Bridgette Meinhold

 

Bridgette is a sustainability consultant who helps individuals and businesses to reduce their environmental impact. She graduated in June 2007 from Stanford University with her masters in Civil and Environmental Engineering in their Atmosphere and Energy Program. She also has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from San Diego State University.

She has spent time abroad in Germany working for a wind turbine manufacturer, a kitchen assistant at a culinary school in New York City, a private chef, a waitress and ski bum in Utah. Bridgette currently lives in an aspen grove in Park City, Utah.

During the winter her home is covered in 12 feet of snow and in the summer she walks directly from her house to hiking trails. She has a black lab/border collie mix named Cooper and is married to the man of her dreams, who also happens to be a firefighter/paramedic.

Bridgette is the Architecture Editor on Inhabitat and a contributing writer for Inhabitots.com and Ecouterre.com. When she's not blogging about architecture and design, she likes to bake gluten free goodies or hide in her recycled shipping container art studio, painting and drawing. Learn more about Bridgette's art and freelance writing on her website. She is currently awaiting the release of her first book - Urgent Architecture, a collection of housing projects in the context of natural disasters, which is expected out in January 2013.

Bridgette Meinhold
KM Architektur’s Geothermal Heilbronn House is a Timber-Clad Home in the Forests of Germany

KM Architektur’s Geothermal Heilbronn House is a Timber-Clad Home in the Forests of Germany

Located on a slope at the edge of a forest on the outskirts of Heilbronn, this three-story house is perfectly positioned to take in its surroundings. The ground floor, which is buried into the

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Carter Williamson’s Flat-Packed Emergency Shelter Debuts in Martin Place in Sydney

Carter Williamson’s Flat-Packed Emergency Shelter Debuts in Martin Place in Sydney

Carter Williamson's Emergency Shelter--also known as "Grid"--is based on a system of a standard 2.4-meter material lengths and truck-load capacity. These standard lengths allow it to be

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Help Save Unwanted Pallets By Giving Them New Lives as Chairs or Tables

Help Save Unwanted Pallets By Giving Them New Lives as Chairs or Tables

Gas&Air Studios was launched in 2010 when two British design students started messing around with a pile of broken shipping pallets. After many design iterations the duo came up with a

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Rainbow Prefab Duplex is the First Certified PassivHaus in British Columbia

Rainbow Prefab Duplex is the First Certified PassivHaus in British Columbia

Each home in the Rainbow Passive House Duplex is 1,500 square feet and comes with an unfinished basement, three bedrooms, and two bathrooms. The home achieves a 90 percent reduction in energy

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SCF Arquitectos Unveils Plans to Restore Earthquake-Devastated Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption in Haiti

SCF Arquitectos Unveils Plans to Restore Earthquake-Devastated Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption in Haiti

The 2010 earthquake all but destroyed the historical Cathedral, a source of national pride. After removing the ruble, the shell of the church has remained, but soon construction will begin to

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Merritt Crossing is a Sustainable Affordable Housing Project for Seniors in Oakland

Merritt Crossing is a Sustainable Affordable Housing Project for Seniors in Oakland

Merritt Crossing is located on the corner of 6th and Oak Street in Oakland. The dense project worked to match the surrounding feel of the residential homes as well as address the visual and

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Construction Begins on Moscow’s Green-Roofed, Geometric Kuntsevo Plaza

Construction Begins on Moscow’s Green-Roofed, Geometric Kuntsevo Plaza

Taking over an entire city block, the Kuntsevo Plaza will provide 250,000 sq m of retail space, entertainment, residences, class-A office space, rooftop decks and public plazas. The contemporary

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Ferrer Arquitectos’ PITA & Tecnova Buildings Promote Green Building in Almeria, Spain

Ferrer Arquitectos’ PITA & Tecnova Buildings Promote Green Building in Almeria, Spain

The Pitagoras and Tecnova buildings provide high tech research and office space for Almeria as part of the new Parque Científico-Tecnológico de Almería (PITA). Designed by Ferrer Arquitectos,

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LA River Restoration Moves Forward With Opening of the Glendale Narrows Riverwalk

LA River Restoration Moves Forward With Opening of the Glendale Narrows Riverwalk

The LA River begins in the San Fernando Valley and moves east and then south through LA county. Flooding in the early part of the 19th century led to the river being walled up in a concrete

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Sleeping Around: Belgium’s Pop-Up Shipping Container Hotel Is Always On the Move

Sleeping Around: Belgium’s Pop-Up Shipping Container Hotel Is Always On the Move

Pop-up stores are pretty common, but hotels less so, largely because of their need for reliable and consistent infrastructure. The makers of Sleeping Around wanted to apply the same principles

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SMPL Design Studio’s Latest Energy-Efficient Prefab Duplex is Prepped for the Cold in Canada

SMPL Design Studio’s Latest Energy-Efficient Prefab Duplex is Prepped for the Cold in Canada

The YK Duplex 2 was constructed at SMPLy Mod Prefab Homes' factories, which are located north of Edmonton, Alberta. Design was handled by their sister company SMPL Design Studio and developed

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Hut-to-Hut is a Sustainable & Affordable Eco Home Model for Southern India

Hut-to-Hut is a Sustainable & Affordable Eco Home Model for Southern India

Following an international seminar about the future of eco-tourism in the Western Ghats region in India, Sami Rintala, Daggur Eggertsson and Pasi Aalto of Rintala Eggertsson Architects and a

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Michael Maltzan’s Prefab Star Apartments Are Currently Rising in Downtown LA

Michael Maltzan’s Prefab Star Apartments Are Currently Rising in Downtown LA

Located at 6th Street and Maple Avenue along the border of Skid Row, Star Apartments is a new model for urban development. This is the third project by Michael Maltzan for Skid Row Housing Trust

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Stone Environmental Interpretation Centre is a Sensitive Reconstruction on São Jorge Island

Stone Environmental Interpretation Centre is a Sensitive Reconstruction on São Jorge Island

The Environmental Interpretation Centre is located on the shores of the Faja da Caldeira de Santo Cristo on São Jorge Island on the Azores archipelago of Portugal. The islands are very remote

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Behnisch Architekten Wins Competition for New Green-Roofed Agora Cancer Research Centre in Switzerland

Behnisch Architekten Wins Competition for New Green-Roofed Agora Cancer Research Centre in Switzerland

Behnisch Architekten just announced their win in the design competition for the new Agora Cancer Centre in Lausanne, Switzerland. The new centre will bring together hundreds of researchers,

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Italcementi’s Concrete Pollution-Busting Research Lab Achieves LEED Platinum in Italy

Italcementi’s Concrete Pollution-Busting Research Lab Achieves LEED Platinum in Italy

Italcementi i.Lab is located at the eastern end of the Kilometro Rosso Scientific Technology Park in Bergamo, Italy. The V-shaped building is composed of two wings on either side of a central

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C.F. Møller Unveils Competition-Winning Eco Student Residence for SDU in Odense

C.F. Møller Unveils Competition-Winning Eco Student Residence for SDU in Odense

C.F. Møller's winning design for a new student housing project at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense is a tower made up of three towers around a common shared space. Privacy and sight

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Silt Lake City: Floating ‘Hydropolis’ Could Ride the Tide of the Nile River in Egypt

Silt Lake City: Floating ‘Hydropolis’ Could Ride the Tide of the Nile River in Egypt

Silt Lake City is a student architecture project by Margaux Leycuras, Marion Ottmann and Anne-Hina Mallette that won a prize in a competition organized by the Foundation Jacques Rougerie. Before

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Sole Technology’s New European Headquarters Expands Upon Sustainability Commitment

Sole Technology’s New European Headquarters Expands Upon Sustainability Commitment

Sole Technology is a manufacturer of action sports footwear and apparel for the brands Etnies, Emerica, Altamont and ThirtyTwo. The company's main headquarters is based in California and its new

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Digitally-Fabricated Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion Collects Rainwater For Irrigation

Digitally-Fabricated Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion Collects Rainwater For Irrigation

The Boston Harbor Island Pavilion is located on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, the linear park created from burying I-93. The Pavilion was built to entice residents and visitors to visit the Harbor

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Glass Farm: MVRDV’s Modern Glass Building is Printed With a Traditional Farmhouse Facade

Glass Farm: MVRDV’s Modern Glass Building is Printed With a Traditional Farmhouse Facade

The Glass Farm is a redevelopment of Schijndel'’s market square, which was heavily damaged during WWII. MVRDV's Winy Maas grew up in Schijndel and in 1980 he proposed redeveloping the market

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Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay Feature the World’s Largest Climate-Controlled Greenhouses

Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay Feature the World’s Largest Climate-Controlled Greenhouses

The cooled conservatories at Gardens by the Bay cover an area of 16,500 m2 and achieve carbon neutral status with the help of low-energy and renewable systems. The two greenhouses were designed

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X Marks the Spot at the Striking Naturally Daylit NEO Bankside Residences in London

X Marks the Spot at the Striking Naturally Daylit NEO Bankside Residences in London

NEO Bankside is located directly south of the Tate Modern and features four buildings with 217 residences and a six-story office block. The hexagonal buildings have a distinctive external

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The BEEBOX Mobile Office Pod Creates an Instant Co-Working Space Anywhere

The BEEBOX Mobile Office Pod Creates an Instant Co-Working Space Anywhere

Christophe Veen and Bart de Groot from Buro Beehive designed the BEEBOX to serve as a self-contained workplace. Buro Beehive works to transform underutilized buildings into affordable workspaces

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LOT-EK’s Sanlitun South is an Urban Shipping Container Village in Beijing

LOT-EK’s Sanlitun South is an Urban Shipping Container Village in Beijing

LOT-EK's Sunlitan South is one part of a larger retail and living center in Beijing. Master planned by The Oval Partnership for Swire Properties, the project also features building designed by

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Solar-Powered ZCB is the First Zero Carbon Building in Hong Kong

Solar-Powered ZCB is the First Zero Carbon Building in Hong Kong

The ZCB (Zero Carbon Building) is Hong Kong's first net-zero energy building and it was developed to promote low-carbon living and showcase low/zero carbon design and technologies. The building

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1K Fulton: Chicago Cold Storage Facility Defrosted To Make Way For New Adaptive Reuse Office

1K Fulton: Chicago Cold Storage Facility Defrosted To Make Way For New Adaptive Reuse Office

When Fulton Street Cold Storage building was built in 1923 it was one of the most technologically advanced refrigeration buildings with elevators, cork insulation, sprinkler system and ammonia

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Olson Kundig’s Single-Room Gulf Islands Cabin is a Minimalist Retreat in British Columbia

Olson Kundig’s Single-Room Gulf Islands Cabin is a Minimalist Retreat in British Columbia

In typical Olson Kundig fashion, this one-room cabin leans towards a modern industrial/rustic aesthetic and features a shed roof with large overhangs. Located near the coast in the Gulf Islands

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LIKE Architect’s LEDscape is an Interactive Maze of Glowing LED Bulbs in Lisbon

LIKE Architect’s LEDscape is an Interactive Maze of Glowing LED Bulbs in Lisbon

LIKE Architects has worked with IKEA before last year when they took thousands of plastic bag dispensers to create "Frozen Trees". Their latest project was part of a plan to introduce IKEA's

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Compact Shipping Container House Challenges Space Requirements in Colorado

Compact Shipping Container House Challenges Space Requirements in Colorado

The Shipping Container House questions the need for space in our day to day lives and challenges us to be more efficient. Coming in at only 1,517 sq ft, this compact home packs in a lot of

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