Tiny House Eco Village for the Homeless

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Architect Arthur Dyson is working with construction management students at Fresno State to create an unprecedented “Eco-Village” of tiny homes for homeless folks. The homes will be made of recycled materials – pallet flooring and framing, waterproofed cardboard walls, aluminum can roofing – and some donated materials from Lowe’s, according to The Fresno Bee.

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By |May 20th, 2010|Affordable, Recycled, Single Family|22 Comments

Innovative Lifewall Living Facade Tiles

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Earlier this year, Ceracasa unveiled Lifewall, a modular living wall tile for exterior applications made in one square meter panels.  Lifewall was designed by and currently marketed globally by Emilio Llobat of Maqla Architects, Azahar Energy, and Ceracasa.

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By |May 18th, 2010|Gadgets, Nature|3 Comments

Plant Walls for Vibrant Green Spaces

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The folks at Plant Solutions installed this vibrant living wall in a conference room of their Scottsdale office. The TerraScreen Living Wall is made with two 4'x4' panels, which are made with a black, powder-coated, galvanized steel wire, and brackets that attach to the wall. The panels protrude a little less than five inches from the wall.

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By |May 12th, 2010|Modern design, Vegetation|1 Comment

Design Blooms with these Five Products

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In an effort to find truly sustainable and beautiful commercial interior design, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and Interiors & Sources magazine partnered to create the Bloom Awards.  Now in its second year, the winners have just been released and will be recognized at NeoCon next month.  These five products, according to a press release, successfully marry innovation and sustainability in their category.  

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By |May 4th, 2010|Materials, Modern design, News|1 Comment

Modern Coop with Reclaimed Cedar

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Whether its urban farming or backyard chickens, there’s a movement afloat to raise and grow food locally and organically.  If you’re interested in running a chicken coop — and speaking from personal experience, it’s not easy — you might have a look at the Modern Coop by John Wright.  His stylish, sporty coop is made with reclaimed cedar, and it’s mobile, so you can move it around every couple weeks.  The standard roof is a translucent fiberglass or durable metal, but you can opt for the green roof version, too.

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By |April 29th, 2010|Modern design, Vegetation|1 Comment

Clean Green Kitchen Rehab in Twin Cities

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Joshua Foss, principal of Thrive Design Studio and ambassador for the Living Building Challenge, recently completed this clean and contemporary kitchen renovation in a home near Theodore Wirth Park.  Foss and the owners went with a color palette that, in the end, resembles nature in many ways.  The light blue walls resemble water or clear blue skies, the steel and aluminum mimic smooth stones, and the cabinets and floors ground the space with wood.

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By |April 23rd, 2010|Materials, Modern design, Renovation|2 Comments