It is with great sadness that we recently learned of the closing of Michelle Kaufmann Designs, one of our favorite green architecture practices and close friends to Inhabitat. The groundbreaking studio blazed the path for green building and was in large part responsible for linking modern, modular prefabricated housing with sustainability. Having interviewed Michelle and followed her growing practice over the past five years the news comes as a great blow and we’re really sorry to see them go!

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On her blog, Michelle writes: “Despite our best efforts, the financial meltdown and plunging home values have caught up with us. The recent closing of a factory partner as well as the gridlocked lending faced by homeowners, has proved more than our small company can bear.” Michelle Kaufmann’s pioneering green prefab practice will be sorely missed, and we wish her the best as she continues to carry on the dream for better designed homes and more sustainable communities.

+ Michelle Kaufmann’s Blog

+ Michelle Kaufmann Designs