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
The Cantilever House in Utah is a Solar-Powered Home for Burning Man Regulars

The Cantilever House in Utah is a Solar-Powered Home for Burning Man Regulars

Burning Man has 10 principles which attendees embrace wholeheartedly, many of which lie at the heart of sustainability. The Cantilever House by Imbue Design was created for a family Black Rock

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Minarc’s Prefab ION Adventure Hotel is Set to Open in Iceland in Spring 2013

Minarc’s Prefab ION Adventure Hotel is Set to Open in Iceland in Spring 2013

Located in one of Iceland’s most dramatic settings, at the footsteps of the UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park, the ION Hotel will be perfectly situated to connect travelers with the

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Logroño’s Stunning New High Speed Rail Station is Topped With a Public Park

Logroño’s Stunning New High Speed Rail Station is Topped With a Public Park

Abalos+Sentkiewicz Arquitectos' new high speed train station is part of a larger project to create a transportation hub, public park and housing development on a single site in the riverside

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HNTB Unveils High-Flying Ribbon Bridge to Renovate Los Angeles’ 6th Street Viaduct

HNTB Unveils High-Flying Ribbon Bridge to Renovate Los Angeles’ 6th Street Viaduct

HNTB collaborated with Michael Maltzan Architecture, AC Martin, and Hargreaves Associates to design the new bridge, which was inspired by the arches of its predecessor. Opened in 1932, the art

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Intermode’s Kilmore House is a Series of Efficient Modular Pavilions in Australia

Intermode’s Kilmore House is a Series of Efficient Modular Pavilions in Australia

Intermode's housing model makes use of a variety of pre-designed modules that can be joined together to create homes that are customized for clients' needs. All homes are based around a 1,200 mm

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Paisano Green Community is the First Net-Zero Senior Housing Project in the US

Paisano Green Community is the First Net-Zero Senior Housing Project in the US

Paisano Green Community is a new typology for public housing and generates more energy than it uses. Solar photovoltaics on the roof and two wind turbines work to power the 73-unit facility and

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LEAD’s Fiery Golden Moon Pavilion Lights up the Night at Hong Kong’s Mid-Autumn Festival

LEAD’s Fiery Golden Moon Pavilion Lights up the Night at Hong Kong’s Mid-Autumn Festival

LEAD's Golden Moon pavilion offers a new take on traditional Chinese lanterns, and it's an expression of the romantic legend of Chang’e, the Moon Goddess of Immortality, who can only visit her

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FORÊT II is a Meditation Pavilion Made from 810 Reclaimed Shipping Pallets

FORÊT II is a Meditation Pavilion Made from 810 Reclaimed Shipping Pallets

Justin Duchesneau and Philippe Allard have been working on projects together since 2009 and their latest FORÊT II (or Forest II) was completed just recently. The duo paired up to build a

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Facebook’s Energy-Efficient Prineville Data Center in Oregon Achieves LEED Gold Status

Facebook’s Energy-Efficient Prineville Data Center in Oregon Achieves LEED Gold Status

The Prineville Data Center enjoys a high desert climate, meaning low humidity and temperatures that get pretty hot in the summer. At first, this wouldn't seem like a good place for a data

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BIG’s Quirky Kilometer Long Superkilen Park Celebrates Diversity in Copenhagen

BIG’s Quirky Kilometer Long Superkilen Park Celebrates Diversity in Copenhagen

Superkilen Park is a long 1km urban space in the Nørrebro neighborhood on the northwest side of the Copenhagen, and was designed by BIG, Topotek1, and Superflex. The park features 3 distinct

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Basalt Ca’Paco is a Quiet, Green-Roofed Home in the Canary Islands

Basalt Ca’Paco is a Quiet, Green-Roofed Home in the Canary Islands

Equipo Olivares' Ca'Paco house is sensitive to the environment while reflecting the surrounding landscape. In fact, the home has its own topography with a driveway that sinks down to a lower

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SMPLyMod Prefab Duplex Harnesses Energy-Efficient Design in Canada’s Cold Northwest Territories

SMPLyMod Prefab Duplex Harnesses Energy-Efficient Design in Canada’s Cold Northwest Territories

Yellowknife is located on the northern shore of the Great Slave Lake in Northwest Territories and it experiences very cold winters with average temps around −27 °C (−17 °F). This harsh

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Massachusetts’ John W Olver Transit Center is the Nation’s First Net Zero Bus Station

Massachusetts’ John W Olver Transit Center is the Nation’s First Net Zero Bus Station

John W. Olver Transit Center by Charles Rose Architects serves as the new central bus station for the city of Greenfield in Massachusetts. The 24,000 sq ft, two-story building also features

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Cassia Co-op Training Centre is a Sustainable School For Cinnamon Farmers in Indonesia

Cassia Co-op Training Centre is a Sustainable School For Cinnamon Farmers in Indonesia

In 2010, TYIN Tegnestue was approached by a French businessman who told them all about cinnamon production in Sumatra, where 85% of globally-consumed cinnamon is produced. As you might expect

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HWCD’s Floating Bamboo Courtyard Teahouse is a Zen Space For A Tea Party

HWCD’s Floating Bamboo Courtyard Teahouse is a Zen Space For A Tea Party

HWCD's Bamboo Courtyard Teahouse embraces traditional Chinese garden design by blending into the natural environment. The floating structure has a square envelope composed of a series of tea

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LEED Gold Mojave Rivers Ranger Station Helps the Forest Service Protect the Mojave Desert

LEED Gold Mojave Rivers Ranger Station Helps the Forest Service Protect the Mojave Desert

The Mojave Rivers Ranger Station was designed to convey the Forest Service's conservation roots and the work it does to protect the land. Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects came up with a plan

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Shipping Container-Inspired Homebox is a Tiny, Movable 3-Story Vertical Home

Shipping Container-Inspired Homebox is a Tiny, Movable 3-Story Vertical Home

Han Slawik based his Homebox on the shipping container model for its transport capabilities, universal dimensions and usefulness. But at the same time, wear, repair and maintenance of steel

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Davis Brody Bond Wins Competition to Design Sustainable St. Elizabeth’s Gateway Pavilion in DC

Davis Brody Bond Wins Competition to Design Sustainable St. Elizabeth’s Gateway Pavilion in DC

The north and south oriented plaza in front of St. Elizabeth's Hospital is currently underutilized and fenced-off to the public. Davis Brody Bond's design will transform the space into a useful

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Bensonwood Launches Unity Homes Line of Energy-Efficient Prefabs

Bensonwood Launches Unity Homes Line of Energy-Efficient Prefabs

Bensonwood's Unity Homes features four distinct home styles that are 2 to 4 bedrooms and range in size from 1,113 to 2,452 sq ft. The home styles are called the Tradd (a classic Tall Cape), Xyla

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Hanging Gardens Split Open BIG’s Marina Lofts Development Along Ft. Lauderdale’s River

Hanging Gardens Split Open BIG’s Marina Lofts Development Along Ft. Lauderdale’s River

Marina Lofts is slated to be a 1,072-unit rental condo complex built in three phases along the south side of the New River in Ft. Lauderdale. The project has been designed by BIG for Asi Cymbal

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Green-Roofed, Mirrored Watergraafsmeer Garden Studio Reflects Light & Greenery in Amsterdam

Green-Roofed, Mirrored Watergraafsmeer Garden Studio Reflects Light & Greenery in Amsterdam

Maarten and Lori Lens-FitzGerald wanted to expand their living space without sacrificing their yard, so they tasked CC-Studio to come up with a plan. Replacing existing garden sheds in the back

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Boxpark Shipping Container Mall to Pop Up in NDSM Shipyards in Amsterdam Next Year!

Boxpark Shipping Container Mall to Pop Up in NDSM Shipyards in Amsterdam Next Year!

Property investor and developer Corio is working in conjunction with Boxpark and London interiors and retail designer Brinkworth to design and build a pop-up shipping container mall in

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Lorenzo Durantini’s Towering Sculptures Made From Thousands of VHS Tapes Explore Obsolescence and Outdated Media

London-based artist and curator Lorenzo Durantini has gathered thousands of old unwanted VHS tapes to make towering (and almost menacing) sculptures from them. These monoliths of outdated

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Bloc10: Unique Prefab Condos Showcase Sustainably Sourced Wood in Winnipeg

Bloc10: Unique Prefab Condos Showcase Sustainably Sourced Wood in Winnipeg

Bloc10 is a condominium project that was designed by 5468796 Architecture for Green Seed Developments. The project sits on a site formerly occupied by a gas station in Winnipeg’s River Heights

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Feel Free: Resource-Efficient Structure Sheds Some Light on CNC Fabrication in Melbourne

Feel Free: Resource-Efficient Structure Sheds Some Light on CNC Fabrication in Melbourne

Daiman Otto of Analog Structures worked with ARKit and GHD to design and fabricate Feel Free shelter for the Shed Light event in Melbourne. The shelter provides a sustainable and affordable

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Henning Larsen Wins Prize to Design Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research in Stuttgart

Henning Larsen Wins Prize to Design Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research in Stuttgart

ZSW, Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research in Stuttgart, is one of the leading renewable energy research centers in Germany and soon they will have a new facility in which to conduct

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Neiman Marcus Selling $100,000 Fantasy Hen House & Farming Lessons in New Christmas Book

Neiman Marcus Selling $100,000 Fantasy Hen House & Farming Lessons in New Christmas Book

Neiman Marcus is ringing in the holidays for the 1% with the launch of their 2012 Fantasy Gift Christmas Book - and this year's edition features a super posh chicken coop for heirloom hens that

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s Shimmering & Efficient Aberdeen University New Library Opens in Scotland

Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s Shimmering & Efficient Aberdeen University New Library Opens in Scotland

The Aberdeen University New Library, now know as the Sir Duncan Rice Library, houses over a quarter of a million books and manuscripts inside it's shimmering cubic volume. Located on the west

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LaunchPad Shipping Container Computer Labs Let South African Students Connect With Mentors

LaunchPad Shipping Container Computer Labs Let South African Students Connect With Mentors

The LaunchPad learning laboratories were designed pro bono by Perkins+Will to serve as a computer lab for students in South Africa to connect with mentors around the world as part of an Infinite

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