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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PHOTOS: Adams-Sangamon Park Opens in Downtown Chicago

PHOTOS: Adams-Sangamon Park Opens in Downtown Chicago

An expansive new public park is opening in the heart of Chicago this weekend, putting the final touches on a renewed neighborhood in the West Loop adjacent to Greek Town. Designed by Site Design

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Stunning Kuokkala Church Showcases Locally-Sourced Materials

Stunning Kuokkala Church Showcases Locally-Sourced Materials

Located in the middle of downtown, the building is very much a central part of the community. The architect’s use of natural materials inside and out gives the church a very organic texture.

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Eco Emergency Shelter Built Entirely From Shipping Pallets

Eco Emergency Shelter Built Entirely From Shipping Pallets

In a brilliant example of material reuse I-Beam has created a sustainable emergency shelter built completely out of shipping pallets. Originally designed as temporary housing for refugees of the

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BIG’s 8 Tallet Grabs the 2010 Scandinavian Green Roof Award

BIG’s 8 Tallet Grabs the 2010 Scandinavian Green Roof Award

We recently showcased BIG's 8 Tallet mixed use project in Copenhagen and were wowed by its energy-efficient design, so we were excited to hear that it just received the 2010 Scandinavian Green

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Brilliant Boxel Pavilion is Built From 2,000 Beer Boxes

Brilliant Boxel Pavilion is Built From 2,000 Beer Boxes

Students from the University of Applied Sciences in Detmold, Germany recently developed and built this extraordinary Boxel pavilion out of 2,000 beer crates. The pavilion is part of a course on

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Two Striking Urban Farm Buildings Made from Shipping Pallets

Two Striking Urban Farm Buildings Made from Shipping Pallets

The project is headed by the two principals of Studio HT as part of a class of the Design Build Program at the University of Colorado Denver. The Learning Cube is a simple framed structure with

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Smart House Eco Prefab Showcases Smart Danish Design

Smart House Eco Prefab Showcases Smart Danish Design

The Danish firm Valbaek Borup Architects has brought to market this fresh prefab home that perfectly balances contemporary design with eco-friendly features. The white-clad home displays classic

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Concrete Re-visioned at the Elegant Hanil Visitors Center

Concrete Re-visioned at the Elegant Hanil Visitors Center

The Hanil Visitors Center is positioned between a restored hillside and an industrial complex to the west. As a vivid example of how concrete can be used with a lowered environmental impact, the

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Light Sanctuary: a Field of Solar Ribbons Rises in the Desert

Light Sanctuary: a Field of Solar Ribbons Rises in the Desert

The UAE may be built on profits reaped from its oil-rich sands, but out of the region's vast deserts rises a new vision for a solar farm unlike any we have seen before. Conceived by Martina

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Hollenbeck Police Station: LA’s Men in Blue Go Green

Hollenbeck Police Station: LA’s Men in Blue Go Green

The new Hollenbeck Community Police Station, LA’s largest police facility, provides the city with a memorable landmark that celebrates green building. The building's high design principals

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Casa V House Has a Green Roof Room With a View

Casa V House Has a Green Roof Room With a View

The Casa V House is a smart and functional solution to an often ignored design problem-- how to successfully integrate a home into a landscape. When dealing with steep terrain, the typical

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Extraordinary Japanese Micro-Home Built From A Grid Of Boxes

Extraordinary Japanese Micro-Home Built From A Grid Of Boxes

Photo by Reinhard Hunger for The New York Times The home's interior spaciousness is enhanced by a well-lit visual grid that creates tremendous depth. The home's walls consist of a series of a

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Corrugated Fiberboard House Makes Great Use of Waste Material

Corrugated Fiberboard House Makes Great Use of Waste Material

As our waste stream continues to expand at an ever-increasing rate, we need to look at reclaimed and recycled materials as a resource for building. One ingenious solution is to use waxy

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Fun PreFab Gym Built from Containers in Just Three Days!

Fun PreFab Gym Built from Containers in Just Three Days!

The students of the Dunraven School located in South London are enjoying a huge new prefab gym that took only three days to erect! Designed by architecture firm Scabal as the world's first

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Everything You Need to Know About Green Building From Tetris

Everything You Need to Know About Green Building From Tetris

The Tetris video may be a tongue-in-cheek shot at grim Soviet-era buildings, but the imagery it conjures is one of a rich and vivid future for our built environment. The concept is clear -- you

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Fantastic New Solar Powered Carousel With Green Roof in NYC

Fantastic New Solar Powered Carousel With Green Roof in NYC

Hudson River Park's Chelsea Cove on Pier 62 recently opened a beautiful carousel and covered it with an expansive green-roofed canopy that is topped with solar panels to keep the carousel

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Sydney Transforms Waterworks Ruins into Incredible Public Park

Sydney Transforms Waterworks Ruins into Incredible Public Park

The original water works was completed in 1878, but it was decommissioned after only 20 years due to low pressure and brackish water. And there it sat, occasionally changing hands until a

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Alta Lofts: Eco Chic Retro Renovation in East LA

Alta Lofts: Eco Chic Retro Renovation in East LA

Some green projects take the long and windy road to completion, and Los Angeles' Alta Lofts are a textbook case of how hard building can be. Located in the heart of the economically depressed

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Gorgeous Green-Roofed Home in Madrid by A-cero

Gorgeous Green-Roofed Home in Madrid by A-cero

The project's sloping walls and vegetated ramps hide a sizable home. The grey concrete further reduces the home's visual impact and tucks the envelope behind a lush green facade. The planted

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The Signal Shed: A Modern and Micro Prefab Cabin

The Signal Shed: A Modern and Micro Prefab Cabin

This simple, but modern little cabin was recently featured in Sunset Magzine as a micro-hideaway in the woods. Designed by an enterprising couple with the desire for a getaway, the pair sought

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Shanghai’s Hotel Waterhouse is a Striking Modern Renovation

Shanghai’s Hotel Waterhouse is a Striking Modern Renovation

As its name implies, the Waterhouse started out as a port warehouse located on the banks of the Huangpu River. The immaculate reconstruction played a sensitive role in maintaining the feeling of

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E.D.G.E Home Beautifully Balances Form with Function

E.D.G.E Home Beautifully Balances Form with Function

The E.D.G.E. home features a simple footprint with a fully-integrated design that fits a lot of living space into a compact package. The glass on both sides creates a sense of transparency,

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Shigeru Ban’s Elegant, Efficient Metal Shutter Houses

Shigeru Ban’s Elegant, Efficient Metal Shutter Houses

This is the first project in the US by the respected architect Shigeru Ban. The minimalist building is stripped down to its fundamental elements -- the simple boxiness of the 11 story building

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Wood-Clad Environmental HQ in Spain is A Green Gathering Place

Wood-Clad Environmental HQ in Spain is A Green Gathering Place

A new public building in Zaragoza, Spain is much more than a set of offices for the city's environmental services department -- it is also a beautiful extension of the public park next to the

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WAV: A Spectacular New Green Arts Community in Ventura

WAV: A Spectacular New Green Arts Community in Ventura

Responding to the need for community venues for the arts, the nonprofit Place is building green artist residences and community developments throughout the country. Their newly completed Working

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Materials SmackDown: What is Green Furniture Made From?

Materials SmackDown: What is Green Furniture Made From?

When people shopped for furniture in the past, the main decision points were usually around color, style and price. Nowadays, more and more consumers are looking at a piece of furniture's

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Gigantic Grassy Lawn Lounges Sprout Throughout England!

Gigantic Grassy Lawn Lounges Sprout Throughout England!

We have written about grassy love seats and other examples of literal lawn furniture before, but never at this scale, and for such a great cause. The National Trust conducted a survey on the

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Ad Campaign Puts a Face to Scientists Studying Global Warming

Ad Campaign Puts a Face to Scientists Studying Global Warming

The ad campaign is from the preeminent pubic body of scientist who are deeply engaged in helping develop public policy and education based on hard, empirical data. The Union of Concerned

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Supermassive Aerogenerator Turbine is 3X More Powerful

Supermassive Aerogenerator Turbine is 3X More Powerful

Just when you thought the dust was settling on the best wind turbine design, the stakes have gotten higher -- or in this case, wider. A new design called the Aerogenerator X (‘X’ to make it

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Solar Powered Shipping Container is a Pop-Up Prefab Party

Solar Powered Shipping Container is a Pop-Up Prefab Party

Planning a party? You might want to check out Boxman Studio’s solar-powered party venue, which comes conveniently packed into a pop-up shipping container. The innovative system that takes just

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