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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Beautiful Rolling Roof Garden Tops off NYC Studio and Penthouse

Beautiful Rolling Roof Garden Tops off NYC Studio and Penthouse

The rooftop garden is an extraordinary green space. A green swatch in a tapestry of weathered brick, highlighted by the rolling hill seems perfectly natural in local context. A gentle plank path

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Zero-Energy House Generates Enough Juice to Charge an EV

Zero-Energy House Generates Enough Juice to Charge an EV

The Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design (ILEK) at the University of Stuttgart just unveiled a concept home that is not just net zero -- it's actually designed to generate

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Modern Eco Retreat Keeps Its Cool at the Sahara’s Edge

Modern Eco Retreat Keeps Its Cool at the Sahara’s Edge

© Designboom We were completely awestruck when we spotted the stunning Dar Hi eco-hotel over at Designboom. Located on a hill on the edge of the Sahara Desert in Tunisia, the modern project

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BIG’s Angular Green-Roofed School Blends Into the Environment

BIG’s Angular Green-Roofed School Blends Into the Environment

Bjarke Ingels Group recently unveiled a proposal for a school in Asminderod, Denmark that is topped with a series of undulating green roofs. The bands of greenery create an immersive landscape

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Help Buy a Satellite That Will Provide Internet to Those Without

Help Buy a Satellite That Will Provide Internet to Those Without

Imagine not having internet. 70 percent of the world’s population is not connected to the web, and a whopping 90% of Africans do not have access to the net. But a new group called

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England’s First Passive House is a Vaulted Green-Roofed Wonder

England’s First Passive House is a Vaulted Green-Roofed Wonder

The home's 20-meter roof span was built using timbrel vault construction, a classical building technique that has been largely forgotten since the onset of modern high-strength materials. The

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Energy Efficient Science Tower to Connect Copenhagen

Energy Efficient Science Tower to Connect Copenhagen

The University of Copenhagen's Panum Complex is set to receive a new sustainably-designed Science Tower complete with an impressive vertical atrium. Set in the heart of the city, the new project

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Aga Khan Award for Architecture: Wadi Hanifa Wetlands

Aga Khan Award for Architecture: Wadi Hanifa Wetlands

Years of laissez-faire development led to damaging floods, mounds of construction waste and polluted water in the basin which serves a burgeoning population that grows increasingly dependent the

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Amazing Brick Machine Rolls Out Roads Like Carpet

Amazing Brick Machine Rolls Out Roads Like Carpet

Brick roads are beautiful and durable, but we don’t see them too often due to the effort it takes to produce them. What once was a labor-intensive, back-breaking job has now become a snap with

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Micro House in Tokyo Built On a Single Car Space

Micro House in Tokyo Built On a Single Car Space

We've reported on a number tiny houses in Japan that are nearly the size of a parking space, but this is the first house we've seen that has literally been built on a plot intended for a single

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Inhabitat’s Pick for Best Designed Booth at Greenbuild 2010!

Inhabitat’s Pick for Best Designed Booth at Greenbuild 2010!

The booth was developed by Columbia PureBond's very own marketing manager Joanna Beckman, who was inspired by the Aqua Tower by Studio Gang Architects-- just up the way in downtown Chicago. The

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Foster + Partners Inaugurate Solar-Powered Masdar Institute!

Foster + Partners Inaugurate Solar-Powered Masdar Institute!

Today Foster + Partners officially inaugurated the solar-powered Masdar Institute, the first phase of their ambitious carbon-neutral Masdar City. The net energy-positive institute represents Abu

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Solar-Powered French Gym Offers an Energizing Workout

Solar-Powered French Gym Offers an Energizing Workout

Architect Jean Marc Rivet’s funky design for a small gym located in Saint Gilles, France features an imaginative profile that slopes toward the sky. The gym's inclined, rounded boxes are

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West Hollywood’s Stylish Green Low-Income Housing

West Hollywood’s Stylish Green Low-Income Housing

Sierra Bonita Apartments is a low-income mixed-use housing complex in West Hollywood that didn't skimp on design. The project features inner green space, strips of solar panels, and a stylized

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Greenbuild 2010: The Best Eco-Designs From Day 2!

Greenbuild 2010: The Best Eco-Designs From Day 2!

We got to see the Windtronics WT6500 wind generator for Honeywell up close and this thing is big. It’s energy production is built around the outer ring which is a revolution in design. It also

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Spanish Highrise Keeps Its Cool Under a Double Skin

Spanish Highrise Keeps Its Cool Under a Double Skin

This striking new tower in the town of Irun, Spain features a double skin and series of rooftop gardens to set it apart from other mundane office buildings. It is built over an existing

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Shipping Container Concept Store Features a Foam Skin

Shipping Container Concept Store Features a Foam Skin

This simple shipping container became the latest trendy tread shop to hit the streets last week in NYC's Meatpacking District, right under the Highline Park. The Siki Im concept store is skinned

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Greenbuild 2010 Kicks Off Next Week in Chicago!

Greenbuild 2010 Kicks Off Next Week in Chicago!

Attention green building aficionados! If you can’t make it to Chicago for the Greenbuild conference next week, don’t panic -- we've got you covered! We'll be walking the expo hall, hitting

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The eP: Studio Prefab Pops-up in Venice, CA

The eP: Studio Prefab Pops-up in Venice, CA

PieceHomes' modular prefab eP: Studio recently popped up in Venice, CA, and the process of placing it is almost as cool as the studio itself. The single-piece prefabricated upper level was

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Flowing German Office Features State Of The Art Systems

Flowing German Office Features State Of The Art Systems

The curving walls in this building dramatically reduce the amount of internal structural support materials that are needed -- for an analogy, think of when you take a piece of paper and roll it

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New Window Changes Tint Automatically When it Gets Hot

New Window Changes Tint Automatically When it Gets Hot

Windows are one of the weakest points in a building's energy profile. While great gains have been made over the last couple of decades, windows still have issues with allowing in heat when you

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Terraced LEED Platinum Tower is Wrapped in Greenery

Terraced LEED Platinum Tower is Wrapped in Greenery

HKS Inc has proposed a soaring LEED platinum tower for India that is designed to effortlessly blend the indoors and outdoors. Dubbed the ITC Corporate Tower, the breathing white building

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Green Japanese School Boasts a Transforming Interior

Green Japanese School Boasts a Transforming Interior

The sizable 1,010 square-meter preschool grows from a grassy embankment which then transitions into a set of bleachers that lead to a raised outdoor patio. Along the roof is a series of generous

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Brilliant Shingled Roof Made From Reused CDs

Brilliant Shingled Roof Made From Reused CDs

Our steady march into the age of cloud computing leaves mountains of discarded e-waste in its wake -- case in point, the once-ubiquitous CD. Rather than recycling discarded CDs, why not roof

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Tent Made From Inflated Airbags is a Prefab Pneumatic Gallery

Tent Made From Inflated Airbags is a Prefab Pneumatic Gallery

A new prefab pneumatic gallery made entirely from inflatable airbags was unveiled last month by Dutch Artist Lamber Kamps at Istanbul Design Weekend. Inside the inflatable tent was a collection

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World’s Most Sustainable Broadcasting Studio Unveiled in the UK

World’s Most Sustainable Broadcasting Studio Unveiled in the UK

Architectural design firm Arup Associates recently completed work on BSkyB's headquarters, which has been hailed as the greenest broadcasting studio in the world. The massive new facility at

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Cantilevered Office Anchors Green Campus in Mexico

Cantilevered Office Anchors Green Campus in Mexico

The new Cinépolis Headquarters above the city of Morelia, Mexico makes a strong statement of Mexico’s strides toward sustainable building. The main office anchors a low-slung campus set on a

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Indonesian Bamboo Restaurant Is a Striking Open-Air Design

Indonesian Bamboo Restaurant Is a Striking Open-Air Design

This extraordinary Japanese noodle restaurant located in Jakarta, Indonesia needed to be disassembled easily, so design firm DSA+s made the bold decision to build it entirely out of bamboo. The

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New rSTUD Significantly Increases Wall Insulation Performance

New rSTUD Significantly Increases Wall Insulation Performance

A dirty little secret in the building industry is that the promised r-value of a wall is usually just a measure of the cavity insulation in a perfect installation. Often the installation of

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Igloo Made From 300 Refrigerators Springs Up in Germany

Igloo Made From 300 Refrigerators Springs Up in Germany

Berlin-based artist Ralf Schmerberg has constructed an awe-inspiring igloo made almost entirely of old refrigerators in the center of Hamburg, Germany. What appears as a Dada-esque construction

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