Architecture
The Sky is Not the Limit for Farming

The Sky is Not the Limit for Farming

Perhaps some of y’all have heard about a cool concept called Vertical Farming.  Basically the idea is exactly as it sounds, building agricultural infrastructure vertically in dense urban applications.  This may sound a bit wacky in theory, but the ideas behind vertical farms are valid and address serious issues that we may be facing down...
Let’s Get Platinum Thin!

Let’s Get Platinum Thin!

About six months ago I wrote about Onion Flats, an architecture/development operation out of Philly that produces epic urban infill projects.  A couple weeks back I was in the city of the Liberty Bell doing some eco-seminars for their home and garden show.  Through a lead from Greenable, Philly’s premier green product showroom, I was...
Reuse Rainwater with the HOG

Reuse Rainwater with the HOG

Super jazzed on the the Rainwater HOG, a well designed and recyclable water storage system.  This thang holds about 50 gallons of water and several can be easily connected together, covering watering needs from irrigation, toilet flushing to drinking! The modular, reusable and fly looking HOG was created by designer and architect Sally Dominguez.  It...
Baum-Haus aus Deutschland

Baum-Haus aus Deutschland

I just came across this German design firm baumraum that creates these absolutely inspiring treehouses.  I’m gonna let the images speak for themselves… …and an appropriate quote: “We don’t stop playing because we get old.  We get old because we stop playing.” -j
Joel Sanders' EcoResidence of the Year

Joel Sanders’ EcoResidence of the Year

Interior Design magazine rocks their Best of Year awards each December issue.  I was amped to see EcoResidence as a feature this year and even more jazzed to see the project that won the title.  New York City architect Joel Sanders and landscape legend Diana Balmori collaborated on a loft renovation for a real-estate developer...
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...
Thinking About Buying in London?

Thinking About Buying in London?

…. Consider this home, the Clere Street Penthouse by Tonkin Liu.  This incredible rooftop abode is currently on the market through The Modern House Estate Agents.  Price?  You’ll have to find that one out yourself! When I first saw this, I was a bit angry… why might you ask?  Well, this is kinda my personal...
Sewer Free Works for Me

Sewer Free Works for Me

Flushing toilets with water may seem like something that always has been and always will be.  In reality, it’s one of the greatest misallocations of a valuable resource we’ve ever come up with.  Accessing freshwater is becoming a huge issue for not only third world countries, but for us here in the US of A…...
A Yellow Green Office in Atlanta

A Yellow Green Office in Atlanta

Menefee + Winer is an architecture, planning and design firm out of Atlanta.  They have some rockin’ projects in their portfolio, but the one that really caught my eye is a LEED Silver office they built for themselves. The building, located near the Georgia Tech campus, was a former muffler shop.  It went through a...
Quik House: Thinking Inside the Box

Quik House: Thinking Inside the Box

Don’t be deceived my friends… what looks like a rusty old shipping container is in fact something else.  Something lurks from the inside…. like a man made geode, Adam Kalkin’s Quik House is an incredible concept showing what can be possible when tapping into an abundant resource: shipping containers. Initially used as a coffee stand...
Could I Get a Hefeweitzen w/ that Passivhaus?

Could I Get a Hefeweitzen w/ that Passivhaus?

Silently combating highly publicized eco-building programs like LEED and Energy Star is Passive House, a voluntary standard for energy efficient buildings that humbly blows all other programs out of the water… The story of the Passivhaus began with a dialogue between Bo Adamson of Sweden and Wolfgang Feist of Germany in 1988.  It evolved into...
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