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  1. The Bathroom Reinvented: Hyphae

    The Bathroom Reinvented: Hyphae

    Ecologist Brent Bucknum, principal of Hyphae Design Lab in Oakland, California, shares the ABC's of re-routing a home's waste water (greywater) to sustainably irrigate gardens and other green...

    07.22.09

  2. Solar: Lease or Own?
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    Solar: Lease or Own?

    One of the most common obstacles to going green is upfront costs (though we all know the long-term savings are plentiful). Many new homes are built solar-ready, with intentions of installing panels...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    08.19.09

  3. Linus Bikes
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    Linus Bikes

    As cities with hills steeper than black diamond ski slopes go, San Francisco is exceptionally bike-friendly. Drivers are trained (most of the time) to look for cyclists before opening their car...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    07.07.09

  4. Green Depot Pop-Up Store
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    Green Depot Pop-Up Store

    Earth Day has come and gone, but the celebration continues in New York. Sustainability is here to stay. And so is good design. And shopping. And home supplies. Just opened, as part of EarthFair...

    04.26.09

  5. Recycling the Unrecyclable
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    Recycling the Unrecyclable

    It is nearly impossible to talk about materials today without invoking a full-fledged powwow about life cycle analysis, carbon footprints, and potential upcycling. Especially in the building...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    11.30.09

  6. Hay Is for Horses, Straw Is for Houses
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    Hay Is for Horses, Straw Is for Houses

    In the Napa Valley, one sustainable residence elegantly demonstrates straw bale technology.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: JD Peterson
    09.10.09

  7. Miguel Nelson of Woolly Pocket
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    Miguel Nelson of Woolly Pocket

    The path to a better world isn't through pavers but via plants, says artist and Woolly Pocket founder Miguel Nelson. "I love architecture but I think if everyone was gardening instead of...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    11.05.09

  8. The Country's Best Yurt
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    The Country's Best Yurt

    Lakes of ink have been spilled over a peculiarly American wanderlust, whether it’s our ancestors’ push westward or our current penchant for cross-country moves at the drop of a...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    02.01.09

  9. A Piece of Cleveland
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    A Piece of Cleveland

    Just before Thanksgiving I traveled to Cleveland to give a few lectures at the Cleveland Institute of Art and Case Western Reserve University. If you haven't visited Cleveland, you might be subject...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    12.14.09

  10. Designing Detroit
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    Designing Detroit

    If the Great Recession has an unofficial mascot, it's Detroit. Even though the once-mighty Motown has been in a slow-motion death-spin since the days of the K-car, the city's abandoned factories...

    written by: David A. Greene
    03.18.09

  11. Urban Hens
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    Urban Hens

    In our 2008 sustainability issue, we featured the Boulder residence of Rob Pyatt and Heather Kahn-Pyatt. The project was a renovation of a 1940s bungalow that Pyatt undertook with his own hands ...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    04.13.09

  12. Net Zero x Twenty = Solar Decathlon
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    Net Zero x Twenty = Solar Decathlon

    It’s the site where wars are protested, dreams declared, and millions still march, but on October 9 the National Mall in Washington, DC, will host a new revolution.

    written by: J. Michael Welton
    10.07.09

  13. Low-Tech Utopia
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    Low-Tech Utopia

    People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones, which probably isn't an issue when the glass house is a commune.

    written by: Femke Bijlsma
    photos by: Alessio Guarino
    04.30.09

  14. Driving the Peapod
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    Driving the Peapod

    It's no secret that the American automotive industry is in dire straights. Can good design do what billions of dollars in government money couldn't? Chrysler's "Chief Innovation Officer"...

    04.11.09

  15. Branching Out
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    Branching Out

    Arborsculpturist Richard Reames has spent the past 16 years making more than 100 sculptures, chairs, pieces of furniture, tool handles, mailboxes, and fences out of living trees.

    written by: James Nestor
    photos by: John Clark
    02.26.09

  16. Compostmodern 09: Saul Griffith Demands Heirloom Design
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    Compostmodern 09: Saul Griffith Demands Heirloom Design

    Saul Griffith knows how to deliver grim planetary outlooks with irreverent humor. His Compostmodern talk began with a slide of a contrarian T-shirt graphic that reads "Design won't save the...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    02.23.09

  17. Weaning New York from Fossil Fuels

    Ashok Gupta, Air & Energy Program Director for the Natural Resources Defense Council, will moderate a discussion on practical near-term opportunities and barriers associated with the deployment...

    03.01.09

  18. Fire as Grassland Management

    The Aldo Leopold Foundation will lead a two-day workshop at Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin Estate about fire ecology, fire behavior principles, and how to begin preparing for using fire in managing...

    03.01.09

  19. Design in the Age of Climate Consequences

    The discussion will be led by author David W. Orr, ithe Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics in the Environmental Studies Program at Oberlin College. He is best...

    03.01.09

  20. Scaling Up: From Green Buildings to Green Cities in the US and China

    This one-day conference is the first to bring together leading green design specialists from the fields of research, technology, architecture, business, and policy from the U.S. and China to build...

    04.03.09

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