The Lowest Utility Bill on the Block
Hybridization is hit or miss (i.e., the jackalope).
New Kid on the Block
With sensitivity to local building typologies, fresh construction finds a place in Amsterdam.
Products We Love: Snake Blocks
Watch us try out an old-school plastic toy that's been reinvented in tactile wood.
A Compact Home in Moscow Built on the Lowest Possible Budget
A budget home embraces custom details fit for a family of five.
Jens Risom's Block Island Family Retreat
Designer Jens Risom returns to his 1967 prefab off the coast of Rhode Island, readying it for his family's next generation.
The Utility Zone
Your garage, laundry room, basement, and other nonglam support areas: These are the silent killers of energy-efficiency in your...
For the Entertainer, This $5.5M Home in Southern California Fits the Bill
Families seeking seclusion in the city and ample space to grow and entertain will appreciate this five-bedroom, six-bath home in...
Designer's Block
While some of Joe Columbo’s designs have proven the test of time (Alitalia still uses his plastic flatware), others were simply...
The New Home On the Block That Uses 90 Percent Less Energy
A Seattle engineer builds an energy-efficient house with an assist from a prototype smart-home system.
5 Striking Designs That Use Perforated Cement Breeze-Blocks in Interesting Ways
Breeze-blocks, perforated concrete blocks, cinder blocks, cobogó, or even decorative terra-cotta bricks: call them what you will,...
Mushrooms: Building Blocks of the Future?
Mushrooms aren't just for eating anymore.
Interview with Bill McDonough
Next year, William McDonough's revolutionary book Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, which he co-authored with Dr.
Billes Product Design Competition
Last weekend I headed down to the Big Easy as a judge for the first annual Billes Product Design Competition, where nine...
Seattle Home Carefully Blocks Out Neighbors, While Celebrating Natural Surroundings
Melding corrugated metal with Douglas Fir wood, a sustainable home in Seattle brings nature inside while preserving a couple’s...
5 Light-Filled Spaces That Use Glass Blocks Creatively
Glass blocks—the old-school square blocks of translucent glass found in many buildings constructed from the 1940s through the...
In Memoriam: Bill Moggridge
We are sorry to report that Bill Moggridge, director of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, passed away this...
The Green Lagoon
From the deck of this waterfront house, the scenery is abuzz with Northern California wildlife–but there's not a utility bill in...
As the Cost of Panels Plummets, Energy Utilities Rethink Solar
Tech breakthroughs are bringing solar power to the people, and upsetting electric utilities' business models.
A Cinder Block Duplex in Charleston Is Recast as a New York–Style Loft
The industrial-modern Metamorphosis House is now a showcase for art.
An Architect's Tips for Keeping Your Electric Bills Down
In our upcoming December/January 2016 issue, we feature a modern Palm Springs residence designed by architect Whitney Sander.