Dune Wall Tiles by urbanproduct

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Stephen Lindsay has been working on the launch of these fascinating tiles made of walnut, plaster, and concrete. Dune tiles are eight inches square and protrude about two inches from the wall surface. They’re distributed through urbanproduct (though the company is looking for U.S. distributors) and made with natural pigments and a soya-based finish.

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New Zero Series Prefab from Studio 101

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Michelle Kaufmann just announced the launch of three new prefab homes available exclusively through Studio 101 Designs and built by Blazer Industries.  These homes — Ridge0, Vista0, and Contours0 — are part of the Zero Series designed to produce as much energy as is needed over the course of a year.  As you can tell from the renderings, they're undeniably contemporary and seemingly approachable at the same time.

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Compact Modern Fortino of Dreams

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Ideabox was invited to participate in this year's NW Natural Street of Dreams in Portland to show how compact living, when well designed, can be luxurious at the same time.  The eco prefab on display the entire month is about 20% the size of the largest home on the block, yet it has everything one could ask for *and* an approachable price tag.  

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Low Impact Container Studio in Texas

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Dwell has the story on this 8'x40' container space in San Antonio designed by Jim Poteet.  The tiny retreat – living space, bathroom, and sink and counter – is sandwiched by a foundation of recycled telephone poles and roof of lush greenery.  The container also has bamboo flooring and wallcovering, an electric composting toilet from Sun-Mar, a mini-split heating and cooling system, and large floor-to-ceiling windows and doors to allow natural light.  This illustrates, with impressive flare, what can be done with containers, don’t you agree?

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Lush Edible Living Wall in Los Angeles

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Tournesol Siteworks makes a modular living wall system that was installed at Pizzeria Mozza on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles.  GreenScaped Buildings installed the green wall with 100% recycled polypropylene plastic modules, a Uni-Strut frame, and Netafim in-line drip irrigation.  The result is a lush and massive wall — now about 120 square feet on the east facing wall — that protrudes roughly 15 inches from the surface.  It grows lettuce, peppermint, celery, parsley, sage, and other edible plants. 

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The (Green) Tiny House Movement

The tiny house movement experienced a surge of sorts when a recent video hit front page Yahoo! But the movement has been growing in popularity over time, especially during the rough and tumble of the last few years.  Tiny houses often include green elements or can be seen as inherently green because they’re small and require tiny amounts of water and energy.  PBS picked up on the topic and published this video embedded above.

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