Around the Gingerbread World 2008: Hot and Not

We cover the thriving green gingerbread architecture scene, where architects still can find work, the ingredients and the mortgages aren't toxic and meltdowns are expected if you carelessly leave your work outside. We also show the occasional un-treehugger entries:

NOT: If you are not moving toward vegetarianism yet, you will be after contemplating Linda Duffy's "Low Carb" Gingerbread House. She asks "who says a gingerbread house has to include gingerbread?" and uses Slim Jim and cheese walls, jerky strip roofing and holds it all together with a delectable mortar made from cream cheese, a quarter cup of palm oil and a package of onion soup mix. No wonder newspapers in Denver are dying, if this is what their columnists eat. Denver Examiner via Geekologie


NOT: Treehugger loves Mies Van Der Rohe and loves modern gingerbread, but choked on April Reed's model of the Farnsworth House. She is wedding cake maker to the stars and the hedgies, with cakes starting at a thousand dollars. Since lately her Madoff-investing clientèle is as deep under water as the Farnsworth House was recently, she has branched out from pillbox hats into architecture.

However even fans as rabid as us balked at the $ 4,320 price, notwithstanding the fact that 15% of the price is being donated to help restore the house. However if you want it, visit April Reed.

In Vancouver, some pretty serious architects competed in a charity gingerbread house competition that included stars like Busby , Perkins and WIll. The public voted with their wallets for D'Arcy Jones, for good reason; see them all at Creative Room

I would have definitely bid on 2001: A Gingerbread Odyssey by the Amazing Alphabet People's Coalition; perhaps if they bury it again they can sell it next year too.

Here is the opportunity to ask the question "why is this on TreeHugger?" Yet another modernist single family home with floor to ceiling glass and a flat roof, demonstrating our bias toward impractical modernism over green, sustainable and affordable. Shame on you, Inhabitat and Liz Bruwin, for showing such a thing.


Moneca Kaiser doesn't just do green gingerbread houses, she does entire green villages, described in the Times Colonist:

Kaiser's village, which she's named Greenspeed, underscores her conviction that abundance can exist in small things and that going green doesn't have to mean deprivation.

With its outsized toy apples and giant candy earthworms scattered about, this is one productive community. The windmill and diminutive solar panels atop one of the buildings are reminders that clean, abundant energy exists all around us.

Rain, were it to fall, would fill rain barrels and reservoirs or pool around the rocks and shrubs alongside buildings where it would slowly soak into the ground instead of watering grass that then just needs to be cut.


More Gingerbread in TreeHugger
Green Gingerbread House Smackdown: HOK Enters the Fray
Michelle Kaufmann Designs McMansion Gingerbread
TreeHugger Picks: Gingerbread Green Building

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