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Thriving in Theo Wirth

Thriving in Theo Wirth

Greetings Metro Hipstas!.. To date, I’ve had all sorts of fun sharing innovate eco-solutions and ideas with you, but have kept most my posts and updates relatively impersonal.  I realized the other day that it might be beneficial to share a bit more of what I do on a daily basis, which is run Thrive...
Steel City Infill

Steel City Infill

Pittsburgh is building itself a nice little reputation as one of America’s hippest cities.  Once engulfed in deadly fog of pollution from industrial steel mills, the Pennsylvania metropolis has since undergone a dramatic environmental transformation.  A collective drive to clean up rivers, air, and brownfields and the creation of greener buildings has helped to revive...
Macroscope

Macroscope

“Oh my God! Look at that picture over there! Isn’t that something?” were the exact words uttered back in December 1968 by an astronaut on board the Apollo 8 spacecraft. This mission would be the first to bring humans into space, and the words above would correspond to the moment man first laid eyes upon...
Log Cabin Melodies

Log Cabin Melodies

Hans Liberg has got himself one of the coolest recording studios on planet Earth!  Take a look at this woody gem of a cabin, located in the town of Hilversum, The Netherlands.  Put together by his pal, an established furniture designer by the name of Piet Hein Eek, the structure features an absolutely fabulous facade...
Make Your Place

Make Your Place

Nothing beats the nostalgia of a hand written and illustrated zine.  Microcosm Publishing has created a one stop shop for these personalized zines that are not only artistically awesome, but are packed with juicy and helpful content.  These hand-crafted catalogs feature guides on everything from bikes, history, home composting, free speech and bicycle maintenance.  One...
Motor City Electrified

Motor City Electrified

It’s January and this means two things if you’re in Detroit… shovels and Auto Show!  For the past century car junkies have made their way to the Motor City to catch the latest and greatest in the automotive world.  Guests have most likely grown accustom to a scent of petrol and engine oil drafting through...
WE ADD UP

WE ADD UP

According to WE ADD UP, showering together is the preferred way to beat global warming…. nice, tell me more!  So you’re probably not going to find a whole lot of data backing up this statement, but what you will find is a top selling T-shirt!  WE ADD UP is a global awareness campaign that happens...
Belzyeah, Belzberg

Belzyeah, Belzberg

I’ve noticed a trend of super cool projects popping up Santa Monica, California.  My guess is there is something in the water that allows its residents to become uber-creative and build fresh modern buildings within its city limits.  Another theory is that someone, perhaps the mayor, planted some dark matter in the Santa Monica city...
PHV 4 Twenty11

PHV 4 Twenty11

It’s official, Toyota will have a plug-in Prius ready for the 2011 model year… dubbed the Prius PHV, the flagship hybrid sedan will continue to push green driving mainstream.  The efficient set of wheels will add a short all-electric range as well as the ability to drive highway speeds under electric-only power. Depending on driving...
20 Feet in Toronto

20 Feet in Toronto

Check out this eco-gem of an abode in downtown Toronto!  Designed by Levitt Goodman Architects, the Euclid Avenue House squeezed every bit of cool into a 20 foot wide urban infill lot.  The project is a flawless example of how to take life’s lemons (tiny lot) and make some tasty, tasty lemonade (gorgeous home!).  And...
Ode to Joy

Ode to Joy

So there’s a lot of wheelin’ and dealin’ going on in Copenhagen right now.  Countries from all over the world have been meeting for the past week, and will continue through the end of this one to hammer out a vision for a low-carbon future.  The COP15 UN Climate Change conference is what it’s all...
Green Apps and Ham!

Green Apps and Ham!

So I’ve been rockin’ the iPhone for a year now and have found that my experience with the utilitarian gadget can be summed up in two words: life-altering.  I’m a changed dude.  The mod chunk of metal and glass has become a part of me, an extension of my body, a reliable ally.  I’ve made...
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