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Solar Decathlon -- Innovation in Home Design

Sheri Koones | Posted 07.12.2014 | Green
Sheri Koones

One of the truly wonderful events that occur bi-annually in this country is the Solar Decathlon (SD), an educational program of the United States Department of Energy (DOE) and organized by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Innovation Earth: House Made of Textiles Will Use the Energy of a Hair Dryer

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 03.20.2014 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

Ask me to show you a sustainable house made of fabric, and I'll show you a tent -- or a yurt. Here where I live in Southern California, "green" homes ...

Covachita: Workshop in Mexico

designboom | Posted 12.29.2012 | Arts
designboom

2012-10-29-imagepull.jpg In the town of San Pedro Garza Garcia in the Nuevo Leon Region of Mexico, local firm Covachita has completed their "workshop" amongst the indigenous mountainous terrain overlooking a valley.

San Francisco's Smallest Legal Apartments Inspired by Airstream

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 04.22.2012 | Green
Kirsten Dirksen

Bay Area developer Patrick Kennedy wants to build the housing equivalent of the Smart Car. His SmartSpaces will be small -- just a couple hundred square feet -- and prefabricated.

WATCH: 30-Story Hotel Built In Just 15 Days!

Posted 01.11.2012 | Arts

Harnessing manpower like never before, Chinese sustainable building company Broad Group has accomplished the seemingly impossible task of constructing...

Michelle Kaufmann: An Architect Driving Change

Lee Schneider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Lee Schneider

It's useful to remember that architecture is for the most part a conservative profession. Innovators like Kaufmann are rare. Fewer than three percent of homes are actually designed by architects.

Do a Latte Good: Investing in Social Change

Cameron Sinclair | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Cameron Sinclair

This year Architecture for Humanity turned ten. Its mission to provide pro bono design services to communities in need has led to more than 750,000 pe...

Reduce, Recycle, Reuse: Dwell Showhouse's Ecofabulous Design (PHOTOS)

Ecofabulous | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Guest post from Ecofabulous Ever since Jack Johnson turned "reduce, reuse, recycle" into something you hum on your morning commute, people have been ...

Buy Your Very Own Completely Sustainable Home

nytimes.com | Leora Broydo Vestel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The company is aiming to become the first mass producer of what is known in green building circles as "net zero energy homes" - those that generate en...

Building Green Cheaply

The New York Times | Michael Webb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Thomas Small is an accomplished cook, so it's important for him to try new and exotic ingredients every now and then. When it came to the construction...

Culture Zohn: Spaceship Earth: It's Not Too Late for Course Correction

Patricia Zohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Patricia Zohn

How are we going to live in the rest of the 21st century and beyond? It's a big question, one that is becoming ever more urgent as resources diminish with few answers from our largely dysfunctional government.

The Promise of Green Prefab

Lloyd Alter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Lloyd Alter

The greenest thing about prefab is the design process. The conventional model of the architectural business is dead -- only the very rich can afford to hire architects to build one-off houses.