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GREEN BUILDING 101: Sustainable Sites—How to Live in Harmony with the Natural Environment

GREEN BUILDING 101: Sustainable Sites—How to Live in Harmony with the Natural Environment

Welcome back to Green Building 101. In our last post, we touched upon how to select an environmentally responsible location for your new abode, and in this piece, we'll begin to discuss ways

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GREEN BUILDING 101: How to Choose the Best Spot for Your Dream Green Home

GREEN BUILDING 101: How to Choose the Best Spot for Your Dream Green Home

  We've already touched upon ways to keep cool (and warm!) via insulation and home orientation, but what about your home's location itself? Where would you like to live? Naturally,

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Energy & Atmosphere – Keeping Cool and Staying Warm

GREEN BUILDING 101: Energy & Atmosphere – Keeping Cool and Staying Warm

  The very root of what makes a home green is how effectively it responds to its surrounding environment. You could say that this has defined the primary material pursuit of mankind

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AMPLE SAMPLE Upcycling Design Contest

AMPLE SAMPLE Upcycling Design Contest

For those of you who work in a professional design office, you know how quickly we become inundated with samples of all sorts. From rubber to glass and everything in-between, we can’t help but

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AIA CONVENTION: Sarah Susanka Session

AIA CONVENTION: Sarah Susanka Session

Sarah Susanka of the “Not So Big House” series held a session as part of the AIA Convention last week. Her ongoing books have thus far been a great resource for distilling our ideas

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AIA GREEN CONVENTION: Notes from the Expo

AIA GREEN CONVENTION: Notes from the Expo

The Exposition at this year's AIA Convention was overwhelming, to say the least. After traversing the floors for over three hours, I think we might have seen half of the exhibits, and perhaps

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AIA CONVENTION: Growing Beyond Green

AIA CONVENTION: Growing Beyond Green

The American Institute of Architects 2007 National Convention and Design Exposition starts this Thursday in San Antonio. This year’s theme, “Growing Beyond Green,” highlights

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RECYCLED BILLBOARD BIRDHOUSE by Atelier Bomdesign

RECYCLED BILLBOARD BIRDHOUSE by Atelier Bomdesign

We love stumbling across ways to incorporate nature into our urban lifestyle, and birdhouses always seem to do this effectively. We've featured birdhouses many times before, ranging from clean

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BOOKLAMPS by Atelier Bomdesign

BOOKLAMPS by Atelier Bomdesign

The Dutch design shop Atelier Bomdesign features several products fabricated from recycled materials. By far, our favorite is the Booklamp (or Boeklampen, in the native tongue), a clever take on

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LIVING SMALL in the New York Times

LIVING SMALL in the New York Times

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. It’s a great start to simply use less. But how about living in less? Friday’s New York Times published a great article on a few pioneers of smaller living.

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ECORESIN ITHEMBA BRACELET

ECORESIN ITHEMBA BRACELET

Samples! Product representatives have opened our eyes before about their company's sustainable efforts. So we were thrilled to receive this sample bracelet from 3form, a company that makes

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NEW DUBAI TOWER CLOCKS THE SUN

NEW DUBAI TOWER CLOCKS THE SUN

As global leader of the bizarre world of upscale development, Dubai has yet another feat of both engineering and excess in the works. The latest spire to be added to the desert landscape will be

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“REDISCOVERED” WOOD & THE TRITON SAWFISH

“REDISCOVERED” WOOD & THE TRITON SAWFISH

The Sawfish has been around for a couple years now, but we took notice after spotting it at Greenbuild two weeks ago. The timber provided by this robotic logger received accolades as one of

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PREFAB FRIDAY: The SeaSauna

PREFAB FRIDAY: The SeaSauna

While prefab construction is just beginning to influence the building industry in the United States, there are considerably more offerings for such ventures in Europe. Take for instance, Ari

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GREENBUILD DENVER: The Chemistry of Green Building

GREENBUILD DENVER: The Chemistry of Green Building

For those of you who think that last week's Greenbuild Conference was all about grass roofs and composting toilets, think again. One of the more diverse sessions was led by a group of chemists

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GREENBUILD DENVER: Products & Materials

GREENBUILD DENVER: Products & Materials

Well folks, we've got some good news and some bad news; The good news is that you're currently reading one of the best weblogs for keeping up to date with all the latest and greatest materials

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Door House by Cubo Arquitectos

PREFAB FRIDAY: Door House by Cubo Arquitectos

Not all prefab is created equal. Some, like Rocio Romero's LV Home, are made for middle-income, modernist loving homebuyers. Others, like Ray Kappe's Living Home, are a super high-end version

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URBAN CACTUS HIGH-RISE

URBAN CACTUS HIGH-RISE

Living in Texas, we've seen our fair share of cacti. So it goes without saying that we were intrigued to hear of the Urban Cactus, an architectural project in Rotterdam. Designed by UCX

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JORRE VAN AST: New Tools for Old Problems

JORRE VAN AST: New Tools for Old Problems

Jorre van Ast has a knack for realizing common problems that plague us in our daily lives – especially the ones we aren't aware of. An industrial designer, his projects approach these problems

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INSTANT CHAIR by Alain Bertreau

INSTANT CHAIR by Alain Bertreau

Alain Bertreau's Instant Chair is a plywood transformer chair that folds down into one small flat sheet for storage, but pops into a sturdy seat in a matter of seconds. Using the latest panel

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MODULAR FENCE CHAIR by Alain Bertreau

MODULAR FENCE CHAIR by Alain Bertreau

Alain Berteau, architect, interior designer, and product designer has designed some fabulously efficient chairs that are noteworthy both for their ingenuity and frugality of material. The Fence

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GREENFORTUNE’S PLANTWALL

GREENFORTUNE’S PLANTWALL

Last year, readers went crazy over our feature on the Streamgarden by Green Fortune, A Swedish company dedicated to “urban cultivation.” The Streamgarden helps aspiring green thumbs

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NATIONAL DESIGN WEEK:  Vote for the People’s Design Award

NATIONAL DESIGN WEEK: Vote for the People’s Design Award

Cooper-Hewitt, home to the National Design Awards, will put on its first ever National Design Week October 15th -21st, focusing attention on how our lives are enriched everyday by design. In

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D.I.R.T.: Reclaiming America’s Wastelands

D.I.R.T.: Reclaiming America’s Wastelands

One of the largest problems plaguing sustainable development today is the tendency to use the cheapest, most readily available land. More often than not, this results in the degradation of green

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PAPERSTONE & RICHLITE: From Countertop to Half Pipe!

PAPERSTONE & RICHLITE: From Countertop to Half Pipe!

The recent fad of using wood cladding, louvers, and filigree as sun shading for buildings has left architects scrambling for a substitute material that's beautiful, structurally stable, durable,

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BUILDING GREEN: A how-to for the Green Builder

BUILDING GREEN: A how-to for the Green Builder

Here at Inhabitat, we frequently focus on the latest green designs or sustainable products, but on occasion we come across wonderful publications that absolutely deserve to be brought to our

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GEOTHERMAL HOUSE: Maryann Thompson Architects

GEOTHERMAL HOUSE: Maryann Thompson Architects

Growing up in a Marcel Breuer House would make one no stranger to modernist aesthetic and space. Thus, architect Maryann Thompson was privileged to come across such clients when she was

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PARK(ing) Day is THIS THURSDAY – September 21, 2006!

PARK(ing) Day is THIS THURSDAY – September 21, 2006!

image from last year's PARK(ing) project, November 16, 2005 via www.rebargroup.org. Surely by now you are well aware of Rebar and their fabulous project which turned an ordinary, urban, San

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SOLAR POWERED CA SUBDIVISION

SOLAR POWERED CA SUBDIVISION

Once again, California seems to be leading the way in green building initiatives. Friday's New York Times has published a video article on Carsten Crossings, a subdivision outside of Sacramento

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GREEN BUILDING 101: The Conclusion

GREEN BUILDING 101: The Conclusion

As summer comes to a close, so does our weekly series on green building. Hopefully we have expanded your knowledge of applying sustainable concepts in your own home, whether it’s a studio

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