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How to Design Livable Streets

It’s no secret that Good produces the best graphics to illustrate the most current and important points.  They tend to go viral and get passed around.  I like their popular graphic on vampire energy and guide to prefab construction.  Good has a knack for distilling complex information, and I think their new guide to livable streets is worth reading.  In it, they explain ten ways to redesign and transform streets to become livable:

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By |April 8th, 2009|Categories: Land Use|Tags: , |10 Comments
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Green Dwell Home II Moving Forward

The latest Dwell has an article by Geoff Manaugh on the Dwell Home II.  After four years in "home design and permitting," homeowners Glen Martin and Claudia Plasencia have broken ground.  They're moving forward with construction.  The homeowners are building this design from Escher GuneWardena Architecture, which they chose because sustainability was presented as "an integrated system," as opposed to as an afterthought.  Here are a few of the home's green elements:

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By |April 7th, 2009|Categories: Modern architecture, Single Family|Tags: |3 Comments
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First LEED Platinum Home in Ohio

This is an affordable green home that is also the first, LEED-H Platinum, single-family home in Ohio.  In addition, the home is said to be the first in state to feature both solar thermal and photovoltaic solar panels on one roof.  It's beautiful and traditional — definitely the kind of home our non-modern readers dream about — and accented by a leisurely large front porch.  If you're in the area, there's an open house on Thursday, May 21, 2009; if you're not, we have some great photos to give you a peek inside.  Check out its green features:

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By |April 7th, 2009|Categories: Affordable, LEED, Single Family|3 Comments
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Autodesk Seeks LEED Platinum for Waltham Headquarters

Autodesk recently completed tenant improvements at their new headquarters building on the East Coast. The company retained the services of KlingStubbins and Tocci Building Companies to design and build the interior to a LEED Platinum level of certification using LEED-CI.  The result is modern office structure with abundant natural light and, of course, plenty of style.  My favorite design element is the custom, prefabricated millwork explained in the YouTube video below.

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By |April 6th, 2009|Categories: Gadgets, LEED, Modern architecture|2 Comments
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Logical Homes Prefab Container Homes

When we first mentioned Logical Homes in August 2007, I guess we didn’t realize how long it would be until the company actually launched.  But I think the wait has been worth it.  Logical Homes is officially out of pre-launch and just published details of their first three home designs.  The company is run by a whole list of folks, but the most notable is probably their Creative Director and COO, Peter DeMaria.  He’s a high profile expert in container architecture — don’t miss this video of him talking about container homes.  Let’s check out what Logical Homes just introduced:

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By |April 4th, 2009|Categories: Container Design, Modern architecture, Prefab, Single Family|13 Comments
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Reinvent Cities, Chinese Drywall, Energy Labels, Green Appraisals, + LEED 2009

The cost of building green. Now is the time to reinvent cities. LEED 2009 reference guides released. Gallup: Economy takes precedence over environment. Senators seek interim ban on Chinese drywall. Energy labels are […]

By |April 4th, 2009|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments
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