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An Off-Grid Gem on Chile's Coast

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Clifftop home features sustainable strategies galore.

Claudia Schneider's weekend home sits on an 180-foot cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, 90 minutes from Santiago and many miles from the electrical grid. But a variety of sustainable strategies make the home's remoteness a non-issue. Dubbed the "Casa Cuatro," the house was designed by Foster Bernal Architects, who fitted it with solar panels, a wind turbine, and a......read more

R-House: Affordable Passive Home

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Net zero prototype offers new slant on sustainable architecture.

Here's a nicely styled sustainable house prototype spotted over at Inhabitat. Designed by Architecture Research Office and Della Valle Bernheimer for the Syracuse School of Architecture, the R-House is a compact, angular form that hits on the twin notes of sustainability and affordability. Built to passive house standards, with a final price tag of under $150K, the 1,100 square foot......read more

Scrap Wood Strips Recycled into Modern Furniture

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In the hands of Jamison Sellers, salvaged wooden pallets become stunning pieces for the home.

Old wood is the goods. Reclaimed timber has a rugged beauty that new wood products can't replicate. That's our humble opinion, anyway, and Jamison Sellers' too. The Rhode Island designer/craftsman salvages wooden pallets and boards to craft chairs, tables, and shelves that are as simple as they are striking. Alternating diffierent colors of scrap wood in thin strips, Sellers makes furniture with......read more

Nightwood

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Reincarnated furniture, textile, and home.

Nightwood is a Brooklyn-based design studio focusing on its own brand of reconstructed furniture and textiles. Owners Myriah Scruggs and Nadia Yaron seek out sustainable fabrics and discarded wood and furniture then deconstruct and recontextualize it into their line of modern-rustic home furnishings. Nadia explained their approach in the New York Times: “We’re making furniture for......read more

Fish House

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Elegance and sustainability make friends at a seaside home in Singapore.

The work of Singapore-based Guz Architects, who specialize in the design of tropical, eco-friendly buildings and homes, is informed by the firm's earth-focused philosophy. Fish House, designed last year for a seaside location in Singapore, is a nice expression of the company mission. With a fluid structure that creates plenty of open space, encouraging natural ventilation and offering views......read more

Backyard Chickens

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New trend in urban agriculture finds chickens coming home to roost.

As more and more people come to terms with the negative consequences of industrial food production, many are turning to backyard gardens and localizing their diets. Along with these changes, there has been growing interest in backyard chicken coops for their gifts of eggs and meat. In addition, chickens provide pest patrol, process compost for the garden, and provide a touch of our agrarian past......read more

Sustainable Landscaping

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Want to reduce your carbon footprint? Start with the soil around your home.

The grass lawn is as conventionally American as the white picket fence. Most homes in this country are surrounded by green grass. To stay healthy and green, grass requires large amounts of inputs, including water, fertilizer, and energy. Sure, grass lawns have some aesthetic and recreational benefits, but so do parks. Considering the state of the climate, it may be due time to reconsider the idea......read more

Pearl Jam To Plant $210K Worth Of Trees

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Trees planted in band's home state of Washington part of effort to offset the carbon footprint left behind by their 2009 U.S. tour.

The Pulse of Radio reports that Pearl Jam is spending $210,000 to plant trees in the band's home state of Washington as part of an effort to offset the carbon footprint left behind by the band's 2009 U.S. tour. According to Reuters, the money will cover the band's own travel and hotel contributions as well as emissions made by fans traveling to shows. The group wants to continue......read more

Google PowerMeter

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Google's new home energy web app means you can finally prove that your roommate's been fluffing his underwear in the dryer.

A new, free web software released late last year by Google makes seeing how much energy your home is using as easy as opening a web browser. Google PowerMeter collects information from utility smart meters and in-home energy management devices, then visualizes it on the user's personalized iGoogle homepage, showing people how much energy their home is using - and what's using it. So......read more

Ars Natura: Lea Turto

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Finnish artist's felted trees unlock the mystical past of her homeland.

The Finns are a thoroughly modern people. They are world-famous for their uber-modern design aesthetic and are wont to include any historical references of any sort in their architecture or design. And while the country revels in its modern history, it is next to impossible to find any information on the ancient roots of the Finnish people. In contrast to Norway and Sweden, Finland is not......read more

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