Ahh they don't build things like they used. The glory days of European architecture make the cheaply built mega-mansions of late a difficult pill to swallow. For a glimpse of what once was you need only jaunt
The building industry is not just in the sewer, it has gone a lot lower than that. So when they planned the New American Home for the International Builders Show in Las Vegas, they could have done something appropriate for the times, perhaps a Katrina
The New York Times says "No trees died in the building of this house"- the logs are made of precast concrete. They are wrong; trees die all the time as an externality of making concrete. A ton of carbon dioxide is
In New York City a lot of artists live in warehouses, almost in boxes; James Westwater tries to make it greener and more comfortable with his Homeless Chateau. It is designed to be used inside, but provides some privacy
Congratulations to George and Laura on their new 8501 square foot Dallas Digs on a lovely 1.13 acre lot. Although it is pretty big, we would not begrudge an ex-president (or vice-president, for that matter) a little room to move around.
Paul Anka nailed it when he wrote "You are My Density"- A new study by SMR on "Consumer Energy Spending And The Demographics Of Over-Consumption" presents some pretty disturbing results about the subject. Basically, just about everything anyone
Okay, so no such deal exists, explicitly. Do not contact Apple regarding said offer. However, the prospect is very real: Clayton homes is reportedly about to start marketing its manufactured home the i-House (named because of
After World War II, many designers tried to apply the techniques developed for wartime industry to housing; Fuller with the Dymaxion House and the Lustron houses were attempts in steel; in 1947 Acorn structures tried it in wood. Their
TreeHugger doesn't show as many LEED buildings as it used to; they have become almost common, and many, LEED notwithstanding, have "issues," such as being overly large, strange uses, (a LEED airplane hanger?) or boring LEED categories like Existing
The classic Capra film, It's a Wonderful Life, is the topic of many articles this year, as a parable for our times. Consumerist asks Was George Bailey Just A Subprime Lender? and the New York Times writes Wonderful? Sorry, George, It’s a Pitiful,
I remain a fan and subscriber of Dwell Magazine. It was the biggest promoter of my previous gig, prefab housing; it almost invented modern prefab with its 2001 issue covering the subject. For full disclosure I will note that I have been quoted in it a
Jaymi's recent post on the green-ness of a Roomba versus an upright vacuum did not mention the option of a broom; perhaps it is ingrained in us to look for the high-tech solution. Back in 1959, the Sarnoff Labs of RCA predicted a Roomba-like
Nic Darling of the 100K house project was asked why houses designed to LEED standards cost more than normal houses and responded that, well, actually, they don't have to, and that they were building a LEED Platinum house that was going to cost less.