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Sommerhaus PIU: Primo Prefab

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Gorgeous getaway home can be put up wherever you want it

Sommerhaus PIU, a collaborative effort between German industrial designer Patrick Frey and compatriot architect Bjorn Gotte, is a prefabricated holiday home that puts a modern spin on the wilderness retreat.  The Sommerhaus design is as clean and uncomplicated as you may expect from a pair of Germans. An elegant facade defined by thin horizontal strips of wood supports a slightly pitched......read more

Villa Krona: Clifftop Cabin on the Baltic Sea

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Finnish retreat designed with nature in mind

Designed by Helsinki-based firm Helin & Co Architects, Villa Krona is a waterfront clifftop getaway situated on a remote island in Finland's Gullkrona Archipelago, The segmented dwelling is fully integrated into the environment, with a vegetated roof that transforms from spring green to a rustic brown in colder months. For inhabitants, the home is designed to maximize......read more

Singapore Residence Lets the Outside In

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JKC1 House by Ong&Ong Architects balances nature and space

Talk about feng shui! We've moved a few things around the office to balance out energies, but the JKC1 house in Singapore, designed by the architects at Ong&Ong, takes the ancient art to a whole other level. Resting atop a slight incline, the house overlooks a pool in the front yard, following the feng shui belief of balancing the "mountain" and "water" elements. The first floor's living and......read more

Malbaie V

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An elegant and efficient home in rural Quebec

To call the Malbaie V residence a dream house would be a vast understatement. The home, located in the picturesque Cap-a-l'Aigle region near Charlevoix, Quebec, fulfills all the criteria required for the crib of our dreams: elegant aesthetics, environmental integration and smart sustainability. Designed by Montreal firm Mu Architecture, the residence is defined by simple geometric volumes......read more

Yin Yang House by Brooks & Scarpa

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Net-zero residence in Venice Beach takes full advantage of plentiful SoCal sunlight

The net-zero building movement is alive and well in Venice, CA, where architecture firm Brooks + Scarpa have recently wrapped construction on this stunner of single family residence. Dubbed Yin Yang House, the home takes full advantage of the sunny SoCal climate with a a 12 KW solar photovoltaic panel system (the biggest available on the market) that serves the dual purposes of generating power......read more

Alex MacLean: Dwelling

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Thought-provoking aerial photos of suburban development in America

The always on-point team at Faith Is Torment reminded us about the work of Alex MacLean [previously], who has flown his own plane over much of the U.S. capturing aerial photos of man-modified landscapes, from agricultural patterns to city grids. Tapping into his background in architecture, MacLean's photo practice explores the relationship between the built and natural environments. For his......read more

L.A. Adopts Sustainable Planting Rules

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Strawberry and thyme among drought-tolerant plants approved for city's residential parkways.

The Los Angeles Board of Public Works has announced sustainable new rules for residential parkways. LA Times Greenspace reports that Los Angeles-area homeowners will now be allowed to plant drought-tolerant, turf substitute ground-cover plants in residential parkways without a permit. Previously, homeowners were only allowed to plant street trees and grass without a permit. Residential parkways......read more

Here Comes the Sun

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American homeowners are flocking to solar power--and not just in the usual Southwestern hotspots

American homeowners are increasingly relying on the sun to meet much of their hot water and electricity needs. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, residential electricity produced by solar in the first quarter of 2013 was almost 10 times higher than that generated in 2008. That's a huge upswing, but the potential for more is what's really impressive. So what's stopping more......read more

Ars Natura: Magical Plastiquarium

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David Edgar's colorful marine creatures give new form and meaning to product packaging.

I recently met Beth Terry, the author of a great blog on plastic pollution called Fake Plastic Fish (and a definitive resource on our culture’s obsession with plastics) at a very sobering event – the return from an expedition to Midway Island with photographer Chris Jordan, who traveled there with a film crew to document the “plastic graveyard.” Midway is literally “midway” from......read more

'Halo' Sustainable Infrastructure

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Visionary architectural concept from Holland, so advanced we don't understand it.

In Holland, forward-thinking design is basically a cultural imperative. So no one's going to be surprised that this hyperadvanced infrastructure concept—a floating, multi-purpose structure designed to the highest standards of sustainability—is a Dutch initiative. Envisioned by DHV Architects for a major Dutch causeway that separates the saltwater North Sea from a freshwater lake,......read more

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