combination of modern modeling tools and ancient construction techniques. Situated on the edge of a […]

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Technion & Cornell Win Historic Bid to Build a Net-Zero Energy Tech Hub in NYC

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The groundbreaking net-zero energy NYCTech Campus designed as a collaborative project between Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and Cornell University will also be one of the world’s most environmentally-friendly campuses. The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology has earned considerable esteem as a world leader in clean technology – a reputation that matched Cornell University’s […]

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Sanserif Creatius Brings Recycled Cardboard Furniture to UAE

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Thanks to a recent feature in Sadiyaty Magazine, residents of the UAE may soon be interested in recycled cardboard furniture. The latest issue of Sadiyaty Magazine, an Arabic publication on design trends and fashion, featured design team Sanserif Creatius’s cardboard Valentina throne chair – and no wonder.  The Spanish designers at Sanserif Creatius are enamored […]

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Construction of Israel’s First LEED Platinum EcoBuilding by Geotectura Begins

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We’re so thrilled to announce that Geotectura has finally broken ground on Israel’s very first LEED Platinum Building. We’ve been waiting for this happy moment since November 2008 when Geotectura together with Axelrod-Grobman Architects and Chen Architects first won a prestigious international competition to design TAU’s Porter School of Environmental Studies. After years of information gathering and […]

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Sustainable Architecture Saudi Style: King Abdullah Financial District

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Although the massive 3,300,000 sq m King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh will feature a variety of “green” initiatives, this is definitely sustainable architecture Saudi style. We applaud any individual or organization that seeks to green up their portfolio, and Saudi Arabia is no exception. Really, it’s difficult to blame the Kingdom’s residents for striking […]

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How to make your own moss graffiti (RECIPE)

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Express your green views for all to see – right on the walls of your house, restaurant or office. It’s the hottest trend in urban agriculture, after hydroponics and vertical farming. This way you can literally green your walls: create whimsically-shaped words and images out of live moss to decorate your outside walls. The environmentally-conscious […]

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Croatian Firm to Design Istanbul’s First Disaster Prevention & Education Center

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Radionika Arhitekture from Croatia won an international design competition to design  Instanbul’s Disaster Prevention and Education Center, which is hoped to create more public awareness about earthquakes in particular. In the last two months, two large earthquakes in Turkey claimed a total of 670 lives – deaths that might have been prevented with better disaster […]

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Miraculously Sustainable and Upcycled Hannukah Menorah Designs

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Can’t find your old Hannukah menorah?  Israeli designers come up with clever alternatives. With the Jewish Hannukah holiday only a few weeks away, many Jews in the Middle East and elsewhere are anxiously waiting to eat sufganiot (jelly doughnuts) and searching their closets and cupboards for their Hannukah menorahs.  In case they can’t be found, […]

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