Architecture
Vakre Hotellet i Juvet

Vakre Hotellet i Juvet

Here’s a little eye candy for y’all on this Wednesday afternoon…. Check out the Juvet Landscape Hotel in Gudbrandsjuvet, Norway.  It is one of the most striking developments I have ever laid eyes upon.  Designed by Jensen and Skodvin Arkitektkontor, the hotel features 10 detached buildings with unobstructed views of the gorgeous rugged Norwegian scenery,...
More NZE, Plz!

More NZE, Plz!

Microprocessors double their speed every 18 months.  People now carry powerful computers in the palms of their hands, connecting to virtually anyone on the planet through the Internet.  Technologies are advancing rapidly, yet we still build the vast majority of our homes using 19th century methods (stick-built, balloon frame)… Why has residential construction been somewhat...
Lucky Produce Gets Skyline View

Lucky Produce Gets Skyline View

Get your green thumb on, urbanites, rooftop farming is on its way and is here to stay!  Leading the charge is Rooftop Farms, a Brooklyn-based operation that has created the nation’s first commercial garden constructed on top of a building.  The 6,000 square foot farm lies above an old bagel factory in the Greenpoint section...
‘House of the Future’ is Futuristic

‘House of the Future’ is Futuristic

Back in December, a public exhibition in Sydney, Australia featured 6 eco-friendly homes constructed out of different materials including: concrete, glass, wood, clay, steel and cardboard.  The one that really stood out from the pack was the wood residence presented by Xenian LivingLight.  It’s called, get this, the ‘house of the future’! Pretty stellar design,...
Inman Green in Hotlanta

Inman Green in Hotlanta

Atlanta is steppin’ up its green game… a new development in the historic Inman Park neighborhood is garnering some solid cred with its progressive design.  Inman Green is the name and LEED Gold, EarthCraft House and Energy Star certifications are the game… Designed by Rutledge Alcock Architects, Inman Green is comprised of two identical buildings...
Council House 2 > Council House 1

Council House 2 > Council House 1

I’m back with a bad new blog layout… ready to throw a whole lotta green love at all you beautiful people out there in cyberland.  I felt it appropriate to get this new era of Metro Hippiedom kicked off with an epic project.. so here y’are!  (but before you read on, please refresh your RSS...
Dublin Development is Dazzling

Dublin Development is Dazzling

Situated amongst the sprawling suburbs of Dublin, Ireland lies a new development that is capturing its fair share of international attention.  The 15-acre Elm Park mixed-use project designed by Bucholz McEvoy Architects is helping to redefine how density can be successfully brought into areas that are predominantly spread out.  Featuring 3 office buildings, health care...
Method + Skylab Sure to Delight

Method + Skylab Sure to Delight

Method Homes is a prefab home manufacturer out of Seattle… in years past, they’ve partnered with Balance Associates to produce two lines of dwellings, the Cabin Series and the S-M-L Series.  Pictured below is their production Cabin near Mount Baker, Washington State, which can be rented for $250/night…. man, not much more than a decent...
Sweet Sweet Green

Sweet Sweet Green

How come some start ups are great successes while others can’t make it a year?  What line should a business walk regarding its risk taking in the marketplace?  Can a company talk ‘too much green’ and scare off a potential client base?… Questions like these really get me going and I’ve found myself dedicating a...
Take 5ive | Touring a LEED Platinum Home

Take 5ive | Touring a LEED Platinum Home

This past weekend was the big Minneapolis-St Paul home tour and I fully took advantage of the opportunity to poke my head into a couple amazing projects.  The first one that I want to highlight is the 5ive house by Shelter Architecture, a LEED Platinum mod project that was jam packed with eco-features… Here’s a...
Solarsiedlung ist Gut

Solarsiedlung ist Gut

Spring is here in Minnesota and life is good!… Everyone is wiping the sleep out of their eyes from the last four months of hibernation… people are active and happy, and much can be attributed to the warmth of a beautiful sunny day.  Frieburg, Germany residents enjoy the sun for more than therapeutic reasons… they...
Build Green = Save Green

Build Green = Save Green

Green building’s biggest misconception is that it is too expensive.  Many say “I wish I could go green, but dadgum, I just can’t afford to!”  Well folks, I’m not buying it… when it comes to crunching #’s, the converse is actually true.  Building green is one of the smartest financial decisions that can be made. ...
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