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Meyer Wells Beautiful Reclaimed Pieces

Meyer Wells Furniture, based in Seattle, Washington, is an impressive model of sustainable business practices.  Owners John Wells, a furniture designer, and Seth Meyer, a master craftsman, teamed up to start this company which produces beautiful furniture from reclaimed local wood.  This reclaimed wood has a unique story — it comes from "urban trees". 

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By |November 13th, 2008|Categories: Furniture, Materials|1 Comment
  • verdier

Verdier Upgrades Solar Eco-Camper

Over a year ago, we mentioned Verdier Van & Camper’s Eco-Camper, the posh recreational throwback to VW’s Westfalia, and it looks like the Solar Power Eco-Camper has a new look.  Verdier now offers five different personalities of the award-winning vehicle: Woody, Geeky, Ebony, Blueberry, and Purity.  The eco-camper configuration is an add-on package available in any personality and entails solar panels, hybrid engine, Sun Tracker system, two gazebos, a second floor area, sliding door with integrated ladder, folding furniture, cargo storage, etc.  The price?  $129,000. 

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By |November 12th, 2008|Categories: Gadgets, Modern design, Solar|Tags: |9 Comments
  • rincon5exterior

RINCON 5 Green Prefab Now at $179k+

You’ve probably heard about Marmol Radziner Prefab’s latest single-module offering called the RINCON, right?  RINCON is the moniker for their latest modular series, a line of homes that can double as a small prefab dwelling or ancillary living structure, you name it.  The name is inspired by the Spanish word for "nook" — an apt description for this little accessory structure.  The largest model in the series is RINCON 5, and it’s a 660 sf model with full kitchen, living room, bedroom, and deck area.

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By |November 12th, 2008|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab, Single Family|Tags: , , |5 Comments
  • fivepartplanalgore

Thoughts on Al Gore's Five-Part Plan to Repower America

I’ve always been kind of irked by the fact that President Reagan, after having the White House’s leaky roof fixed, never replaced the solar hot water panels installed by President Carter.  But it’s hard to judge him because I was barely crawling at the time — I have no idea what was going on in the collective conscious of that generation.  I mean, Al Gore mentions in Sunday’s Op-Ed in the NY Times that President Nixon established Project Independence 35 years ago with a goal to, in seven years time, develop the potential to meet our country’s energy needs without having to rely on any foreign energy sources.  Yet, that never happened and Reagan’s act, the way I see it, symbolically shut the door on the possibility of American energy self-reliance.  At least for the time being. 

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By |November 11th, 2008|Categories: Editorial, News|Tags: |5 Comments
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More Mobile: Portable Architecture for Today [Giveaway]

We’re giving a copy of this book away to one lucky commenter below, so make sure to say something before midnight on Friday, November 14, 2008.*

If you’re a prefab enthusiast or in any way interested in portable architecture, you should read More Mobile: Portable Architecture for Today.  More Mobile is an expansion of the ideas presented in the original book called Mobile: The Art of Portable Architecture.  Both were edited by the venerable and very popular Jennifer Siegal, founder of Office of Mobile Design, and I suggest you sit down and take some time to enjoy this second iteration. 

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By |November 10th, 2008|Categories: book, Giveaways, Prefab|21 Comments
  • livethebox

Live The Box Multifamily Container Proposal Winners Announced!

A combination of various groups, including AIA Newark, Skanska, and Young Architects Forum, put together the Live The BOX competition to find innovative, visionary, and compelling proposals for container constructed, multifamily, mixed- use projects.  The competition received tons of interesting container design entries, but only three won (with three more Honorable Mentions).  Designs had to use standard shipping containers of 8′-6" height and either 20′ or 40′ length as main building blocks for the structure.  Make sure to check out the winners below … Also, I’ll update this article as I find better images. 

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By |November 10th, 2008|Categories: Container Design, Multifamily, News, Recycled|Tags: |1 Comment
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