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.
In a break from the blue suit and red tie mentality here at JG, I thought I would share this news about The Real World Hollywood’s green digs. Think MTV teamed up with Bunim-Murray Productions to green the next, certain-to- be-dramatic installment of the show. It’ll be the first time they’ve gone with green finish outs for the show. The greenly decorated house includes environmentally friendly products ranging from solar panels and hybrid cars, to bamboo flooring, energy efficient appliances, and a number of recycled and reused products around the house. No word on product specifics, but here you go — feel free to play name that green product in the comments if you notice something in the pictures.
I’ll also add that I think this news definitely stands for two things: (1) green is here, and (2) green is mainstream. Any perspective?
So I stumbled upon the iT House construction blog and was completely blown away by the documentation they’re posting. It’s an incredible little home that was designed by Taalman Koch for a five-acre lot in the high desert. It’ll be a model home and completely off-grid. There’s an on-site septic tank, 2500 gallon domestic water tank, and eight solar PV panels by Evergreen — and the home is just the right size, too.
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.