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  1. Elevated 606 Park Will Transform Chicago
    Green

    Elevated 606 Park Will Transform Chicago

    A decade in the making, an unused 2.7-mile rail line is set to become Chicago's great new park.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    09.18.14

  2. A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert, Jason F. McLennan

    Jason F. McLennan is CEO of the Cascadia Region Green Building Council, the Pacific Northwest’s leading organization in the field of sustainable development.

    01.01.09

  3. Ich Bin Ein Mulcher
    Outdoor

    Ich Bin Ein Mulcher

    When, at cocktail parties, the conversation turns from the fleeting news of the day to the subject of sublime beauty, Dan Maginn often find himself smiling, for soon, he will speak of mulch.

    written by: Dan Maginn
    02.04.09

  4. 101 Being Green
    Design 101

    101 Being Green

    Even for sustainability's greatest proponents, going green isn't necessarily a walk in the park. Dwell explores what it takes to be truly environmental.

    written by: James Nestor
    02.25.10

  5. Earth Sheltered Homes
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    Earth Sheltered Homes

    Homes built underground (aka Earth Sheltered Homes) are starting to look pretty enticing, what with the state of the economy and all. And contrary to what you'd think, they can be light, airy and...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    09.19.08

  6. West Coast Green
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    West Coast Green

    If green design were easy, everyone would be doing it. And though it makes sense in theory, actual implementation is often easier said than done. How to make all design become sustainable design...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    09.29.08

  7. Flickr Pool: Green Buildings and Sustainable Communities
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    Flickr Pool: Green Buildings and Sustainable Communities

    Flickr is a great place to find visual inspiration, often allowing you to travel all around the world right from your desk chair. One group is pooling photos of their favorite green buildings and...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    10.30.08

  8. Lifecycle Building Challenge
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    Lifecycle Building Challenge

    In economic downturns of yore, "reduce, reuse, and recycle" was less a mantra of environmental do-gooders than a financial survival strategy. Which is where the second annual Lifecycle...

    written by: David A. Greene
    11.16.08

  9. A Case Study Case Study
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    A Case Study Case Study

    Meltdown, shmeltdown: If you've got a spare $14 million, you can have a genuine Case Study house, a Pacific Ocean view—and a 1990s mansion to boot.

    written by: David A. Greene
    12.17.08

  10. SchubLaden's Modern Salvage
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    SchubLaden's Modern Salvage

    The use of salvaged material in design has become such a strong sign of responsibility and sustainability that it sometimes becomes the sole crutch for products that otherwise have little aesthetic...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    02.01.09

  11. Ace Sustainable Symposium: Talking About Green
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    Ace Sustainable Symposium: Talking About Green

    Last week I attended a sustainability symposium focused on furthering the dialog about living "green." It's a ubiquitous term these days that has become as much a marketing tool as an...

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    02.20.09

  12. Teaching by Example
    Profiles

    Teaching by Example

    When the Charlottesville Waldorf School bought 13 undeveloped acres outside Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2002, the idea was simply to build a permanent home for the school’s 130 students,...

    written by: William Lamb
    04.13.09

  13. Koji Tsutsui
    Profiles

    Koji Tsutsui

    In September 2008, architect Koji Tsutsui accepted the Ceramic Tiles of Italy award for designing a modern, white-tiled residence in Tokyo. One day later, he traded the spotlights of European...

    08.30.09

  14. Green

    Iceynene

    Spray foams are made from a variety of materials, some of which are toxic or harmful to the environment, so it’s important to know what you’re getting.

    01.01.09

  15. Green

    Geothermal Heat Facts and Figures

    No matter where you live, you can use the stable temperatures of the earth to condition building spaces. In winter, the ground is warmer than the air, so it can be used to heat a house. In summer...

    01.01.09

  16. Green

    Eco-Hat

    The EcoHat is as typical of the Oxley Woods design as an old-fashioned chimney. The unit is easily accessible from inside the home, allowing for repairs and updates to technology without the need...

    01.01.09

  17. Green

    Straw House: Facts and Figures

    Environment: About 200 million tons of straw go to waste in the U.S. every year. If all the wasted straw were burned, it would add up to nearly 6 percent of the total CO2 emitted annually by...

    01.01.09

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. Green

    Sunlight Express

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

    01.01.09

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