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Better resources for better design and building on the way!

The Open Architecture Network is expanding its resources section to better serve designers, builders and trades-people around the world. We are working hard to collect high quality information on building materials and techniques that will be presented in an easy to use and interesting way, all tied to real world projects.

This section will soon have topic summary pages, user forums, helpful tutorials, examples of related projects from the Open Architecture Network, and more. If you have resources on building materials or building techniques you would like to contribute, please contact us.

In the meantime, explore the useful external links below, continue to upload projects onto the OAN, and check back regularly!

- The Open Architecture Network Development Team


Architecture & Design Green Building

The blog of AIA's weekly publication for architects

 Architecture For Humanity
Bringing professional design services to those who need it most

News and updates from

 Architectural Record
The resource for architecture and architects

Architectural news, reviews, photos and articles

 Cameron Sinclair
Eternal Optimist and Co-Founder of Architecture For Humanity

 Death by Architecture
Architecture Competitions and Articles

Future-forward design for the world you inhabit

 Metropolis Magazine
Architecture, interior design, product design, graphic design, crafts, planning, and preservation

 TreeHugger: Design & Architecture
Dedicated to everything that has a modern aesthetic yet is environmentally responsible

 Green Building Elements
Projects, Materials and Design

 Greenedia: Green Building Experts Blog
Living green and the quest for a sustainable eco-system

 Greenversations: Green Building
The official blog of US EPA

 Grist: Green Building
Stories about: green building

 Jetson Green
Sustainable architecture, good design, green prefab, and eco-friendly development

 KnowledgePlex: Land Use & Housing Planning
Issues and activities related to determining the amount, type, and rate of growth of a community

Just another shelter blog

 Materials In Harmony
Exploring issues in the practice of architecture

 Real Life LEED
A commonsense guide to getting LEED done

 U.S. Green Building Council
Committed to expanding sustainable building practices

Sustainability Energy Efficiency

 Accumen Fund
Entrepreneurial approaches to solve the problems of global poverty

 Green Inc.
Energy, the Environment and the Bottom Line

Business. The Environment. The Bottom Line.

 NRDC: Switchboard
The environment is now open. Plug in.

The latest news, reports, issue briefs, research, resources and publications from SustainAbility

 Triple Pundit
Business, Better. Since 2005

 Worldchanging: Bright Green
Tools, Models and Ideas for Building a Bright Green Future

 WBCSD: Björn Stigson
President of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development(WBCSD)

The world's energy meter
Renewable Energy & CleanTech

 Green Technology Forum
Exploring new technologies, Imagining new possibilities

Energy News and Commentary

The Guide To Highly Efficient Things

 WBCSD: Energy Efficiency in Buildings
Christian Kornevall, Director of the WBCSD's Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EEB)

 Your Energy Forum
A conversation about using energy wisely — at home, at work and on the road

Community Investment and Development

 Enterprise Foundation
Capital and Expertise for Affordable Housing and Community Development.

 Low Income Investment Fund
LIIF is a steward for capital invested in housing, child care, education and other community-building initiatives.

 Knowledge Plex
Online Resource Center for Affordable Housing and Community Development

 Shore Bank
Community development and environmental bank holding company

 Grameen Bank
GB provides credit to the poorest of the poor in rural Bangladesh, without any collateral.

 Local Initiatives Support Center
Helping neighbors build communities

 Women's World Banking
Women’s World Banking seeks to alleviate global poverty by expanding the economic assets, participation and power of the poor, especially women.

 Accion International
Providing “micro” loans, business training and other financial services to poor men and women who start their own businesses.

 Opportunity Finance Network
Finding and financing opportunities that others miss

 Mercy Corps
Mercy Corps is a team of 3700 professionals helping turn crisis into opportunity for millions around the world.