Tuin Project, House + Yard Goes Vertical

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Your version of the proverbial American Dream may not include a house, dog, and white picket fence, but I’m sure it’s something like that.  But what happens to your American Dream when future development policies encourage greater density and vertical construction?  Don’t get me wrong.  Greater density is a good thing and it alleviates the harmful effects of sprawl.  But, at the same time, our vision of the American Dream becomes more and more obsolete.  Unless … you see greater density and vertical living as something similar to the above.  Designed by Reinier de Jong, MoCo Loco reports on the concept: "Tuin project is a proposal that places a typical two storey dwelling with a garden within a highrise framework in order to keep those who flee towards suburbia in search of space firmly in the city."  Why not, right?

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By |January 29th, 2008|Modern architecture, Skyscraper, Vegetation|0 Comments

Milk Paint Natural Green Paint

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Milk Paint has been around for thousands of years, with the roots as far back as 6,000 years ago when it was used for cave paintings.  It is now gaining recognition as a biodegradable, green product.  Milk paint is made from milk and crushed, natural pigments, and it is used for walls, furniture, and even art.  It is very durable, as it hardens with age.  But, beware, there are companies who market "milk paints" which are not natural and contain harmful chemicals. 

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By |January 28th, 2008|Materials, Modern design|0 Comments

Ultimate Reuse at Freitag Shop Zurich

Freitag Flagship Store

It's hard not to gawk at the images of this building.  So industrial and modern.  It's quite striking.  Built with 17 containers in 2006, this Freitag Flagship Store is probably one of the best examples of adaptive reuse that I can recall. 

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Financing, LEED Certification, Sustainable Business, + Green Design [WIR]

Week in Review

*WIR = Week in Review; a Saturday showcase of excellent links.

By |January 26th, 2008|LEED, Materials, News, Week in Review|0 Comments

Economically Eco-Friendly PowerHouse

Powerhouse

PowerHouse Enterprises is persistently chasing that sweet trifecta of style, economics, and sustainability.  This house here, built in Lawrence, Massachusetts, is en route to get LEED Platinum certification.  Says Quincy Vale, founder and President of PowerHouse:  "Overall, green is good, but the things that work are health and money.  Unless homeowners save money from their investment, I'm not sure it's going to sell."  I think he's hitting it right on the head with that statement. 

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By |January 24th, 2008|Energy Efficiency, LEED, Materials, Prefab, Single Family|0 Comments

Shigeru Ban Creates Urban Oasis with Greenery

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Just a quick little post on the new headquarters for Swatch Group Japan in the heart of Tokyo’s Ginza District.  The building was designed by Shigeru Ban and houses seven of Swatch’s luxury brands on each of the first seven floors.  Floors eight through thirteen are used as office space and the top floor as an event area.  You’ll notice the interior green wall, which, as Jean Snow describes it, has "so much greenery that you almost feel as if you’ve stepped into an urban oasis."  I think this represents another example of greenery permeating all aspects of design, both inside and out. 

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By |January 23rd, 2008|Modern design, Nature, Vegetation|0 Comments