Green Communities

It takes a village. Or a city. Some PF Member ideas for turning whole communities green.

FIU's PerFORM[D]ance House combines the three ideas behind sustainability: economy, ecology and society. Relying on landscape elements, PerFORM[D]ance expands the built environment. The house reaches to the outside world, blending both efficiently... Read More
How, exactly, does the dancer react to the dance? In the case of PerFORM[D]ance House, the house dances at the whim of its inhabitants.
Much like a dancer, the PerFORM(D)ance House relies heavily on its core to generate power. How does this help the house "move?" Watch the video to find out more!
Planet Forward
Do you have an idea for the next big innovation in green building? If you submit a video that tells your story in one minute or less, you could find it on display at the world’s largest green building expo.
American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
When an old building is torn down, the waste material is usually just carted off to a landfill. According to the American Society of Landscape Architects, this material can be used to create parks and other greenspace where old buildings once stood... Read More
The homes are simple, affordable, energy-efficient curved structures resistant to natural disasters. Check out the builder's site here.
We need to rethink the way that people live, redesigning the traditional family home to be much more sustainable in all aspects. Ohio State's enCORE is the university's second entry into the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. The team is... Read More
Planet Forward
Update (11/1/2012): In response to questions surrounding Hurricane Sandy, we are featuring "Amphibious House (Your Loss, Hurricane Irene)." We hope this idea will provide insight into dramatic weather events and the measures that communities must... Read More
Old Dominion University and Hampton University
A look into the different factors that influenced the design of the Unit 6--a net zero solar house entered into the Solar Decathlon 2011. Team Tidewater Virginia is designing and building the Unit 6, which will be displayed on the National Mall... Read More
WaterShed, the University of Maryland’s entry into the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon 2011, is a solar-powered home comprised of systems that interact with each other and the environment. A home that harvests, recycles, and reuses water... Read More

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