I used to drive by Buzz Lofts all the time and check out the construction progress. It's a modern, green, and affordable condo-loft community immediately south of downtown Dallas. The development is in what you may call an up and coming neighborhood, but the location is great: near the DART rail and all those downtown jobs. Buzz has been popular, too, with most units nearly sold out.
Eight houses were chosen for Architectural Record’s special, web-exclusive list of Unbuilt Houses. They’re all green. If you take a look, you might notice something familiar. You’ve probably seen many of them before. Five of the eight homes have been featured on Jetson Green previously (links below). I guess that means we’re doing something right (and fast), too. My favorite would have to be Adjaye Associates’ design for the Make It Right Project in New Orleans.
- Make It Right, Adjaye Associates
- Pasadena EcoHouse, Studio RMA
- Smart Home: Green + Wired, Michelle Kaufmann Designs
- Sycamore House, Kovac Architects
- ZeroHouse, Specht Harpman
- San Vicente Residence, Pugh + Scarpa
- Swell House, Studio ST Architects and Z-A
- Cradle to Cradle (C2C) Home, Coates Design Associates
We talked about renderings and plans for the Holy Cross Project back in August last year, but it’s now becoming a reality. The first home is finished and Global Green plans to open it to the public this coming May. When finished, the entire project will have four more homes and a 18-unit apartment complex — all of it low-income and green, too. Global Green is shooting for LEED Platinum on everything and expects homes to use 75% less energy than a similar, typical building.
Something about this project is just too compelling to not blog about it. Designed by Iosa Ghini Associati for the distant island of Cyprus, the plan calls for four family houses in the residential district in Nicosia. The fluid, organic shape of the project ties each unit together. When complete, Cyprus Full Circle will have a number of green design elements, including low-E glass panels, adjustable solar panels, rainwater capture and recycling, and heating storage for the winter. The external walls also will be treated with photo catalytic concrete, which will transform harmful organic and non-organic matters into harmless compounds. Anti-VOC architecture? Incredible.
In this interview, G Living sits down with Peter DeMaria to talk about his work using containers in modern home design and construction. I was really impressed with DeMaria — he tells you everything you ever wanted to know about container architecture and talks about scalability, sustainability, mold, termites, insulation, design, etc. If you're thinking about using containers in your project, the ones mentioned in this interview cost about $900 – $2500 and are about 320 sf per unit. Great video!
Damien Somerset and Nicole Bassett of Shift33 put together this video interview with Leo Marmol, innovator of green prefab. Definitely worth a view. I’ve always been an advocate of green prefab, because I think it’s where the green building revolution is going in the future. What do you think?
Via Marmol Radziner Blog.