Daniel Libeskind Enters the Prefab Fray

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A couple months back, I read an article about Daniel Libeskind's prefab plans, and today, the NY Times broke the story wide open.  In Libeskind Designs a Prefab Home, the Gray Lady gives us a glimpse of The Villa, which is part of Daniel Libeskind's Signature Series of private homes.  There's a prototype of The Villa currently under construction in Datteln, Germany, which should be completed this summer.  And like a limited production set of artwork, The Villa will be offered in regionally exclusive neighborhoods all over the world.  For the right price …

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Green Made Easy [Giveaway]

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Chris Prelitz, a sustainability pioneer, is the author of a new book called Green Made Easy: The Everyday Guide for Transitioning to a Green Lifestyle.  He lives in a solar-powered home, which often generates more energy than it requires, and had a green flip featured on the Discovery Channel's Greenovate.  As a seasoned sustainability consultant and head of a design-build firm, Chris provides twenty-years of life experience in this easy-to-read book.

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Lazy Environmentalist on a Budget [Giveaway]

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Josh Dorfman, green entrepreneur and television host of The Lazy Environmentalist (now showing on the Sundance Channel), is also the author of the newly released book The Lazy Environmentalist on a Budget: Save Money. Save Time, Save the Planet.  In his second book, Josh sets out to create environmental change with easy, stylish, and affordable solutions. 

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LOFTwall Mod Green Custom Partitions

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I noticed some chatter about these LOFTwall dividers following the news rush that accompanied ICFF 2009.  They're made by a Dallas-based company for use in residences, office spaces, retail, or pretty much anywhere else you can think of.  LOFTwalls are modular, lightweight, and most importantly, customizable.  Take a stab at designing your own using their frames and material swatches — you'll even get the price. 

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Green LDS Church History Library

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was kind enough to send us an invite to their media day for the super fresh Church History Library.  This cutting-edge building is the embodiment of a mammoth effort spanning several years — 15 years of planning, 4 years of construction, and countless hours tagging, archiving, and moving millions of artifacts and records to the new location.  With several temperature controlled and sub-zero vaults, a building like this would generally use a lot of energy, but the design prioritized energy-efficiency and LEED certification.

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