mkHearth, an Eco Modern Farmhouse

Today Michelle Kaufmann announced and released details of mkDesign’s newest modular design, a modern farmhouse home called mkHearth.  I like the rendering above because it illustrates how an entire neighborhood of modern, green, mkHearth homes could look … imagine plush gardens in lieu of turf, home fronts instead of garages, and greenroofs in the place of shingles.  The mkHearth centers on a hearth space where a cabinetry / fireplace unit extends and connects the first through third floors. 

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By |October 20th, 2008|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab, Single Family|Tags: |2 Comments

EcoLogic Lofts Winds Up Green Chicago

This is the initial rendering for a project called EcoLogic Lofts in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago, a project that developers plan to break ground on in early 2009.  Shooting for LEED Silver certification, the 7-story, 94-unit condo building will source two percent of its power from rooftop wind turbines that look like those made by Aerotecture International (and which are also on Near North Apartments).  Located at Bucktown, Lakeview and Lincoln Park, EcoLogic Lofts will have one and two bedroom units with prices ranging from $239k – $499k. 

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By |October 20th, 2008|Categories: Condo, Wind|Tags: , |6 Comments

Green versus Greed by Rick Fedrizzi

On Friday Rick Fedrizzi, founding chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council and current President and CEO, sent out a letter to USGBC constituents to address general market concerns relating to the economy and future of green building.  I thought the letter was interesting because he mentions something I’ve been thinking about for over a year now: the allocation of sustainable accountability.  Whether it’s the newest green ad campaign or some politician’s promise, I feel the prevailing mentality is that the government or businesses or someone else, someone other than me, is going to help us figure out the toughest of tough issues.  Anyway, I don’t want to put words in the venerable Mr. Fedrizzi’s mouth, so here’s the letter if you didn’t get the email yesterday:

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By |October 18th, 2008|Categories: LEED, News|Tags: |5 Comments

Passive Survivability, Ecological Disaster, Sustainable Growth, + Affordable Homes

Why can’t we build an affordable house? Thom Mayne warns Dubai is set for "ecological disaster."  In Dubai, raw sewage is flowing into sea near beaches. Green homes: building […]

By |October 18th, 2008|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments

Aria Denver Plans Clean Green Living

Every now and then, Michelle Kaufmann gives us a rendering or a glimpse of a development she’s working on in Colorado.  Part of the development involves the design of new housing for the Sisters of St. Francis.  The other part is a private, multifamily townhouse development adjacent to the Sisters’ housing.  The townhouse community called Aria Denver promises to bring clean, green, and pure living to northwest Denver starting in 2009.

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By |October 17th, 2008|Categories: Modern architecture, Townhouse|Tags: |1 Comment

Ideabox Debuts Green Prefab Island Cottage at Seattle Home Show

The Seattle Home Show opens its doors today at Qwest Field and ideabox will be debuting a brand new design called the Island Cottage.  The 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 625 square-foot home was designed as a recreational cottage for places like the San Juan Islands, a home for small footprint urban infill, or an ancillary living space for an accessory dwelling unit.  Like all ideabox models, the Island Cottage is certified by Energy Star and Earth Advantage programs — all materials are selected for resource efficiency and performance. 

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By |October 16th, 2008|Categories: Prefab, Single Family|Tags: , |4 Comments
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