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
Craig Steely’s Lavaflow 7 Frames the Ohia Forest on Hawaii’s Big Island

Craig Steely’s Lavaflow 7 Frames the Ohia Forest on Hawaii’s Big Island

Lavaflow 7 is sited on 5 acres of dense Ohia forest, which is filled with the type of vegetation that takes over after a lava flow. Built upon the rocky remains of a 1955 lava flow on the slopes

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Eagle Ridge Residence is a Low-Impact Home on Orcas Island

Eagle Ridge Residence is a Low-Impact Home on Orcas Island

The L-Shaped Eagle Ridge Residence features a combined living-kitchen dining area at the corner with a study and master suite in one wing. The other wing consists of a storage area and a studio,

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Jungers Culinary Institute is a State-Of-The-Art Cooking School in Oregon

Jungers Culinary Institute is a State-Of-The-Art Cooking School in Oregon

The Jungers Culinary Center for the Cascade Culinary Institute was opened for the Fall 2011 semester. Located on the southwest side of the Bend, Oregon COCC campus, the culinary school is aiming

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Fox Family Moves Into a Zen Garden at Facebook’s Menlo Park Campus

Photo by Rocky Smith Facebook's new mascots are a family of foxes that have moved into a zen garden at the company's Menlo Park Campus! The Facebook Foxes are a hot topic at the social

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Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Edible Garden & Outdoor Kitchen Connect Visitors with Food

What was once an asphalt parking lot to support the Atlanta Botanical Gardens is now a lush garden filled with vegetables, herbs, fruit trees. Completely edible, the garden was built to showcase

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Stay in a Tiny Hobbitat House at the Blue Moon Rising Eco Resort in Maryland

Stay in a Tiny Hobbitat House at the Blue Moon Rising Eco Resort in Maryland

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Natural Swimming Ponds Ditch the Chemicals

Natural Swimming Ponds Ditch the Chemicals

This gorgeous swimming pool isn't a typical chlorine-filled watering hole--it's actually a natural swimming pond that relies on plants to filter the water. (Don't worry, you're not swimming

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FarmedHere: The Nation’s Largest Indoor Organic Farm Now Growing in Chicago

FarmedHere: The Nation’s Largest Indoor Organic Farm Now Growing in Chicago

FarmedHere has been growing greens in the Chicago area since 2011 and has a 10,000-square-foot facility in Flanagan and a 4,000-square-foot one in Englewood, IL. Jolanta Hardej, the CEO and

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Crumbling Stone Barn Renovated Into Rammed Earth Ihlow House in Germany

Crumbling Stone Barn Renovated Into Rammed Earth Ihlow House in Germany

The original stone barn has been renovated with a new addition that takes the place of a former timber addition. Designed by Roswag Architekten, the new addition is formed from rammed earth on

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Indoor Vertical Farm ‘Pinkhouses’ Grow Plants Faster With Less Energy

Indoor Vertical Farm ‘Pinkhouses’ Grow Plants Faster With Less Energy

Indoor farms need light—and a lot of it—to grow crops, but that energy adds up big time in terms of cost and environmental impact. A Pinkhouse is a new type of indoor farm that grows crops

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Off-Grid Nomad Shelters Provide Relief from the Sun for Tourists in Italy

Off-Grid Nomad Shelters Provide Relief from the Sun for Tourists in Italy

The 2010 coastal architecture project for seaside facilities competition for the Sardinian coast asked for new structures and facilities for tourism and recreation in the area. Filippo Taidelli

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NBBJ Unveils Striking Biosphere Greenhouses for Amazon’s Seattle HQ

NBBJ Unveils Striking Biosphere Greenhouses for Amazon’s Seattle HQ

Amazon's new Seattle campus will revamp three blocks in the Denny Triangle area in between South Lake Union and the commercial core. The plan calls for three 37-story towers complemented with

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Snohetta’s Eggum Tourist Stop Celebrates the Norwegian Landscape with Local Materials

Snohetta’s Eggum Tourist Stop Celebrates the Norwegian Landscape with Local Materials

The Eggum Tourist Stop is located in the middle of the E10 Lofoten route on the north side of the archipelago. The rest area has a car park and service facilities with views of the water and

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David Baker’s Station Center Affordable Housing Development Transforms a Brownfield Site in Union City, CA

David Baker’s Station Center Affordable Housing Development Transforms a Brownfield Site in Union City, CA

Station Center Affordable Housing is part of the larger Union City Master Plan and revamping of the transit centers. The site for the project is sandwiched between a freight line and a commuter

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Hollywood Park Racetrack to Be Redeveloped into an Eco Community

Hollywood Park Racetrack to Be Redeveloped into an Eco Community

After a long run, the Hollywood Park Racetrack will be closing its doors after the completion of the racing series this fall. Likely due to economic instability, the owners of the racetrack

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Alaksan Home Awarded Title of World’s Tightest Residential Building

Alaksan Home Awarded Title of World’s Tightest Residential Building

Marsik and Donalson are not house builders, but they decided to build their own home in Dillingham, AK. Most homes are heated using heating fuel, but the couple decided to cut out this costly

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s Ny Anstalt Prison Heals With a Connection to Light & Nature

Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s Ny Anstalt Prison Heals With a Connection to Light & Nature

Schmidt Hammer Lassen's winning design for the prison in Nuuk, the capital of Greenland is an 8,000 sq m facility that plays on the contrast of roughness and the beauty of nature. While

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Mod Cott is a Low-Energy Guest House on Lake Buchanan in Texas

Mod Cott is a Low-Energy Guest House on Lake Buchanan in Texas

The Mod Cott guest house complements a nearby stone residence on the shores of Lake Buchanan. With views of the shore, water and surrounding landscape, the guest cottage is perfectly situated to

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First-Time Dutch Home Buyers Can Build Their Own IbbN Flat-Packed Prefab Houses for Under $150k

First-Time Dutch Home Buyers Can Build Their Own IbbN Flat-Packed Prefab Houses for Under $150k

The Dutch city of Nijmegen wants to help first time home buyers get into the market even if they don't have a lot of money. Families who earn between €30,000 and €47,000 have an opportunity

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Sky City: World’s Tallest Tower to Break Ground in June

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BIG Unveils Plans for Massive Green Overhaul of Miami Beach Convention Center

BIG Unveils Plans for Massive Green Overhaul of Miami Beach Convention Center

The goal of the new convention center and surrounding support areas is to bring Miami Beach to the convention center, including the cool shade of tropical trees, art deco styling, human-scaled

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Upcycle House: Lendager Architects Building $175,000 Home Entirely from Recycled Materials in Denmark

Upcycle House: Lendager Architects Building $175,000 Home Entirely from Recycled Materials in Denmark

The goal of the Upcycle House is to build a home with a minimal carbon footprint by using materials with a low embodied energy. In choosing materials for the project, Lendager based its

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SOM’s Tanjong Pagar Centre Will Be the Tallest Building in Singapore

SOM’s Tanjong Pagar Centre Will Be the Tallest Building in Singapore

The Tanjong Pagar Centre will be part of the Singapore Urban Redevelopment Authority's vision to create "lively and attractive public places, protected and useful outdoor gathering spaces and

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The First Active House in North America is Now Complete Near St. Louis

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Bad Buildings Kill – Rana Plaza and the Case For Stringent Building Practices

Bad Buildings Kill – Rana Plaza and the Case For Stringent Building Practices

Photo by Andrew Biraj for Reuters We've been closely following the Rana Plaza tragedy in Bangladesh, where over 700 people have lost their lives when an eight-story garment factory collapsed

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MVRDV & Space Group Propose Plan for Green & Sustainable Growth in Norway

MVRDV & Space Group Propose Plan for Green & Sustainable Growth in Norway

Danish firm, MVRDV and the Norwegian firm of Space Group joined as a team to envision a future growth pattern for Stavenger, Norway on the southwest coast. The town, which is booming from growth

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BVN Architecture Unveils 3D Puzzle Emergency Shelter at Melbourne Exhibition

BVN Architecture Unveils 3D Puzzle Emergency Shelter at Melbourne Exhibition

The Melbourne Emergency Shelter Exhibition lasted from May 1-5, 2013 and was held in Federation Square where leading architects from the area designed and built emergency shelters. The purpose

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Spain’s Energy-Saving Ego Sport Center Supports a Healthy & Sustainable Lifestyle

Spain’s Energy-Saving Ego Sport Center Supports a Healthy & Sustainable Lifestyle

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Kagithane Gardens: JDS Architects Unveil Green-Roofed Daylit Office for Istanbul

Kagithane Gardens is a premier office and retail project that is designed to catalyze a new business district in Kagithane in the northern part of Istanbul. The M-shaped building rises up from

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Studio-E Architecture’s Oregon Passive House Makes Use of Recycled Materials

Studio-E Architecture’s Oregon Passive House Makes Use of Recycled Materials

The Fern Ridge Lake Residence is located on a 40-acre site on a bluff outside of Eugene, Oregon. The home is joined by an artist studio, a three-car garage and a number of outdoor living spaces

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