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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San Francisco’s Greenest Office Building Tops Off!

San Francisco’s Greenest Office Building Tops Off!

The start-then-stop history of the project turned out to be a blessing in disguise. The building was originally designed to be a typical office next to city hall, however after the first halt in

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LEED Platinum Bagley Classroom Aims for Passive House and Net Zero Energy

LEED Platinum Bagley Classroom Aims for Passive House and Net Zero Energy

The list of the building's achievements is remarkable. The core of the project is its super efficient walls, which are made from 16 inches of Structural Insulated Panels or SIPs. Built to

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House of Five Dreams: Rammed Earth Eco Home Keeps its Cool in the Sonoran Desert

House of Five Dreams: Rammed Earth Eco Home Keeps its Cool in the Sonoran Desert

The project combines a modernist house with a private museum, forging a synthesis between two different design aesthetics. The 6000 square-foot residence rests on its massive rammed earth base

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KfW Headquarters Aims to be the Most Energy-Efficient Office Tower in Europe

KfW Headquarters Aims to be the Most Energy-Efficient Office Tower in Europe

Sauerbruch Hutton designed the building to harmonize with its surrounding environs. The shape of the building is angled to let the prevailing breezes slip by, reducing uneven air pressures

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Ogaki House’s Sloping Roof Creates a Safe Haven from Harsh Japanese Weather

Ogaki House’s Sloping Roof Creates a Safe Haven from Harsh Japanese Weather

At 106 square meters the home packs an efficient living space, putting private spaces to the end and public spaces in the center. The design focuses in on the lower kitchen to create the home's

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Haus Köhle: Modern Passive Solar Farmhouse is Wrapped in a Shining Slate Skin

Haus Köhle: Modern Passive Solar Farmhouse is Wrapped in a Shining Slate Skin

The house is part of a small abandoned farm in the middle of the village. The original building was demolished down to its stone wall walk-out basement, which was then stabilized for the new

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Spectacular Green Park Tops a Parking Garage in Slovenia

Spectacular Green Park Tops a Parking Garage in Slovenia

Underground parking has always been popular in dense cities - particularly as the value of the land increases,  but this parking lot is something different. By addressing the strain on

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Omer Deutsch’s Planter PC Hybrid is Cooled by a Plant

Omer Deutsch’s Planter PC Hybrid is Cooled by a Plant

In the 'Why not?' category, industrial designer Omer Deutsch came up with a home PC that is also a planter that cools your system. The hybrid design is a component base with slots for

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Tour Vegetale De Nantes is a Spectacular Tower Stacked High with Trees

Tour Vegetale De Nantes is a Spectacular Tower Stacked High with Trees

The complex is broken into two buildings that rise from either end of a block of ground floor retail. A black rubber façade covers the rectangular office building at one end, and in stark

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NEW PHOTOS: A Secret Garden Blooms in Peter Zumthor’s 2011 Serpentine Pavilion

NEW PHOTOS: A Secret Garden Blooms in Peter Zumthor’s 2011 Serpentine Pavilion

Photo by Danica Kus The pavilion is classic Zumthor in its minimalism and modernist restraint, but the twist is in how the building pushes the envelope through subtractive design -- it

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Greenest Event Tent in the World Debuts at EMU Music Festival

Greenest Event Tent in the World Debuts at EMU Music Festival

Think of the thousands of festivals taking place this year, and the sheer volume of materials consumed or discarded. EMU was looking to call attention to those numbers and make a statement that

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The Mighty Cri-Cri Electric Mini Plane Breaks Another Speed Record

The Mighty Cri-Cri Electric Mini Plane Breaks Another Speed Record

Attendees of this year's Paris Air Show got to see history being made as the mighty micro Cri-Cri broke the electric plane speed record. The plane first took to the skies last September and

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CartonLAB Creates High-Design Structures out of Humble Cardboard

CartonLAB Creates High-Design Structures out of Humble Cardboard

CartonLAB's playful design approach adds to the appeal of using the lightweight, strong, and flexible material. They designed a display for Microsoft that could change shape at every collage

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New Building Panel Promises High R-Values and Comfortable Interiors

New Building Panel Promises High R-Values and Comfortable Interiors

Try to imagine the perfect wall system -- it would be durable, super-efficient, thin and simple to install. Researchers at HTWK Leipzig, a German university of allied sciences, are currently

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Raumlabor’s ‘Big Crunch’ is an Incredible Building Made from Discarded Materials

Raumlabor’s ‘Big Crunch’ is an Incredible Building Made from Discarded Materials

The core of the Big Crunch consists of a tubular metal frame that has been wrapped in strips of wood lattice. Various debris are hung from this foundation, and the center of the mound features a

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Beautiful Green Roofed School Rises Like a Hill in Créteil, France

Beautiful Green Roofed School Rises Like a Hill in Créteil, France

The campus's layered program is carefully designed to isolate learning environments, setting the main assembly areas, library and media rooms partially below grade and stacking the classrooms

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Molo’s Nebuta Museum in Japan Wraps Itself in a Shimmering Ribbon Facade

Molo’s Nebuta Museum in Japan Wraps Itself in a Shimmering Ribbon Facade

Like the festival, the museum’s design is intended to enliven the subdued neighborhoods. The red color is continually changing as the bending metal plates enliven the view of the building from

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FIRST PHOTOS: Solar-Powered Transforming EDV-01 Emergency Shelter Unveiled!

FIRST PHOTOS: Solar-Powered Transforming EDV-01 Emergency Shelter Unveiled!

The high-tech shelter is designed to provide a sustainable source of vital resources on-site. Four hydraulic legs quickly stabilize the structure on rugged terrain, and an outer wall rises to

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6,000 Circular Windows Flood Japan’s Kanazawa Library With Light

6,000 Circular Windows Flood Japan’s Kanazawa Library With Light

The 45 x 45 meter building kept complexity to a minimum in order to make the most of available space and daylight. The dotted exterior walls contain thousands of round windows sized at 200, 250

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OMA’s Pixelated Stadskantoor Skyscraper Scores BREEAM Excellent

OMA’s Pixelated Stadskantoor Skyscraper Scores BREEAM Excellent

Office for Metropolitan Architecture won the commission in 2009 with an unorthodox design that met the use requirements set by the city while rising to the challenge of being the “most

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Boeing Plant Camouflaged Beneath a Fake Neighborhood Tapped as Salvaged Lumber Source

Boeing Plant Camouflaged Beneath a Fake Neighborhood Tapped as Salvaged Lumber Source

South of downtown Seattle is an old Boeing airplane assembly plant that produced nearly 7000 Flying Fortresses while hidden beneath a roof with a fake suburban neighborhood on top. The site is

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Seattle Seahawks Stadium Boasts Largest Solar Array in Washington State

Seattle Seahawks Stadium Boasts Largest Solar Array in Washington State

The Seattle Seahawks have a lot to squawk about when it comes to renewable energy as their stadium is now the home to the largest solar array in the state. The 2.5 acre array will cut their

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Fashionable São Paulo Furniture Store Shows its Goods in Colorful Stacked Shipping Containers

Fashionable São Paulo Furniture Store Shows its Goods in Colorful Stacked Shipping Containers

Located on the last empty lot on 'furniture row alley' in the city's popular Alameda Gabriel Monteiro da Silva neighborhood, the Decameron Design shop required something not just temporary and

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Foster + Partners’ Index Tower Takes Top Honors for Keeping its Cool in the Dubai Sun

Foster + Partners’ Index Tower Takes Top Honors for Keeping its Cool in the Dubai Sun

Photo Dubaiwalla The 80 story mixed-use building, located in the heart of Dubai, holds 47 floors of apartments up top and 25 floors of offices below. The energy needed to keep all of those

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Report Reveals That Three Common Building Materials Are Now on the Cancer List

Report Reveals That Three Common Building Materials Are Now on the Cancer List

A newly released report by the US Department of Health and Human Services shows that three very common building materials have now been added to the cancer list.  Among the 8 chemicals that

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Striking Green-Roofed Concert Hall Sprouts in Soignies, Belgium

Striking Green-Roofed Concert Hall Sprouts in Soignies, Belgium

Designed by BE Weinand and L’Escaut Architects, the project serves as a cultural center and a public venue. The plan features a large plaza and outdoor amphitheater for concerts, and a

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Hyunjoon Yoo’s Green Weave Golf Club Sports a Living Wall

Hyunjoon Yoo’s Green Weave Golf Club Sports a Living Wall

At 5,670 square meters, the club is substantial but it doesn't overpower the course. The project's long lot forced the architects to think of imaginative ways to break up the space while

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IBM Announces Intelligent Building Management Software to Maximize Energy Efficiency

IBM Announces Intelligent Building Management Software to Maximize Energy Efficiency

Today IBM announced a new software product that promises to markedly improve the efficiency of buildings by giving real time information on performance and problems. The software is a group of

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South Korea Announces the Completion of the World’s First Carbon Neutral Office Building

South Korea Announces the Completion of the World’s First Carbon Neutral Office Building

The South Korean National Institute of Environmental Research (NIER) has some new state-of-the-art digs that they say are headquartered in the first zero carbon office building in the world.

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Incredible Big Bambú Tower Sprouts at the edge of Venice’s Grand Canal

Incredible Big Bambú Tower Sprouts at the edge of Venice’s Grand Canal

The Starns explain how their 2010 Big Bambu installation at the MET in New York became the seed for this new undertaking: "we are grafting a new Big Bambú and using 1,000 poles from the Met as

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