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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First LEED Gold Tower at Hudson Yards Breaks Ground in Manhattan

First LEED Gold Tower at Hudson Yards Breaks Ground in Manhattan

Hudson Yards is currently a predominantly blank space on the west side on Manhattan above 33rd Street, but is set to become a bright spot in the city with lots of new amenities. The…

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Staten Island's PS 62 Will Be New York's First Net Zero Energy School

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The Hegeman is a New LEED Silver Building That Helps Struggling Brooklynites Get Back on Their Feet

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Aluminum-Clad Dutchess House is a Shimmering Sustainable Retreat in New York

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New East River Waterfront Esplanade & EcoPark at Pier 35 is Coming Along Slowly But Surely

Mayor Bloomberg's plan for the East River Waterfront revitalization takes advantage of a neglected, inaccessible stretch of land to create 2 miles of recreational opportunities. SHoP…

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Modern Montauk Genius Loci Home is Connected by a Wood-Screened Bridge

Located on a former horse ranch with rolling green pastures, Genius Loci enjoys one of the highest locations in Montauk. Taking in views of the surrounding landscape as well as the…

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Axis Mundi apparently didn't like Renzo Piano's design for the Whitney Downtown museum and decided to come up with their own. The design takes inspiration from the original Whitney and…

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Origin LED Installation is a Giant Technocratic Life Form Under the Brooklyn Bridge

Origin is the latest installation by United Visual Artists (UVA) to explore and create large-scale responsive LED sculptures. Built from 125 two-meter cubic spaces, Origin is at once…

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Peconic Bay House is a Solar-Powered Eco Prefab in Long Island's Shinnecock Hills

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Bridgehampton's Surfside Home is Nestled into the Dunes and Draws Energy From Nature

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BIG's West 57th Pyramid is a Cross Between a Copenhagen Courtyard and a NYC Skyscraper

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Stony Brook University's Advanced Energy Center is a High Tech Research Lab for Renewable Energy

Stony Brook University's Advanced Energy Center is a High Tech Research Lab for Renewable Energy

The 2-story Advanced Energy Center plays host to dedicated lab space to a wide variety of energy related research and development. AEC's goal is to forge partnerships between…

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1100 Architect Renovates NYU's Dept. of Linguistics Into a Vibrant Naturally Lit Space

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Energy Efficient Long Island Home Built As Though It Were Made With Light & AIr

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The Lucida: Luxury Eco Condo is the First LEED Residence on the Upper East Side

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Urban Umbrella: UrbanSHED Competition Unveils the Winning Prototype

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NYC Port Authority Bus Terminal Now Boasts World's Largest LED Media Facade

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Fishers Island Modern Glass Pavilion Blurs the Lines Between Inside & Out

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Secret Greenwich Village Roof Deck Inspired By New York's Rooftop Water Towers

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EDUN’s Loft-Like New York Showroom & Offices Are Awash With Reclaimed Materials

EDUN’s Loft-Like New York Showroom & Offices Are Awash With Reclaimed Materials

Work started on refashioning the loft space in May 2010 and was completed later that year. Located on the corner Grand and Mercer Streets in Soho, EDUN's offices comprise a showroom,…

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