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
PREFAB FRIDAY: ‘Option’ Modular House by WeberHaus

PREFAB FRIDAY: ‘Option’ Modular House by WeberHaus

German prefab firm WeberHaus and architect Peter C. Jakob of Bauart have made a stylish case for sustainable living with the modular concept ‘Option House'. Driven by a modern aesthetic and

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CHIGAGO’S NEXT LEAD: The Green Alley Project

CHIGAGO’S NEXT LEAD: The Green Alley Project

photo J. Crocker Chicago Mayor Richard Daly, who has already sent a successful wave of green roofs over the Windy City, has turned his sights towards his next environmental challenge:

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BAKE FOR A CHANGE: Gingerbread House Contest!

BAKE FOR A CHANGE: Gingerbread House Contest!

Sweet and sustainable, what could be better? Spice it up while promoting global ideals and you’ve got an idea that’s deliciously irresistible. That's just what the multi-disciplinary

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Seattle’s Sexy New SLUT Streetcar

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Seattle’s Sexy New SLUT Streetcar

It’s not New Orleans, but city officials are optimistic that their latest transit project will spark desire...to ride the streetcar. It’s Seattle's South Lake Union Trolley (yes, the acronym

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AR AWARDS: Taketo Shimohigoshi’s Suspended Gardens

AR AWARDS: Taketo Shimohigoshi’s Suspended Gardens

Architect Taketo Shimohigoshi has overcome the challenge of finding green space among dense, urban skylines with an elevated installation of vegetation. His design concept frames the city sky

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‘Ecoboulevard’ Industrial Revitalization wins AR Awards

‘Ecoboulevard’ Industrial Revitalization wins AR Awards

Ecoboulevard grew from an urban design competition in Vallencas, Spain, that aimed to bring both people and greenery to the city’s main street. Ecosistema Urbano Architects brought the

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Bleu Nature Driftwood Lamps

Bleu Nature Driftwood Lamps

Bleu Nature designs revolve around the tides, so to speak. Every year, an annual beachcombing for driftwood supplies the material central to their collection of home furniture and accessories.

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Linx Shipping Container Shelter

PREFAB FRIDAY: Linx Shipping Container Shelter

Dublin-based industrial designer Richard Barnwall has mastered the concept of temporary container shelter in Linx - an integrated, two-story structure that maximizes use of small spaces. Using

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SOLARA: CA’s First Solar-powered Apartment Community

SOLARA: CA’s First Solar-powered Apartment Community

A new apartment community in San Diego County is proving that green is both beautiful and affordable. SOLARA is a part of a mixed-use development from Community Housing Works that includes 56

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LIVING AIR FILTER: Bel-Air Mini Mobile Greenhouse

LIVING AIR FILTER: Bel-Air Mini Mobile Greenhouse

We are always on the lookout for products and materials that improve indoor environmental quality, because the reality is that many interior spaces are just plain unhealthy. This charming

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Living Lightly Among the Trees in Australia

Living Lightly Among the Trees in Australia

Australia-based architects Steven Isaacs and Lisa Saville have turned a challenging building site into an environmentally sensitive sanctuary among the trees. Located just outside Sydney, the

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Loq Kit Sustainable Housing System

PREFAB FRIDAY: Loq Kit Sustainable Housing System

Modular design shines in Loq•kit - an innovative, interchangeable idea of home from architect Patrick Freet. This proposed building system utilizes snap-lock components to create walls,

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Algae Hydrogen Balloon Fuel by 20/2 Collaborative

Algae Hydrogen Balloon Fuel by 20/2 Collaborative

While the hydrogen fuel cell might not be viable for commercial vehicles for years, here's some hope for the promising element. A group of Philadelphia-based creatives known as the 20/2

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Construisons Demain Green Prefab

PREFAB FRIDAY: Construisons Demain Green Prefab

French designers continue to put the "fab" in prefab: Construisons Demain, a brilliant design from architect Eric Wuilmot, premiered at Batimat in Paris earlier this month. The system showcases

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BITUBLOCK: Building blocks made from compressed rubbish!

BITUBLOCK: Building blocks made from compressed rubbish!

If we told you there was a sustainable substitute for concrete you’d probably say rubbish!… and you would be right. The dream of a resource-saving, emissions-reducing replacement for

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BMW Welt: Solar-powered Masterpiece in Munich

BMW Welt: Solar-powered Masterpiece in Munich

An elegance of dynamics drives the design of the new BMW Welt - a stunning solar-powered shrine to German auto engineering. Crafted by world renowned architect Wolf Prix of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU,

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Recycled Bike Furniture Design by Andrew Gregg

Recycled Bike Furniture Design by Andrew Gregg

Andrew Gregg’s Bike Furniture proves that two wheels are better than four even when they’re not spinning. An amateur cyclist, professional bike mechanic and sports photographer, Gregg

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Baumm’s Recycled Billboard Bags at District Cotton

Baumm’s Recycled Billboard Bags at District Cotton

We brought Baumm’s colorful recycled billboard bags to Inhabitat earlier this year after Emily discovered them in Buenos Aires. These one-of-a-kind accessories have once again grabbed our

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YiAhn Convertible Bassinet

YiAhn Convertible Bassinet

Clean, modern lines and eco design define the YiAhn bassinet- but this early life sanctuary is designed for functionality well beyond baby’s first three months. Rather than buying into the

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HELIX WIND TURBINE: Small Wind Gets Smart

HELIX WIND TURBINE: Small Wind Gets Smart

Harnessing wind power for use in residential applications has been a challenge, but a new breed of vertical axis wind turbine (VAWT) from Helix Wind offers a promising design that may change the

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ASAP HOUSE: House About Saving a Planet

ASAP HOUSE: House About Saving a Planet

Telling it like it is right from the start, the ASAP House is a House About Saving a Planet with a prefab design for zero-energy living. The cost-effective package includes geothermal heating

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DucDuc Eco-Friendly Austin Crib

DucDuc Eco-Friendly Austin Crib

Under the premise that “a person’s a person no matter how small”, DucDuc makes beautifully crafted children’s furniture that keeps even tiny ecological footprints to a minimum. The

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INTEGRATING HABITATS Design Competition

INTEGRATING HABITATS Design Competition

Out of a pilot program called the Wild Urbanism design studio at the University of Oregon's Department of Architecture comes Integrating Habitats, an open design competition focused on the

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PREFAB FRIDAY: pieceHomes

PREFAB FRIDAY: pieceHomes

pieceHomes premiered at Dwell on Design last month with seven modern prefab designs that take full green advantage of factory-built construction. Created by LA-based Davis Studio Architecture +

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HOK’s LEED Gold-certified Straw Bale Building

HOK’s LEED Gold-certified Straw Bale Building

A mix of desert climate, high performance goals and the insight of a leader in sustainable design has yielded one of the first LEED Gold-certified straw-bale buildings in the world. Resource-

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POWER YOUR CAR WITH ALGAE: Algae Biocrude by LiveFuels

POWER YOUR CAR WITH ALGAE: Algae Biocrude by LiveFuels

Image by John MacNeill, commissioned by Solix Biofuels If you think algae is just that green grime that dirties up your pool, think again: it's also a surprisingly viable source for biofuel.

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SOLAR DECATHLON 2007: University of Colorado Solar House

SOLAR DECATHLON 2007: University of Colorado Solar House

One of the biggest highlights from the 2007 Solar Decathlon comes from reigning victor University of Colorado- and the design is proving once again that the team has what it takes to be solar

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BURJ AL-TAQA: Zero-Energy Tower for the Middle East

BURJ AL-TAQA: Zero-Energy Tower for the Middle East

The recent building boom in the Middle East has given rise to some of the world’s most extravagant and innovative buildings. The latest proposed tower to sprout up among the ever-changing

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STITCH ROOM by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

STITCH ROOM by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

At the intersection of green design, space-making, and textiles, the Bouroullec brothers' Stitch Room is one part design genius, one part child-like playtime. Known for designs that cross the

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Drop House

PREFAB FRIDAY: Drop House

The Drop House landed on the prefab scene after winning the Modular Architecture Challenge in 2005 with its gorgeous aesthetic and easily-customizable system. A partial prototype was installed

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