This modern solar-powered retreat is topped with a massive green roof

Outside the concrete jungle of São Paulo, Brazil is a solar-powered holiday retreat that fully embraces nature. Brazilian architecture firm Studio MK27 designed the striking home, called the Planar House, for a couple and their three children. Despite the home’s rather spacious size of 10,763 square feet, the dwelling projects lightness thanks to its concrete slab roof that appears to float in the landscape.

Topped with a grassy green roof, the Planar House was crafted to blend…

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HOK designs aquaponics facility to alleviate Kansas Citys food desert

Nonprofit Nile Valley Aquaponics is raising fish in a Kansas City food desert—and they’re creating jobs, providing healthy food and promoting sustainable urban farming in the process. To help the nonprofit lead the community to greener and healthier living, American architecture and engineering firm HOK designed the Nile Valley Aquaponics Facility that could double the annual harvest to 50,000 pounds of fish and 70,000 pounds of vegetables. The building would be constructed using sustainable…

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Bronx community garden transformed with sustainable improvements

A newly renovated community garden just opened up in the Bronx in New York City. Fannie’s Garden at Paradise on Earth, a venture of the New York Restoration Project, received a dramatic upgrade with sustainable features like permeable pavement, a rain garden, and a shade structure designed to support solar panels — just to name a few. The 13,000 square foot garden offers space for urban residents to escape the city and get their hands dirty in 24 garden beds and enjoy the colors of native plan…

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The City of London will be powered with 100% renewable energy by October 2018

The City of London, the historic “Square Mile” central district of London, will soon switch onto clean energy in a big way. Starting in October 2018, the City of London will source one hundred percent of its power needs from renewable energy sources by installing solar panels on local buildings as well as making investments in larger solar and wind projects and purchasing clean energy from the grid. Though no longer actually a square mile, closer now to 1.12 square miles, the City of London is a…

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The Agraloop turns food waste into sustainable clothing fibers

Don’t throw it out, throw it on. The Agraloop Bio-Refinery, a new technology developed by materials science company Circular Systems S.P.C., is capable of turning food waste such as banana peels, pineapple leaves, and hemp stalks into natural fiber that can be woven into clothing. “We want to enable food crops to become our primary fibers,” Circular Systems CEO and co-founder  Isaac Nichelson told Fast Company.

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This space-saving tiny home offers sustainable housing atop garages in Sydney

As the housing crisis in Sydney continues to intensify, some have begun tapping into the real estate potential in the city’s backyards and alleys. In a bid to catalyze the development of ‘laneway studios’, Surry Hills-based McGregor Westlake Architecture has offered a small and sustainably minded housing model that builds atop existing garage units. Conceived “to subvert the council norm,” this smart studio boasts space-saving features and a striking contemporary design.

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