This is a pretty popular photo of the O2 student village at the Technical University of Munich. In addition to being sponsored by O2 Germany, the community of seven micro-compact homes (posted […]
If you know me, you know I like to read. You name it, I read it. Books. Magazines. Newspapers. Online. Actually, I have a theory on book reading, which goes […]
One reason to attend West Coast Green is to see the unveiling of Michelle Kaufmann Design’s newest home, the mkLotus. Built by ExtremeHomes, mkLotus will be a showhouse for West Coast Green in San Francisco from September 20-22, 2007. I can’t wait to see this.
I’m pleased to share some information and renderings on ELEMENT, Starwood Hotels & Resorts new extended-stay hotel brand set to open in 2008. The idea behind ELEMENT is to make smart choices intuitive and support the lifestyles of guests while they are away from home. ELEMENT Hotels performed research on guest behavior, which revealed that socially conscious hotel guests are more likely to leave their good habits at home when traveling. That’s because, depending on the hotel, it may be difficult to recycle, conserve water, or maintain a lower impact lifestyle. ELEMENT Hotels aims to change that. Key smart design features of this green hotel include the following:
Shampoo/conditioner dispensers will eliminate multiple mini-bottles; Low-flow sink faucets and dual flush toilets will lead to an estimated conservation of 4,358.6 gallons of water per room each year; Eco-friendly materials will be used throughout, including recycled content carpets; Low-VOC paints for improved indoor air quality for guests and staff; CFL light bulbs will be used throughout the building to reduce energy consumption; and Biophilic design that maximizes natural light and sightlines to the outdoors will help connect occupants to their natural surroundings.
Feel free to click on over to this PDF brochure to read more about the ELEMENT Hotel and what it will look like. The hotel design is pretty incredible, as you will see from the images below the fold.
Previously, I wrote about Greenbridge Developments, which is a mixed-use development in North Carolina expected to receive LEED Gold certification. This development is an incredible example of the business case […]
Rocio Romero is a 35-year-old designer, manufacturer, and entrepreneur. She’s well known for her minimalist, modern LV Home. Do you know the history behind Rocio Romero? Christy Marshall authored an excellent article on her and her growing business in modern prefab. Romero is a graduate of University of California-Berkeley and Southern California Institute of Architecture (aka SCI-Arc). One of her first designs was a summer house for her parents in Laguna Verde outside of Santiago, Chile. That home was modified slightly and has become the LV Home that we see popping up all over the country. As for pricing, here’s what you can expect: