The Lowest Utility Bill on the Block
Hybridization is hit or miss (i.e., the jackalope).
Now You Can Build Your Own Off-Grid ZeroCabin and Never Pay Utility Bills Again
ZeroCabin offers DIY kits for building off-grid dwellings that run entirely on sunshine and rainwater.
New Kid on the Block
With sensitivity to local building typologies, fresh construction finds a place in Amsterdam.
A Compact Home in Moscow Built on the Lowest Possible Budget
A budget home embraces custom details fit for a family of five.
Products We Love: Snake Blocks
Watch us try out an old-school plastic toy that's been reinvented in tactile wood.
The Utility Zone
Your garage, laundry room, basement, and other nonglam support areas: These are the silent killers of energy-efficiency in your...
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 New Home on the Block That Uses 90% Less Energy
A Seattle engineer builds an energy-efficient house with an assist from a prototype smart-home system.
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...
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...
A Marble Chopping Block Door Opens Up to Reveal a Sophisticated Brazilian Apartment
The front door of this São Paulo apartment is a wooden board once used to cut slabs of marble.
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...
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.
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.
Modern History on the Block
Make of it what you will: Welton Becket's "House of Tomorrow" is in foreclosure.
New York City Passes Bill Requiring Green Roofs on New Buildings
The city's new green building legislation will result in the equivalent of taking more than one million cars off the road by 2030.
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...
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.