Low-Impact One Tonne Living in Sweden

The average American will produce something like 20 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year; however, in Sweden the average amount is something like six-eight tons (or tonnes) per year.  So when several companies join forces to put a four-person Swedish family on one-ton-per-year lifestyle, perhaps there might be something for us to learn from the experiment.  That experiment is the One Tonne Life project.

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By |January 27th, 2011|Categories: Modern architecture, Single Family|Tags: , |9 Comments

Unique Green Birth Chart Art by StarArc

I don’t know much about astrology, but I can still see having one of these pieces with a unique astrological aspect pattern.  They’re beautiful, modern, and available in two designs, eight sizes, and 27 colors.  StarArc takes your birthday, birth time, and birth location to create a personal pattern, which is then printed using environmentally friendly canvas (“Urth” by Breathing Color) and inks.  Pieces range in size from 10″ – 48″ square and price from $280-$830 (although there is currently a 40% off sale).

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By |January 27th, 2011|Categories: Modern design|Tags: |0 Comments

Ultra-Efficient SmartHome for Cleveland

Folks in Cleveland aren’t going to watch the economy leave with Mr. James.  They’re working on a future-forward demonstration built to what’s heralded as the world’s most rigorous energy standard for homes.  The Passive House, referred to as SmartHome Cleveland, was designed by Chuck Miller of Doty & Miller Architects and will be built on the grounds of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

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By |January 26th, 2011|Categories: Passive House|Tags: , , |11 Comments

Obama: 80% Clean Electricity by 2035

Tonight President Barack Obama delivered the State of the Union Address with a message of innovation, education, and reformation.  The President discussed clean energy, oil subsidies, high-speed rail, and a number of other things that will directly impact how we living in the future.  Here are some soundbites from those remarks.
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By |January 25th, 2011|Categories: Government, News|4 Comments

Container-Based SushiBOX in Austin

Following on the heels of the successful launch of La Boite, Mark Meyer and Austin-based designSTUDIO designed and built another container-based eatery.  SushiBOX just opened at 2nd and Congress in downtown Austin, so you’ll want to drop by if in the area.  The re-purposed container features bio-based spray foam insulation, rainwater HOGs, and some nifty waterjet-cut details.  Executive Chef Ben Crockett leads the sushi-making experience and there’s already one positive review on Yelp.

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By |January 25th, 2011|Categories: Container Design, Retail|Tags: |2 Comments

Blu Perfects Iconic Breezehouse Prefab

Blu Homes is on a tear lining up projects and relaunching iconic homes such as the Glidehouse.  This month, the Massachusetts-based start-up is “Perfecting an Icon” in the form of unveiling the new and improved Breezehouse.  In fact, just barely into the relaunch, Blu already sold two of these homes and is working on a few more in the pipeline, according to Maura McCarthy, co-founder and VP of sales and marketing.

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By |January 24th, 2011|Categories: Prefab|Tags: , , |3 Comments
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