The great American architect Daniel Burnham once said, "Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood." The Venus Project is no little plan — it's a proposal for a total redesign of the world. From cities on the sea to mass transit, mega sky scrapers, and even colonies in outer space, it covers every angle. Furthermore, it proposes to achieve all of this by switching to a resource-based economy and adopting radical lifestyle changes. The plan is large, thoroughly documented, and beautifully rendered. The architecture even comes with plans to build the machines needed to build these massive structures. Here's a look at just a couple of the many concepts …
It's that time of year again — the AIA Committee on the Environment ("COTE") just published its annual list of Top Ten Green Projects. There's some definite superstars in the group, and we've mentioned a few of them already, including the Chartwell School and Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation. Perkins+Will has two projects in the group, but this just confirms what we already know: the firm is a leader in sustainable design. Below, we've included direct links to AIA case studies for each project, as well as a link to the lead architect.
What's Sunday evening without a little Ty Pennington and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition? I don't catch it every week, particularly if the Dallas Cowboys are on, but the program is a juggernaut for helping people in real need. So we caught news that ABC was planning a green show for April 6 and were put in touch with the team doing a 5 kW solar photovoltaics installation. They're using the Akeena Andalay system, which we mentioned previously was a Top 5 Green Building Product (as voted by the builders). The Akeena Andalay system is pretty sharp, and Linda Panitz, a solar evangelist herself, was on the set with Akeena to install the system. Here's our Q&A:
Depending on the method of construction, green building consultant Mark LaLiberte tells us there are a few common green building mistakes to watch out for — errors he's seeing more and more as builders move forward with greener practices. Read through this list and then tell us what you think … are you seeing any other common mistakes with green construction?
Last year I talked about five green building trends and most of that, generally speaking, was spot on. This year's going to be a little tougher nut to crack, however, because things are changing every day. After a week or two of new information, it could be that everything below will not make sense any more. I don't believe that will happen, but it could. Anyway, to cut to the chase, all of this is informal and anecdotal. I'm making these predictions based on approximately thirty years of seeing, studying, reading, working, and observing as a human being. You will certainly have a different perspective, but hear me out. When you're done, make sure to tell me what you think below.
If you liked our article on 34 Stunning LEED Platinum Projects, you'll probably like this one, too. As with the other, this is a retrospective on the past year. We've seen some awesome green homes and are constantly inspired: So much creativity, innovation, and style! That said, unless you're living in a cave, you'll probably note that most websites are looking back — it's a tradition this time of year. For intance, the Wall Street Journal showcased a list of what they call A Decade's Most Remarkable Homes. Michelle Kaufmann contributed thoughts to WSJ for their article and then decided to create her very own list of Top 10 Housing Designs from the Past Decade. We're keeping our list limited to built homes shown on this site in 2008: