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  1. Solar Inspiration
    House Tours

    Solar Inspiration

    A husband-and-wife architect team proves a house can be good for the environment—and look great too.

    written by: Sydney LeBlanc
    photos by: Marvin Rand
    01.19.09

  2. Lava Flow 4, The Big Island
    House Tours

    Lava Flow 4, The Big Island

    Set into the dense tropical foliage of Hawaii’s wildest coast is a house that goes with the flow by welcoming the breeze.

    written by: Sam Grawe
    photos by: Linny Morris
    01.20.09

  3. 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

  4. Straw Tech
    Green

    Straw Tech

    When Anders Stokholm asked his old friend Felix Jerusalem to design his family’s new home in Eschenz, a northern Swiss village on the Rhine River and Untersee Lake, the client and architect agreed...

    written by: Emily Gertz
    01.22.09

  5. 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

  6. Long Division
    Green

    Long Division

    The dark, primeval mountains and jagged ravines of New Zealand are free of rampaging Orcs, but Middle-earth, 2007, has another nuisance on the loose. It is the load-bearing truck, carrying a quaint...

    written by: Karen Pakula
    01.25.09

  7. Drumming Up Design
    Green

    Drumming Up Design

    Brotherly love takes many forms; in the case of Rob and Eric Brill, it’s a shared passion for modernism. Rob, the younger of the two and a rock musician, recently completed the second of two live...

    written by: Frances Anderton
    photos by: Noah Webb
    01.25.09

  8. Skypephone
    How they make it

    Skypephone

    Last year saw the European launch of the world’s first mobile phone with integrated Skype, the Voice over IP software traditionally used via computer. This year, the phone arrives in the United...

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    01.25.09

  9. The Trabecula Bench
    How they make it

    The Trabecula Bench

    Freedom of Creation—In recent decades, computer-aided design (CAD) has transcended the screen, thanks to the advent of automatic fabrication, a process wherein three-dimensional objects take...

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    photos by: Jens Passoth
    03.31.09

  10. 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

  11. Well Thawed Out
    Green

    Well Thawed Out

    At the end of 2000, Tryggvi Thorsteinsson and Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir, Icelandic natives and partners in the Santa Monica–based design firm Minarc, bought what was essentially a teardown in the...

    written by: Kathryn Harris
    photos by: Raif Seeburger
    02.01.09

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. From Commune to Commonplace
    Profiles

    From Commune to Commonplace

    Tired of carting supplies back and forth from Ukiah to the commune where he lived in Northern California, John Schaeffer decided to start selling environmentally friendly wares himself.

    written by: Christopher Bright
    photos by: Gabriela Hasbun
    02.25.09

  16. Teaching by Example
    Profiles

    Teaching by Example

    When the Charlottesville Waldorf School bought 13 undeveloped acres outside Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2002, the idea was simply to build a permanent home for the school’s 130 students,...

    written by: William Lamb
    04.13.09

  17. Low-Tech Utopia
    Green

    Low-Tech Utopia

    People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones, which probably isn't an issue when the glass house is a commune.

    written by: Femke Bijlsma
    photos by: Alessio Guarino
    04.30.09

  18. All Aboard
    House Tours

    All Aboard

    Helmut Jahn’s dynamic new supportive-housing facility brings green design and a new outlook on life to the Windy City.

    written by: Edward Lifson
    photos by: Andreas Larsson
    05.13.09

  19. New MIT Media Lab Opens Doors
    Travel Reports

    New MIT Media Lab Opens Doors

    The Media Lab at MIT is an unmatched incubator of unlikely partnerships -- where academia and industry hold hands, and where art and technology are inseparable. Designed by Prtizker Prize-winning...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    photos by: Tiffany Chu
    03.09.10

  20. 01SJ Biennial: Build Your Own World
    Travel Reports

    01SJ Biennial: Build Your Own World

    This past weekend marked the third 01SJ Biennial, held in San Jose, California. "The Silicon Valley is such a capitol of innovation, technology, and people thinking creatively that we wanted...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Miyoko Ohtake
    09.22.10

  21. Pop!Tech Conference
    Event Spotlight

    Pop!Tech Conference

    Pop!Tech is a big-ideas conference in a small Maine town that brings together leaders and innovators from science, tech, education, and entertainment for a three-day conversation among 600...

    11.08.10

  22. 8 Exhibits to See Over the Holidays
    Event Spotlight

    8 Exhibits to See Over the Holidays

    With a few days off and some time to travel, now is your chance to catch new shows as well as the tail ends of the exhibitions you've been meaning to make it to. We've rounded up 8 must-see...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    12.22.10

  23. New Power Generation
    Green

    New Power Generation

    Long before smoke-spouting power plants were relegated to the remote outskirts of the industrial city, large-scale energy generators were common sights in urban landscapes. Pushback from the...

    written by: Asami Novak
    01.03.11

  24. Inventables: Materials Database
    A Great Idea

    Inventables: Materials Database

    Zach Kaplan is looking out for the little guys. In 2002, he launched Inventables, an extensive library of high-tech materials from manufacturers and innovators like Dupont and 3Form. The initial...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    01.11.11

  25. Winners of "Healthy Homes" for Haiti
    Post

    Winners of "Healthy Homes" for Haiti

    In the wake of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010, ARCHIVE, a non-profit whose efforts center on the use of housing as a strategy for preventing illness and providing care among...

    written by: Diana Budds
    01.12.11

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