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Redwood

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Nature porn at its finest

With "Redwood," San Francisco director/photographer Steven Poe offers up an amazing slice of nature porn in the form of a dreamlike adventure through California's coastal forests. Set to a score by Yuki Murata, the video is a gorgeous, meditative redwood forest experience. The project began as a personal challenge to practice shooting high-contrast scenes, Poe said, but grew......read more

Underwater Kites Harvest Energy From Tidal Currents

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Minesto's 'Deep Green' tech starts producing electricity

A kite-like tidal power device off the coast of Northern Ireland has begun producing electricity. The technology, called Deep Green, consists of a hydrodynamic wing and a turbine tethered to the ocean floor. The tether also contains the unit's power and communication cables. As water flows over the wing, the turbine rotates and generates electricity. In an offshore control room, located in the......read more

'California's Greenest Brewery' to Open on the LA River

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Dry River Brewing turns to the crowd to kickstart its brew pub -- and help bring a neglected waterway back to life

The Los Angeles River, once the lifeblood of the LA region, was encased in concrete in the 1930s in order to protect a growing urban area against unpredictable flooding. Like most LA residents, Dave Hodgins didn't pay the river a lot of thought. But when the self-confessed craft beer nerd started looking at potential locations for his new brewery, he was taken to property on the riverbank,......read more

Eco-Escape of the Day: Pedras Salgadas

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This gorgeous forest retreat is nestled in a Portguese nature reserve

Nestled in the Pedras Salgadas nature reserve in northern Portugal is this stunning seven-cabin eco-resort designed by architects Luís Rebelo de Andrade and Diogo Aguiar. Designed for minimal environmental impact, the energy efficient huts rest on stilts in order to create the least amount of disturbance possible on the surrounding terrain. "Knowing that we had a......read more

Caterpillar House by Feldman Architecture

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A zero-energy stunner nestled in the rolling hills near Carmel, CA

Tasked with creating a modern ranch house with informed by environmental ideals, Feldman Architecture delivered this stunner of a home nestled in the rolling hills near Carmel, CA. Dubbed Caterpillar House in reference to its undulating form, the home features an open plan with a powerful connection between indoor and outdoor space.  With walls constructed from repurposed earth generated......read more

Honest Buildings: Social Media for Green Architecture

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Startup web platform looks to foster community and competition in green building

Making greener building choices just got a whole lot easier. Honest Buildings, which just launched in beta, is an online ecosystem for green real estate, a place where building owners, service providers, and occupants can exchange information, offerings, and needs. At the site, you can search an address in any of 5,570 cities, and get ratings on the building's walkability, energy use, and LEED......read more

Porsche Panamera S Hybrid

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Performance automaker unveils the meanest hybrid yet

In the newly unveiled Panamera S Hybrid, Porsche has created a fuel-thrifty, green-minded sports car that drives like, well, a Porsche.  The company is calling the Panamera Hybrid the world's fastest production hybrid and "the most economical" Porsche of all time. With a 0-60 mph time of 5.7 seconds and a top speed of 168 mph, you can't deny the speed claims. But with a base price......read more

North America's Greenest Cities Ranked

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San Francisco tops Green City Index, followed by Vancouver and NYC

We tend to look at environmental legislation through a national lens, and the view these days is depressing. With Capitol Hill stuck in political gridlock, national action on climate and energy is proving to be a practical impossibility. Luckily, U.S. cities aren't waiting for Congress to climb out of the mire. Today at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Siemens and the Economist Intelligence Unit......read more

The Greenest Building in the World?

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Eco-cafe in Sydney vies for the title.

In a picturesque seaside setting, between the dual architectural icons of Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, a pop-up restaurant is blazing new trails in green design. It's only been open for a month but Greenhouse by Joost is already being called The Greenest Building in the World. That may be a little lofty, but it's definitely got some solid green credentials. Designed by......read more

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