environmental architecture


Deah Shaddy Barakat. Yusor Abu-Salha. Razan Abu-Salha. 

Barakat was a dental student at the University of North Carolina, and he started a campaign last year to send dental supplies to victims of the Syrian civil war. The YouCaring effort has raised more than $70,000 to date.

Yusor had planned to begin her dental studies at UNC-Chapel Hill this coming fall. The outlet also cited UNC officials as saying that she and Barakat were married in December — less than two months ago.

Razan was a student at North Carolina State University, where she studied architecture and environmental design. The New York Times notes that many have praised her artistic abilities; she won an award from her school “for capturing 3-D abstract model making with time-lapse video.”

These are the 3 victims of the Chapel Hill shooting — and we must remember them.

This is the official store of mcmansionhell.com! If you're a fan of the site, or just like sassy architecture gifts in general, then you've come to the right place. 30% of store proceeds go to environmental, affordable housing, and architecture charities.

The official McMansionHell store is now up! New products every day. 30% of all sales go to architectural preservation/environmental/affordable housing charities! Just in time for the holidays!

Crowdsourcing my homework cause why the fuck not?

What do you look for when you are looking at a new area to live with a high degree of sustainability and walkability?

For me, I’m looking at

  • Nearest Market
  • Gas Station
  • Drug Store
  • Book Store
  • Park with playgrounds, baseball field, soccer field
  • bus stops and public transportation options
  • bike rental places
  • movie theater
  • Gym
  • Apt/Condos with nice community facilities for bbq’ing and a pool
  • Town houses with backyards for that sense of single-family dwelling without actually taking up a whole lot
  • Bank
  • misc stores and retail area
  • community center for concerts, townhall/govt stuff
  • School

What am I missing? What’s important to you if you had a moderate sized piece of land that could hold say a  high school, a couple apartment buildings and a strip mall or two between LAX Airport and Venice beach, just down Culver blvd where it dead ends.

If you had to redevelop that area what would you want?

I’m thinking a Co-Op for student housing for LMU and Santa monica College, Perhaps even family housing for the schools, housing for LAX employees with a direct shuttle to and from work, and various condos/townhouses for employees of Google and the other tech companies in the Playa Vista area with shuttles to there as well to save on transportation/gas/be greener.

But lemme hear your ideas!


Assumed you were a hobbit in another life time? Enjoy saving the planet but also living comfortably? Here are Peter Vetsch’s Earth Houses in Dietikon, Switzerland. Out of the nine houses on the lot, there are between 3-7 bedrooms, a parking lot and space for gardening. Peter placed the houses under the natural hills in order to provide insulation in the winter and cool breezes in the summer. I imagine this is where the Teletubbies are hanging out right now. 

“Why Aren’t I Here?” - Rebecca 

PS1 believes in an idea that’s still a question.
—  David Benjamin, founder of The Living, the winner of last year’s Young Architects Program. Learn about COSMO, this year’s winning project designed by Andrés Jaque, now on view in the MoMA PS1 courtyard.

Congratulations on the recent construction of your Earthship in Huntington, Vermont. In light of growing threats posed by man-made climate change, your decision to create a home that is nearly one hundred percent sustainable is truly admirable. By using natural, everyday materials you are creating a habitat that works in unison with the environment, rather than against it. Instead of leaving old tires, bottles and cans to lie in waste, your home puts them to valuable use. The nation is in serious need of more forward thinking individuals such as you. Again, congratulations on your Earthship. I hope you enjoy living in your new home and continue to be a shining example of how people can live more sustainably. Sincerely, Bernard (Bernie) Sanders, United States Senator


Humans have created energy-powered machines to liberate ourselves — but, as we all know, many of our own innovations have contributed to major amounts of air pollution that plague our world’s cities. Enter the Smog Free Tower, a plan to create the largest air-purifier in the world. It’s an idea that combines high-tech science, design, and imagination to help people breathe more freely in urban centers around the world. Pictured: architect Daan Roosegaarde with a bag of Beijing smog! Also, as a reward for becoming a backer, you can get a wearable cube made of compacted smog. 

📷: Reinier RVDA

Andrés Jaque creates giant water purifier for MoMA PS1
Spanish architect Andrés Jaque has created a towering network of water-purifying pipes for this year’s courtyard installation at MoMA PS1 in Queens
Daniel Grataloup

Daniel Grataloup is a Swiss Architect and Urban Planner who has worked primarily in concrete. In his own words, in regards to his work: “The architectural envelope is continuous, made of a single material, so there is no break between the exterior walls, roof, door frames and windows, basins collecting rain water, chimneys, canopies etc. … This is the architecture of the free man today. It is the largest architectural promise of all time.” Would you live in a Grataloup?


This is insane, but amazing! Looks like a 1990’s Polly Pocket.

‘Freedom Cove’ is the home of Wayne Adams and Catherine King, two artists who have created the sprawling floating property in Cypress Bay, northeast of Tofino, B.C. It is made out of 12 platforms connected by a wooden path and is completely off-land. First built in 1992, it has five greenhouses, a dance floor, an art gallery, a lighthouse towe, a generator shed, and a studio. Without a fridge or freezer, they eat produce grown in their half-acre garden and fish from the ocean. Drinking water comes from a nearby waterfall in the summer, and from rainwater in the winter.

signs as college majors
  • *use sun/midheaven*
  • aries: engineering, business, physical education
  • taurus: arts management, environmental studies, landscape architecture
  • gemini: communication, urban studies, computer science
  • cancer: special education, nursing, culinary sciences
  • leo: theatre, political science, marketing
  • virgo: data science, pre-med, astrophysics
  • libra: hospitality & tourism management, studio art, prelaw
  • scorpio: psychology, public health, sociology,
  • sagittarius: philosophy, international studies, archaeology
  • capricorn: accounting, mathematics, finance
  • aquarius: women's and gender studies, astronomy, computer engineering
  • pisces: music, pre-vet medicine, early childhood education

Embassy Suites, San Antonio, Dec. 26, 2015

Crazy Contraption Is Part Architecture, Part Water Filter | WIRED
COSMO is a temporary Rube Goldberg–esque structure erected in the MoMA PS1 courtyard.

“The divorce between infrastructure and biodiversity has come to an end. COSMO is kind of an anticipation of what will be the future of machinery.” Architect Andrés Jaque, winner of this year’s Young Architects Program at MoMA PS1, discusses his design, COSMO, with WIRED.

Main Street, Houston, Jan. 30, 2016


Bridge serie Episode 1: El Valle Trenzado 

Hey everyone!

This new series (5 episodes) is for you as a celebration! A really nice milestone, today the ten thousandths follower started following me! Welcome! 


El Valle Trenzado aims to recover the pedestrian’s traffic footprint. Since the channeling works that were made in the 70s definitely skewed Elche’s Canyon continuity. For years the citizens of the city went through this place hardly enjoying it.

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