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
Rocio Romero LV Prefab Home Opens in Napa, California!

Rocio Romero LV Prefab Home Opens in Napa, California!

Up until fairly recently, Rocio Romero fans could only visit a fully realized public version of her enormously successful LV prefab in Missouri. Then, last month, a privately-owned and newly

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High Line 23 Brings New Green Tower to Chelsea Skyline

High Line 23 Brings New Green Tower to Chelsea Skyline

High Line 23, or HL23, is a new green building from Neil M. Denari Architects that is currently under construction and turning heads soon in the Chelsea art gallery district on Manhattan's west

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New Green Prefab from LivingHomes & KieranTimberlake!

New Green Prefab from LivingHomes & KieranTimberlake!

LivingHome's KT1.1 Expandable Single Family Residence The environmentally conscious, award winning architects KieranTimberlake always manages to amaze us with stunning residential designs

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New Green Complex in China by Steven Holl

New Green Complex in China by Steven Holl

Architect Steven Holl always appeals to our sustainable side, capturing our imagination with beautiful designs that incorporate both social and environmental responsibility. His new design for a

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Civil Court for Madrid from Zaha Hadid

Civil Court for Madrid from Zaha Hadid

It is difficult to ignore the designs of Pritzker Prize winning architect Zaha Hadid. Bold, brave, often controversial - her ambitious experiments in form always seem to stir discourse and

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CROCHET CORAL REEF: An Ocean Icon in Colorful Form

CROCHET CORAL REEF: An Ocean Icon in Colorful Form

A collective celebration of colorful creatures is taking form in an amazing crochet project that aims to raise awareness about the threats to delicate ocean ecosystems. The Hyperbolic Crochet

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Indelibly Green Danish Kitchen Designs Hit New York

Indelibly Green Danish Kitchen Designs Hit New York

Danish architect Knud Kapper has drawn from the tradition of handmade, mid century furniture to create the new eco-friendly Living Kitchen Architecture series which was recently unveiled in New

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ABŌD: Affordable Prefab for South Africa from BSB Design

ABŌD: Affordable Prefab for South Africa from BSB Design

The Abōd™ is a prototype prefab created by BSB Design for use as affordable housing in South Africa. The simple design uses a strong, natural shape as the core. It’s durable, lightweight

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LINC Lifestyle Phone Takes E-waste Out of the Equation

LINC Lifestyle Phone Takes E-waste Out of the Equation

If all of the ideas and concepts that were highlighted at the Greener Gadgets Conference were rolled into one product it would look and operate like the LINC Lifestyle Concept Phone from The

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NAUTILUS Eco-Friendly Flat-Pack Hanging Lamp

NAUTILUS Eco-Friendly Flat-Pack Hanging Lamp

This eco-chic hanging lamp is more than an expression of good taste. Aptly named the Nautilus, the design recently emerged from the hands of Rebecca Asquith of the sustainability-driven New

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PREFAB FRIDAY: iPAD by Andre Hodgskin

PREFAB FRIDAY: iPAD by Andre Hodgskin

We’ve been waiting and hoping for more from New Zealand architect Andre Hodgskin who first wowed us with BACHKIT™, a gorgeous holiday home of prefab pavilions designed in 2000. Hodgskin’s

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ICE PENGUINS by 50graus/50degrees

ICE PENGUINS by 50graus/50degrees

The discourse on global warming at 50graus.org is delivered in poignant actions, words and visual communication about our fears, understanding and hopes for the planet. One installation is such

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Rocio Romero Prefab Home Tour Kicks Off Tomorrow in NY!

Rocio Romero Prefab Home Tour Kicks Off Tomorrow in NY!

Rocio Romero is one of our favorite prefab designers mastering the art of fusing modernist design with affordability. Her LV series articulates her commitment to minimalism with clean,

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PREFAB FRIDAY: The Magic Box gets creative with prefab

PREFAB FRIDAY: The Magic Box gets creative with prefab

A new prefab from Jun Ueno brings a fun, modern aesthetic to accessory spaces for garden, courtyard or rooftop. The Magic Box is an extension room that can be used as an office, studio or serve

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GRAVIA: Gravity Based Kinetic Energy Lamp

GRAVIA: Gravity Based Kinetic Energy Lamp

Gravia, a gravity based kinetic energy lamp concept, wowed our panel judges and the crowd at the Greener Gadgets Conference, earning a second place accolade in the design competition. Created by

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‘WHAT IF NYC?’ Competition Winners Announced

‘WHAT IF NYC?’ Competition Winners Announced

"What if...." The two-word phrase can imply both fear and anxiety as well as big ideas and hopeful possibility. And that was the idea behind the What if New York City? international Design

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PREFAB FRIDAY: The Rapson Greenbelt

PREFAB FRIDAY: The Rapson Greenbelt

Modernist architect Ralph Rapson has managed this to reinterpret a 60-year old design with the green panache of a 21st century prefab. The Rapson Greenbelt, an articulate series of prefab

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Nokia ‘Remade’ Concept Phone Made From Recycled Materials

Nokia ‘Remade’ Concept Phone Made From Recycled Materials

Nokia has caught our green design attention once again with the recent unveiling of ‘Remade’, a concept phone made almost entirely of recycled materials. The prototype was introduced at

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: New Strida 5.0 Collapsible Bikes

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: New Strida 5.0 Collapsible Bikes

The sleek form and clever functionality of British designer Mark Sanders’ foldable bikes have been earning accolades in Europe for over a decade. The latest, the Strida 5.0, is now available

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Anti Smog Architecture: A Catalyst for Cleaner Air in Paris

Anti Smog Architecture: A Catalyst for Cleaner Air in Paris

Architect Vincent Callebaut’s latest project balances public galleries, meeting rooms and gathering spaces over canals and abandoned railroad tracks in the 19th Parisian district. The

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Ann Arbor Lighting Up With 100% LEDs!

Ann Arbor Lighting Up With 100% LEDs!

We haven’t been giving Ann Arbor, Michigan enough attention and the city deserves it! Last year Ann Arbor joined forces with LED manufacturer Cree, Inc, on an ever-expanding citywide LED

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Announcing the White House Redux Design Competition!

Announcing the White House Redux Design Competition!

What if the White House, the ultimate architectural symbol of political power, were to be designed today? Over two hundred years ago the winning design of an 18th century architecture

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PREFAB FRIDAY: A ‘House Boat’ for the Arctic

PREFAB FRIDAY: A ‘House Boat’ for the Arctic

Winter shelter in the Arctic can take form in an upside down hunting boat – a traditional Inuit practice. Covey Island Boatworks, award winning builders of hand-crafted yachts, power and

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Straw Bale Meets Factory Built in Switzerland

PREFAB FRIDAY: Straw Bale Meets Factory Built in Switzerland

We’re quite taken by Strohhaus in Eschenz, Switzerland. Designed by Zurich-based architect Felix Jerusalem, this home masterfully combines prefab with sustainable materials, primarily

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SOLAR ARK: World’s Most Stunning Solar Building

SOLAR ARK: World’s Most Stunning Solar Building

Sanyo has built an ark for the solar century – an impressive 630 kW solar-collecting building that boasts over 5,000 solar panels and kicks off over 500,000 kWh of energy per year. Even more

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Design Beyond the Borders of Development

Design Beyond the Borders of Development

There is something intrinsically pleasing about experiencing natural fibers in the form of good design. When this happens within a fair trade setting, the mix of aesthetics, function,

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PREFAB FRIDAY: ‘Watershed’ Sustainable Writer’s Retreat

PREFAB FRIDAY: ‘Watershed’ Sustainable Writer’s Retreat

It's easy to see how inspiration takes hold in ‘Watershed’ - a 100 square foot writer’s retreat in Oregon that is as sustainable as it is engaging. Commissioned by a well-known nature

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Samsung Launches New Low Energy 31″ OLED TV

Samsung Launches New Low Energy 31″ OLED TV

Walking the showroom floor at CES this year, we're overwhelmed by the products on display, but underwhelmed by the lack of design innovation from a sustainability perspective. However, one

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Single Hauz Elevated Domain

PREFAB FRIDAY: Single Hauz Elevated Domain

Living lightly takes on new meaning with the Single Hauz from Poland-based front architects. Inspired by billboards, intended for single lifestyles and propped on a central pole, this prefab

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California’s PG&E Takes the Plunge into Wave Power

California’s PG&E Takes the Plunge into Wave Power

We’ve been following (and fascinated by) developments in wave power technology, from Portugal's wave farm to Finavera's AquaBuoy 2.0. And now we are thrilled to announce that San

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