Articles - August, 2010

Prefab Green Home Office in East Bay

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This is a modern home office that was designed and prefabricated by five design-build students in a graduate architecture class at Academy of Art University in San Francisco.  The project, built with various reclaimed and green materials, was recognized recently with a Citation from the East Bay chapter of the AIA. 

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Fantastic Monastic Modules in Big Sur

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If you follow Michelle Kaufmann’s blog, you’ve probably seen completion photos of this residential care facility for the New Camaldoli Hermitage Monks in Big Sur, California. The 1,737 square-foot facility originally began as mkDesigns project but – due to market realities we’ve mentioned previously – Studio 101 Designs guided it through completion.

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Natural Green Townhomes on East Coast

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These Baltic Townhomes at Rivers Edge recently hit the market, aiming to provide a unique green living experience for folks in the New England area.  Located in Manchester, New Hampshire, roughly 45 minutes from Boston, the four-unit project is the first American project by developer Super Bebris of Latvia, which uses a proprietary system of timber and steel construction. 

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Three Tiny Houses without Borders

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Perhaps you read a recent article in the NY Times on portable shelters.  In the article, Jim Robbins discusses the relief housing efforts of a few organizations and companies that I've noticed over the years.  These houses, often prefabricated and flat-packed, typically assemble in a short amount of time with simple, available tools.  Check out these three home designs below and, if you're aware of any similar endeavors, feel free to share a link below. 

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Paperless Homes, Living Principles, Parapet Power, + Using Doomed Trees

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Express: New Recycled Ceramic Tile

Fireclay Tile, a manufacturer of recycled content ceramic tiles in California, recently launched a new offering called the Express Series Quickship Tile.  It’s made with more than 62% locally sourced recycled content and, according to the company, contains “more post-consumer and pre-consumer waste than any other tile on the market.

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