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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Christo’s Over the River Approved for a 6 Mile Stretch of the Arkansas River in Colorado

Christo’s Over the River Approved for a 6 Mile Stretch of the Arkansas River in Colorado

The self-funded project dates back to 1992, with the vision of filling a valley river with a canopy of flowing silver fabric. After engineering tests, prototypes, environmental reports, many

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Boston’s Big Dig Getting Massive $55 Million LED Lighting Retrofit

Boston’s Big Dig Getting Massive $55 Million LED Lighting Retrofit

Boston’s Big Dig tunnel is set to undergo a complete LED lighting retrofit, as many of its existing lights have prematurely corroded and the older fluorescent tube fixtures are failing at

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Chinese Researchers Unlock Secret of Butterfly Wings to Make Efficient Solar Power

Chinese Researchers Unlock Secret of Butterfly Wings to Make Efficient Solar Power

Chinese material scientists have been studying the design of butterfly wings to unlock ways to make solar electricity more efficient. Inspired by the way that butterflies use their wings to

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California’s High Speed Rail Budget Cut by $30 Billion

California’s High Speed Rail Budget Cut by $30 Billion

The price tag for the proposed high speed rail system in California has just taking a major cut, with a price chop of $30 billion. The latest budget projection comes in with last-minute design

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ICC Unveils 2012 International Green Construction Code

ICC Unveils 2012 International Green Construction Code

The 2012 International Green Construction Code was just announced this week by the International Code Council - and it intends to be the first holistic code based on environmentally positive

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Ortner + Ortner Pavilion in Germany is Wrapped in Thin-Film Solar Panels

Ortner + Ortner Pavilion in Germany is Wrapped in Thin-Film Solar Panels

A pavilion on the campus of the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, Germany provides shelter behind a wall of solar panels. The visually striking design by Austrian architecture firm Ortner

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MIT Unveils 3D Solar Arrays That Produce Up to 20 Times More Energy

MIT Unveils 3D Solar Arrays That Produce Up to 20 Times More Energy

MIT researchers just unveiled a new three-dimensional solar array that can produce up to 20 times more energy per square foot than traditional flat arrays - and it's potentially more efficient

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Passive House Debate Heats Up on the Future of the US Standard

Passive House Debate Heats Up on the Future of the US Standard

When we first broke the news of the split between Passivhaus Institute (PHI) and Passive House US (PHIUS), it was a murky proposition to project what the results would be. That answer has become

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Obama Travels the US Touting ‘All of the Above’ Approach to Energy on the Stump

Obama Travels the US Touting ‘All of the Above’ Approach to Energy on the Stump

President Obama is hitting the west and midwest with a series of speeches touting his “all of above” energy policy, which reads like a Country Buffet menu. Few will like everything on the

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Melbourne’s Advanced Technologies Centre by H2o Architects Looks Like a Gigantic LEGO Brick

Melbourne’s Advanced Technologies Centre by H2o Architects Looks Like a Gigantic LEGO Brick

Much of the design of Swinburne University of Technology's Advanced Technologies Centre is about openness, circulation, and adaptability. The lower labs are glassed on

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INTERVIEW: CEO of Bentley Systems Greg Bentley Talks About the Future City Design Competition

INTERVIEW: CEO of Bentley Systems Greg Bentley Talks About the Future City Design Competition

While we write a lot about a sustainable built environment, we often overlook the contribution of engineers. We recently talked at length with Greg Bentley, CEO of Bentley Systems,

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Honest Buildings Website Launches To Make Building Research Easier

Honest Buildings Website Launches To Make Building Research Easier

Every building is unique, and each has good things and some not-so-good things. The new website Honest Buildings launched today to make it a lot easier to learn about projects and open up a

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Michael Green Unveils ‘Tall Wood’ Tower for Vancouver Along With Instruction Manual for Building Wooden Skyscrapers

Michael Green Unveils ‘Tall Wood’ Tower for Vancouver Along With Instruction Manual for Building Wooden Skyscrapers

A wooden skyscraper may seem like far-fetched idea to those who live in cities built from concrete and steel, but architect Michael Green has developed an innovative wooden tower for Vancouver

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Oasia Downtown by WOHA Places the Tropics in the Heart of Singapore

Oasia Downtown by WOHA Places the Tropics in the Heart of Singapore

The glass high-rises in Singapore’s commercial district will soon get a neighbor of an altogether different color. The Oasia Downtown tower by WOHA will be literally clad in greenery, with

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Kengo Kuma & Associates’ Outdoor Training Center Melds Into the Japanese Hillside

Kengo Kuma & Associates’ Outdoor Training Center Melds Into the Japanese Hillside

The 45-degree roof of the Ando Momofuku Centre makes not only for a more rural feeling in the mountains just west of centrally located Koromo, Japan, but its integration of the building with

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True North Log Homes Unveils a New Wall System That Doesn’t Leak Air

True North Log Homes Unveils a New Wall System That Doesn’t Leak Air

Log homes are much beloved for their nostalgic appeal but one downside is that they typically form leaks between the timbers. Luckily, True North Log Homes has come up with a couple of nice

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Foster and Partners’ Towering Hermatage Plaza in Paris Gets the Green Light

Foster and Partners’ Towering Hermatage Plaza in Paris Gets the Green Light

Foster + Partners’ massive Hermatage Plaza will be placed right on the Seine River east of La Défense as part as an effort to revitalize the area. The core design strategy is the twist in the

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Hand-Powered Machine Transforms Plastic Bottles into Thatched Roofs for Tropical Climates

Hand-Powered Machine Transforms Plastic Bottles into Thatched Roofs for Tropical Climates

Thatch roofs are a traditional building technology in Ecuador for good reason - they keep a home cool and the reeds can be sourced locally. Unfortunately, thatch has become much harder to

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‘Mountain Band-Aid’ Transforms Strip-Mined Mountainside Into a Vertical Eco Village

‘Mountain Band-Aid’ Transforms Strip-Mined Mountainside Into a Vertical Eco Village

Mountain Band-Aid is a plan for a sustainable city designed to help mitigate mining damage in southern China while providing a place for local inhabitants to repopulate the countryside. From a

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NRJA Proposes to Renovate Historic Latvian Police Station With Pop Up Modern Addition

NRJA Proposes to Renovate Historic Latvian Police Station With Pop Up Modern Addition

A police station built in the early 20th century in Riga, Latvia is hosting a competition to renovate the site, and architecture firm NRJA (which stands for No Rules Just Architecture - just

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The World’s Oldest Nuclear Power Plant Shuts Down in the UK

The World’s Oldest Nuclear Power Plant Shuts Down in the UK

The world's oldest nuclear power plant was just switched offline today in the UK after 44 years of operation. The Oldbury Power Station was the world's first commercial nuclear operation,

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Health Care Provider Kaiser Permanente Announces 30% CO2 Reduction by 2020

Health Care Provider Kaiser Permanente Announces 30% CO2 Reduction by 2020

According to Kaiser Permanente, health care activities as a whole contribute eight percent of the total greenhouse gas emissions produced in the United States. That’s a surprisingly large

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18th Century Romanian Bastion Transformed Into Green-Roofed Public Center

18th Century Romanian Bastion Transformed Into Green-Roofed Public Center

The complex was initially in a state of disrepair, and the architects took great care in removing cement patches added in the 70s which would have further deteriorated the original brick. The

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Disturbing Headless Chicken Solution Aims to Raise Poultry Birds Without Suffering

Disturbing Headless Chicken Solution Aims to Raise Poultry Birds Without Suffering

Ford's proposal involves surgically removing the animal’s cerebral cortex but maintaining the lower brain functions so the body can continue to grow. Without the capacity to sense the

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Harvard Creates Self-Assembling Miniature Bee Robots from Pop-Up Parts

Harvard Creates Self-Assembling Miniature Bee Robots from Pop-Up Parts

Harvard researchers recently created a miniature mechanized bee called the Monolithic Bee or MoBee using a new technology that produces self-assembling three dimensional machines from flat sets

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CASE and SOM’s AMPS Living Green Wall Promises to Reduce Air Pollution and Energy Costs

CASE and SOM’s AMPS Living Green Wall Promises to Reduce Air Pollution and Energy Costs

The modular wall system provides habitat for multiple types of plants including English Ivy, Boston Ferns and dieffenbachia, which are all fed water and nutrients through a hydroponic system.

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Solar Power Heavyweight Sunpower Sues SolarCity Over Stolen Data

Solar Power Heavyweight Sunpower Sues SolarCity Over Stolen Data

Two solar power giants in the US are embroiled in a legal face off which has industrial espionage and intrigue written all over it. Commercial solar supplier Sunpower is

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Architecture For Humanity Launches “I Love Architecture” Campaign

Architecture For Humanity Launches “I Love Architecture” Campaign

For the next four months, Architecture For Humanity is running an “I Love Architecture” campaign, and co-Founder Cameron Sinclair is asking us to “put down the coffee for a moment and

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Study Shows Spike in Japan’s CO2 Levels After Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

Study Shows Spike in Japan’s CO2 Levels After Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

A newly released study from the Breakthrough Institute shows a clear indication on how dependent Japan has been on nuclear power. First the good news: after the devastating earthquake and

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