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  1. An der Alster 1
    Design 101

    An der Alster 1

    The new office complex by J. Mayer H. Architects sits on the edge of downtown Hamburg, bordering the Aussenalster waterfront.

    written by: Sarah Rich
    01.28.09

  2. 101 Alternative Energy: Climate Control
    Design 101

    101 Alternative Energy: Climate Control

    Few things use more energy at home than the pursuitof the perfect indoor temperature.

    written by: Sarah Rich
    01.29.09

  3. 101 Alternative Energy: Light On
    Design 101

    101 Alternative Energy: Light On

    The standard pear-shaped incandescent bulb thatmost of us have been using for ages has a bad reputation among environmentalists as an energy hog.

    written by: Sarah Rich
    01.29.09

  4. Design 101

    101 Alternative Energy: On-Demand Hot Water

    We don’t keep a kettle boiling on the stove all day for the one moment when we want tea, so why do we keep water heated around the clock when all we need it for is a shower or a load of laundry?

    written by: Sarah Rich
    01.01.09

  5. 101 Alernative Energy: Zeroing In
    Design 101

    101 Alernative Energy: Zeroing In

    It’s become increasingly common to hear the term
“zero energy” or “zero carbon” used to describe buildings that achieve complete energy sustainability by generating as...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    01.30.09

  6. Nature’s Graces
    Outdoor

    Nature’s Graces

    With the lightness and imagination of origami and the mathematical exactitude of digital design, this open-air chapel invites all creatures into its folds.

    written by: Sarah Rich
    photos by: Sarah Rich
    02.04.09

  7. 101 Alternative Energy
    Design 101

    101 Alternative Energy

    From the Aquastar to zero-energy homes, we present an A-to-Z guide of green power tips and home energy savings.

    written by: Sarah Rich
    02.25.09

  8. Coin Lamp
    Post

    Coin Lamp

    There are all sorts of devices emerging these days that are meant to monitor and increase awareness of our energy consumption habits. From high-concept products like Die Electric, which we...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    10.03.08

  9. MUJI to GO Opens at JFK
    Post

    MUJI to GO Opens at JFK

    MUJI, the Japanese brand famous for being tastefully brandless, will soon open a retail shop in JetBlue's new Terminal 5 at New York's JFK airport. The terminal, which was originally designed by...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    10.08.08

  10. The Energy Seed
    Post

    The Energy Seed

    Because I have been told time and again that disposing of batteries in the garbage is a terribly destructive thing to do, I generally collect my spent batteries in an old container in my house. My...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    10.19.08

  11. Molded Poly Seats Made from Paper
    Post

    Molded Poly Seats Made from Paper

    Most modern furniture aficionados are loyal to the classic molded shell chairs, cast in brightly colored plastic and formed into a soft, comfortable seat. But in the pursuit of more sustainable...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    01.11.09

  12. We Love Jaya Loves Tekeko
    Post

    We Love Jaya Loves Tekeko

    Somewhere between the fanciful beasts of Where the Wild Things Are and the hand-drawn charm of Marimekko, the characters in the children’s line Jaya Loves Tekeko find their place. Emblazoned...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    01.25.09

  13. 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

  14. Houndstooth Dogtent
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    Houndstooth Dogtent

    Diehard design lovers leave nothing to chance when it comes to outfitting their kids and pets. Though the style options for four-legged consumers haven't necessarily caught up with the design...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    02.12.09

  15. SunRun Solar Stimulus Package
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    SunRun Solar Stimulus Package

    This week's news was riddled with updates on the slow passage of President Obama's stimulus package through Congress. As the administration takes aim at Americans' energy bills by ramping up clean...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    02.13.09

  16. Cast a Vote in the Greener Gadgets Competition
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    Cast a Vote in the Greener Gadgets Competition

    Later this month, the second annual Greener Gadgets Conference will take place in New York City, promising as always to convene innovative design thinkers around solutions for more sustainable...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    02.17.09

  17. Ice and Snow Furniture
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    Ice and Snow Furniture

    There's an old saying: When life gives you blizzards, make snow furniture. We're paraphrasing, but the sentiment holds true. Hongtao Zhou, a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, made the...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    02.17.09

  18. From the Frank Lloyd Wright School: Taliesin Mod.Fab
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    From the Frank Lloyd Wright School: Taliesin Mod.Fab

    With so many green prefab projects out there, designers have to continually up their game to hit the highest standards of sustainability, design integrity, and beauty, all in one compact package....

    written by: Sarah Rich
    02.20.09

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