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  1. Gimme Shelter
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    Gimme Shelter

    Earlier this month, the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education opened their Gimme Shelter exhibition, featuring six temporary woodland shelters that offer places of rest and respite to the...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.29.09

  2. Artecnica Fall 2009 Collection
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    Artecnica Fall 2009 Collection

    This week, Los Angeles-design firm Artecnica launched its Fall 2009 Collection at the New York International Gift Fair. Reuniting with whimsical Dutch designer Tord Boontje and introducing new...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    08.20.09

  3. Miguel Nelson of Woolly Pocket
    Interviews

    Miguel Nelson of Woolly Pocket

    The path to a better world isn't through pavers but via plants, says artist and Woolly Pocket founder Miguel Nelson. "I love architecture but I think if everyone was gardening instead of...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    11.05.09

  4. Botanical Garden Pavilion
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    Botanical Garden Pavilion

    When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, architect and University of Kentucky lecturer Mike McKay felt the pull to go down to the Big Easy to help with a task that was anything but easy:...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.23.10

  5. Glass Jar Terrariums
    Event Spotlight

    Glass Jar Terrariums

    Terrariums have once again taken off--just like Indie Mart founder Kelly Malone's San Francisco craft space Workshop. Malone opened Workshop in September 2009 and has since been selling out classes...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    04.02.10

  6. Sunny Memories
    Event Spotlight

    Sunny Memories

    Gathering solar energy doesn't need to be a process sequestered to the roof. To demonstrate the varied uses of a new dye solar cell invented at the University of Art and Design Lausanne (EPFL) in...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    04.17.10

  7. Welcome Hut
    House Tours

    Welcome Hut

    Toronto-based firm Levitt Goodman Architects is known for its green designs. "We've done lots of LEED-certified buildings, but we're looking toward the bigger picture of sustainability,"...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    09.27.10

  8. West Coast Green 2010
    Travel Reports

    West Coast Green 2010

    West Coast Green kicked off on Thursday in San Francisco. This year, the annual sustainable design conference is host to speakers like green jobs advocate and Green for All senior fell Van Jones,...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Miyoko Ohtake
    10.02.10

  9. 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

  10. Master Stroke
    Outdoor

    Master Stroke

    In Santa Monica, California, where pools are plenty but not always eye-pleasing, Padraic Cassidy lifted one 30 inches off the ground­—dramatically elevating its aesthetic appeal.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: David Allee
    01.04.11

  11. Renovating An Aging Mill in France
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    Renovating An Aging Mill in France

    In 1981, Londoners Anthony and Gillian Blee purchased the ultimate fixer-upper. The property in southwestern France was idyllic, but its old mill, built in 1822, and three flanking outbuildings had...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Sarah Blee
    01.19.11

  12. Second Chances at SFO
    Travel Reports

    Second Chances at SFO

    One of the nicest parts of traveling through the San Francisco International Airport is its art gallery in Terminal 3. As I made my way to Las Vegas this week for Surfaces and Las Vegas Market ...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    04.07.11

  13. KBIS 2011: Part 1
    Travel Reports

    KBIS 2011: Part 1

    This week, we headed to the annual Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (more commonly referred to as KBIS, pronouced "k-biz") in Las Vegas, Nevada, to check in with favorite manufacturers and...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    04.29.11

  14. KBIS 2011: Part 2
    Travel Reports

    KBIS 2011: Part 2

    Our second update from the floor of the Las Vegas Convention Center and the 2011 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show includes outdoor kitchens, hybrid gas-charcoal grills, and a $6,400 toilet that will...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.02.11

  15. Tunquen Treasure
    Green

    Tunquen Treasure

    A set of solar panels, a wind-powered well, and passive sustainable strategies make living miles from municipal utilities a non-issue for this Chilean beachgoer.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Cristóbal Palma
    05.16.11

  16. Maker Faire 2011
    Travel Reports

    Maker Faire 2011

    This weekend, Maker Faire—dubbed "the world's largest DIY festival"—took over the San Mateo County Event Center for its two-day do-it-yourself, show-and-tell extravaganza....

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.23.11

  17. Love Earth: Eco Ideas and Designs
    Books

    Love Earth: Eco Ideas and Designs

    Victionary's new book, Love Earth, is an ode to green design—the cover is even made from the recycled scraps from the bookmaking process. Inside its cover, the volume starts with a mini-book...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    06.03.11

  18. High-Tech Green Family Home in Los Angeles
    Green

    High-Tech Green Family Home in Los Angeles

    Though tricked out with high-tech touches, this house’s greenest feature is decidedly low tech: the family’s intention to make it their lifelong home.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    06.20.11

  19. 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

  20. Kristi Reimers of Eco Carmel
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    Kristi Reimers of Eco Carmel

    In August 2010, Kristi Reimers opened the doors of her shop Eco Carmel to fulfill a dream of starting her own businesses and also to make a difference to her Carmel, California, community and to...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    08.30.11

  21. A Green Home to Last a Lifetime in Austin
    Green

    A Green Home to Last a Lifetime in Austin

    Austin couple Anne Suttles and Sam Shah built a house to last their lifetime—and longer. Mixing new efficient systems with old upcycled materials, they keep it weird while keeping it green.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Brent Humphreys
    08.31.11

  22. Chicken Chapel
    Outdoor

    Chicken Chapel

    Architect Keith Moskow grew up doing grunt construction work. His dad was a builder and after his first year of college, he helped build their family's summer home. "I was doing lowly work,...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    09.20.11

  23. 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

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