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Green Prefab Extends to Chicken Coops

While catching up on last month's Metropolis, I was fascinated by an article — Fair or Fowl? — discussing the winning design in a competition held by the Israel Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. 

Peleg/Burshtein Architects took the top prize with a proposal that consolidates poultry farming into a futuristic, 200-foot prefab farm outfitted with chicken feed silos, small wind turbines, photovoltaics, and greenery to mitigate the industrial steel exterior. 


By |April 15th, 2010|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab|0 Comments
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AAHSA Concept for Idea House 2010

The American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA) has a concept for the future of senior housing and it's going to be built for the association's annual meeting in Los Angeles later this year.  The 2,600 square-foot Idea House, designed by the Atlanta office of THW Design, will feature the latest in innovation, universal design, and sustainability.  


By |April 14th, 2010|Categories: Modern architecture|Tags: |1 Comment
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Green Inside and Out in the Valley

This modern home, designed by David Wick of Wick Architecture and Design, sits on a narrow urban lot in San Fernando Valley.  Energy Star and Build It Green certified, the 4,000 square foot residence was built with an ICF basement, FSC certified wood framing, radiant barrier roof paneling, low-VOC caulks and sealants, a cool roof, a permeable driveway, and cedar siding that also provides some shading. 


By |April 13th, 2010|Categories: Modern architecture, Single Family|Tags: |1 Comment
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Update: 111 Navy Chair in Six Colors

A couple weeks ago, we mentioned a two-year collaboration between Coca-Cola and Emeco to produce the 111 Navy Chair.  It'll be unveiled this week in Milan and sales begin in June here in the states through Design Within Reach.  The L.A. Times reports that it'll cost about $230, making it one of the most accessible options available to fans of the 1940s design. 


By |April 13th, 2010|Categories: Furniture, Modern design, Recycled|Tags: |1 Comment
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Interlocking Polli-Brick Used for EcoARK

The web is alive with news that a Taiwan company has built a three-level exhibition hall — EcoARK — using about 1.5 million plastic bottles.  According to Reuters, the building was commissioned by Far Eastern Group and will be donated to city government in Taipei.  But what's really interesting is the fact that the objects used for the facade are more than simple plastic waste bottles.  The product being used here is called Polli-Brick from Hymini. 


By |April 13th, 2010|Categories: Materials, Recycled|17 Comments
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Delivering Healthy Gen7 Classrooms

We've seen green portable classrooms from Toby Long Design and Frog Zero classrooms from Project Frog, and this Gen7 School from American Modular Systems is an interesting option to add to the mix.  The school is factory-built and delivered about 90% complete with an unbelievable 90-day turnaround.  AMS indicates that the Gen7 classroom could save owners ~$100,000 per year in direct costs *and* will come with a ton of green features:


By |April 12th, 2010|Categories: Educational, Modern architecture, Prefab|2 Comments

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