Ali Kriscenski

 

Ali was first captivated by sustainable design while snowboarding past green buildings in Colorado ’s Rocky Mountains. After several years quieting her inner ski bum, she returned to her native Connecticut where she received her BA in Art History from UConn and began a decade-long career as a home improvement contractor. She fused her love of nature and the built environment through graduate studies in Environmental Science at Antioch New England Graduate School and a Master’s Certificate in Sustainable Design from Boston Architectural College. Today, she lives in Germany where she works as a freelance writer.

Ali Kriscenski
A Swirling Green Roof Tops Gorgeous Nanyang Technical University in Singapore

A Swirling Green Roof Tops Gorgeous Nanyang Technical University in Singapore

  If art school was in our future we might opt to study under, or on top of, the amazing green roof at the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University in

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HEINEKEN WOBO: A Beer Bottle That Doubles as a Brick

HEINEKEN WOBO: A Beer Bottle That Doubles as a Brick

Mr. Heineken’s idea came after a visit to the Caribbean where he saw two problems: beaches littered with bottles and a lack of affordable building materials. The WOBO became his vision to

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City of Silk Rail Network to Link Middle East & China

City of Silk Rail Network to Link Middle East & China

A massive urban masterplan has been approved for Madinat al-Hareer, or City of Silk, in Subiya, Kuwait. With a budget of £66 billion ($132bn USD), the project is an ambitious endeavor that will

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Los Angeles Bans Plastic Bags!

Los Angeles Bans Plastic Bags!

Welcome Los Angeles to the growing list of countries and municipalities that are taking a stand against plastic bags. Following in the footsteps of Australia, China, Israel, Melbourne, San

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Could your granite countertops be leaking radon gas?

Could your granite countertops be leaking radon gas?

A large part of the green building focus is on healthy indoor air quality – eliminating toxins, emissions and pollutants that can cause indoor air to be more polluted than outdoors. One common

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Tate Modern’s Energy Efficient Redesign by Herzog & de Meuron

Tate Modern’s Energy Efficient Redesign by Herzog & de Meuron

Herzog & de Meuron set about designing the Tate Modern Extension in 2006 with a modern, glass-filled aesthetic that contrasted the museum building's origins as a former power station. A recently

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MAZDA Unveils Fuel Efficient Crossover Car

MAZDA Unveils Fuel Efficient Crossover Car

Mazda recently announced that it will unveil it's Kazamai crossover vehicle at the Moscow International Motor Show in August. Specifics on the sporty vehicle's environmental performance will be

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Al Gore Challenges America to go Carbon-Free in 10 years

Al Gore Challenges America to go Carbon-Free in 10 years

Al Gore recently appealed to the competitive nature of the US as a market driven society with an energy challenge that calls for a complete shift to renewables in the entire electricity sector.

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Stunning New Sustainable Landmark for London’s Southbank

Stunning New Sustainable Landmark for London’s Southbank

London-based Sheppard Robson architecture firm is bringing a new green office building to the shore of the River Thames at One Westminster Place in Southbank. With sustainability driving the

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BEAUTIFUL BUILDING REUSE: The Barn House in Belgium

BEAUTIFUL BUILDING REUSE: The Barn House in Belgium

photographs by Danica Kus Building reuse is often overshadowed by the long green shadow of new high performance architecture. But the intrinsic nature of repurposing and bringing second life

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Greensburg 547 Community Art Center

PREFAB FRIDAY: Greensburg 547 Community Art Center

We checked in on the green rebuilding efforts in Greensburg, Kansas when Planet Green's docu-series premiered last month. We found plenty of interesting developments, but this prefab from

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Modern Eco Villa for Southern Spain by Diseño Earle

Modern Eco Villa for Southern Spain by Diseño Earle

Diseño Earle is an international architecture firm known for unique, and often ecologically minded, projects around the world. Their latest design responds to a brief "to design and build a

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Prefab Takes Up Residence At The MOMA!

PREFAB FRIDAY: Prefab Takes Up Residence At The MOMA!

Prefab is taking center stage this summer at The Museum of Modern Art in NYC with the Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling exhibit opening on July 20th. As part of the exhibit, five

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ARCH DAILY RANKS ARCHITECTURE SITES: Inhabitat is #1

ARCH DAILY RANKS ARCHITECTURE SITES: Inhabitat is #1

We're blushing a bit this week from some welcome blog world praise. Arch Daily recently compiled Yet Another Most Popular Blog Ranking (YAMoPo 2008) and, with complex calculations involving

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SHIPPING CONTAINER PLAYGROUND by Phooey Architects

SHIPPING CONTAINER PLAYGROUND by Phooey Architects

We're always impressed with creative design reuse, but this children's playground made from recycled shipping containers takes the cake for one of the most imaginative examples of shipping

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U.S. Freeze on Solar Energy Projects Lifted

U.S. Freeze on Solar Energy Projects Lifted

Just as things were really heating up in the solar energy sector, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) pulled the plug on new solar power plants. Last week the New York Times reported that

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TESLA Announces New 225 Mile Range Sedan!

TESLA Announces New 225 Mile Range Sedan!

We get revved up whenever we hear any news about Tesla Motors, and the latest just sets the maker of electric-powered roadsters into an all new green vehicle fast lane. Tesla Motors just

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VOLTAIC’s Super Solar Powered Backpack

VOLTAIC’s Super Solar Powered Backpack

There's nothing quite like renewable energy on-the-go, and Voltaic makes solar power a stylish accessory with a hot lineup of solar powered bags to charge your mobile gadgets. We've been

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PREFAB FRIDAY: La Reserva by Sebastián Irarrázaval

PREFAB FRIDAY: La Reserva by Sebastián Irarrázaval

This stunning prefab in Colina, Chile, is the work of Santiago-based architect Sebastián Irarrázaval. Despite its unique form, it is not meant as a custom design but rather a housing solution

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Solar Energy Cogeneration Solution from SolarWall

Solar Energy Cogeneration Solution from SolarWall

Solar photovoltaics are, depending on the day, between 8-15% efficient meaning much of the sun's energy's is lost as heat. While solar thermal systems offer a way to harvest this heat energy for

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Coal Fired Power Plant Turned “Eco-Dome” in London

Coal Fired Power Plant Turned “Eco-Dome” in London

There is nothing quite like a creative redux on a post industrial site. When done right, innovative reuse and repurposing of obsolete structures can set some pretty amazing examples for a

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Beautiful Flatpak House in Aspen

PREFAB FRIDAY: Beautiful Flatpak House in Aspen

We've been fans of Flatpak home designs for quite some time, but are continually impressed when we find more of these unique, customizable prefabs in full form. This home in Aspen, Colorado, is

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Largest City Solar Initiative gets greenlight in San Francisco

Largest City Solar Initiative gets greenlight in San Francisco

San Francisco has made solar energy a top priority with the passage of the Solar Energy Initiative Program - the largest solar energy subsidy program of any city in the United States. An annual

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NO MAN’S LAND: Innovative Watertecture in the Dead Sea

NO MAN’S LAND: Innovative Watertecture in the Dead Sea

In the Dead Sea region, control of water is a source of political friction and presents an ecological quandary that threatens the drinking supply for inhabitants. A research project from New

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Landscape House for an Ecologist

PREFAB FRIDAY: Landscape House for an Ecologist

In 2006 the AIA set forth an architecture challenge to create ‘A House for an Ecologist’-- a home base from which a US Fish and Wildlife Service Ecologist in Residence could live and conduct

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THIS LIGHT Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles

THIS LIGHT Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles

The sibling team of Reta Howell and Vana Howell of THIS Gallery have taken recycling into their own creative hands with their THIS Light series. Made from discarded plastic bottles that the two

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ONE JACKSON SQUARE: New LEED Living in Greenwich Village

ONE JACKSON SQUARE: New LEED Living in Greenwich Village

A new project in Greenwich Village is bringing a mix of modern luxury and green building to the historic West Village district. Architect William Pederson, with international real estate firm

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Joshua Tree by Hangar Design

PREFAB FRIDAY: Joshua Tree by Hangar Design

The Joshua Tree prefab home made quite a splash at Milan's Zona Tortona exhibit earlier this year, garnering long lines of fairgoers eager to take a look inside. This steel clad prefab is a

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HOK Unveils London Olympic Stadium’s Hemp Facade

HOK Unveils London Olympic Stadium’s Hemp Facade

Last week, we thought the idea of a prefab, flatpack, reusable stadium sounded like a great way to cut down on the cost and waste associated with what is basically a one-time-use showpiece. As

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SUSTAINABLE STYLE: Inhabitat Roots T-shirt!

SUSTAINABLE STYLE: Inhabitat Roots T-shirt!

$40.00 - Inhabitat Green Root/Lungs T-shirt (MS) $40.00 - Inhabitat Green Root/Lungs T-shirt (MM) $40.00 - Inhabitat Green Root/Lungs T-shirt (ML) $40.00 - Inhabitat Green Root/Lungs T-shirt

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