Fyto Wall Lively Vertical Garden Walls

The show home for Dwell on Design, Eco Fab House, which just sold for $66,100 on eBay, was garnished with a vertical living wall from Fyto Wall and Design Ecology. The system was set up with modular panels, a soil-less hydroponic watering system, and pre-grown plantings.  Fyto Wall is estimated to require upkeep only once per month and can be used to reduce noise, reduce cooling loads, filter air, produce food, or, of course, add life to a design.

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By |June 29th, 2010|Categories: Materials, Vegetation|Tags: , , , |5 Comments

IQ Haus Prefab Unveiled in Los Angeles

Last week, a newly completed IQ Haus by DNA European Design Studio was on display at Dwell on Design in Los Angeles, California.  The container home, clad in a contemporary application of Douglas Fir, was enjoyed by conference attendees and could have been the "coolest thing" there. 

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By |June 28th, 2010|Categories: Container Design, Modern architecture, Prefab|0 Comments

Green Solar Lumenhaus Wins in Europe!

The team from Virginia Tech just took the top prize at Solar Decathlon Europe with their house pavilion, Lumenhaus, which was inspired by the Farnsworth House.  The deep green home was on display in the Solar Village in Madrid and viewed by more than 190,000 visitors.

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By |June 28th, 2010|Categories: Modern architecture, Single Family, Solar|Tags: , , |4 Comments

Re:Focus House Dazzles the Internet!

With the European counterpart to the Solar Decathlon now complete, the team from University of Florida walks away as winner of the Internet Award based on online voting open during the competition.  Their home, Project RE:FOCUS, blends three elements from historic Florida houses — a covered open porch, a breezeway oriented to prevailing winds, and a porous breathable skin — in a striking way.

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By |June 27th, 2010|Categories: Modern architecture, Single Family, Solar|Tags: , , |3 Comments

Better Shelter, Sustainability Myths, Recycling Homes, + Lowe's Funding

Five myths about sustainability. The quest for better emergency shelter. Lowe's invests in energy-efficiency startup. Gehry talks LEED and the future of green building. Five reasons why GRI is the next […]

By |June 26th, 2010|Categories: Week in Review|1 Comment

Modern Green Compact House for All

This tiny house — the L41 House — has been sneaking around the internet over the past few months.  It was on display at the Vancouver Olympics and visitors seemed to take a liking to the 220-square-foot beauty.  Designed by Michael Katz and Janet Corne, L41 House is small, energy efficient, and sacrifices nothing but extraneous space.

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By |June 25th, 2010|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab, Single Family|Tags: , , |6 Comments
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