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Twitter Co-Founder Irks Neighbors with Plans to Raze $3 Million House to Build Zero Net Energy Mansion

Twitter Co-Founder Irks Neighbors with Plans to Raze $3 Million House to Build Zero Net Energy Mansion

Twitter co-founder Evan Williams’ plans to build a state-of-the-art net zero energy house in San Francisco has the neighbors up in arms. Why? His green dream home involves tearing down a 1911 $3 million

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LEED Platinum Marin Country Day School is the First Zero-Energy Classroom in North America

LEED Platinum Marin Country Day School is the First Zero-Energy Classroom in North America

The campus follows the tone set by its natural surroundings, and EHDD did a good job of bringing the landscape into the heart of the campus via a terraced courtyard. The outdoor learning spaces adjacent

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Zimmerman and Associates’ Vista Del Valle House in Sonoma, CA is a Luxurious Vision of Sustainability

Zimmerman and Associates’ Vista Del Valle House in Sonoma, CA is a Luxurious Vision of Sustainability

Spaces within the home evolve from a series of intersecting axes, which are emphasized by the gently sloping roof and the horizontal, light colored, cedar siding. A large wing-like roof structure over the

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Good Eggs: New Online Hub Connects Locavores and Local Foods

Good Eggs: New Online Hub Connects Locavores and Local Foods

A new online marketplace launched July 26 promises to bring together consumers and providers of local foods worldwide. The site is called Good Eggs, and it provides storefronts and e-commerce capabilities

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INHABITAT Picks Up Gardening Tips From Flora Grubb Gardens in San Francisco

INHABITAT Picks Up Gardening Tips From Flora Grubb Gardens in San Francisco

Upcycled Vehicles Make Hip Planters Take one old beaten up, broken down car, add a truckload of soil and a whole bunch of plants and you get an awesome new planter. If you don't have enough space for a

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Kentfield Hillside Residence Rises Under a Green Roof North of San Francisco

Kentfield Hillside Residence Rises Under a Green Roof North of San Francisco

Located in Kentfield to the north of the Bay, the Hillside Residence is a green-roofed beauty with captivating views of the surrounding landscape. Designed to engage as well as fit in with the surrounding

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San Francisco’s Parklets Transform Parking Spaces Into Urban Oases

San Francisco’s Parklets Transform Parking Spaces Into Urban Oases

Local design studio Rebar was instrumental in developing the concept of using public parking spaces to create a more engaging use for the public – even temporarily. Rebar’s original project started in

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Giant Vending Machine Dispenses Bikes and Surfboards Instead of Junk Food

Giant Vending Machine Dispenses Bikes and Surfboards Instead of Junk Food

Forget Doritos and sugary sodas, the goodies that this vending machine in San Francisco recently dispensed were out of the ordinary! Instead of junk food, the machine, which was installed by Tourism

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AIA San Francisco’s Marin Living: Home Tours Returns This Weekend!

AIA San Francisco’s Marin Living: Home Tours Returns This Weekend!

A special announcement for San Francisco Bay Area Inhabitants: AIA SF's Marin Living: Home Tours are back! It's well-known that the hills of the North Bay are overflowing with architectural treasures --

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Mozilla’s New Corporate Offices in San Francisco Create a Collaborative Atmosphere

Mozilla’s New Corporate Offices in San Francisco Create a Collaborative Atmosphere

Mozilla, the nonprofit tech company behind the ubiquitous Firefox web browser, recently announced that it will branch out and open a new office in downtown San Francisco later this summer. To reflect an

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Artisan Furniture Made From Pieces of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge

Artisan Furniture Made From Pieces of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is a vital 1.7 mile transportation link that serves 40 million vehicles a year. Now, thanks to Richard Bulan, this 75-year-old pedestrian-friendly feat of engineering could become

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California’s High Speed Rail Budget Cut by $30 Billion

California’s High Speed Rail Budget Cut by $30 Billion

The price tag for the proposed high speed rail system in California has just taking a major cut, with a price chop of $30 billion. The latest budget projection comes in with last-minute design changes

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A Look Into San Francisco’s Downtown Secret Gardens

A Look Into San Francisco’s Downtown Secret Gardens

First we visited 555 Mission Street, a gorgeously designed courtyard between two buildings. You can't miss it because it features some eye-catching and whimsical public art: Jonathan Borofsky's stacked

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offMetro Launches New Website Promoting Car-Free Adventures Around San Francisco

offMetro Launches New Website Promoting Car-Free Adventures Around San Francisco

The website was originally inspired by two young, adventurous souls who had moved to the city and were looking for affordable, car-free adventures that would get them into the outdoors. Finding that there

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Modern Richardson Apartments Provide Low Income Housing In the Heart of San Francisco

Modern Richardson Apartments Provide Low Income Housing In the Heart of San Francisco

The Richardson Apartments by David Baker + Partners are named in honor of Drs. Julian and Raye Richardson, local activists and founders of Marcus Books, the oldest black bookstore in the country, founded

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San Francisco To Expand Ban on Plastic Bags

San Francisco To Expand Ban on Plastic Bags

Almost five years ago, San Francisco became the first American city to ban plastic shopping bags from supermarkets and chain pharmacies. Now the city is poised to expand that ban to all retail stores and

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San Francisco Set to Launch Electric Bike Sharing Program

San Francisco Set to Launch Electric Bike Sharing Program

San Francisco's new electric bicycle sharing experiment will soon offer an affordable green transit alternative for those navigating the city's inclines. The e-bike program will offer riders the option to

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PHOTOS: San Francisco’s Southern Pacific Brewing is a Tree-Filled Beer Sanctuary in a Renovated Warehouse

PHOTOS: San Francisco’s Southern Pacific Brewing is a Tree-Filled Beer Sanctuary in a Renovated Warehouse

Southern Pacific Brewing is the newest brewpub in San Francisco's Mission District, situated in a renovated warehouse a stone's throw off the the beaten path at 19th and Treat. After clearing a year's

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Andy Goldsworthy’s ‘Wood Line’ Installation Made From Fallen Trees Snakes Through the Presidio

Andy Goldsworthy’s ‘Wood Line’ Installation Made From Fallen Trees Snakes Through the Presidio

There is a certain etheral winding line that often surfaces in artist Andy Goldsworthy‘s work – If you’ve ever seen the documentary “Rivers and Tides,” visited the de

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LEED Gold Potrero Launch Building to Revitalize San Francisco’s Dogpatch Neighborhood

LEED Gold Potrero Launch Building to Revitalize San Francisco’s Dogpatch Neighborhood

San Francisco's Dogpatch neighborhood is experiencing a renaissance, and the Potrero Launch is a new residential building that will be a landmark part of the revitalization efforts. Scheduled for

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San Francisco Working on Plan To Install Composting Public Toilets

San Francisco Working on Plan To Install Composting Public Toilets

San Francisco has a poop problem – in the city’s Tenderloin district alone, there were almost 10,000 recorded “incidents of human waste” last year, according to the Bay Citizen. So

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Please Touch Community Garden Greens Abandoned San Francisco Lot

Please Touch Community Garden Greens Abandoned San Francisco Lot

GK Callahan is the director of the Please Touch project, and is also a teacher at the nearby Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, which serves the Bay Area community. It was while volunteering

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Paypal Founder Backs Blueseed’s Visa-Free Floating City in California

Paypal Founder Backs Blueseed’s Visa-Free Floating City in California

A genius startup called Blueseed recently announced that Paypal founder Peter Thiel has offered to help secure financing for a visa-free floating city off the California coast. This

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Habitat Horticulture’s Green Living Partitions Divvy Up San Francisco’s Largest Patio Space

Habitat Horticulture’s Green Living Partitions Divvy Up San Francisco’s Largest Patio Space

San Francisco based company Habitat Horticulture recently installed 3 gorgeous green wall partitions for The Metreon City View patio space overlooking Yerba Buena Gardens. The movable living walls create

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Spectacular East Oakland Sports Center Creates a Place of Community

Spectacular East Oakland Sports Center Creates a Place of Community

The Sports Center, which opened in July in Oakland’s Ira Jinkins Park, is in the heart of one of the Bay Area’s hardest hit neighborhoods. Cut off both physically and economically from the thriving

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Fabric8 Creates San Francisco Parklet From Materials Found in the Dump

Fabric8 Creates San Francisco Parklet From Materials Found in the Dump

The parklet's dominant feature is a sloping, thatched hillside made of a motley mix of different types of salvaged wood. From the hill, a slender house rises with a pitched roof and a bunch of small holes

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Artful Renovation Turns San Francisco’s Historic Pier 24 Into Enormous Photography Gallery

Artful Renovation Turns San Francisco’s Historic Pier 24 Into Enormous Photography Gallery

The building is designated in the National Register, so its renovation had to preserve the site's historic architectural integrity. Envelope a+d responded to this challenge with a design that embraces the

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EcoCenter: San Francisco’s First Off-Grid Commercial Building is Up and Running

EcoCenter: San Francisco’s First Off-Grid Commercial Building is Up and Running

San Francisco's EcoCenter is the first commercial building in the city to be 100 percent off the grid, and Inhabitat recently toured it as part of this year's Architecture and the City Festival. Even in

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