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Container Studio Space in New York

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Artist and DJ Andrea Shapiro went to her architect for help creating a work space in Amagansett, New York.  With a limited budget of $60,000, Shapiro needed roughly 700 square feet and an "inviting and reflective" studio, according information posted by the architecture firm on ArchitizerMaziar Behrooz Architecture suggested using old steel containers for the structure to save costs.  The result is shown below with additional images and video. 

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Blu Launches Spacious Balance Prefab

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Blu Homes, a green prefab startup out of Massachusetts, is on a tear with $7 million in new cash and a contemporary set of homes.  Today the company announced its latest design called Balance, which is a 1,632 square foot single-level home that prices from about $270,000.  Balance is factory-built, ships anywhere in the country on two trucks, and unfolds to a spacious 34' wide and 48' long with 16' ceilings. 

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Rebuilding Shelters with Old Containers

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We've seen a lot of effort to provide emergency and long-term shelter for disaster areas.  For Haiti in particular, some groups, like Shipping Container Housing and Green Container International Aid, are trying to reuse shipping containers to get people out of the elements and into something that can withstand hurricane season in a couple short months.  The renderings shown here are from GCIA, who is seeking the donation of containers to construct container cities in the area. 

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Blu Completes Another Next Gen Prefab

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Notwithstanding the much talked about death of prefab, factory-built homes that are energy efficient and made with healthy materials keep finding buyers.  Blu Homes, a prefab startup that just received $7 million from private investors and is opening a new 80,000 square-foot facility in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, built this green home for Rainy Day and Eileen Cullinane in Rhode Island. 

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Plant Walls for Vibrant Green Spaces

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The folks at Plant Solutions installed this vibrant living wall in a conference room of their Scottsdale office. The TerraScreen Living Wall is made with two 4'x4' panels, which are made with a black, powder-coated, galvanized steel wire, and brackets that attach to the wall. The panels protrude a little less than five inches from the wall.

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Prefabulous + Sustainable

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To be considered for this random giveaway, leave a comment below through the end of Friday, May 14, 2010.*

Abrams was kind enough to send us a copy of Sheri Koones’ most recent book on modular homes, Prefabulous and Sustainable.  Considering we’ve published over 250 articles on various green prefabs, you can say this book is right up our alley.  Indeed, it’s a veritable treasure trove of inspiration for prefab enthusiasts and well worth the cover price of $25.

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