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New limits of sustainable design realised in Nigeria's Plastic Bottle House

One person’s trash is another person’s building material...or so it would seem. In the village of Sabon Yelwa the Developmental Association for Renewable Energies (DARE) has instigated an ingenious scheme to transform the region’s litter problem into a positive future for the community through the construction of new residences. This pilot project in headed by the NGO DARE with help from London-based organisation Africa Community Trust, and not only looks to find a sustainable alternative to Nigeria’s immense housing shortage but provide street children with a stable job and a place at the next building project in planning - a local school. Teenagers have been working on the construction project as a first step into full time employment and returning to education. The construction process involves taking used plastic bottles......more

Building opportunities...
Pearlescent extension transforms former Civil Guards Quarter into stunning music hall: This modest conversion and extension project in the dusty town of Algueña, Alicante, is the work of Cor & Asociados. The design studio was approached with the......more

Major milestone reached in Lewisham
Studio Egret West's catalyst project Surrey Canal: London's Sporting Village approved: The London Borough of Lewisham has granted planning permission for a large-scale city development by Studio Egret West entitled Surrey Canal: London’s Sporting......more

Latest offering from Ole Scheeren
Former OMA partner unveils soaring mixed use building opposite Petronas Towers: In 2002 former partner of OMA, Ole Scheeren made his mark on the architecture industry with the design of the CCTV Headquarters in Beijing, an abstract form that defies......more

Whitefield McQueen Irwin Alsop branch out
Nationally recognised Avenue of Honour inspires abstract library in Bacchus Marsh: Architects Whitefield McQueen Irwin Alsop have designed a new library and community building for the rural community of Moorabool Shire, located in Main Street......more

An oasis in Ordos
Polished aluminium form of Art and City Museum stands proud on Ordos skyline: Ordos in Inner Mongolia has seen drastic changes in the last few years. Whilst the city’s spread across the Gobi Desert is extensive, the urbanised area was comparatively minor......more

Battery-powered building
Engineering building to be powered by rare earth lithium-ion batteries following generous gift from CEO of Winston Global Energy: In a groundbreaking move, the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Winston Global Energy has donated $2.5m worth of......more

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