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Upcycle Living Rolls Out Affordable Shipping Container Housing

Upcycle Living Rolls Out Affordable Shipping Container Housing

Phoenix-based Upcycle Living is aiming to bring affordable shipping container housing to the masses with its modern cost-effective designs. Just las fall they installed a 2-bedroom house at a green street

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Mark Clifford’s DIY Electric Porsche

Mark Clifford’s DIY Electric Porsche

Taking a well known fossil fuel based roadster into the electric age is a certainly a worthy undertaking for any car manufacturer. But doing it yourself? That really grabs our attention. Mark Clifford

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Ironhorse: Sustainably-Built Affordable Housing in SF

Ironhorse: Sustainably-Built Affordable Housing in SF

Affordable housing developments are all too often shoddily built, with little consideration given towards environmental impact. That's why Ironhorse at Central Station, a planned development in Oakland,

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Habitat for Humanity and NYC Team Up for LEED Certified Affordable Housing

Habitat for Humanity and NYC Team Up for LEED Certified Affordable Housing

41 families in the Brownsville neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York are celebrating the first weeks of the new year in new green homes. On a lot on Atlantic Avenue that once held 12 townhouses, Habitat for

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SOLAR EAR: Affordable Sun-Powered Hearing Aids

SOLAR EAR: Affordable Sun-Powered Hearing Aids

For anyone unfamiliar with hearing aids, know that they require a great deal of two things: money and batteries. Luckily, one humanitarian project aims to make the medical devices much cheaper and more

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Links Roundup of the Week: Affordable Housing

Links Roundup of the Week: Affordable Housing

Living in New York City, I've lost touch with the concept of affordable housing. However, after competition finalists were announced for an affordable student housing complex in the historic center of

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Shelter No 2: An Affordable Prefab Pod

Shelter No 2: An Affordable Prefab Pod

Pod living is becoming a new trend in prefab design -- small houses carefully designed to contain everything you need to sustain yourself in a small space. Broisson Architects of Naucalpan, Mexico has a

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Affordable Housing Made of Recycled Materials

Affordable Housing Made of Recycled Materials

Imagine building your home exclusively of salvaged materials. No re-mixed concretes or FSC-certified woods. Just metals and woods that have been discarded. That's exactly the kind of home-building Dan

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Stunning ‘AquaIris’ Water Purifier by Talia Radford

Stunning ‘AquaIris’ Water Purifier by Talia Radford

In answer to the ever-intensifying global water crisis, industrial designer Talia Radford has created the AquaIris, an elegant, portable water purifier for developing countries with tropical climates that

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Oeuf Debuts Stylish, Affordable Eco-Friendly Kids Furniture Collection

Oeuf Debuts Stylish, Affordable Eco-Friendly Kids Furniture Collection

Did you know that most babies are born in August? Perhaps this is why Oeuf is rolling out their greenest, most affordable line of baby furniture to date next month -- the Robin Collection. The

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The Ford Fusion Hybrid

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The Ford Fusion Hybrid

Ford recently revealed an ambitious plan to offer an entire lineup of fuel-efficient vehicles, and their opening foray will be an impressive mid-sized sedan that they hope will be a Prius-killer! Due

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Affordable and still Green: Sandbag Houses by MMA Architects

Affordable and still Green: Sandbag Houses by MMA Architects

On Fridays, we feature homes that we feel are environmentally responsible, but as one might suspect, architecture can also be good for the soul. MMA Architects recently completed a home built out of

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Oxford Unveils Next-Gen Underwater Turbines

Oxford Unveils Next-Gen Underwater Turbines

Underwater turbines that harvest tidal currents have already become an established technology in the world of clean energy. So in order to push the frontier further, a group of engineers at Oxford have

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CHERRYPAL: World’s Most Affordable Green PC

CHERRYPAL: World’s Most Affordable Green PC

CherryPal is taking cloud computing mainstream in a big way with a soon to be released green personal computer. This green PC comes in a small, affordable package weighing just 10.5 ounces and consuming

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DINKINS GARDENS: Harlem’s First Affordable Green Housing

DINKINS GARDENS: Harlem’s First Affordable Green Housing

Spring is off to a fresh start in New York as Harlem's first affordable green community blossoms to life. Situated on West 153rd Street, David & Joyce Dinkins Gardens offers 85 units of affordable

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ABŌD: Affordable Prefab for South Africa from BSB Design

ABŌD: Affordable Prefab for South Africa from BSB Design

The Abōd™ is a prototype prefab created by BSB Design for use as affordable housing in South Africa. The simple design uses a strong, natural shape as the core. It’s durable, lightweight and can be

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AN AFFORDABLE ELECTRIC VEHICLE? The $30K ZAP Alias

AN AFFORDABLE ELECTRIC VEHICLE? The $30K ZAP Alias

All-electric vehicles may seem like an impossible dream to most, with a price point that's far out of reach. That may soon change, if car company ZAP gets its way. It has just announced a partnership with

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DEPTFORD DESIGN CHALLENGE: A 2nd Life for Objects

DEPTFORD DESIGN CHALLENGE: A 2nd Life for Objects

If you are looking for great examples of objects born into a second life, Deptford Design Market Challenge is just the ticket. As part of the London Design Festival's green schedule of events, The Royal

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GLOBAL ECOLOGY RESEARCH BUILDING at Stanford

GLOBAL ECOLOGY RESEARCH BUILDING at Stanford

When the Global Ecology Research Center at Stanford University required a new headquarters, they decided to build a facility to reflect their current research priorities: biodiversity, water use and

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GREEN SEATS: Ford Escape to use Recycled Upholstery

GREEN SEATS: Ford Escape to use Recycled Upholstery

Upping the green ante in the hybrid car market, Ford and InterfaceFABRIC recently announced that the new 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid will have 100% recycled fabric seating – a first in the U.S. automotive

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AIRSTREAM & FORD’s CROSSOVER VEHICLE

AIRSTREAM & FORD’s CROSSOVER VEHICLE

One piece of extra-shiny eye candy at the recent Detroit Auto Show was Airstream and Ford's "crossover" concept vehicle. While more car than livable trailer, the stunning, modern, and inhabitable vehicle

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DWELL ON DESIGN: Day 1 – Affordability and the City

DWELL ON DESIGN: Day 1 – Affordability and the City

This afternoon’s Dwell On Design session focused on affordability and the city. The lineup included San Francisco architect David Baker, Los Angeles architect Brian Lane of Koning Eizenberg

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AFFORDABLE HOUSING COMPETITION

AFFORDABLE HOUSING COMPETITION

August seems to be the month for competitions. Right on the heels of Electrolux’s Design Lab 2006 is the deadline for the “How to Provide Affordable Housing” competition co-sponsored by Ashoka’s

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THE HOME HOUSE PROJECT: the future of affordable housing

THE HOME HOUSE PROJECT: the future of affordable housing

Good Design. Sustainability. Affordability? Rarely could these ever describe the same project, much less a single attitude towards housing. In 2003, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA)

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Entire Village Volunteers to Leave Their Homes So Wildlife Can Flourish

Entire Village Volunteers to Leave Their Homes So Wildlife Can Flourish

What once used to be a thriving farming community in India, teeming with people and daily activity, is now something closer to a ghost town, at least when it comes to humans that is. All 200 families that

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Google investing $300 million in SolarCity to finance 25,000 residential solar installations

Google investing $300 million in SolarCity to finance 25,000 residential solar installations

Installing solar panels on your home just makes sense; they turn empty space into green power. One thing stopping some from taking the plunge could be the cost of installing a system, but Google recently

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Revolutionize your daily commute with the stylish and futuristic Spark e-bike

Revolutionize your daily commute with the stylish and futuristic Spark e-bike

Canadian company Shocke bikes designed a new kind of electric bike that’s guaranteed to spice up your daily commute. Introducing the Shocke Spark, a stylish and sleek all-terrain electric bike that

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nanoFlowcell Quantino is a saltwater-powered sports car that can drive up to 621 miles

nanoFlowcell Quantino is a saltwater-powered sports car that can drive up to 621 miles

In addition to the Quant F saltwater-powered electric car, NanoFlowCell has announced plans to reveal a second concept car at the Geneva Motor Show next month. The second concept called the Quantino also

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Multi-family home in Marfa keeps naturally cool with rammed earth design

Multi-family home in Marfa keeps naturally cool with rammed earth design

Barker Freeman Design Office’s new home for Marfa, Texas will keep its residents naturally cool. The multi-family dwelling is made up of three structures that are partially submerged in a rammed earth

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Banish dry winter skin with 7 all-natural body scrubs you can make yourself

Banish dry winter skin with 7 all-natural body scrubs you can make yourself

Winter wreaks havoc on our skin, and whether you're dealing with greasy, ashy, or scaly "lizard" skin, a little TLC could work wonders. Body scrubs are great for exfoliating: they slough away dead skin

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