Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation Synagogue, a Modern LEED Platinum Building

The Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation synagogue is a beautiful building on 303 Dodge Avenue in Evanston, Illinois.  The Chicago Tribune reports that it’s "believed to be the first synagogue designed to achieve the highest level — platinum — in the [USGBC’s LEED] rating system."  That’s probably true.  The  JRC board of directors mandated LEED Platinum certification, but my search of LEED Certified projects does not list the JRC synagogue yet.  Nevertheless, it’s a fine example of green architecture in the religious building context, which is something we don’t see too often. 

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By |February 27th, 2008|Categories: Corporate, LEED, Modern architecture|0 Comments

How To Videos for Green Living [Howcast]

Recently, I saw this article about Howcast and was quite intrigued by the startup company.  Howcast is run by ex-Googlers with the intent of becoming the YouTube of instructional videos.  It’s a good idea, […]

By |February 26th, 2008|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments

Rapson Greenbelt, Modern Passive Solar Prefab

I’m seriously loving the Rapson Greenbelt here by Wieler.  Wieler was founded by the owner of the Original Dwell Home and offers a nice selection of prefab designs for the modern, green home enthusiast.  Speaking of the Rapson Greenbelt, Inhabitat reports: "Modernist architect Ralph Rapson has managed to reinterpret this 60-year old design with the green panache of a 21st century prefab.  The Rapson Greenbelt, an articulate series of prefab dwellings, is derived from a 1945 design called Case Study #4, which debuted back then as part of Arts & Architecture’s Case Study House Program.  Today, the Rapson Greenbelt is part of the modern home portfolio from WIELER, the award-winning providers of custom prefab homes."

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By |February 26th, 2008|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab, Single Family|Tags: |1 Comment

Bear Creek – Recycled Glass, Sinks and Lighting

There are not a lot of choices out there for eco-lighting or eco-sinks, but Bear Creek Glass is one nice option.  Bear Creek Glass is an artisan company that creates beautiful, artful glass sinks and lighting.  Half of their products are made from 100% recycled glass and the others are made partially of recycled glass.  Styles range from traditional and antique to simple and modern. 

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By |February 25th, 2008|Categories: Materials, Modern design, Recycled|0 Comments

The First Positive Energy Mixed-Use Building in the World

Just last week, Chicago architecture firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill was chosen to design the world's first positive energy, mixed-use building for the world's first zero-carbon, zero-waste, car-free city called Masdar.  As a "positive energy" building, the design aims to generate more energy each day than it consumes.  The 1.4 million sf headquarters shown above will serve as the centerpiece of Masdar City, which will end up being about a $22 billion development in Abu Dhabi.

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By |February 24th, 2008|Categories: Land Use, Modern architecture|Tags: |5 Comments

Green Realtors, the Eco-Paradox, Big Green China, + Solar versus the Environment [WIR]

How green is my realtor? Eco-Paradox: green homes, gas-guzzling commutes.  LA ready on new green building standards. China’s green race against urban surge.  Neighbors clash over trees and […]

By |February 23rd, 2008|Categories: Land Use, News, Week in Review|0 Comments
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