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  1. Creative Re-Use in Oakland
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    Creative Re-Use in Oakland

    Stephen Shoup is the kind of person to see potential in things that others might miss. In 2005, looking for a property that would house himself and his design/build firm, building Lab inc., he...

    02.28.11

  2. The Lowest Utility Bill on the Block
    Green

    The Lowest Utility Bill on the Block

    Hybridization is hit or miss (i.e., the jackalope). But this Houston home combines two housing types to create a conscientious alternative.

    written by: Sam Grawe
    photos by: Misty Keasler
    05.04.09

  3. Hay Is for Horses, Straw Is for Houses
    Green

    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

  4. Sierra Club Green Home
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    Sierra Club Green Home

    In 1892, when John Muir founded the Sierra Club, the only "web" he knew about was the kind spun by spiders, and social networking was something people did by riding horse-drawn buggies...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    04.04.09

  5. Houston, We've Solved a Problem
    Green

    Houston, We've Solved a Problem

    A bird flying over Houston, Texas, sees only a sprawling canopy of trees. It seems the perfect nesting place for creatures both avian and human alike; unfortunately, the green ends at the tree line...

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Jack Thompson
    01.25.09

  6. Green Sustainable Home in Montauk
    Green

    Green Sustainable Home in Montauk

    Decades after they met as teenagers on a Montauk beach, Manhattanites Victoria and Greg Pryor returned to Long Island to build a sustainable second home together.

    written by: William Lamb
    photos by: Ty Cole
    12.14.11

  7. Passive Acceptance
    Green

    Passive Acceptance

    Virtually unknown in the United States, Passive Houses are starting to make a big impression with their small footprints.

    written by: Jacob Gordon
    10.22.09

  8. Solid Gold
    Green

    Solid Gold

    When it comes to material originality, this former tavern in Chicago’s trendy Bucktown neighborhood pulls out all the stops. Case in point? Colorful pieces of broken LPs are visible in the...

    written by: Geoff Manaugh
    01.23.09

  9. Passive Progressive
    Green

    Passive Progressive

    Among the first Passive Houses in France, this bamboo-clad farmhouse by the Parisian firm Karawitz Architecture brings a bit of green to tiny Bessancourt.

    photos by: Nicholas Calcott
    08.18.12

  10. 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

  11. London Cooling
    Green

    London Cooling

    The Lighthouse, by British architects Sheppard Robson, seeks to redefine the future of residential energy by plugging into the sky itself.

    written by: Geoff Manaugh
    01.22.09

  12. Winds of Change
    Green

    Winds of Change

    Caught in the grip of the worst drought in a century, Australians are showering together.

    written by: Karen Pakula
    photos by: Brett Boardman
    02.01.09

  13. Green Beret
    Green

    Green Beret

    Were “EcoHat” to come up in passing,you would most likely think of something chunky, organic, and woolen–—perhaps a beanie with earflaps to keep you toasty while chained to a logger’s truck. But in...

    written by: Iain Aitch
    01.25.09

  14. Green Is in the Details
    Green

    Green Is in the Details

    Carver + Schicketanz Architects’ eco-friendly renovation earned this mid-century-modern home LEED Platinum certification and proved that when it comes to building sustainably, it’s all...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Mathew Scott
    01.23.12

  15. 6 Famous Brutalist Buildings
    Design 101

    6 Famous Brutalist Buildings

    Named after its raw aesthetic, Brutalism in modern architecture features elements of strict linear design and repetitive geometric shapes. The controversial style rose to popularity in the 1950s...

    written by: Kate Santos
    12.07.13

  16. 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

  17. Steel and Magnolias
    Green

    Steel and Magnolias

    What sort of house might a man with the title “recycling coordinator” live in?

    written by: Andrew Yang
    photos by: Chad Holder
    06.14.09

  18. ecobee Smart Thermostat
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    ecobee Smart Thermostat

    Integrating smart technology into home energy and heating/cooling systems is a no-brainer. Few tools make it easier to save money and conserve resources without lifting a finger or remembering a...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    05.26.09

  19. 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

  20. Empire State of Modern: 7 Upstate New York Houses
    Houses We Love

    Empire State of Modern: 7 Upstate New York Houses

    Where does Upstate New York begin? Ask a New York City dweller and they are likely to tell you that "Upstate" means anything north of the Cross-Westchester Expressway. Wherever its southern...

    written by: William Lamb
    12.11.13

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