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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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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South African Wilderness Center Captures Rain in its Roof To Keep Cool

South African Wilderness Center Captures Rain in its Roof To Keep Cool

The Karoo Desert in South Africa contains more biodiversity than any other arid region in the world. The award-winning Karoo Wilderness Center by Field Architecture is designed to provide

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New Cotton Candy-Like Material Heals Difficult to Treat Wounds

New Cotton Candy-Like Material Heals Difficult to Treat Wounds

The Missouri Science and Technology just unveiled a new cotton candy-like material made from glass fibers that is capable of healing difficult to treat wounds. The soft, fluffy substance can be

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Incredible Transforming LEGO Apartment Packs 4 Rooms Into 1

Incredible Transforming LEGO Apartment Packs 4 Rooms Into 1

Christian Schallerton has retrofitted a tiny apartment up with a vast view of Barcelona into an incredible transforming home that packs a lot of living space into a tiny footprint. Inspired by

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Passive Solar Parisian Housing Complex Adapts to its Natural Environs

Passive Solar Parisian Housing Complex Adapts to its Natural Environs

Perhaps the apartments' most impressive statement is their sudden break from the Parisian grid and adaptation of the site where an old hospital was demolished. The buildings are interspersed

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Ohio State University’s Solar Pod House Plants the Seed of Sustainable Design

Ohio State University’s Solar Pod House Plants the Seed of Sustainable Design

The Pod house is a cumulative effort between OSU’s engineering and architecture students, who coordinated with volunteers and school faculty to explore the feasibility of green design. The

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Stunning Tang Palace Restaurant is Wrapped in a Geometric Bamboo Skin

Stunning Tang Palace Restaurant is Wrapped in a Geometric Bamboo Skin

Located in Hangzhou, China, the restaurant offers a mixture of open seating and private rooms connected by an undulating bamboo screen that envelops the space. Each area takes on a slightly

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Off-Grid Tennessee Micro Cabin Packs in High Design

Off-Grid Tennessee Micro Cabin Packs in High Design

The cabin began as a steel cube—the vertical cedar slats give it strength, and openings in the back wall add interest. The verticality of the façade helps the cabin slip into the woods during

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Sydney Pre-Fab School Sports Naturally Cooled Amoeba-like Facade

Sydney Pre-Fab School Sports Naturally Cooled Amoeba-like Facade

This unconventional façade has turned out to be a wise energy choice for the International Grammer School in Sydney Australia. Recently claiming an award for the best use of glass for energy

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New Jersey Solar Installations Leave Some Neighborhood Residents Sore

New Jersey Solar Installations Leave Some Neighborhood Residents Sore

New Jersey is amongst many states that now have a mandate for solar energy, but the state's largest utility has taken a unique tack to the question of where to put all those solar panels. As

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Chalkboard-Skinned Belgian Passivhaus is a Playground for Neighborhood Kids

Chalkboard-Skinned Belgian Passivhaus is a Playground for Neighborhood Kids

The most eye-catching aspect of the modern home is its front yard -- a basketball court, activity area, and chalkboard facade provide a playground for a neighborhood full of kids. The idea came

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Foster + Partners Break Ground on Naturally Cooled CITIC Skyscraper In China

Foster + Partners Break Ground on Naturally Cooled CITIC Skyscraper In China

The tower will sit near the Qian Jiang River in the new city center, measuring in at 99 meters so as not to overwhelm its neighbors. While modest in size, the 22 story tower is not so in terms

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PHOTOS: Denver’s First LEED Gold School and Zero Energy Community Campus

PHOTOS: Denver’s First LEED Gold School and Zero Energy Community Campus

The campus is located on the fringe of eastern Denver suburbia, a vast tract of new construction projects and cul-de-sacs. While it's not located in the most sustainable of developments ,the

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Alessilux Lamps Designer LEDs Will Seduce You Into Saving Energy

Alessilux Lamps Designer LEDs Will Seduce You Into Saving Energy

LEDs are coming for us in a big way and they are soon to be a fixture in all of our homes. Recently, the designers of Alessi teamed up with Foreverlamp to produce a entire series of designer

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National Museum of American Jewish History Protected by a Terra Cotta Eco Facade

National Museum of American Jewish History Protected by a Terra Cotta Eco Facade

Michael Rosenzweig, the President and CEO of the museum writes “While the Museum will connect Jews more closely with their heritage, it will also give all visitors a greater appreciation of

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Solar-Powered Mobile Eco Shelter for the Swiss Alps

Solar-Powered Mobile Eco Shelter for the Swiss Alps

The simple design has room for six bunks, a bath, a foyer, and living space. One huge window overlooking the breathtaking views can also let in precious solar heat. When the sun goes down, a

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Shipping Container Miner’s Hotel in Chilean Desert Capped With Huge Canvas Roof

Shipping Container Miner’s Hotel in Chilean Desert Capped With Huge Canvas Roof

The unique solution was based on clustering prefabricated shipping containers to form housing pods. Six units per pod were stacked two units high and then connected to each other in a 'C'

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Elegant 1 ℓimit Faucet Cuts Water Use to a Single Liter

Elegant 1 ℓimit Faucet Cuts Water Use to a Single Liter

This elegant 1 ℓimit faucet encourages -- and even enforces -- water conservation by giving you less water to use. The design relies on the simple principle of “what you see is what you

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Yunak Evleri Is a 5-Star Hotel Built Into Ancient Caves

Yunak Evleri Is a 5-Star Hotel Built Into Ancient Caves

Many caves were carved out of the soft limestone cliffs in the region of Cappadocia, whose history dates back to the 6th century.  The hotel was completed in 2000 with extensive cleanup and

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BiebBus: Amazing Dutch Children’s Library Pops Up Inside a Shipping Container

BiebBus: Amazing Dutch Children’s Library Pops Up Inside a Shipping Container

Traditionally, portable library buildings would park at schools to offer kids the opportunity to check out books. Since many of the old Dutch town roads are so narrow, a new idea came to

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Modern Mali Urban Park Complex Made in the Shade with Local Stone

Modern Mali Urban Park Complex Made in the Shade with Local Stone

Mali’s National Park, located inside the capital city of Bamako, is now home to a modern complex that reaches deep into the nation's architectural past. Designed by celebrated architect

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Extraordinary Video of Train Track Veggie Vendors Demonstrates Extreme Urban Adaptability

Extraordinary Video of Train Track Veggie Vendors Demonstrates Extreme Urban Adaptability

This 43 second video is all you need to understand the adaptive spirit of city dwellers. While we talk about how the future of humanity will be in our cities, sometimes it is hard to visualize

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Korea’s New Galleria Citycenter Boasts the World’s Largest Illuminated Facade

Korea’s New Galleria Citycenter Boasts the World’s Largest Illuminated Facade

UN Studio's complex layered layout is wrapped in a day-lit, futuristic skin. Unlike most malls, this one takes a vertical approach, saving energy and land. Based on a propeller typology, the

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Foster + Partners Green Roofed Kai Tak Terminal Breaks Ground in Hong Kong

Foster + Partners Green Roofed Kai Tak Terminal Breaks Ground in Hong Kong

Foster + Partners' Kai Tak Cruise Terminal in Hong Kong began construction today. The terminal will be built at the abandoned airport tarmac on the eastern entrance to the famous harbor. While

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Re:Vision Architecture Merges Historic Quaker House With Net Zero Annex

Re:Vision Architecture Merges Historic Quaker House With Net Zero Annex

The 150 year old Quaker house, now a small museum, needed structural improvements and a new place for gatherings. The design takes advantage of the work by inserting underfloor heating tubing

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Extraordinary Renovation of Berlin’s Neues Museum Wins 2011 Mies van der Rohe Award

Extraordinary Renovation of Berlin’s Neues Museum Wins 2011 Mies van der Rohe Award

The museum's most famous piece, the bust of Nefertiti, has returned to its place in the museum after 70 years of absence. Over the course of the 19th century the museum has seen war and decay

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Philadelphia’s Stylish ‘Thin Flats’ Is First Duplex to Receive LEED Homes Platinum

Philadelphia’s Stylish ‘Thin Flats’ Is First Duplex to Receive LEED Homes Platinum

The development had to pack a pretty big punch to achieve its LEED Platinum rating. The design starts with an efficient shell made from low-impact framing materials and filled with closed-cell

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An Inside Look at Autodesk AEC’s Playful Daylit LEED Platinum Headquarters

An Inside Look at Autodesk AEC’s Playful Daylit LEED Platinum Headquarters

The project is an opportunity for Autodesk to showcase their software capacity in developing a high energy performance environment while providing a bright and comfortable office for their

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Green-Roofed Sebrae HQ Harnesses Passive Design to Keep its Cool in Brazil

Green-Roofed Sebrae HQ Harnesses Passive Design to Keep its Cool in Brazil

The office building is deceptively simple from a distance, appearing as a 3-story vertical grid of screened windows on one side flanked by concrete walls. Visitors who venture closer discover an

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