Throwback: Henry David Thoreau on Small Living

Recently, I wrote an article for another website (full disclosure: I decided to stop writing for this website) called, "What’s the Deal with Big Green Homes?"  The article lead to some good comments and discussion, but I’ve been nagged by some thoughts that were in the comments.  Two of the homes that were discussed in the article were very green by almost all green measures except that of size: one was 4,700+ sf and the other 6,000+ sf.  I readily admit the superior green amenities and features of each home, but here’s a portion of my argument:

Think about all the materials that went into such a behemoth. In many ways, big a** homes represent the unsustainability of gross commercialization and over-consumption. Good old fashioned American waste. If you’re the Cheaper by the Dozen family, a big house might be necessary. Otherwise, big does not equal green.

One of the entrepreneurs of this green website disagreed stating, "if it’s Green, go as Big as you can and want."  I don’t understand this line of thinking because for this to be logical, a green home would have to have absolutely zero impact.  But there’s always an impact, even if it’s managed or negligible or offset or balanced.  There’s always an impact, even if it’s the impact of taking something that could go to someone else. 

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By |April 2nd, 2007|Categories: book, Conservation, Editorial|Tags: , |10 Comments

Skyscraper Sunday: 1180 Peachtree, One Symphony Center

The subject of this week’s Skyscraper Sunday is the striking 1180 Peachtree in Atlanta, Georgia.  Designed by Pickard Chilton Architects, 1180 Peachtree rises 41-stories with a 119-foot lighted veil at the top.  It was […]

By |April 1st, 2007|Categories: Energy Efficiency, LEED, Modern architecture, Skyscraper, Water Efficiency|Tags: |0 Comments

Happy Green Homeowners, LEED Silver CarMax, + Godin on No Impact Man (WIR)

Study Shows Green Homeowners Are Happier With Their Homes and Recommending Them; Cost Savings are a Top Motivating Factor for Buying Green.  CarMax Receives LEED Silver Certification and Becomes First Company […]

By |March 31st, 2007|Categories: LEED, Week in Review|Tags: |0 Comments

The Loftcube by Werner Aisslinger

This is the Loftcube, which is designed and engineered in Germany.  Including the bathroom and kitchen, there are two models, one for $136,000 and the other for $180,000.  I love the look of it … if you had $180k and a vacant roof, would you put it up there?  Add some landscaping?

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By |March 30th, 2007|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab|Tags: |0 Comments

QR5 + 2007 Bottom Line Design Awards

The first time I saw the QR5 was on Inhabitat last year, and ever since then, my thoughts have occasionally wandered back to its simple, elegant design.  Now, in April 2007, this […]

By |March 29th, 2007|Categories: Gadgets, Modern design, Wind|Tags: , |0 Comments

Jetson Green in D.C. this Weekend, Ideas?

I’m going to be in Washington D.C. with a team of MBAs for a real estate case competition this weekend.  I have some free time both Friday and Sunday and would like to delve into […]

By |March 28th, 2007|Categories: News|0 Comments
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