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Lights Out for Incandescent Bulbs

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As the century-old technology runs its course, LED bulbs step up

130 years after Thomas Edison brought incandescent lighting to the masses, the end is nigh for the old, energy-guzzling technology. On January 1, 2012, seven months from this week, federal efficiency regulations will effectively outlaw incandescent bulbs.  Writing in the New York Times Magazine, Andrew Rice traces the rise and demise of the traditional incandescent, and looks into......read more

Lights Out at Bulb Plant

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GE to close last remaining incandescent light bulb plant in the US.

In a story that encapsulates all of the difficult issues involved in the global shift toward sustainability, the last remaining General Electric plant in the US that produces incandescent lights will be closed this month. A 2007 law essentially outlawed the old-fashioned bulbs that were made ubiquitous by Thomas Edison. In a perfect world, the 200 jobs lost at the Virginia factory would be......read more

Glass Prefab Cabin by 2by4 Architects

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A perfectly compact getaway in the Dutch countryside

Architects of generic, gargantuan McMansions could stand to learn a thing or two from 2by4 Architects, the Rotterdam-based firm behind the design of this compact recreational home in the Dutch countryside. At only 225 square feet, the Island House leaves a tiny footprint without sacrificing any of the client's needs in terms of comfort or views. The glass prefab is designed for......read more

Huba Mountain Shelter

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This compact alpine hut is completely self-sufficient

A pair of industrial designers have dreamed up an alpine hut that can be airdropped into remote mountain zones to provide adventurers with a high-tech, self-sufficient home away from home. The “Huba, a design concept by Malgorzata Blachnicka and Michal Holcer, is designed for high-elevation places (3,280 feet above sea level and higher), where wind speeds can reach 100 feet per second.......read more

Neutra's Tiny Masterpiece

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This compact California home shows off Richard Neutra's magic touch--in only 1,000 square feet

Great architects are rarely associated with modest homes. But the Hailey Residence, a 1,129-square-foot home in the Hollywood Hills, proves to be an exception to the rule. Designed in the late '50s by none other than Richard Neutra, the house shows what a genius architect can do with a small canvas. From the outside, the tiny structure looks like it would better serve as a shed--albeit one with......read more

L41 House: Compact Condo of the Future

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Less is more with Michael Katz's tiny, affordable prefab

What's the minimum amount of square feet a human needs for a home to be a home? According to Vancouver architect Michael Katz: 220. That's how big he and artist/designer Janet Corne made their L41 ("All For One") house, a compact, modular prefab that answers the twin calls of sustainability and affordability. "The major objective of the L41 home is to play a part in mass-producing houses......read more

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