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M-CH: Less is More Edition

Let’s face it, less is more.  What you see is the micro compact home, aka m-ch, which is a 76 sf home designed by Richard Horden, a professor at Technical University of Munich (TUM).  m-ch was designed to meet the growing demand for short-stay living.  I think Horden’s on to something.  Right now, there’s a horde of 7 m-chs that TUM students and staff occasionally stay in.  But there’s also a 16-unit village of m-chs being developed for a site near Vienna, Austria. 

What’s great about the m-ch is its high-tech design.  It’s all geeked out with the latest in electronics and technology.  Future models plan to use solar panels and horizontal-axis wind turbines to make the home self-sustaining.  For $96,000 (delivery + installation anywhere in Europe), you get a sliding table for 5, two 7.5 foot beds, shelves and drawers, an electrical systems control panel, bathroom and shower, and a kitchen with a microwave, fridge/freezer, sink, waste unit, and work surface.  For a quick jaunt and a little fun, what more could you ask for?  Via Wired.  Cool images below the fold. 

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Masdar City: Zero Carbon, Zero Waste

Foster + Partners has created a master plan for a massive and bold 6 million square meter sustainable development near Abu Dhabi called Masdar.  Driven by the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, Masdar will be a zero carbon, zero waste community, one that will be entirely car free. 

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Filler Post: The Light at the End of the Tunnel

I’m in the middle of a hellish end to law school finals.  I have some good content in the works, but need to sort through it + make it shine, so keep your eyes open […]

By |May 10th, 2007|Categories: News|0 Comments
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Gatorade Building Becomes Largest, Green Food + Beverage Facility in World

That’s right.  Another example of the business case for going green.  Recently, Gatorade received LEED Gold-level certification for the Gatorade Thirst Quencher Blue Ridge facility in Wytheville, Virginia.  At 950,000 sf, it weighs in […]

By |May 8th, 2007|Categories: Conservation, Energy Efficiency, LEED|Tags: |0 Comments
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The Modern Danish Interpretation of Light*house (S2)

The images you see are for a development in Denmark called the "Danish Light*house," a collaboration between UNStudio, 3xn, and Gehl Architects.  Light*house is the winner of the competition for a new Aarhus harbor front.  In addition to the 140 meter residential tower, the project includes the ancillary buildings also on the water front.  With sub-level parking and no parking on ground level, one goal of Light*house is to create a walkable environment that draws visitors to the water.  Although details are still in general terms, starting sometime in 2008, it will be built to the newest energy standards and sustainable building practices.  Light*house will have a healthy mix of rental + owner-occupied housing; a large portion of the project will include non-profit rental housing.  When construction is complete in 2010, the project owners hope to have the harbor front in Denmark.  More pics below the jump.  Via.

Good Links:+Danish Light*house [architecture.mnp]+The Lighthouse of Danish Urban Development [WAN]+3xn, UNStudio, Gehl Architects [architects]

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By |May 6th, 2007|Categories: Affordable, Energy Efficiency, Modern architecture, Skyscraper|Tags: |0 Comments
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C2C + LEED, Baltimore Going Green, + Exelon's Platinum HQ (WIR)

USGBC Now Allows Cradle to Cradle (C2C) Points under LEED Innovation in Design Category. Britain Assesses the Pros and Cons of Green Homes.  Baltimore is One Step Closer to Becoming […]

By |May 5th, 2007|Categories: LEED, News, Week in Review|Tags: , , |0 Comments
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