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Green Graffiti by Anna Garforth

Anna Garforth, the artist from London, UK, has an unusual approach to a classic meaning of graffiti. Her street art pops up from living material. Once inspired by the trip to cemetery, Garforth started experimenting with mediums and found moss the most appropriate for her wall typography. The artist produces not only eye-pleasing compositions. Her work has nothing to do with toxic paint or harmful fumes; it’s hundred percent organic.

A Visit to El Mandara Ecolodge in Fayoum, Egypt

In February we featured the launch of El Mandara Ecolodge by Lake Qarun in Fayoum, Egypt, a project owned by a group of friends that decided to take their chances in starting a new hope towards sustainability in dire straits times for Egypt. The getaway had a great launch and have seen plenty of progress in reputation building. With the weather in Egypt warming up for a hot summer, we packed our bags and headed southwest of Cairo for a personal visit over at the little lodge by the lake. After about 40 minutes of driving on the highway and another… Read more »

Plastic Bags – The Planet’s Silent Killer [infographic]

How convenience is killing our planet: More and more people around the world are becoming aware of the environmental issues caused by the excessive use of plastic bags. Considering their somewhat placid appearance, the impact of plastic bags on the environment can be devastating. I stumbled upon this interesting infographic by Arte Ideas, simply explaining the impact plastic bags have on our planet, since they were intoduced a quarter of a century ago.

El Mandara Sustainable Eco-Lodge, Lake Qarun, Fayoum

As Egypt’s economy suffers from the dire straits following the 2011 revolution that ousted the long time ruler Hosni Mubarak, almost every person started to dream of the potentials Egypt has towards fulfilling one’s future ambitions. One of the great examples I’ve seen belongs to a group of friends of mine that have decided to sail against a very windy sea. Their kick starter was an idea to turn a set of old deserted huts on the coast of Lake Qarun in Fayum, Egypt into an oasis Eco-lodge serving time-share and rental based accommodation. Taking the risk of investing into a stagnant economy… Read more »

Green School Prototype – Gaza, Palestine

This project is an architectural proposal for a school as well as a recreational and associative centre to be built for the young people of the Palestinian camps. Designed by the architect Mario Cucinella in the framework of the 1st Italo-Palestinian technical table on Eco-Architecture and renewable energies held in Ramallah in March 2010

AIA’s Top 10 Green Buildings in 2011

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment (COTE) has announced the 2011 COTE Top Ten Green Projects, naming the top 10 examples of sustainable architecture and green design solutions that protect and enhance the environment. The COTE Top Ten Green Projects program celebrates projects that are the result of a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems, and technology. They make a positive contribution to their communities, improve comfort for building occupants, and reduce environmental impact through strategies such as reuse of existing structures, connection to transit systems, low-impact and regenerative site development, energy and water conservation,… Read more »

18 Kowoloon East by Aedas in Hong Kong, China

This 28-floor building situated in Kowloon Bay in Hong Kong, China, named 18 Kowloon East, is not one of the many similar glass-glazed skyscrapers. Design firm Aedas, was requested to create an environmentally sustainable project for mixed-use needs with efficient office floor plates. The result came out stunning, a tower, housing 32, 400 square meters of offices, retail spaces and car park at the lower portion of the building; the last is surrounded by extensive plantations as “green” was picked as the theme of the project. This brilliant idea of planting the greenery on the car park zone, the lower levels of the tower, acted… Read more »

Leco – LEGO-like Recycling Containers

The world’s most famous and creative toy LEGO has inspired a design studio flussocreativo from Italy to create an ecological station facility – Leco recycling bin. It consists of four polymer units in order to the Italian utilization color system – 2 bigger ones – white and yellow (for paper and plastic) and 2 smaller bins in blue and green (for aluminum and glass). Each box pulls to open from the front and can be stuck stably on each other imitating the LEGO puzzle, which gives the user a chance to create different configurations according to the space requirements. This… Read more »

The World’s Population to Hit 7 Billion This Week! Is Earth Ready?

The population of the World is reaching a staggering 7 Billion inhabitants this week, marking a critical time for us to consider the conservation of natural resources to ensure a sustainable planet for future generations before sucking up all the good out of it. Experts are already releasing their estimates of the population growth till the end of the century. One forthcoming United Nations report estimates that the number may reach 15 billion – more than double current levels, and 5 billion more than what was previously predicted. So what does this mean for our planet and its resources? The first billion people accumulated over… Read more »

sTREEt – A Green Urban Furniture Design –  by Kibisi

Street furniture mainly represents the secondary role to the city perception, while facilitating our existence in it and giving it some character. Mostly all of the urban furniture is disengaged – streetlights are not matching garbage bins and benches, bus stops are steeped in advertisement, traffic lights are totally out of city style and so on. The Copenhagen based firm KiBiSi found a solution to the urban landscape mess – the sTREEt. It was designed especially for the Gwangju Design Bienalle 2011 in South Korea. The main idea of sTREEt is described as weaving a functional line to the cityscape,… Read more »

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SLIDE-S – Egypt’s Solar Green House

Egypt to be the first African country to compete in the 2012 European Solar Decathlon with the Slide-S Solar House. The SLIDES (sustainable, livable, and interactive design) house concept, designed by a team of architecture as well as mechanical, construction and electrical engineering students at the American university in Cairo (AUC), is a solar-powered living structure designed to address local sustainability challenges. The design team looked at Egypt, a country known for its generous amount of solar rays all year round, and tempratures rising well into the 40s C (100s F) during the summer months, and decided to create a green home to tame the… Read more »

Flower Eco House

Nowadays one of the most trending lifestyle is the Eco one covering different branches and areas around us; and architecture sure isn’t an exception. Another homeowner is going green and joining the Eco lifestyle with one of the cutest low-impact houses, designed with technology and materials which lowers its energy needs, and a zero-carbon footprint of a fully functioning self dependent green house. An idea implemented by Make Architects for green-enthusiast and English football star Gerry Neville. The 745 sq meters (8,000 sq ft) house has the design of a gigantic flower that consumes less energy than its inhabitants, using a ground source heat pump to… Read more »

The Gardens of Eden Project

The Eden Project is an exciting attraction where you can explore your relationship with nature, learn new things and get inspiration about the world around you. It was constructed in a 160-year-old exhausted clay quarry at Bodelva, near St. Austell, in Cornwall and established as one of the Landmark Millennium Projects to mark the year 2000 in the UK. The project was conceived by Tim Smit, designed by architect Nicholas Grimshaw and opened on 17 March 2001. The complex is dominated by two huge emulating natural biome enclosures which consist of adjoining domes that house plant species from around the… Read more »

JEANS – Fashion VS. Environment

JEANS are trousers made from denim. Some of the earliest American blue jeans were made by Jacob Davis, Calvin Rogers, and Levi Strauss in 1873. Starting in the 1950s, jeans, originally designed for working people, became popular among teenagers. The word “jeans” comes from the French phrase bleu de Gênes, literally the blue of Genoa. Jeans fabric, or denim, originated independently in two places; The French town of Nîmes, from which ‘denim’ (de Nîmes) gets its name, and From Dongari Killa in India, from which the name dungarees was derived. Denim trousers were made in Chieri, a town near Turin, Italy, during the Renaissance and were popularized in the 19th century. These trousers were sold through the harbor… Read more »

The Soft Rocker

An interesting creation coming from the heart of Massachusetts institute of technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA, USA. In the beginning of May 2011, a team lead by Sheila Kennedy, MIT Professor of the Practice of Architecture, presented to the Killian Court of MIT an outstanding project of a smart solar energy charging station – Soft Rocker (as it looks like an outdoor rocking lounge furniture). The idea of the leaf-like loop is to create the solar tracking system using its environment, it has a 12 ampere-hour battery and store solar energy harvested during the day. With a creation like this, outside gatherings… Read more »

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