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  1. And the Water Wise Winners Are...
    A Great Idea

    And the Water Wise Winners Are...

    We teamed up with Kohler in hot pursuit of a common enemy—the water hog—and we asked you to submit your water-saving solutions for a “Water Wise” future. The submissions...

    written by: Ralston O'Neill
    06.27.10

  2. Webcast: Design for Emerging Markets
    Event Spotlight

    Webcast: Design for Emerging Markets

    If you have an interest in humanitarian design and product development, you'll want to tune in this Thursday, October 29, to a live online seminar "Designing Products for Emerging Markets,...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    10.27.09

  3. Gorgeous New Kitchen Appliances with a Handle on Technology
    Product

    Gorgeous New Kitchen Appliances with a Handle on Technology

    These Italian-designed kitchen-tech tools are part of the Internet of Things We Covet.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    05.07.14

  4. 5 Toasters Tested by San Francisco's Tartine Bakery
    Product Reviews

    5 Toasters Tested by San Francisco's Tartine Bakery

    Any way you slice it, toast makes the most of any loaf. But which of these worthy appliances will make toast of the competition?

    written by: Amber Bravo
    photos by: Jim Bastardo
    02.26.09

  5. Yerba Buena Street Life Plan
    A Great Idea

    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...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Miyoko Ohtake
    08.08.11

  6. Not So Simple Green
    Outdoor

    Not So Simple Green

    Suzanne Shelton’s life work is making sustainable lifestyles attractive and accessible. She’s the CEO of the Shelton Group, a marketing company she founded in 1991 that works...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    09.03.10

  7. A Zero-Energy Community: Part 4
    Renovation

    A Zero-Energy Community: Part 4

    Project Manager Brad Liljequist chronicles the building of the zHome, a ten-unit townhome in Issaquah, Washington—the first multifamily zero-energy community in the United States. Part 4: A...

    written by: Brad Liljequist
    10.26.11

  8. IdeaGarden Eco-Farmhouse
    House Tours

    IdeaGarden Eco-Farmhouse

    After Will Rosenzweig and Carla Fracchia bought this 100-year-old farmhouse in Healdsburg, California, they hired Arkin Tilt Architects and Earthtone Construction to make an eco-friendly example...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    10.13.11

  9. The Idea House: Senior Living
    Travel Reports

    The Idea House: Senior Living

    With Americans living longer, there’s growing interest in the concept of aging in place—that is, staying in our own homes for as long as possible. Fortunately, we can look to the senior...

    written by: Emily Young
    photos by: Peter Williams
    11.03.10

  10. 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

  11. Middle Ground
    Houses We Love

    Middle Ground

    Adding less than $100,000 of improvements to an off-the-shelf prefab model resulted in a clean-cut structure at the eastern base of the Sierra Nevada.

    written by: Olivia Martin
    photos by: Scott Palamar
    12.19.12

  12. Kindle Case and Notebook

    Kindle Case and Notebook

    We are still a little torn on the digital book revolution. It obviously makes loads of sense—it's can be a bummer to lug multiple novels along in a compact suitcase, and is pretty amazing to...

    $39.99

  13. 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

  14. Energy Alternatives: Weaning New York from Fossil Fuels

    Energy Alternatives: 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 of...

    03.20.09

  15. Greywater Installation Workshop

    Greywater Installation Workshop

    Interested in learning how to reuse your greywater? Then come to a three-part design and installation workshop given by The Greywater Guerrillas. ...

    03.20.09

  16. Water Knows No Boundaries

    Will Baker, president, Chesapeake Bay Foundation; Iris Miller, ASLA, The Catholic University of America; and Tommy Wells, Washington, D.C. Councilmember, discuss practical solutions for cleaning up...

    03.24.09

  17. Artist-in-residence Zhang Peili

    Video artist Zhang Peili will discuss the history and future of video in China and will preview examples of his recent work. This panel discussion with feature Peili and Jane Farver, Director, MIT...

    04.09.09

  18. Hands-on Greywater and Rainwater Workshop

    Interested in learning how to retrofit a home to collect rainwater and recycle greywater? Come to this double workshop on rainwater/greywater to learn how. The morning will be about rainwater...

    04.13.09

  19. The Go Game’s Kiva.org FUNdraiser

    The Go Game is an all-out urban adventure game using cell phones and flip cameras.Teams compete by following clues on wireless devices and hints planted in unlikely places, which guide teams to...

    05.08.09

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