Latest Articles in Green Architecture

The MudGirls Collective on top of a living roof

Mud Mavens: Mud Girls Founder Jen Gobby

Just off Canada's west coast near Vancouver is a paradise for self-sufficiency seekers. Approximately five miles wide and thirteen-and-a-half miles long, Lasqueti Island is home to poets, artists, designers, musicians, and people from all walks of life trying to live off the land responsibly. There are no paved roads or public utilities—just ingenuity and elbow grease.
August 15, 2012
shipping container architecture

Five Inspirational Shipping Container Homes

Reclaimed shipping containers are ideal nesting spots for the residents of these five homes. Whether lured by the relatively inexpensive costs, ready supply, or aesthetic charm of containers, the residents applied their own perspective on how to reclaim and adapt these industrial castoffs. Click though our slideshow to see more.
July 20, 2012
2 bar house

Going Green Again

If going green at home was so simple, everyone would do it right? And though it makes sense in theory, actually bringing a sustainable plan to life is often easier said than done. Over the past few years, however, Dwell has charted the incredible progress of eco-friendly design and the people taking what are often drastic steps to improve their homes and lifestyle for a green future. With that in mind, let's take a look back at our recent past in preparation for the future.  
July 19, 2012
whitney sander

Whitney Sander on Green Building

I first met architect Whitney Sander of Sander Architects in Los Angeles at Dwell on Design last year. He showed me his work, we talked some prefab (one of his firm's specialties) and when it came time to put together our 2011 prefab issue, he was a perfect fit. You can imagine then how happy I am to have Sander back at Dwell on Design this year. He and I will talk about his hybrid prefab system on the Design Innovation Stage on Friday, June 22nd, and on Saturday the 23rd. For something of a preview, check out this video of Sander on the radio show Center Stage on KLXU. He talks about the merits of light-gauge steel, his work in the Los Angeles area, and coming to embrace the precepts of green design while living in Sierra Leone.
June 13, 2012
Chad DOD portrait

Featured Speaker: Chad Oppenheim

Architects often toil away in obscurity for decades before earning the accolades they merit. It's all of our good fortune that Dwell on Design Featured Speaker Chad Oppenheim has made the transition from rising star to industry icon in a matter of a few years. He’s brought his contagious enthusiasm for radical sustainability to projects from Jordan to Switzerland, but it’s a project in his own backyard that put him on the map: COR, a concept for an ultra-sustainable skyscraper, captured the public’s imagination for what’s possible to accomplish in green building. We reached Oppenheim at his home in Miami, where he waxed poetic about the role of green architecture, the importance of place, and what he'll be talking about when he takes the Sustainability Stage at Dwell on Design Saturday, June 23rd.  
June 6, 2012
architect Mitchell Joachim Terreform ONE

The Future of Housing

Is biologically based architecture the next big thing? Architect Mitchell Joachim thinks so. He proffers radical ways to rethink the science of structures.
May 20, 2012
Courtyard at ASU

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 environmentally conscious building and focuses on educating architects and the public about green design. This year’s winners had an unprecedented focus on public utility and budgeting and there was an unusually high number of adaptive reuse projects and concentration on community ties. Watch the slideshow to learn what made the 10 winners. 
May 2, 2012
Safe Haven Library in Ban Tha Song Yang, Thailand

Design-Build Time-Lapse

TYIN Tegnestue, the Norwegian architecture firm founded by Andreas Gjertsen and Yashar Hanstad in 2007, has made it their work and passion to build locally inspired, cleverly designed structures for communities in need around the world, from Bangkok to Sumatra to the Thailand-Burma border. To learn more about their mission, philosophy, and projects, see the full story in our May 2012 issue here.
April 13, 2012
Brooklyn Botanic Gardens Visitor Center, Location: Brooklyn NY, Architect: Weiss Manfredi Architects

Brooklyn Botanic's New 'Do

Last week, as spring's balmy temperatures took a temporary dip into glacier territory, the two founding partners of architecture and urbanism firm Weiss/Manfredi led a hard hat tour of their new visitors center at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (opening in a mere six weeks!). Luckily, magnolias and cherry trees were already in bloom and a bright sun illuminated the mostly-transparent structure. The deceptively modest structure is nestled into a hill on the northeast corner of the site, so 50 percent of its envelope benefits from thermal efficiency. And like any ground-up civil structure worth its salt, it's sustainable, with a geoexchange system comprised of 28 heating and cooling wells, radiant floor heating, and landscaping made of postconsumer recycled building materials. And did we mention it's a looker? Click through for a preview.
April 5, 2012