Architecture
Home Printing, Literally

Home Printing, Literally

So this is pretty much the bees knees! Gone are the days of thinking printers are just for paper. We’re entering an era where printing has added a dimension… we’re talking 3D of course! Rapid product prototyping is becoming a vital tool in many industrial designer’s arsenals now. But even beyond this is a different...
Sustainable Rooftop Agriculture Guide

Sustainable Rooftop Agriculture Guide

The Sustainable Rooftop Agriculture Guide is derived from a research thesis by Joshua Foss, Aaron Quesnel and Nina Danielsson at the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Karlskrona, Sweden in the spring of 2011. This guide should act as a general resource to help city stakeholders better understand the role rooftop agriculture (RA) can play in...
Western Harbour, showin' how it's done

Western Harbour, showin’ how it’s done

Blonde babes on bicycles and exceptional eco-design… arguably my two favorite things on planet Earth. This being said, I’ve been a pretty happy camper the past 9 months as I’ve been living in Sweden, home to an abundance of both these glorious entities. As much as I’d like to write about stylish ladies cruising around...
Bug Dome in Shenzhen

Bug Dome in Shenzhen

So to celebrate this Chinese New Year, the year of the rabbit, I will share a post on a wicked project from a couple of years back… It has nothing to do with bunnies… rather bugs.. but it is in the Chinese city in Shenzhen, so maybe that’s enough of a connection? The ‘Bug Dome’...
Passive in the Woods

Passive in the Woods

So a couple weeks back on a beautiful sunny midwest afternoon, I had the pleasure of touring one of the most energy efficient homes in the country.  Called the Passive House in the Woods (PHitW), the single-family residence is humbly striving towards carbon neutrality… it will actually produce more energy than it will use when...
Jungle Life

Jungle Life

I had the pleasure of spending my holidays this past year in New Zealand soaking in a whole lotta beauty… fjords, glaciers, monster Kaori trees, gorgeous beaches and believe it or not, some pretty rockin’ architecture!  Scattered throughout both the North and South islands were some really sleek minimalist structures with plenty of glass to...
18 Tons

18 Tons

Imagine 18 tons of plastic materials being diverted from a landfill.  Imagine this 18 tons of waste being converted into a mouldable liquid compound that can be poured like concrete.  Imagine taking this mixture of plastic concrete and making a house out of it.  Imagine a Welsh business already doing this.  Imagine their name being...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Remington Ammunition

Remington Ammunition

Throwin’ another gorgeous urban infill project at all you beautiful peops out there.  Let’s talk Remington Court in Seattle for a moment, a 4,300 sq ft development in the Capitol Hill neighborhood brought to us by HyBrid Architecture + Assembly.  The project features a trio of 1,500 sq ft townhouses and an attached 1,000 sq...
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