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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...
European Mossenger

European Mossenger

Alright, this might be one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a good while… British design duo El and Abe have made a name for themselves by creating incredible art installations with unique, renewable materials… Their strongest series to date involves words and quotations composed of moss placed in unique/industrial settings within European cities....
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...
That Wall Looks Like a Perfect Spot for a Garden

That Wall Looks Like a Perfect Spot for a Garden

This may be a new concept for many of y’all out there, but a wall is perfectly acceptable place for a garden… Some folks have been experimenting with vertical gardens (aka living walls) for some time now and have some pretty incredible examples to show for their time.  The man with the most experience is...
Masdar | The City of the Future, Starting Today

Masdar | The City of the Future, Starting Today

Chances are we’re gonna be hearing an increasing amount of talk about cutting carbon emissions and becoming energy independent…. These undertakings are quite hefty and can seem pretty overwhelming, if not impossible.  Lucky for us, we will soon have some shining examples to follow.  The United Arab Emirates Masdar Initiative is one such case study...
How Walkable is Your City?

How Walkable is Your City?

My friends, I’m gonna let you in on a little secret… walking is the new driving! Many are discovering the benefits of living in dense areas that are packed full of nearby amenities.  Staying in shape and not contributing any greenhouse gases (unless you’re walking away from a Taco Bell) are just two of the...
Brad Pitt is Making it Right

Brad Pitt is Making it Right

Brad Pitt, half of do-gooder duo Brangelina has got something wicked-cool up his sleeve… While filming a project in New Orleans, a pink-clad CGI house on set struck a visual chord with him.  The vibrant-hued structure’s contrast with its muted surroundings became the catalyst for a vision Pitt could not set aside… a vision of...
RoboScooter | Urban Hipster's Ride of Choice

RoboScooter | Urban Hipster’s Ride of Choice

MIT, Sanyang Motors and Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute have teamed up to create the RoboScooter, an all electric, emission-free transport solution.  Check this cute little fella out! This thing’s pretty rockin’ for a handful of reasons… first and foremost, the scooter runs gas-free, and obviously that’s cool.  It is also made with only 150...
As Modest Mouse sings... 'Float On.'

As Modest Mouse sings… ‘Float On.’

The Netherlands is one of the most densely populated areas in the world and half of it is at or below sea levels.  Two-thirds of the country would be inundated if there were no dikes and coastal protection.  With increasing floods and rising sea levels, many are concerned as to what the landscape will look like in decades to...
Green Playbook: New resource for greening infrastructure

Green Playbook: New resource for greening infrastructure

A great resource for communities looking to ‘get their green on’ has been recently released.  It is the Playbook for Green, developed by Holland Barrs Planning Group.… The Playbook, a web-based resource, provides strategies, tips, and tools that cities and counties can use to take immediate action on climate change.  It is designed both for communities that...
P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. project

P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. project

The P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. project is a fresh take on urban housing solutions, started in 2001 by Dutch architects Kortknie Stuhlmacher Architecten.  P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. stands for Prototype for Advanced Ready-Made Amphibious Small-Scale Individual Temporary Ecological Dwelling (huh?) and features this incredible project in Rotterdam, Netherlands.  It is a bright chartreuse addition to an old grungy warehouse, literally growing out of the...
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