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
UC San Diego’s Charles David Keeling Apartments Set the Bar for Sustainable Student Housing

UC San Diego’s Charles David Keeling Apartments Set the Bar for Sustainable Student Housing

Second year students of UCSD used to be housed in two separate locations on campus away from their main dining hall, so the Keeling Apartments were constructed to consolidate their housing at

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San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Headquarters Boasts Solar Panels and Built-in Wind Turbines

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Headquarters Boasts Solar Panels and Built-in Wind Turbines

The SFPUC Headquarters are located in downtown San Francisco in a neighborhood dominated by civic buildings and just a block away from City Hall. KMD Architects was tasked with designing the

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Dillon Marsh’s “Invasive Species” Photo Essay Explores How We Disguise Cell Towers as Trees

Dillon Marsh’s “Invasive Species” Photo Essay Explores How We Disguise Cell Towers as Trees

When cell towers starting popping up in the '90s, they were signs of progress, but then as more sprouted they became an eyesore. Even worse was when they were planted in a neighborhood and

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Clock Shadow Building Supports the Community and the Environment in Milwaukee

Clock Shadow Building Supports the Community and the Environment in Milwaukee

The developers of this underutilized parcel in Milwaukee's Walker’s Point neighborhood wanted a building that achieved a mission of economic improvement, social justice, environmental

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Make Your Own DIY Shipping Pallet Furniture with Studiomama’s Easy Tutorials

Make Your Own DIY Shipping Pallet Furniture with Studiomama’s Easy Tutorials

Tolstrup developed her line of pallet furniture while participating in TEN, a dialogue between ten London based designers that was set up with the intention of responding to sustainability

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America’s Favorite Sustainable Craft Breweries of 2012

America’s Favorite Sustainable Craft Breweries of 2012

This list of 6 favorite sustainable craft breweries was selected based first on the Brewers Association list of top selling breweries, which is determined by sales volume. Then we went to each

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The Freedom Room is a Low-Cost Micro Apartment Designed by Prison Inmates

The Freedom Room is a Low-Cost Micro Apartment Designed by Prison Inmates

There is a large carpentry shop in the High Security Prison in Spoleto, Italy where inmates build furniture for other correctional facilities. Cibic Workshop and Comodo (Comunicare Moltiplica

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Build Your Own Shipping Pallet Furniture With Pallet Room’s Downloadable Instructions

Build Your Own Shipping Pallet Furniture With Pallet Room’s Downloadable Instructions

After moving into his new apartment, Andrea Scandella needed to furnish the place on a budget. Scandella is studying Design & Engineering at the Polytechnic of Milan, so it was a natural

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Crissy Field Center is Dedicated to Environmental Youth Education in San Francisco

Crissy Field Center is Dedicated to Environmental Youth Education in San Francisco

Crissy Field Center is a state-of-the-art youth education facility that includes classrooms, a science lab, an art room, an administrative space and the Beach Hut cafe. Children from around the

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Grimshaw’s Aspire Tower will be a Benchmark for Passive Environmental Design in Australia

Grimshaw’s Aspire Tower will be a Benchmark for Passive Environmental Design in Australia

Grimshaw Architects has recently submitted its Development Application on behalf of Parramatta City Council for the landmark mixed-use tower. Aspire Tower will be located next to Parramatta

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Spherical Ekinoid Shelter is a Self-Sufficient, Disaster-Proof Prefab Home

Spherical Ekinoid Shelter is a Self-Sufficient, Disaster-Proof Prefab Home

An Ekinoid Home is 34 feet in diameter and sits elevated above the ground on supports. Accessed via a spiral staircase, which also doubles as the hydroponic garden, the home provides 2,500 sq ft

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Rooftop Helipad Transformed into Garden and Co-Working Space in Mexico City

Rooftop Helipad Transformed into Garden and Co-Working Space in Mexico City

Foro Ciel is a transformative renovation project on the top of a Coca-Cola company building in Mexico City. The project, which was designed by Rojkind Arquitectos and AGENT, serves as the home

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen Breaks Ground on the International Criminal Court in The Hague

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Breaks Ground on the International Criminal Court in The Hague

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects won the international design competition to design the permanent ICC complex back in 2010. They have since been working with the organization, The Hague and the

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Renzo Piano and Zoltan Pali Unveil Plans for the Motion Picture Academy Museum in LA

Renzo Piano and Zoltan Pali Unveil Plans for the Motion Picture Academy Museum in LA

The Motion Picture Academy Museum will take over the space previously inhabited by the LACMA West and what was previously the May Co. Department Store, which opened in 1939. The original façade

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BIG Unveils Winning Plans for Massive Green-Roofed Europa City Outside of Paris

BIG Unveils Winning Plans for Massive Green-Roofed Europa City Outside of Paris

Bjarke Ingels Group competed in an international design competition against the likes of Valode & Pistre, Snøhetta and Manual Gautrand to win the award for Europa City. The project began

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KAUST’s Breakwater Beacon is a Naturally-Cooled Lighthouse in Saudi Arabia

KAUST’s Breakwater Beacon is a Naturally-Cooled Lighthouse in Saudi Arabia

KAUST commissioned Australia-based Urban Art Projects to design a contemporary lighthouse for the HOK-designed university, which was inaugurated back in 2009. Led by Daniel Tobin, Matthew Tobin

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Green-Roofed Stone Hunting Lodge Rises from the Earth in the Czech Republic

Green-Roofed Stone Hunting Lodge Rises from the Earth in the Czech Republic

Basarch's private hunting lodge is located on a game preserve near Lednice in the south of the Czech Republic. One side of the linear home is bermed to protect it from the sound of a nearby

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MAD Completes Stunning China Wood Sculpture Museum in Harbin

MAD Completes Stunning China Wood Sculpture Museum in Harbin

Located across from a park and backed by a dense neighborhood and buildings, the China Wood Sculpture Museum is a long, low volume. As with many of MAD's projects, the form is organic and flows

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A-Lab Completes Stacked Energy-Efficient Statoil Headquarters in Norway

A-Lab Completes Stacked Energy-Efficient Statoil Headquarters in Norway

Back in 2009, A-Lab won a competition against 40 other entries to design Statoil's new offices. Located in a park-like setting in Fornebu, Bærum, Norway, the office is composed of five

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Wharton’s Entire San Francisco Campus Earns LEED Gold Certification

Wharton’s Entire San Francisco Campus Earns LEED Gold Certification

Sited close to the Bay Bridge with views out over the water, Wharton's new San Francisco campus is also conveniently located near public transit. The school offers up graduate level classes and

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Gateway Villetaneuse Footbridge Unfurls Like a Leaf Over Train Tracks Outside of Paris

Gateway Villetaneuse Footbridge Unfurls Like a Leaf Over Train Tracks Outside of Paris

The transportation network around Villetaneuse was recently upgraded, and though it was necessary, the project unfortunately created a division in the town's pedestrian network. DVVD designed a

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Herzog & de Meuron’s Naturbad Riehen Natural Swimming Pool Breaks Ground in Switzerland

Herzog & de Meuron’s Naturbad Riehen Natural Swimming Pool Breaks Ground in Switzerland

Construction on Naturbad Riehen just began, and the project is set to be completed sometime in early 2014 in time for the summer season. Herzog & de Meuron originally designed a pool for the

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GSK’s US Headquarters Awarded Double LEED Platinum in Philadelphia’s Navy Yard

GSK’s US Headquarters Awarded Double LEED Platinum in Philadelphia’s Navy Yard

Image ©Francis Dzikowski / Esto for Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP GSK's US Headquarters is the newest addition to Philadelphia's Navy Yard project to the south of downtown along the

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Vertigo-Inducing Photos of Hong Kong Housing Show Just How Dense It Is

Vertigo-Inducing Photos of Hong Kong Housing Show Just How Dense It Is

Living in Hong Kong, your view is likely not of the ocean, a forest, or even mountains. It's likely of the building across the street with a direct line of site into another family's living

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Weiss/Manfredi Unveils Plans for Kent State’s New Green-Roofed Design Loft

Weiss/Manfredi Unveils Plans for Kent State’s New Green-Roofed Design Loft

Weiss/Manfredi was one of four firms competing an an international design competition to build the coveted architecture school building. Beating out Bialosky & Partners of Cleveland with

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Andrew Maynard Unveils Gorgeous ‘HOUSE House’ Renovation in Melbourne

Andrew Maynard Unveils Gorgeous ‘HOUSE House’ Renovation in Melbourne

Andrew Maynard's HOUSE House is owned by a single extended family and it consists of two homes set right next to each other. Originally, an extension jutted out into the back yards and all but

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La Valentina Station Affordable Housing Transforms a Neglected Site in Sacramento

La Valentina Station Affordable Housing Transforms a Neglected Site in Sacramento

For more than two decades the brownfield lot sat empty and was known for a high crime rate. The light rail line stops directly in front of the site and the new affordable housing development

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Pelli Clarke Pelli Breaks Ground on the Transbay Transit Tower in San Francisco

Pelli Clarke Pelli Breaks Ground on the Transbay Transit Tower in San Francisco

The new 60-story tower, located at 101 First Street, will be the flagship project next to the new transit station and park. Both of the projects were designed by Pelli Clark Pelli, which creates

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Piñata-Inspired Miraflores-Barranco Pedestrian Bridge to Be Built From Reclaimed Timber in Peru

Piñata-Inspired Miraflores-Barranco Pedestrian Bridge to Be Built From Reclaimed Timber in Peru

Madrid-based OOIIO Architecture has designed a new pedestrian bridge, set to be a landmark for the city of Lima. The bridge will span a busy roadway and connect the two thriving districts of

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Caltech’s Historic Linde + Robinson Lab Renovated into a LEED Platinum Eco Center

Caltech’s Historic Linde + Robinson Lab Renovated into a LEED Platinum Eco Center

Caltech's Robinson Laboratory was originally built in 1932 and features a Spanish mission-style design similar to many of the buildings on the campus. Keeping true to the original nature of the

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