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
KVADRAT Eco-Friendly North Tiles

KVADRAT Eco-Friendly North Tiles

Kvadrat's modular North Tiles combine an ingenious folding system with eco-friendly textiles to create a stunning interior element limited only by imagination. Flexible and easily reconfigured,

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Historic German water tower refurbished into green living space

Historic German water tower refurbished into green living space

There is a natural connection between sustainable design and historic preservation, one that is often overlooked. Building reuse and adaptation easily lend themselves to the ideals of green

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SIEEB Solar Energy-Efficient Building in Beijing

SIEEB Solar Energy-Efficient Building in Beijing

Photo by Daniele Domenicali Static is not a word that describes the Sino-Italian Ecological and Energy-Efficient Building (SIEEB) at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Designed to maximize

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DUSSELDORF’S ENERGY-EFFICIENT Stadttor Gate

DUSSELDORF’S ENERGY-EFFICIENT Stadttor Gate

City gates in Europe have a long history of being both functional and aesthetically important, and the Stadttor in Düsseldorf, Germany, is no exception. Completed in 1998, the double-skin glass

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‘WING’ PERSONAL PORTABLE WINDMILL

‘WING’ PERSONAL PORTABLE WINDMILL

Wind power is one of the most promising sources of renewable energy, yet most often its presence is felt only on the industrial scale, in large wind farms connected to the power grid. How great

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THE CONCRETE HOUSE: How green is concrete?

THE CONCRETE HOUSE: How green is concrete?

Australian Architects Peter Poulet and Michael Harvey contemplate concrete’s green side with The Concrete House, a free-flowing assembly of gravity-secured precast columns and slabs that the

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AGA KHAN AWARDS: Royal Netherlands Embassy

AGA KHAN AWARDS: Royal Netherlands Embassy

With a site-integrated, passive solar design, the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia pays homage to the surrounding nature and cultural diversity with an inherent sensitivity to

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AGA KHAN AWARDS: METI School of Rudrapur, Bangladesh

AGA KHAN AWARDS: METI School of Rudrapur, Bangladesh

The Aga Khan Award for Architecture recognizes distinguished architecture that encourages social development, restoration, re-use and environmental responsibility in the Islamic world. One of

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ELECTRIC CORD SHELF by Die Electric

ELECTRIC CORD SHELF by Die Electric

Die Electric is an experiment in powering down and rethinking electrical components for uses other than just spinning the meter. Case in point: SHELF. Using a cut power cord, SHELF forms a rigid

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OFF LIGHT SWITCH HANGER by Die Electric

OFF LIGHT SWITCH HANGER by Die Electric

With OFF, the light switch hook from Die Electric, form follows function and then some. OFF is a fully functional light switch that doubles as a place to hang essentials when in the OFF position

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SOLAR BOTTLE: Water-purifying drinking container

SOLAR BOTTLE: Water-purifying drinking container

Good design can save lives and improve human society. That’s the thought behind the Solar Bottle by Italian designers Alberto Medo and Francisco Gomez Paz. Winner of a 2007 INDEX award, the

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MEDLOCK AMES SOLAR-POWERED WINERY

MEDLOCK AMES SOLAR-POWERED WINERY

In a sunny valley of Sonoma County two winemakers have forged green building, renewable energy and biodynamic agriculture into a bountiful endeavor. Founded in 1998 by Christopher Medlock James

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BORDBAR RECYCLED AIRPLANE TROLLEYS

BORDBAR RECYCLED AIRPLANE TROLLEYS

A scratch here, a ding there – it’s all part of the charm that Bordbar airplane trolleys bring to their second life on the ground. When retired from long hauls at a comfortable cruising

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EXTREME SOLAR LIVING: THE GEMINI HAUS

EXTREME SOLAR LIVING: THE GEMINI HAUS

What's one way to ensure the sun always shines on your photovoltaic array? Act like a planet, or at least look like one. This extreme home's round design allows the solar equipment to rotate

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GREENLIGHT CONCEPTS Reclaimed Traffic Light Lamps

GREENLIGHT CONCEPTS Reclaimed Traffic Light Lamps

Imagine if sitting at a stoplight created ambiance instead of idle time. This idea, together with the desire to divert old traffic lamps from landfills, is the vision behind Greenlight Concepts'

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