Good Architectural Design = Happy Inhabitants

What’s the point of architectural design?  Depends on who is using the building, but talented designers and architects around the world can do unbelievable things with buildings.  Today’s post is an example […]

By |November 9th, 2006|Categories: Modern architecture, Modern design|Tags: |1 Comment

What is LEED; How Does LEED Relate to Green Building; Why Do I Care?

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design; it’s a consensus-based standard for various types of buildings, such as new construction, existing buildings, building interiors, residential homes, and entire neighborhood developments.  One reason […]

By |November 8th, 2006|Categories: LEED|3 Comments

LEED-Life + Green Building Information from David Gottfried

The USGBC is a concensus-based organization that works to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built, and operated.  It’s behind the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) system, which is a […]

By |November 7th, 2006|Categories: LEED|2 Comments

Top Sustainable Cities: Portland + San Francisco, the Eco-Innovators

There are cities and leaders in the US that are taking bold steps to change public perception of green principles, and I wanted to share their words and vision with you.  I’ve included a […]

By |November 6th, 2006|Categories: LEED, Recycled|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Skyscraper Sunday: LEED-Certified Maple Leaf Square in Toronto

Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Limited (privately-held corporation with ownership of Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Toronto Marlies Hockey Club, Air Canada Centre, and Leafs TV + Raptors NBA TV) is behind an innovative, […]

By |November 5th, 2006|Categories: Gadgets, LEED, Modern architecture, Modern design, Nature, Skyscraper|Tags: , |0 Comments

Redondo Beach House, a Modern Container Dwelling [Video]

If you’ve ever been to a port terminal, you’ve seen the mass quantities of shipping containers used to transport goods all over the world.  With the trade imbalance–US importing more than exporting, the containers that aren’t returned to their origin, waste away here in the US.  But there are a few creative architects such as Adam Kalkin, Jennifer Siegal, and Peter DeMaria (his home pictured above and below), who are using these containers as the basic structure for custom built homes.  The fact is, materials such as steel and wood cost big-time money and perpetually increase in price due to world demand; according to the video, Anna + Sven Pirkl are getting their 3,500 square foot home built at $125 square foot (a pittance for that area’s custom build price that ballparks at +$250 square foot). 

The LA Times also wrote an article about what the family is going to do with the home (think:  zip line + climbing wall). 

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By |November 4th, 2006|Categories: Container Design, Modern architecture, Modern design, Prefab|Tags: , |5 Comments
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