Modern Style for Backyard Urban Hens

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I’ve had the opportunity to keep in regular contact with Rob Pyatt (e.g., 1940s Boxhouse and Pinon House), principal of Pyatt Studio, and his work with Urban Hens is really taking off right now.  The Urban Hens Project is meant to develop a sustainable, closed-loop model for establishing chickens in urban settings.  Hens provide eggs, they eat kitchen and garden scraps, and if you’re really hard core, they’ll become a fine little dinner.  Check out these modern, Quonset hut-inspired chicken coops:

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Wow, Our Third B-Day Came Quick!

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After the big bash we threw last year, you may not believe this, but I just remembered that today is the third blog birthday for Jetson Green!  I can't believe I forgot all about it.  But hey, here's the thing:  I really appreciate that you keep coming back to this little site.  I really do.  With all the great curators of fine green content out there, whether Inhabitat, Moco Loco, Materialicious, Contemporist, Metro Hippie, Dwell, Re-Nest, Treehugger, Low Impact Living, or otherwise, I'm glad you've spent some time here, too. 

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PNC Brands Headquarters with Largest Living Wall in North America

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Update 9/22/09: Largest Green Wall in North America is Complete!

In a recent press release, PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC) announced plans to install a 2,380 square-foot, soil-based living wall on the southerly exterior of the company's Pittsburgh headquarters building, One PNC Plaza.  The living wall, pending municipal approval and installation in September 2009, will be the largest green living wall in North America.  Produced by Green Living Technologies and designed by Mingo Design, a careful arrangement of locally-sourced plants will brand the building with PNC's logo. 

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Low Tech Texas Container Retreat

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In April 2009, this bold vacation cabin received a 2009 Residential Architect Design Award in the custom home under 3,500 square feet category.  The NY Times may have noticed, because Kate Murphy also published a feature article about the home last week.  Referred to as Camp Cinco, this low-tech retreat was designed by Mark T. Wellen of Rhotenberry Wellen Architects for owner Roger Black and constructed by placing five shipping containers on hand-dug piers.  The design is simple and striking. 

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Geeky Tech for Green Dream Home

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Photographer John B. Carnett just launched a monthly blog called Green Dream on Popular Science.  You're probably going to want to follow it.  On Green Dream, Carnett's sharing his experience building a dream home using geeky, affordable, green technology.  I was drawn in by one of his early articles on the framing / insulation system that he's using to eliminate thermal bridging. 

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USGBC Sets a LEED Platinum Example

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According to a press release issued yesterday, the juggernaut USGBC just announced the Platinum certification of its new Washington D.C. headquarters in the Foggy Bottom district.  It’s the first project to obtain certification under the latest version of LEED, and the two-level, 75,000 square foot space triples the size of the USGBC’s previous Platinum location.  The light, airy, and modern design features a number of recognizable furniture pieces, and some of the following noteworthy green elements:

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