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.

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BIG Wants To Put Phoenix On the Map With a Giant Pin Observation Tower

BIG Wants To Put Phoenix On the Map With a Giant Pin Observation Tower

The Pin Phoenix Observation Tower is being developed by boutique real estate company Novawest and designed by Denmark-based BIG. Unlike many other big cities, Phoenix does not have an

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Noriega Street Parklet is a Succulent Meeting Spot Crafted by the Community in San Francisco

Noriega Street Parklet is a Succulent Meeting Spot Crafted by the Community in San Francisco

Noriega Street Parklet is built in the shape of a parallelogram outside Devil's Teeth Bakery on the north side of Noriega Street in the Outer Sunset District. The 45 deg angle provides an

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Carabineros Fort is a Sustainable Headquarters for Mounted Police in Colombia

Carabineros Fort is a Sustainable Headquarters for Mounted Police in Colombia

Completed in 2011, Carabineros Fort is strategically located in the Medellin's environmental park, Arvi. Developed by EDU Medellin, the project is key to the development of this area as a future

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Costa Concordia Architecture Competition Rethinks Disaster to Create a New Seaside Park in Italy

Costa Concordia Architecture Competition Rethinks Disaster to Create a New Seaside Park in Italy

First place was awarded to Alexander Laing & Francesco Matteo Belfiore from London, who envisioned the transformation of the wreck by exploring the dichotomy between removal and storage.

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Waterfront IJDock Mixed-Use Complex Nearing Completion in Amsterdam

Waterfront IJDock Mixed-Use Complex Nearing Completion in Amsterdam

Plans for the IJDock on the southern bank of the IJ waterway began back in the 90's when Bjarne Mastenbroek of SeARCH and Dick van Gameren devised the concept for the masterplan for a mixed-use

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Hotel Refugia is a Sheltered Eco Retreat on a Rugged Peninsula in Chile

Hotel Refugia is a Sheltered Eco Retreat on a Rugged Peninsula in Chile

Mobil Arquitectos sought to plant a light footprint on the topography of the landscape with the hotel and the rooms are perched up like a bridge on top of four concrete pillars. Their design

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Melbourne’s New Knox Innovation Opportunity & Sustainability Centre is Dedicated to Eco Education

Melbourne’s New Knox Innovation Opportunity & Sustainability Centre is Dedicated to Eco Education

Completed in April of 2012, the KIOSC combines both sustainable practice in building design along with secondary and TAFE (Technical and Further Education) curriculum. Students in grades 7-10

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Buddhist Retreat is a Peaceful Eco Home Outside of Capital Reef National Park

Buddhist Retreat is a Peaceful Eco Home Outside of Capital Reef National Park

Designing a desert retreat that respects its environment is difficult enough, but to build one that is also a Buddhist sanctuary is another feat entirely. The client, a business woman from Salt

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The IBC Innovation Factory Is a Creative Learning Environment Built In a Former Paint Factory

The IBC Innovation Factory Is a Creative Learning Environment Built In a Former Paint Factory

Originally built in 1978, the GORI paint factory was considered innovative and set new standards for manufacturing facilities. It was the first factory plant in Denmark to unite production and

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MVRDV Completes the Pixelated DNB NOR Bank Headquarters In Oslo

MVRDV Completes the Pixelated DNB NOR Bank Headquarters In Oslo

The scheme for DNB NOR's headquarters in Oslo was to create a clear identity for the company in the city and provide excellent working conditions and spatial qualities for their employees.

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Green Rabbit Nursery Delivers and Replants Live Christmas Trees in Austria

Green Rabbit Nursery Delivers and Replants Live Christmas Trees in Austria

Through a new special service in Austria, families can order a living Christmas tree online and have it delivered to their home in time for the holidays. Green Rabbit nursery in Vienna is

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SOM’s Shimmering White Cube for the LA Federal Courthouse Wins Award

SOM’s Shimmering White Cube for the LA Federal Courthouse Wins Award

The new Los Angeles Federal Courthouse will be designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and it will feature state-of-the-art sustainable design. Announced just this week, the US General

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MAD Architect’s Curvaceous Absolute Towers Are Now Complete in Canada

MAD Architect’s Curvaceous Absolute Towers Are Now Complete in Canada

MAD Architects won an international competition to design the towers, which is part of a larger 5 tower development project in the downtown area of Mississauga. The project was aimed to provide

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Energy-Efficient Boat House Rises Like a Reed From Austria’s Milstätter Lake

Energy-Efficient Boat House Rises Like a Reed From Austria’s Milstätter Lake

Inspired by the ecology of the shoreline, MHM Architects designed and built this striking boat house on Milstätter Lake in Austria. The structure is set on pier foundations over the water, but

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Four Lights Houses: Jay Shafer Launches New Tiny Home Company

Four Lights Houses: Jay Shafer Launches New Tiny Home Company

Jay Shafer has been building and living in tiny houses since 1999 and has since been working to encourage more people that they don't need nearly as much living space as they think they do. His

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Green-Roofed Thurrock Workshop Builds Stage Sets For London’s Royal Opera House

Green-Roofed Thurrock Workshop Builds Stage Sets For London’s Royal Opera House

In 2007, the Royal Opera House appointed Nicholas Hare Architects to design a new production workshop for set construction and fabrication at a new site in Purfleet Essex. Inside the large

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Nelson Cultural Center: A LEED Gold Addition to the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis

Nelson Cultural Center: A LEED Gold Addition to the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis

The American Swedish Institute has long been a destination and gathering place for Swedish Americans in Minneapolis' culturally diverse Phillips West Neighborhood - and now it has even more to

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Modern Kenjo Cabin is a Solar-Powered Floating Room For a Family in Sweden

Modern Kenjo Cabin is a Solar-Powered Floating Room For a Family in Sweden

Limmared, Sweden-based prefab builder Kenjo offers up small prefab cabins designed for those needing more space than can be used as a guest house, relaxation space, office, studio or even a

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Elise Morin’s Water Carrier Installation Draws Attention to Water Resources in Slovakia

Elise Morin’s Water Carrier Installation Draws Attention to Water Resources in Slovakia

You may remember Morin's last installation, WasteLandscape, where she used used 65,000 reclaimed CD's to create artificial dunes in a warehouse in Paris. Her new installation uses 5,000

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The Moop: A Modern Modular Prefab Coop For Design-Savvy Chickens

The Moop: A Modern Modular Prefab Coop For Design-Savvy Chickens

There are hundreds of designs out there for chicken coops - from super simple boxes to elaborate $100k fantasy hen mansions. But not all chicken coops are created equally - and Peter Strzebniok,

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Fuel-Efficient Aeroscraft Airship Prototype Nearing Completion

Fuel-Efficient Aeroscraft Airship Prototype Nearing Completion

Aeros has been developing airships for the last 25 years in the hopes of building fuel-efficient transport. Aeroscraft is neither a blimp nor a hybrid airship -- it's a Rigid Variable Buoyancy

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Nybyggerne Sustainable Housing Will Be the First DGNB-Certified Housing Project in Denmark

Nybyggerne Sustainable Housing Will Be the First DGNB-Certified Housing Project in Denmark

Lendager Architects announced their first prize win in the competition to build the first DGNB-certified housing project in Denmark in Næstved. DGNB is a new green building certification system

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Straw Bale Ecologic Pavilion is a Cozy Nest Built to Improve One’s Connection to the Land

Straw Bale Ecologic Pavilion is a Cozy Nest Built to Improve One’s Connection to the Land

Ecologic Pavilion was built for the Archi<20 Festivale de l'Architecture in September in Muttersholtz, Alsace, France. Designed by Studio 1984, the pavilion was built from straw, wood and

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Empowerhouse Moves Beyond the Solar Decathlon to Become Real Housing in DC

Empowerhouse Moves Beyond the Solar Decathlon to Become Real Housing in DC

From the very beginning, the Empowerhouse was planned to be more than just an entry for the 2011 Solar Decathlon. Designed and built by a student group from Parsons The New School for Design ,

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Coral Reef-Inspired ColoniaTecne Pavilion Spies on Visitors With an LED Display

Coral Reef-Inspired ColoniaTecne Pavilion Spies on Visitors With an LED Display

BIOS Design Collective was inspired by the stealthy communication network of coral reefs when dreaming up their pavilion. Biomimicry uses the lessons learned in nature to create new and

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The Nutmeg House is an Efficient Ellipse-Shaped Residence in Dorchester, UK

The Nutmeg House is an Efficient Ellipse-Shaped Residence in Dorchester, UK

The design for the Nutmeg House evolved to fit in with the surrounding landscape and to reduce its impact. The footprint of the new home is considerably smaller than the original home and

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Arching Melkwegbridge Routes Pedestrians & Cyclists Across a Canal in The Netherlands

Arching Melkwegbridge Routes Pedestrians & Cyclists Across a Canal in The Netherlands

The new Melkwegbridge spans a distance of 66 meters across the canal to connect the Weidevenne District to the historical city centre of Purmerend. NEXT Architects, with the help of Ronald

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Stylish, Sustainable St-Agatha-Berchem Housing Complex Exceeds Energy Code in Belgium

Stylish, Sustainable St-Agatha-Berchem Housing Complex Exceeds Energy Code in Belgium

The new social housing units by Buro II & Archi+I were inspired by the social housing district built in 1922-1925 by architect Victor Bourgeois. There are two groupings - one on

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Czech Green Market Stalls Create Greater Connection Between Vendors and Shoppers

Czech Green Market Stalls Create Greater Connection Between Vendors and Shoppers

When designing the new market stalls for the Green Market, Edit!'s first goal was to help the vendors better share their product with whole mar­ket and let the vendor's personality shine

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Brandon Martella’s Live Share Grow Vertical Farm Could Generate 10% of San Diego’s Produce

Brandon Martella’s Live Share Grow Vertical Farm Could Generate 10% of San Diego’s Produce

Live Share Grow is a proposal by Brandon Martella for a combo residential tower and vertical farm for downtown San Diego. The multi-story tower is dual purpose - one side is holds residential

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