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Modern, Net-Zero Energy Development on Brink!

Highstreetphiladelphia

Previously we wrote about High Street Philadelphia, which is a super-green, mixed use community being developed by home(scale).  They sent me some new renderings pictured above and below, and the hope is that they’ll be able to see this project to a reality.  High Street is aiming for LEED Platinum certification, the highest designation bestowed by the USGBC, and will feature 51 carbon-neutral residential units, 3 commercial units, a cafe and organic grocery, and underground parking. 

Units will feature high design and contemporary materials from such brands as Duravit, Hansgroghe, Schiffini, and Fisher Paykel.  They will be offered at affordable prices, or "work-force pricing," too.   It’s going to be an excellent, net-zero energy development with courtyards, photovoltaic power, solar hot water, LED lighting, efficient systems, green roofs, bio-mass filtration, and access to the Philly CarShare program. 

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Manifestation of Green in a Building

Ann Demeulemeester

The look of this building is incredible.  I’ve seen living walls and how the growth can devour structures, but I like the look here.  Asia is so moist, what with the rainy season in the summer, etc., that I’ve seen walls growing a sort of perma-algae.  So, I think the design here in Seoul, Korea works and I like how the windows break through the calm chaos of green. 

The Mass Studies-designed building houses an Ann Demeulemeester store on the first level and restaurant above.  The design relies on a trifecta of colors:  deep green, coffee brown, and minimalist white — all of which blend and dance nicely.  I’m not sure as to whether anything else is green (i.e., materials, systems, etc.), but nonetheless, I really like the manifestation of green. 

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Most Popular Articles of 2007 [Jetson Green]

Most Popular Articles of 2007

To identify the best articles of 2007, I’ve only used traffic figures from January 1, 2007 – December 30, 2007.  And some of these articles bumped to the top by virtue of some mondo Digg or Stumbleupon traffic, or both.  I appreciate all the readers and emailers and hope to provide better, more relevant content in 2008 (although, well, it’d help if Typepad could paginate archives). 

The danger with using traffic to decide what content to provide in the future is that traffic stats may not be aligned with true reader interest.  So, if you’re interested in reading more of something in 2008, shoot me an email or drop a comment below.  I’ll find a way to do it.  Here’s one last list for the year:

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miniHome DUO SE Modern Green Marvel

Minihome Duo

This is the miniHome DUO SE, which is basically the combo of an add-on and the SOLO 2008 version that was recently announced.  Starting at $149,900, it’s a well-designed home of 475 sf.  The DUO uses 1/10th the water, fuels, and materials, and 1/100th the electrical energy of a conventional home: it’s a net-zero energy home.  And as you can tell from the renderings, you can outfit your DUO with a stylish green roof and contemporary wrap-around decking.  Really, anything is possible with this little treasure home.  Small.  Stylish.  Green.  Affordable.  Looks like Sustain MiniHome is offering financing now on their homes, too.

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[Video] Container Home Design from Single Module

[RSS - Click Here to View] I found this video on YouTube of Jason Steele’s vision for a shipping container building.  The idea in the video shows two sides being taken off to expand the floor area by 50%.  He also has bamboo landscaping to create shading on the sun-exposed southern part of the home (Phoenix, Arizona).  Looks pretty cool, but let’s see if it gets made, because in the world of container and prefab design, reality counts for something

mkPURE + mkISLAND, Modern Green Surfaces

Mkpure

It looks like Michelle Kaufmann is extending her successful prefab business into green interior products.  Her newly designed website now lists a couple green surface designs that are pretty stunning.  In collaboration with Concreteworks, MKD is offering mkPURE, a super-modern sink, and mkISLAND, a modern island/table.  Both the mkPURE and mkISLAND come in three finishes: (1) WHITE, made of concrete with fly ash and recycled porcelain, (2) LINEN, made of concrete with rice hull, and (3) GRAY, made of concrete with fly ash and rice hull. 

Pricing on the mkPURE starts at $1,950, unless you buy in bulk.  Similarly, the mkISLAND starts at $5,250.

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