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Colorful Mixed-Use Eco Lofts in Austin

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This is East Village Lofts in the Revitalization District of East 11th Street in Austin, Texas.  The structure, designed by Bercy Chen Studio, makes a bold statement about the intersection of art and sustainability with a multifaceted facade of colorful steel panels.   The panels, as you would imagine, double as a shade device and guardrails for condo balconies.

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SSIPs SunShower House in New Orleans

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This award-winning design will be constructed in downtown New Orleans with steel structural insulated panels, high performance windows, and rooftop solar panels.  It was designed by Judith Kinnard, professor of architecture at Tulane University, and Tiffany Lin, assistant professor of architecture, who took first place in a competition involving steel SIPs from OceanSafe.

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Eco Modern Outdoor Furniture on Sale

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It's that time of year when exterior furniture is discounted and available for a song.  Loll Designs, maker of beautiful, recycled, modern outdoor furniture, is offering free shipping on all products, 15% off of black furniture, and 10% off of all color furniture.  Loll furniture is made with 100% recycled HDPE and shipped in recycled and recyclable packaging.  Check out some of these deals:

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Lakeside Container Retreat in Sri Lanka

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This lakeside retreat was put together with used shipping containers and timber from weapon boxes in the Maduru Oya area of Sri Lanka, according to Dezeen.  Located on an army training camp, this simple container solution was designed by Damith Premathilake and built by soldiers with materials found in the area.  It's now become "the ideal destination for the traveler seeking a relaxing and rustic vacation."  What do you think about it?

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Custom Modular Green Home in St. Paul

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Hive Modular, a prefab company out of Minneapolis, recently completed this custom modular home on a sloping corner lot in St. Paul.  Sandwiched between mid-century modern neighbors, the 1,864 square foot prefab features contemporary oak finishes and landscaping from none other than Rosenlof/Lucas.  Check it out below from a few different perspectives. 

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Modern Eco Dwelling Unit in Beacon Hill

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Seattle allows backyard cottages — legally referred to as detached accessory dwelling units (DADU) — in certain single-family situations.  These structures aren't without controversy but can helpful when taking on a renter or housing extra family.  BjarkoSerra Architects designed this DADU for a family in Beacon Hill, and it will be built in the next year or so to a Built Green 5-Star rating. 

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