Monthly Archives: January 2013

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Milan’s Bosco Verticale On Track to Become World’s First Vertical Forest

Milan, Italy is one of Europe’s most polluted cities, its air quality frequently breaching safety limits set by the EU and causing city officials to install a ventilation system in 2009 in an effort to reduce damage to Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper that resides in the Santa Maria delle Grazie church. In 2003, a medical study compared breathing air in Milan to smoking almost a pack of cigarettes each day. On top of that, there is less space dedicated to vegetation in Milan than any other Italian city. […]

By |January 30th, 2013|Vegetation|9 Comments

Shoal Bay House Offers a Minimalist Retreat Along Hawkes Bay

This gorgeous, minimalist Shoal Bay House by Parsonson Architects is a modestly designed, attractive home that is the perfect spot to enjoy a weekend retreat with family or friends. It is located on the east coast of southern Hawkes Bay, a great place to enjoy the beaches of New Zealand. […]

By |January 29th, 2013|Multifamily|0 Comments

Prefab Norris House in Tennessee is a Living Lab for Energy and Water Use

Since 1933, the Tennessee Valley Authority community of Norris, Tennessee has showcased a variety of prefabricated houses with modern amenities such as electricity, heat, and indoor plumbing that were quite rare in Appalachia. […]

By |January 28th, 2013|Design, Prefab|2 Comments

Golden Gate Valley Library Reaches LEED Gold Status

When the Golden Gate Valley Library of San Francisco was renovating and updating to accommodate the Americans with Disabilities Act, the organization figured it was also time to green up the space and achieve LEED Silver for Commercial Interiors status. The building has since reached LEED Gold status. […]

By |January 27th, 2013|Green Building, LEED|1 Comment

New Orleans Architect Turns a Dumpster Into a Pool

Stefan Beese, a New Orleans-based architect, has dove into an innovative form of recycled design with the “Dumpster Dive DeLux”, a pool made out of a defunct dumpster. You won’t be finding any cool old furniture when you jump in, but it will definitely feel much more luxurious. […]

By |January 26th, 2013|Container Design|4 Comments

Japanese Home Offers a Minimalist Design With Natural, Earthen Floors

 

Located in Hiroshima, Japan, this house has quite the minimalist and modern exterior, but head inside and the you’ll discover a traditional tamped earth floor. Japanese architect Makoto Tanijiri of Suppose Office created it with natural local materials for a rustic, earthy effect.

 

The home is filled with sliding walls and windows and traditional, simple materials, […]

By |January 25th, 2013|Modern design|4 Comments