Andrew Michler

 

Living off-the-grid in the foothills of the colorful Colorado Rocky Mountains, Andrew Michler LEED AP BD+C and his wife Jennie are learning firsthand what low entropy living really means.  He is building a Passive House rest/work space and is currently writing the book [ours] Hyperlocalization of Architecture to be published in 2014.

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Velux Sunlighthouse is Austria’s First Net-Zero Energy and Carbon House

Velux Sunlighthouse is Austria’s First Net-Zero Energy and Carbon House

The home's long skinny lot, with partial shading and awkward orientation prevented the architects from achieving the aggressive Passivhaus standards. Instead they maximized the solar potential

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California Senate Votes to Ban Styrofoam Containers

California Senate Votes to Ban Styrofoam Containers

California's state Senate recently voted to phase out the use of styrofoam take-out containers by 2014, marking a crucial hurdle for a bill that would require food outlets to find alternative

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PHOTOS: Beautiful Times Eureka Pavilion Mimics the Structure of a Leaf

PHOTOS: Beautiful Times Eureka Pavilion Mimics the Structure of a Leaf

Like the old ride at Disneyland Adventure Through Inner Space where you shrunk in scale to see the world of the very small the Times Eureka Pavilion takes us deep into the structure of a leaf.

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Studio Fuksas’ Markthauser Complex is Clad in an Ultra Modern Ceramic Facade

Studio Fuksas’ Markthauser Complex is Clad in an Ultra Modern Ceramic Facade

At first the building looks jarringly out-of-place when set against the old city’s vernacular -- but on closer examination the design strives to forge a harmonious link with the past. Unlike

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SeARCH’s Green-Roofed Bostoren Forest Tower is a Wilderness Retreat

SeARCH’s Green-Roofed Bostoren Forest Tower is a Wilderness Retreat

Located on the Schovenhorst Country Estate, the building sets off an exciting journey for its guests right at the base of the tower, indicated by a brightly painted stairway. A ramp curves out

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Fujisawa Smart Town Planned for Japan to Be Most Advanced Eco City in the World

Fujisawa Smart Town Planned for Japan to Be Most Advanced Eco City in the World

By 2014, Japan may be home to the most advanced eco town in the world. A group of 9 companies announced that they will partner in the Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town, a breakthrough development

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Ho Hum Post War House Transformed Into a Sanctuary of Modernest Bliss

Ho Hum Post War House Transformed Into a Sanctuary of Modernest Bliss

Once a mediocre post-war house built to minimal standards, Division1 Architects transformed the dated structure into a modernist nest for a growing family. The architects were asked to

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Google Reclaims Paper Pulp Mill to Build World’s First Seawater Cooled Data Center

Google Reclaims Paper Pulp Mill to Build World’s First Seawater Cooled Data Center

Google uses a lot of energy moving and storing vast amounts of data for millions of people worldwide. So we were duly impressed when they recently unveiled the world’s first ocean cooled data

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Green-Roofed Minneapolis Central Library is a Civic Lesson on Eco Design

Green-Roofed Minneapolis Central Library is a Civic Lesson on Eco Design

The Central Library links the arts district to the west and a major shopping and business district to the east. The striking design is centered around the huge atrium and the projecting

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Plantlab Makes the Coveted Vertical Urban Farm a Reality

Plantlab Makes the Coveted Vertical Urban Farm a Reality

The heart of the high tech system is a LED array developed by Phillips that shines infrared light, which is the optimal wavelengths for plants to use. Automated trays are stacked high with

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Zoka Zola’s Naturally Cooled Bamboo Hostel is a Giant Wind Scoop

Zoka Zola’s Naturally Cooled Bamboo Hostel is a Giant Wind Scoop

The hostel will be a corporate retreat and training center but the developer also wants to push the limits of green design. The 24 bedrooms are all set on an upper floor which is fed fresh air

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White House: Scottish Ruins Transformed Into Modern Low-Impact Home

White House: Scottish Ruins Transformed Into Modern Low-Impact Home

Photo © Ross Evans The massive stone walls of the original home were doomed to failure as they were set on top of a sandy foundation and further eroded by treasure hunters searching for

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Massive Energy-Generating Wind Tower Proposed for Japan

Massive Energy-Generating Wind Tower Proposed for Japan

When considering wind power as an energy source, it's best to think big. Japan-based ZENA Systems is working on developing a new type of wind energy generator that will dwarf anything before it.

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Brilliant Brazilian Office Tower Marries Form with Efficiency

Brilliant Brazilian Office Tower Marries Form with Efficiency

This beautiful mid-rise in Brazil will soon be the home of the Council of Administration of Santa Catarina. AUM arquiteto’s winning design not only achieves visual richness in a simple form,

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Andy Goldsworthy’s Massive Clay Alderney Stones Conceal Found Objects

Andy Goldsworthy’s Massive Clay Alderney Stones Conceal Found Objects

The project took several years to create. Goldsworthy had chosen his site specific work in Alderney for the island’s mixture of differing environments and the quality of the soil. The stones

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Crazy Awesome Solar Serpent Structure Proposed For Santa Monica Freeway

Crazy Awesome Solar Serpent Structure Proposed For Santa Monica Freeway

Swedish architect Mans Tham went halfway around the world to find inspiration for this insanely awesome design for a serpent-shaped solar skin for the Sana Monica freeway. This renovation of

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New Tensile Solar Shade by SMIT Will Juice Up Your Summer with Sun Power

New Tensile Solar Shade by SMIT Will Juice Up Your Summer with Sun Power

Summer is coming folks, and what better way to spend a hot day than to lavish in the shade sipping your beverage of choice plugged into this sweet solar canopy? Soon the folks at SMIT will offer

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Denmark’s New Bella Sky Hotel Boasts a Stunning Green Interior

Denmark’s New Bella Sky Hotel Boasts a Stunning Green Interior

The hotel provides quite a unique experience for visitors - the towers lean at a striking angle that cues the unexpected qualities that lay inside. The lobby encapsulates the organic nature of

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New Dark Sky Park in Michigan Preserves the Night Sky for Stargazers

New Dark Sky Park in Michigan Preserves the Night Sky for Stargazers

A patch of land under the pristine the night sky in Michigan has just been designated as one of only six Dark Sky Parks in the nation. While many conservation group have been focused on

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Terreform One Developing Buildings Made From Blocks of Mushrooms

Terreform One Developing Buildings Made From Blocks of Mushrooms

Houses made from mushrooms used to be for smurfs — but the creative folks at Terreform One and Planetary One intend to create real houses from the prodigious plant. They are developing a

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Holburn Museum Retrofit Gives a Classic Building a Modern Twist

Holburn Museum Retrofit Gives a Classic Building a Modern Twist

The new wing and is tucked directly behind the restored Georgian era mansion, and its scale mimics the classic proportions of the original estate. The design, however, diverges dramatically with

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Contemporary French Studio Emerges from Old Garage

Contemporary French Studio Emerges from Old Garage

The conversion features a new façade and a series of rolling doors and window shutters that hide the patio, which is encased in glass. Natural light now penetrates deep into the converted space

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Algae Powered Building Retrofit Wins Metropolis Mag’s Next Generation Design Competition

Algae Powered Building Retrofit Wins Metropolis Mag’s Next Generation Design Competition

The competition, now in its 8th year, is for emerging architects and designers to push the limits on design, and this time focused on helping the Government Service Administration re-imagine how

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Ford Cars May Soon Sport Rubber Parts Made From Dandelions

Ford Cars May Soon Sport Rubber Parts Made From Dandelions

Rubber was traditionally made from rubber plant trees, and today it is made from oil. But if Ford is successful with their latest project, we could soon be seeing their fleets decked out in

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Japan Unveils Levitating High-Speed Electric Aero Train

Japan Unveils Levitating High-Speed Electric Aero Train

Move over maglev -- there's a new high-speed train in town. Japanese engineers have just unveiled a prototype vehicle that flies rather than rolling. The design is decidedly lower tech than

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Keystone Parkway Is the Greenest Highway Intersection in the US

Keystone Parkway Is the Greenest Highway Intersection in the US

The suburban city of Carmel, Indiana has built a double teardrop roundabout that could very well be the greenest highway intersection in the United States. It’s a compelling solution to the

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SOM Unveils Golden Hills Eco Village for Danang, Vietnam

SOM Unveils Golden Hills Eco Village for Danang, Vietnam

SOM was just awarded the master plan commission for Golden Hills, a major new sustainable city that dovetails with their recently revealed FTP City in Danang, Vietnam. The green development is

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London’s 3 Meter Micro Cube House Produces More Energy than it Consumes

London’s 3 Meter Micro Cube House Produces More Energy than it Consumes

The design is very simple on the outside, but the interior is another story. The ingenious layout manages to fit a full range of amenities within a shrunken floor plan. Three levels stack the

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London’s Metal-Clad Town Hall Hotel is a Radical Renovation of a Classic Building

London’s Metal-Clad Town Hall Hotel is a Radical Renovation of a Classic Building

The Edwardian town hall on Cambridge Heath Road fell on hard times in the 90’s, when the neo-classical building was rarely used save as a shooting location for films. It was bought by a hotel

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Black Pearl House: Stunning Dutch Renovation is Harmoniously Eclectic

Black Pearl House: Stunning Dutch Renovation is Harmoniously Eclectic

The reworking of the dilapidated building was anything but modest. The ground floor is now an open-air wood shop that leads to a bamboo garden patio in the back. The narrow, white stairs open to

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