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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Imagining The City 2.0 Wins the 2012 TED Prize!

Imagining The City 2.0 Wins the 2012 TED Prize!

The TED Prize has just announced its 2012 winner, and it turns out to be not a person, but an idea. Cities 2.0 will be the recipient of the annual $100,000 prize, in an unusual move on TED's

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Boxpark: London’s first Pop-Up Shipping Container Mall Opens in Shoreditch

Boxpark: London’s first Pop-Up Shipping Container Mall Opens in Shoreditch

Photo studio55 Boxpark Shoreditch claims to be the world’s first pop-up mall, which isn’t quit the case, but a good idea is a good idea and we look forward to seeing the Boxpark Mall

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Audi and BIG Show Off Their Illuminated Urban Road of the Future Pavilion at Art Basel

Audi and BIG Show Off Their Illuminated Urban Road of the Future Pavilion at Art Basel

Audi and BIG showed up at Art Basel Miami last week with what could be mistaken as the latest dance floor design -- a huge LED surface which illuminates and tracks humans. The floor and

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Green-Roofed Serpentine Swiss Lake Resort has a See-Through Skin

Green-Roofed Serpentine Swiss Lake Resort has a See-Through Skin

The Bathing Beach Seeburg resort's translucent skin stretches around the entire building, and it is transparent on the south side to provide heat, light, and fresh air. The lake side of the

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Samsung Unveils New Line of Energy-Efficient LED Light Bulbs

Samsung Unveils New Line of Energy-Efficient LED Light Bulbs

Samsung just threw their hat into the growing LED market by launching a new line of bulbs that can suit practically any lighting need. The line features 7 energy-sipping bulbs that should fit

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Olson Kundig Architects’ Transforming Micro Cabin Folds Up to Protect Against the Elements

Olson Kundig Architects’ Transforming Micro Cabin Folds Up to Protect Against the Elements

We have seen similar tricks like this before, most notably in the Australian outback, and the concept is extremely useful as it serves multiple functions with one design gesture. When the

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UC Davis’ Newly Opened West Village Is the Largest Net Zero Project in the US

UC Davis’ Newly Opened West Village Is the Largest Net Zero Project in the US

The University of California at Davis has just opened the doors to the first phase of its West Village complex -- an ambitious net zero energy housing and recreation development that will

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Spain’s Solar Chamber Apartment Complex Takes a Cue from Le Corbusier

Spain’s Solar Chamber Apartment Complex Takes a Cue from Le Corbusier

Larrea's design seems to capture all the qualities we like to see in sustainable building design. The shallow floor plate allows every unit to have access to the southern sun and northern

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Tiny Prius Model C to Debut at Tokyo Motor Show

Tiny Prius Model C to Debut at Tokyo Motor Show

Hard to believe the Toyota Prius is 15 years old as a brand. After only a few tweaks in design over the years, Toyota is finally letting loose some new form factors of the proven technology.

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Re:START Shipping Container Mall Opens In Christchurch But Faces Lawsuit

Re:START Shipping Container Mall Opens In Christchurch But Faces Lawsuit

The renewal of Christchurch, New Zealand after a devastating earthquake just took a huge leap with the opening of a pedestrian shopping mall made from shipping containers. The brightly colored

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The Spacious Prefab WingHouse Unfolds From a Shipping Container

The Spacious Prefab WingHouse Unfolds From a Shipping Container

The main design principle of the WingHouse is relatively simple. Because they come in the standard shipping container size they are easily transportable and do not need a crane to set down. The

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Shakti is a Solar-Powered Eco Retreat Nestled in the Himalayas

Shakti is a Solar-Powered Eco Retreat Nestled in the Himalayas

While the retreat may be of humble origins, the visitor experience is intended to be one of refinement. The main dining room serves up delicacies made by trained local residences. The rooms are

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Solar Powered Sea-Can House is Made Completely From Shipping Containers

Solar Powered Sea-Can House is Made Completely From Shipping Containers

We have seen a lot of houses made from shipping containers, but few have approached the scale of the Sea-Can Home. The container home was designed by its owner, and it shows - the boxy form and

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Amazing Pupa Pavilion Made From Recycled Shipping Pallets and Cardboard

Amazing Pupa Pavilion Made From Recycled Shipping Pallets and Cardboard

The cardboard came in damp bales so it had to be pulped and re-fabricated locally. Nearly four thousand triangular components were assembled by folding strips to make triangular frames and

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Tesco Warrior Princess Costume Handsewn From Plastic Shopping Bags

Tesco Warrior Princess Costume Handsewn From Plastic Shopping Bags

With this Tesco Plastic Bag Warrior Princess costume, Ria Burns is taking no prisoners in our Green Halloween Costume Contest. She used 15 old plastic shopping bags sewn together to start the

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Ecotech Institute: The United States’ First School Exclusively For Green Degrees

Ecotech Institute: The United States’ First School Exclusively For Green Degrees

The demand for green jobs has increased even as the larger jobs market declines, and now many colleges and universities have begun to offer courses in sustainability. The Ecotech Institute,

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Creatureama: Recycled Styrofoam Robots Invade Germany’s Streets

Creatureama: Recycled Styrofoam Robots Invade Germany’s Streets

Mitchell Joachim and his team at Terraform 1 are provocateurs of the built environment that excel at dreaming up new ways of building and getting around. Their recycled Creatureama installation

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‘Fish Hotel’ Fishbowl is a Stackable Aquatic Condo

‘Fish Hotel’ Fishbowl is a Stackable Aquatic Condo

Contemporary condo design gets quite literally fishy in this stackable Fish Hotel designed to mimic a modern high-rise. The quirky aquatic condo conceived by Teddy Luong and sold by Umbra won

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New Wind Farm In West Virginia Uses Batteries to Improve Performance

New Wind Farm In West Virginia Uses Batteries to Improve Performance

A wind farm which opened in this week in West Virginia marks an important milestone in wind energy -- the farm is using a battery system to store energy and improve performance. Laurel

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Steve Jobs’ Modern Childhood Home May Have Incubated his Design Vision

Steve Jobs’ Modern Childhood Home May Have Incubated his Design Vision

Photo Eichler Social While it may be presumptuous to think that a childhood home can be an elemental starting point for one of our greatest design geniuses, the power of architecture can be a

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‘Tower For The Dead’ is an Eco-Cemetery Inspired by the Grieving Process

‘Tower For The Dead’ is an Eco-Cemetery Inspired by the Grieving Process

One of the most mysterious towers ever conceived, the Tower For the Dead is actually a practical solution that adresses the needs of our growing and aging population. The proposal won honorable

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Voltaic Introduces High-Powered Solar Backpacks That Charge Laptops!

Voltaic Introduces High-Powered Solar Backpacks That Charge Laptops!

The dream of going wireless with a laptop or iPad becomes pretty meaningless when reality hits and you're left with a battery drained to nothing. But Voltaic's new solar backpack brings things

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MOOARC Transforms a 15th Century Stone Barn Into a Light-Infused Modern Home

MOOARC Transforms a 15th Century Stone Barn Into a Light-Infused Modern Home

What is striking about the home is how well the old and the new have been integrated. Relying on modern glass and old stone walls, the fusion creates a mix of hard and soft, and the result is an

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Green-Roofed Jeju Natural Heritage Center is Carved from South Korea’s Volcanic Landscape

Green-Roofed Jeju Natural Heritage Center is Carved from South Korea’s Volcanic Landscape

From above the center is almost indistinguishable from the landscape, as the stepped green roof tops a pair of undulating wings. Views of the landscape dominate from this vantage point, which

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Low-Impact Pinus House Takes Flight in a Brazilian Pine Forest

Low-Impact Pinus House Takes Flight in a Brazilian Pine Forest

The home’s low-impact design goes well beyond its use of raw and minimally processed materials. The home is set on only six piers and constructed with beams and eucalyptus poles, so it can be

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Snøhetta’s Norwegian Wild Reindeer Centre Pavilion was Inspired by the Robust Landscape

Snøhetta’s Norwegian Wild Reindeer Centre Pavilion was Inspired by the Robust Landscape

The pavilion was commissioned by the Norwegian Wild Reindeer Foundation to allow visitors to behold the range of the reindeer. Snøhetta's design for the center may have taken a cue from the

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Blu Homes Unveils Its First Newly Redesigned Glidehouse on Puget Sound

Blu Homes Unveils Its First Newly Redesigned Glidehouse on Puget Sound

The Glidehouse is one of the first contemporary prefab designs intended to be “plug-and-play”. Unfortunately, the promise of high design with the convenience of pre-manufacturing grabbed a

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POOP SCOOP Robot Keeps Streets Clean by Automatically Picking Up Dog Poo

POOP SCOOP Robot Keeps Streets Clean by Automatically Picking Up Dog Poo

Dog poop is a blight upon city streets and parks, however researchers recently unveiled a new breed of robot capable of picking up the offensive little landmines before they find someone’s

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All-Electric DeLorean Car To Hit the Streets in 2013!

All-Electric DeLorean Car To Hit the Streets in 2013!

The iconic DeLorean Motor Company has weathered a stormy past, but it's coming back with a vengeance by introducing an electric version of it gull-winged masterpiece. The company just rolled out

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World Solar Challenge Automotive Race Kicks Off in Australia!

World Solar Challenge Automotive Race Kicks Off in Australia!

37 teams from all over the world are making a go at this year’s World Solar Challenge, by traversing continental Australia in a solar vehicle. Teams need to cross 3,000 km of desert, from

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