March 01, 2004 


Yurts!

Flagstaff, AZ: In the surpisingly chilly highlands near Flagstaff, AZ, weary skiers are invited to take shelter in a surprisingly cozy Yurt. Inspired by traditional Mongolian structures, the Yurt has... [read on...]

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 December 31, 2003 


Minor Brick Adjustment

Chicago: While strolling through Bucktown the other day, I came upon this interesting use of bricks that makes an average building stand out nicely. Just twist a few rows and... [read on...]

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 December 01, 2003 


Seemingly Trivial Elements that Matter

Girona, Spain: Spanish cities are often plagued by a ring of really horrendous high-rise neighborhoods that look straight out of the apocalypse. This building, however, has been greatly improved by... [read on...]

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 November 26, 2003 


Greenest Building of them all?

Santa Monica: Not exactly sure how you rank buildings for their "greenness", but the new headquarters for the NRDC (National Resources Defense Council) achieved the following: "uses 60 to 75... [read on...]

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 November 17, 2003 


The Solaire

New York: Billed as the first "green" high rise in the US, the Solaire claims it will use 35% less electricity than a comparable building and 50% less water. It... [read on...]

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 July 17, 2003 


Shipping Container Building

Los Angeles: Shipping containers are finding new life as elements in building construction. This New York Times article is particularly inspiring. Readily available (even on EBay) for a few thousand... [read on...]

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 May 07, 2003 


Office to Residential Conversion

San Francisco: Faced with an unprecidented glut of post dot-com office space, SF developers have begin converting office buildings into residences. Some of them, such as the building next to... [read on...]

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 March 04, 2003 


Utilizing Space Under Freeways

Paris: There is a huge perimeter freeway encircling Paris, and a huge Expo Center at Porte de Versailles right next to it. The designers of one of the halls didn't... [read on...]

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 December 16, 2002 


More on Green Roofs

The City: Continuing the discussion on Green Roofs, here is an interesting article from Metropolis mentioning two more interesting benefits that go beyond the building itself: Reduced ambient summer temperature,... [read on...]

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 December 05, 2002 


Grass Roofs

Munich: Well, this particular building is not the most attractive grass-roofed structure I've ever seen, but I thought it was a nifty because of how it imbeds itself in... [read on...]

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