Andrew Michler

 

Living off-the-grid in the foothills of the colorful Colorado Rocky Mountains, Andrew Michler LEED AP BD+C and his wife Jennie are learning firsthand what low entropy living really means.  He is building a Passive House rest/work space and is currently writing the book [ours] Hyperlocalization of Architecture to be published in 2014.

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Abandoned Oil Rigs Reborn as Bustling Aquatic Villages

Abandoned Oil Rigs Reborn as Bustling Aquatic Villages

The idea is not new. In fact, the (disputed) world's smallest country is an old oil platform.  In the design by Ku Yee Kee and Hor Sue-Wern, the reclaimed oil rig is layered in rings of

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Architect Ronald Rael Proposes a Green and Socially Viable US Border Fence

Architect Ronald Rael Proposes a Green and Socially Viable US Border Fence

As the nation plows an average of $4 million dollars into each mile of fence, the only benefit is the slowed pace illegal crossings. Rael imagines a border blockade that enhances the

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Seoul’s New Solar-Powered GT Tower Boasts a Mind-Bending Wavy Facade

Seoul’s New Solar-Powered GT Tower Boasts a Mind-Bending Wavy Facade

The undulating facade of the 54,000 square foot meter tower is certainly a show stopper. Measuring 48 meters each, the waves are further emphasized by the building's glass curtain wall and

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Incredible Floating Pre-Fab Neighborhood Pops Up in The Netherlands

Incredible Floating Pre-Fab Neighborhood Pops Up in The Netherlands

Houseboats have been around for quite a while, and the Dutch have built some extraordinary ones. Building floating neighborhoods is the next obvious step, as development pressure is making

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Melbourne Fire Station Transformed into Gorgeous Modern Home

Melbourne Fire Station Transformed into Gorgeous Modern Home

The radical redo is softened by the first story, which was still features its original weathered brick and garage door intact. Offset from the original fire station is the angular silvery skin

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Germany and Italy Cancel Nuclear Power Plans in Wake of Japan’s Crisis

Germany and Italy Cancel Nuclear Power Plans in Wake of Japan’s Crisis

The German government announced this week that it is accelerating plans to close its nuclear power plants, and Italy is following suit with a one year moratorium. The announcement comes in the

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Alchemy Architect’s Barn-Inspired House with a Twist Wins AIA Award

Alchemy Architect’s Barn-Inspired House with a Twist Wins AIA Award

The house in Blair, Wisconsin was originally designed as guest quarters for a rambling farm house. The owners were so enthralled that they turned it into their own home and reserved the old

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Marc Boutin’s Modern Frame House Showcases Passive Solar Design

Marc Boutin’s Modern Frame House Showcases Passive Solar Design

The single-minded design sensibility works hand-in-glove with passive solar building strategies to reduce and often eliminate the need for supplemental heat and light. Huge 18 foot glass doors

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Barcelona Printing Press Renovated Into Industrial-Chic Modern Loft

Barcelona Printing Press Renovated Into Industrial-Chic Modern Loft

The allure of the old infused with the new could not be more pronounced in this studio retrofit of an aging printing press in downtown Barcelona. Minim Interior Architects subtly slipped modern

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Chicago’s Willis Tower to Become a Vertical Solar Farm

Chicago’s Willis Tower to Become a Vertical Solar Farm

Chicago’s iconic Willis Tower (formally the Sears Tower) is set to become a massive solar electric plant with the installation of a pilot solar electric glass project. The high-profile project

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Abandoned Skyscraper in Venezuela is the World’s Tallest Shanty Town

Abandoned Skyscraper in Venezuela is the World’s Tallest Shanty Town

Pressure for housing in the city was not being met by the private sector for fear of properties becoming seized by the government. The government has not kept with demand for housing so the

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Delta Tower: Carbon-Neutral Wooden Complex to be Australia’s First Passive House

Delta Tower: Carbon-Neutral Wooden Complex to be Australia’s First Passive House

Australia’s first Passive House certified building will also be part of a new breed of zero carbon multi-story buildings that use wood as a central building component. Designed by Melbourne

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3D Printed Air Bike is as Strong as Steel but 1/3rd the Weight of Aluminium

3D Printed Air Bike is as Strong as Steel but 1/3rd the Weight of Aluminium

This funky bike is making news today not just  for its design but for how it is made. UK engineers printed the bike using a powder composed of nylon and metal which results in a frame that has

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Green-Roofed Modern Japanese Production Facility Is a Zen-Like Retreat

Green-Roofed Modern Japanese Production Facility Is a Zen-Like Retreat

The INCS Zero production facility in Japan features a 180 meter cobblestone path that angles along an immense lawn that turns into a verdant green roof. Under an abstracted torii gate lies the

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Massive Pixilated PoroCity Transforms World’s Largest Slum

Massive Pixilated PoroCity Transforms World’s Largest Slum

The massive structure is based on 3x9 meter blocks that connect to make ever-escalating triangular structural elements. The basic habitation has a north facing terrace to allow private outdoor

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Study Reveals Vicious Cycle of Pollution on Tibetan Plateau Snows

Study Reveals Vicious Cycle of Pollution on Tibetan Plateau Snows

A new research paper reveals that the snow at the Tibetan Plateau is melting faster due to industry and agriculture far below. The study published in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics is

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Flat Tower: Massive Honeycomb Skyscraper Arches Over Green Space

Flat Tower: Massive Honeycomb Skyscraper Arches Over Green Space

The massive arch is 800 meters across or the length of the Burj Khalifa building set on its side. The principle was to build a large building without disrupting the skyline of a midsized city.

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Zig-Zagging Austrian Kindergarten Creates an Immersive Learning Environment

Zig-Zagging Austrian Kindergarten Creates an Immersive Learning Environment

Syntax Architekur recently transformed a narrow, south-facing lot in Holzbauweise, Austria into a daylit kindergarten that is a rich place for exploration. The project's generous windows and

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Real Life Version of the UP House Attached to 300 Balloons Takes Flight

Real Life Version of the UP House Attached to 300 Balloons Takes Flight

We couldn't believe our eyes when we saw these wild images of a real-life version of the balloon-lofted house from the Pixar animated film UP on My Modern Met this morning. The house was

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Mecanoo’s TU Delft Library Crowned With a Massive Green Roof

Mecanoo’s TU Delft Library Crowned With a Massive Green Roof

While we have been overwhelmed by many mountainous green buildings over the past year, the Tu Delf library has been the go-to place since to climb a hill in Delft, Netherlands since 1997.

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Swiss Chalet is World’s First Apartment Heated Exclusively by Solar Thermal

Swiss Chalet is World’s First Apartment Heated Exclusively by Solar Thermal

This apartment building in Upper Castle, Switzerland is the world's first to be heated exclusively by solar thermal energy. The building borrows heavily from traditional Swiss chalet

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Traverwood Library Built From Beetle-Damaged Trees Harvested On-Site

Traverwood Library Built From Beetle-Damaged Trees Harvested On-Site

The gently sourced ash trees on the site were damaged by the Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive species that has killed million of ash trees and threatens all of North America’s ash population.

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SMA’s Stunning Net-Zero Solar Academy Opens in Germany

SMA’s Stunning Net-Zero Solar Academy Opens in Germany

SMA is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of inverters for photovoltaic systems, so they stepped up to the challenge of building a world-class solar-powered training facility in

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Rupert Murdoch Announces News Corp Is Now Carbon Neutral

Rupert Murdoch Announces News Corp Is Now Carbon Neutral

News Corporation's owner Rupert Murdoch announced that his company has attained their goal of becoming carbon neutral. The company took a top to bottom account of its environmental impact and

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SOM Unveils Green Master Plan for FPT City in Danang, Vietnam

SOM Unveils Green Master Plan for FPT City in Danang, Vietnam

SOM just unveiled a new master plan for a green city in Vietnam that comes hot on the heels of their Green Tech City. Situated on the edge of Danang, FPT City will be a 180-hector town for the

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Stockholm’s Shining Waterfront Centre is a Shape-Shifting Low-Energy Venue

Stockholm’s Shining Waterfront Centre is a Shape-Shifting Low-Energy Venue

Like the Convention Center Dublin that opened last year, this conference center incorporates a wide range of green technologies. The building is passively heated during the icy winter months

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SOM’s Air Force Academy Spire Aims for LEED Platinum

SOM’s Air Force Academy Spire Aims for LEED Platinum

SOM has unveiled a new Center for Character Development (CCLD) That will rise next to their famous Cadet Chapel at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. The soaring glass-clad

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Green-Roofed Cluny House Showcases Low-Energy Luxury in Singapore

Green-Roofed Cluny House Showcases Low-Energy Luxury in Singapore

The home's seamless integration of natural elements pays off -- the open courtyard with a beautiful pond in the center not only immerses residents in nature but also promotes good

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Spanish Elderly Care Center Wrapped in a Pixelated Green Facade

Spanish Elderly Care Center Wrapped in a Pixelated Green Facade

This new elderly care center near Zamora, Spain rises from the landscape with a gently sloping profile set amid rows of crops. The project sits on a narrow lot, so to make the most of available

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Rejoice! Solar Decathlon Will Be Held in Washington DC After All – But Shuffled Off to a Corner

Rejoice! Solar Decathlon Will Be Held in Washington DC After All – But Shuffled Off to a Corner

The Solar Decathlon, a rigorous, annual competition where students design and build green, solar-powered homes is now back in Washington...but not in its original, prominent location. Many were

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