Spectra Decor Offers Unique Line of Eco-friendly Hardware

Founder and artist Leilani Norman-Young manages Spectra Decor out of Seattle, Washington.  Spectra offers a beautiful, unique, and varied line of eco-friendly hardware, which consists mostly of cabinet pulls.  The hardware is made from a variety of green products including recycled glass, cork, recycled aluminum, and eco-resin from 3form. 

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By |December 8th, 2008|Categories: Materials, Recycled|1 Comment

Libeskind New York Sky Garden Tower

A couple weeks ago, New York Magazine showcased Daniel Libeskind’s proposal for his first New York building.  The design features prominent sky gardens — an element some pragmatic developers might shy away from for fear of losing usable square footage.  But by including the sky gardens, apartment occupants will have access to balconies and greenery and oxygen.  They’ll have the opportunity to welcome nature right at the back door. 

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By |December 7th, 2008|Categories: Modern architecture, Skyscraper|Tags: |7 Comments

Update: Revision Dallas Green Details

When we first published news that Dallas was planning the nation’s first sustainable city block, the exact location hadn’t been named.  In anticipation of the location, I guessed south downtown, and it turns out, hit the proverbial nail smack dab on the head.  The sustainable city block is right by the convention center and Dallas City Hall (designed by I.M. Pei and featured shortly in Terminator I believe).  It’s also in the general vicinity of another green project we featured previously called Buzz Lofts.  So the location is spot on and prime for some serious green innovation. 

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By |December 7th, 2008|Categories: Land Use|Tags: |0 Comments

Green Building Science, Builder LEEDership, + GHG Emission Awareness

LEED: pay now, save later. Adults barely aware that buildings lead GHG emissions. Builders take the LEED on being green. Green building is building science, so learn it. Changes coming […]

By |December 6th, 2008|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments

Flexible Container Retail at Puma City

Update 6/15/2010: Puma City Revised for World Cup 2010!

Realizing this site might be a little overweight in the container architecture department, I'm going to blog this and try to abstain in the next few weeks.  But Puma City, like the Freitag Flagship Store in Zurich (only less banged up looking), is another illustration of industrial design and adaptive reuse combined. The 11,000 sf retail installation was designed by LOT-EK and uses three levels of forty-foot containers stacked four units wide to create an incredibly dynamic design. 

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By |December 5th, 2008|Categories: Container Design, Modern architecture, Retail|3 Comments

Inventor Creates Net-Zero Energy Island

Dean Kamen is a well-known entrepreneur and inventor of various technologies, including the Segway, Project Slingshot, and a hybrid electrical car with a Stirling engine.  He’s also trying to establish an independent, net-zero energy island off the coast of Connecticut.  The three-acre private island is called North Dumpling, and if granted his wishes, it would have its own constitution, flag, and national anthem.  Kamen’s attempts at secession haven’t been successful yet, but that’s no surprise given the South wasn’t able to do it either.  He has found success installing LEDs and saving energy, though. 

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By |December 5th, 2008|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Gadgets, Land Use|Tags: |1 Comment
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