Really skinny lots are common in Japan, and land assembly is difficult. Architects have adapted and produced some really elegant and effective solutions. Eric Morehouse has gathered a number of them together for his site Eye Candy; from left is Lucky
The New York Times has a wonderful monthly feature called Sketch Pad, which "focuses on an apartment, house, loft or shack now for sale that has unrealized potential. Each month, a different architect or designer is asked to create a vision of what the
We do go on about how less is more, keep it simple, keep it minimal. Most of the modern designs we show have flat roofs, which are not simple. Sloping roofs are generally cheaper and last longer, and offer additional space within the rafters, but are
A new study shows that the environmental impact of shopping for stuff, from from food and clothing to CDs and electrical appliances - far outweighs any efforts to save water and power in the home. The Australian Conservation Foundation and the
"Dallas oilman and investor Boone Pickens wants to build the world's largest wind farm in the Texas Panhandle, a project that would put as many as 2,000 turbines on nearly 200,000 acres in four counties. Pickens' Mesa Power presented its plans to about
Karrie Jacobs, author of The Perfect $100,000 House, described in Metropolis how zoning regulations in Portland, Seattle and Vancouver are being modified to promote infill, smaller housing, and to "say yes to small instead of no to big."
Every design site on the Internet seems to have shown the stairs with drawers in them (on the left), we think originally published on Desire to Inspire in April and recently in ::Lifehacker. it is not a new idea, and has been used in boats for years.
Folding tables are often so ugly, with plastic tops and metal legs. Jakob Gebert designed this knock-down table for Moorman, deep in the Bavarian Alps. The company sources and manufactures locally; the top is linoleum. The legs lay flat in slots under
I was really excited to see the new Foleo from Palm, yet the Intarweb consensus is that it is DOA, underpowered and overpriced and why bother when you can buy a laptop? A typical comment on Gizmodo is "If you buy one of these its like carrying a big
Hydra was a mythical beast with many heads; Hydra appliances are are multifunction designs that theoretically take up less space but end up just crowding countertops, and I couldn't decide if this should be in the Untreehugger or the Less is more
Unlike profligate North Americans, in Germany they have gone from a standard house's consumption of fuel oil of up to 30 litres per square meter to "three litre houses" to "passive" (max 1.5 litres per square meter) to "positive energy" houses that give
Dwell Magazine has been drifting for a while, perhaps because of the change in editor last year. However it has found its legs this month and is back with a bang. The issue resonates with TreeHugger because it focuses on small homes under a thousand
It is easy to have a smaller footprint on this planet when you live in a small space, but it sometimes gets crowded. For those short on space but long on bucks, We offer the Obelisk stackable chairs, made from aluminum and woven polyethylene. "This
We always say that the key to sustainability is living with less, and that good design is the key to doing it happily and comfortably. As proof, we turn to Apartment Therapy, which runs a competition with prizes from Design within Reach, for the