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  1. Green

    Around the Lighhouse

    1. Windcatcher The ventilation shafts of the windcatcher reach several feet above the roof to pull cooler outdoor air inside. 2. Photovoltaic array Solar panels extend down the sloped roof, ca...

    01.01.09

  2. Sit to Be Fit
    Green

    Sit to Be Fit

    If you ask Thomas Robertson, the difference between actively green houses and his passively sustainable Courtyard House is the difference between “a solar-powered yacht and a sailboat.

    01.01.09

  3. Green

    Trombe L'oeil

    For heating a space of such peculiar dimensions, Bonnifait and Giesen turned to a solar design principle called the Trombe wall—after Félix Trombe, the French engineer who popularized...

    01.01.09

  4. Green

    Stoops to Conquer

    Green design isn’t just about meeting quantifiable energy conservation standards or using the right kind of paint—it’s about placing a building in its environment appropriately.

    01.01.09

  5. Green

    Branding Sustainability

    If LivingHomes sound more like branded products than houses, perhaps that is intentional. “One thing I’m bringing from [the world of] tech is to treat homes as products more than as...

    01.01.09

  6. Green

    Svelte Veldte

    Given Langka’s directive that “the people who live around us have to see our roof and I don’t want them to see anything but grass,”

    01.01.09

  7. Natural Habitats
    Green

    Natural Habitats

    The experimental buildings on Shoal Lake are featured in the recently published Cabin, Cottage & Camp: New Designs on the Canadian Landscape, a thoughtful compendium of contemporary &ldquo...

    01.01.09

  8. Green

    Sunlight Express

    Americans expend as much energy on transportation as they do on powering their homes.

    01.01.09

  9. Restoration of Hope
    Profiles

    Restoration of Hope

    Uganda is a country ravaged by the effects of civil war, and a place where HIV/AIDS and contaminated drinking water result in a high incidence of death, especially among children.

    03.15.09

  10. The Whole House Zone
    Design 101

    The Whole House Zone

    By conceptually dividing your home into zones, you can analyze each of its functions in turn. From there, you can develop strategies to understand how you actually live inside these zones—...

    written by: Dan Maginn
    01.01.09

  11. The Food Zone

    The Food Zone

    Fine-tuning your cooking and dining areas pays off in more ways than just saving resources. As in other functional zones, their success starts with awareness: Where exactly does your food come from...

    written by: Dan Maginn
    01.01.09

  12. The Living Zone

    The Living Zone

    Let’s talk design for a minute. It’s important to remember that potential modifications to your home must be carefully considered before you implement them. If you blindly follow the...

    written by: Dan Maginn
    01.01.09

  13. The Bathroom Zone

    The Bathroom Zone

    Reducing your water usage is easy, and it doesn’t mean you have to brush your teeth with a pinecone or weep with remorse every time you flush the can. As is the case with all resource usage,...

    written by: Dan Maginn
    01.01.09

  14. The Human Zone

    The Human Zone

    The final home zone recognizes the importance of our behavior. Living responsibly extends beyond our physical spaces into our daily actions. We must design1 the way we live as carefully as we...

    01.01.09

  15. Trading Shingles for Shrubs
    Green

    Trading Shingles for Shrubs

    Dwell explores the extensive reasons why the grass is intensely greener when it's on the roof.

    written by: William Lamb
    04.21.09

  16. The New David Brower Center
    Post

    The New David Brower Center

    The David Brower Center opened this week in Berkeley, California—a new, green-built facility for Bay Area non-profit organizations working on sustainability issues. Named after one of the...

    05.12.09

  17. Made for the Shade
    Green

    Made for the Shade

    The rusted red corrugated-steel canopy that covers Jim Austin’s home at Rimrock Ranch is visually striking in its desert surroundings

    written by: Nate Berg
    06.17.09

  18. Leo Marmol on Restoration
    Interviews

    Leo Marmol on Restoration

    Which is harder? Creating a new classic or restoring an old one? Leo Marmol of Marmol Radziner discusses staying consistent with the original architect’s intent while acknowledging changing...

    written by: Sam Grawe
    07.28.09

  19. Mobile Cottages for Arctic Tourism
    Post

    Mobile Cottages for Arctic Tourism

    While most Dwell readers know Artek as the Finnish design company founded by Alvar and Aino Aalto, there's another Artek not too far away with a very different profile: a research and training...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    09.16.09

  20. Events This Weekend: 10.16-10.18
    Week in Review

    Events This Weekend: 10.16-10.18

    I’m in Buffalo this week visiting friends and family—and getting the chance to check out the new visitors’ center at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin D. Martin House, the Eleanor...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    10.15.09

  21. Exploring the Plastiki
    Travel Reports

    Exploring the Plastiki

    Plastic waste is a huge problem. Single-use containers and products are clogging up our ecosystems, and the statistics are staggering: of the nearly 230 million tons of plastic the world uses...

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    10.17.09

  22. Matt Grigsby of Ecolect
    Interviews

    Matt Grigsby of Ecolect

    As I scrutinized and stroked the swatches of Ekobe, Green Cell Foam, and Kirei wood on the wall, I knew I was living out the designer's dream -- to indulge in an entire gallery of materials at my...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    10.19.09

  23. Pinkcomma Gallery Welcomes Hometta
    Interviews

    Pinkcomma Gallery Welcomes Hometta

    Showcasing the first fruits from Hometta's new design delivery model, "Welcome Hometta" brings to Boston 24 contemporary home designs from innovative firms across the country.  One...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    11.10.09

  24. Architect Barbara Bestor
    Three Buildings

    Architect Barbara Bestor

    The latest in our Three Buildings series is an architect we've admired for some time: Barbara Bestor. Keep an eye out for a Bestor–designed house in the My House section of our February 2010...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    11.23.09

  25. Inhabitat Interviews Gavin Newsom
    Post

    Inhabitat Interviews Gavin Newsom

    This fall, Inhabitat ran a series of interviews with leaders in sustainable design and urban planning. The last in the series was a lengthy chat with Gavin Newsom, the mayor of San Francisco. The...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    11.24.09

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