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  1. Courtyard of Appeal
    Green

    Courtyard of Appeal

    Like so many L.A. stories, the tale of the Courtyard House begins with a lucky break. One day in 2001, Thomas Robertson got a call from a friend he hadn’t seen in ages. The friend told him that his...

    written by: David A. Greene
    photos by: Maria Aufmuth
    01.25.09

  2. Hz so Good
    Green

    Hz so Good

    Architects Simon Beames and Simon Dickens are worried. They are worried about the impact that construction makes on the environment, though they are equally concerned about being thought of as...

    written by: Iain Aitch
    02.01.09

  3. Taking His Own Advice
    Green

    Taking His Own Advice

    When Greg Reitz was ten years old, he was already so worried about the state of the planet that, without prompting from his parents, he spent his allowance to join Greenpeace.

    written by: Frances Anderton
    photos by: Robert Gregory
    02.01.09

  4. Density Down Under
    Green

    Density Down Under

    Six weeks after moving from a “gorgeous custom house with huge gardens” in a suburb of Auckland, New Zealand, into an apartment a few minutes from the city’s central business district, Roz Mawson...

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    photos by: Simon Devitt
    02.02.09

  5. 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

  6. Thibault’s Follies
    Outdoor

    Thibault’s Follies

    Quebec City architect Pierre Thibault has designed three Habitats Légers, or Light Habitats­—small structures installed in the landscape and meant as creative retreats. The first...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    02.04.09

  7. Tree's Company
    Profiles

    Tree's Company

    Greening Los Angeles has long been Andy Lipkis’s dream. Greening his nonprofit’s Hollywood Hills campus is now a reality.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    02.25.09

  8. Roadside Attraction
    Green

    Roadside Attraction

    A Colorado couple handles their freeway-facing lot with flair, and incorporates a long list of sustainable features to boot.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Ron Pollard
    03.16.09

  9. Piet Hein Eek
    Profiles

    Piet Hein Eek

    Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek is best known for his intricately composed scrap wood furniture—each piece a one-of-a-kind creation that merges artisan handcraft with skilled design processes....

    written by: Sam Grawe
    04.30.09

  10. Run by the Sun
    Green

    Run by the Sun

    In Holland, being green is not a choice, it's a governmentally enforced obligation. Architects Han van Zweiten and Gregory Kiss's project makes a case for obeying the law.  

    written by: Amara Holstein
    11.09.09

  11. From Brown to Green
    Green

    From Brown to Green

    Toronto designers Peter Fleming and Debbie Adams found a polluted lot and a run-down building­—and saw fertile ground for a unique, eco-minded new home.

    written by: Alex Bozikovic
    photos by: Lorne Bridgman
    04.12.10

  12. James Dyson Award Finalists
    Event Spotlight

    James Dyson Award Finalists

    The James Dyson Award, which "seeks to single out the best in problem-solving student design," recently announced their regional finalists, selected from over 500 submission entries. The...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    08.13.10

  13. Plow Restaurant: Local Dishes, Design
    Food

    Plow Restaurant: Local Dishes, Design

    In San Francisco, local food rules. Before seasoned chefs Joel Bleskacek and Maxine Siu opened the doors of their new Potrero Hill restaurant Plow last month, they did more than just source...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Peter Belanger
    10.07.10

  14. World's First Lichen Garden?
    Travel Reports

    World's First Lichen Garden?

    Last spring, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art unveiled its new 14,000-square foot rooftop sculpture garden, spangled with works by Ellsworth Kelly, Louise Bourgeois and Kiki Smith. To a...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    10.26.10

  15. An 'Epic' Container Co-op
    Interviews

    An 'Epic' Container Co-op

    The good folks at Epic Software are building a video production studio out of old shipping containers just outside of Houston, Texas. They're also dutifully documenting the Creative Co-op's...

    written by: Diana Budds
    02.24.11

  16. Peru Gift Show 2011
    Travel Reports

    Peru Gift Show 2011

    Greetings from Peru! I'm in Lima reporting from the showroom floors of the National Gift Show and Peru Moda, a fashion tradeshow, taking place April 27th to 30th. An estimated 5,000 people come to...

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Diana Budds
    04.30.11

  17. Small Footprint in Fayetteville
    House Tours

    Small Footprint in Fayetteville

    Fayetteville, Arkansas, doesn't have a reputation for "going green." Rather, the town has historically garnered recognition for its local beacon, the University of Arkansas. Yet...

    written by: Kelly Cooper
    photos by: Albert Skiles
    09.12.11

  18. Cycle China: Week 4
    Travel Reports

    Cycle China: Week 4

    In this special five-part series, we're riding along with SWA Group landscape designer Amirah Shahid as she cycles nearly 800 miles from Beijing to Shanghai (find the previous posts here). Join us...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Amirah Shahid
    09.29.11

  19. Top Ten Green Projects of 2012
    House Tours

    Top Ten Green Projects of 2012

    On April 19th, AIA’s Committee on the Environment (COTE) announced the COTE Top Ten Green Project Awards: their selection of the most sustainable buildings across the country. COTE advocates...

    written by: Olivia Martin
    05.02.12

  20. An Innovative Air Purifier
    Latest

    An Innovative Air Purifier

    An ingenious filtration system keeps air clean through a set of cell-like modules and a network of tubes that harnesses the organic technology of plants.

    written by: Skylar Bergl
    10.12.12

  21. Bring in the Green
    Post

    Bring in the Green

    The Pantone color for 2013 may be emerald, but we are excited about another continuing trend in a different shade of green: The living wall. Also known as green walls or vertical gardens, these...

    written by: Megan Hamaker
    02.28.13

  22. Organic Living
    Post

    Organic Living

    As we previously explored in Modern Gables, these five homes provide a well needed break from the hustle and bustle of city life. Take a closer look at these strikingly innovative barn residences.

    written by: Jami Smith
    03.22.13

  23. Product Spotlight: Wooden Toys by Twig Creative
    Product Reviews

    Product Spotlight: Wooden Toys by Twig Creative

    For the budding photographer not yet familiar with apertures, shutters, and ISO speeds, look no further than these wooden toy cameras designed and handcrafted by Twig Creative. The Salt Lake City,...

    written by: Eujin Rhee
    03.28.13

  24. Product Spotlight: Carpet of Life
    Product Reviews

    Product Spotlight: Carpet of Life

    Using authentic crafting techniques handed down through generations, women from rural villages in the oasis of M’hamid El Ghizlane in the Sahara Desert transform cast-off textiles and donated...

    written by: Abigail Doan
    04.16.13

  25. 100 Contemporary Green Buildings
    Green

    100 Contemporary Green Buildings

    Now that sustainability is de rigeur in the architecture world, it is no surprise that a new tome from Taschen puts the solar power spotlight on 100 eco-friendly buildings.

    written by: Sara Carpenter
    06.04.13

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