ABC's Extreme Makeover: Pauni Family + Making Homes Sustainable

Recently I blogged about the Happy New House by Neil Denari, and the concept that home design has a lot do with our personalities–even our psychological well-being.  After reading […]

By |November 27th, 2006|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |3 Comments

Madison Wisconsin's Capitol West Development Goes Modern + Reuses/Deconstructs +94%

This urban redevelopment will include about 375-400 townhomes, condominiums, and lofts + penthouses. The first phase (173 condos + 10,000 sf of retail) of condominium homes will range in size from 650-3,000 square feet, with prices ranging from $170,000-$900,000. I was really surprised by the diversity of architecture and offerings for this neighborhood: Capitol Court Townhomes, Washington Rowhouses, 309 West Washington (10 floors), Main Street Townhomes, + Broom Street Lofts. This looks really exciting.
By |November 27th, 2006|Categories: Modern architecture, Modern design, Nature, Vegetation|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Bioclimatic Design, Menara Mesiniaga + Ken Yeang (S2)

The Menara Mesiniaga, often referred to as the IBM building, is owned by Mesiniaga, a Malaysian public company in the IT sector that is somehow connected to IBM. The 15 floor, 207 foot, intelligent building was finished in 1992, and interestingly, property values of the land around the building have flourished.
By |November 26th, 2006|Categories: Modern architecture, Modern design, Skyscraper, Solar|Tags: |3 Comments

China to Build 10,000 Eco-Villages + Make People Rich

During the summer, I was able to study businesses in Taiwan, Hong Kong, + China; one particular session with top-level executives at Shui On Land, which is basically the best property […]

By |November 25th, 2006|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments

A Simple, Effective PowerCost Monitor

When I lived in Japan, I was always feeling the pinch of electricity bills.  It wasn't because of over-consumption.  Things were just plain expensive.  And luckily, the electricity meter was always near the front door, so I got in the habit of opening the door to check the spin rate on the meter.  After looking at the meter, I'd walk around and unplug things that weren't in use.  Here in the U.S., though, there's no easy access to the meter, especially in the traditional single-family home.  Which is why something like the PowerCost Monitor could come in handy. 

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By |November 24th, 2006|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Gadgets|3 Comments

Central Oregon's First LEED-H Certified Residential Project: Newport District Modern House Project by Abacus GC

Have you ever been to Bend, Oregon?  Bend is smack dab in the middle of the state, it’s Central Oregon, and it’s beautiful.  Central Oregon is not to be confused with the […]

By |November 22nd, 2006|Categories: LEED, Modern architecture, Modern design, Nature, Recycled, Solar, Vegetation|Tags: , , |9 Comments
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