With its glowing magenta ceiling, floor, and walls, the lavatory's shower looks more like a room meant for a Gaspar Noé film than a place to spruce up one's hygiene (the house it resides in is called Xeros). A small portrait painting replaces the usual bathroom suspect—the mirror—and sanded oriented strand board (OSB), a waste material typically used in framing, outfits the blocky, narrow quarter. See the rest of this sustainable steel mesh-clad live/work space in Phoenix, Arizona in our issue dedicated to green homes here.
In August of 2004, a weekend-long party took place at a new house in the Hacienda Agua Caliente neighborhood of Tijuana, Mexico. The house was raw and unfinished, with bare concrete floors and exposed nail heads, but the art that adorned the walls and the music that rocked into the wee hours was a culmination of years of pondering the urban state of this exploding city just south of San Diego, California.