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The facade of the green-built Suttles and Shah residence.

A Green Home to Last a Lifetime in Austin

Austin couple Anne Suttles and Sam Shah built a house to last their lifetime—and longer. Mixing new efficient systems with old upcycled materials, they keep it weird while keeping it green.
August 31, 2011
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lamesadevenn: Part One

In this series, trace the story of lamesadevenn, a green live/work space in Santa Fe, New Mexico, created for two community groups, La Mesita and La Resolana. Rather than simply becoming a building that addresses the structural needs of the groups, lamesadevenn seeks to embody their values of sustainability, experiential education, and community involvement. Part 1: How it all began.   Forget the architectural academics bespeckled in thick-rimmed glasses, arguing over theoretical issues or self-serving competitions—this isn’t a standard story, and these aren’t the usual suspects. This is lamesadevenn, a socio-architecture collaborative, an international “archimunity” of innovators stepping outside of their professional fields to explore common interests. Simply put: they're redefining how and why we design.
August 22, 2011
Yerba Buena Street Life Plan

Yerba Buena Street Life Plan

Recently in San Francisco, the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District and CMG Landscape Architecture unveiled the Yerba Buena Street Life Plan. The plan is meant to serve as a master plan for the mixed-use neighborhood known as Yerba Buena that is located south of Market Street and includes prominent public buildings and spaces such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Yerba Buena Gardens, and the Moscone Center. The goal of the plan, meant to be implemented over the next ten years, is to create an identity for the neighborhood and foster a sense of community where residents and passers-through can stop and enjoy the area and engage with its outdoor spaces.
August 8, 2011
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Methodology is Extended!

We are excited to announce that the entry period of our Methodology upcyling competition is extended through July 24th. Make good use of the gift of time and enter your ideas now! The submissions we've received so far have been fantastic and we can't wait to see what else everyone can come up with. Build a prototype for easy-to-craft designs, or show us the most fantastical of ideas through a drawing or rendering. Don't delay! The winner of the contest will receive a year's supply of method products, worth $300.
July 15, 2011
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Easter Island's Visitor's Center

You can't get much farther away than Easter Island, a volcanic island in the Pacific Ocean at the southeasternmost point of the Polynesian triangle. I hope to go one day; and if/when I do, I'll be curious to check out this new sustainable visitor's center that just opened in Orongo, the most-visited place on Easter Island.
July 12, 2011
Students cut corrugated metal and pulled pallets apart to create Chicken Circus, which opens above and below to fill feed and collect eggs.

If You Build It, They Will Cluck

North Carolina high schoolers take on a creating a sustainable small-scale housing solution—for hens.
July 8, 2011


Plenty of our attendees came to Dwell on Design looking to learn more about how to green their homes. And one panel in particular hit the sweet spot of green design and the latest in sustainable furnishings. Designers Angelo Surmelis of angelo:HOME and Kathy Ireland spoke with Sustainable Furnishings Council president Susan Inglis and Dwell president Michela O'Connor Abrams about the SFC's DESIGNGreen program. Each panelist has a true passion for making homes healthier, more livable, and better for the enviroment. Watch this pair of videos from Surmelis's Youtube channel for a glimpse of their converstaion. 
June 30, 2011
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Marketplace Q&A

This year at Dwell on Design we're collaborating with our pals over at the excellent American Public Media radio show Marketplace. Reporter Eve Troeh on Marketplace's Sustainability Desk will lead two panels that get to the heart of the economics of green design. Her conversations range from virtuous consumption to how to navigate the matrix of rebates and credits for going green and she'll be on the Sustainability Stage on Saturday from 1:00-2:00. I put a few questions about how consumers react when they encounter sustainability in the marketplace.
June 23, 2011
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Love Earth: Eco Ideas and Designs

Victionary's new book, Love Earth, is an ode to green design—the cover is even made from the recycled scraps from the bookmaking process. Inside its cover, the volume starts with a mini-book featuring 100 Eco Ideas, green tips and suggestions solicited from the public and illustrated Guillaume Kashima. (Idea No. 80: Bind cork stoppers with a band as heat insulation coasters for kitchens.) The rest of the book features 100 eco-designs that range from products to packaging. While some are green in their use (or reuse) of materials and their innovative processes, some simply remind you to be conscious of the environment with their quirky, sometimes strange perspectives. We take a closer look at 11 designs featured in Love Earth.
June 3, 2011