Before and After: My Connecticut Home and Garden Makeover

April 3, 2018 by

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“I wish it were ours,” I thought when I spotted the ugly brown house on the hill overlooking a pond in the park. Six years later, it was our ugly house. Slowly over the years, the ugly house got Read More...

Suspended Green Balconies Extend From Hanoi Home’s Façade

March 24, 2018 by

Seven screened windows on the exterior of this Hanoi residence let in cooling breezes and trees perched on suspended green balconies provide shade from the direct midday sun. 

During the interior renovation of a Hanoi residence, architects from DANstudio addressed

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Biomimicry: A Wildlife Observation Platform Designed as Bird’s Nest

March 19, 2018 by

Millions of years ago nature perfected many of the design challenges we face today. Many  contemporary designers across many fields use Biomimicry in the development of sustainable design solutions that emulate the patterns and strategies of designs found in nature. Read More...

Sun, Surf, Sand, and Snow: Weekend Getaways in Southern California

February 28, 2018 by


I’m riding 130 feet in the air at the top of the world’s only solar-powered Ferris wheel. From my vantage point above the Santa Monica Pier at Pacific Park, I have a panoramic view of the surrounding Southern California coastline. Read More...

The Storied History and Enduring Life of Terra Cotta

February 26, 2018 by

 Contemporary terra cotta pot from Eye of the Day Garden Center.


You’ve likely strolled through garden centers stocked with hundreds of ubiquitous terra cotta nursery flower pots in the usual shapes and sizes. 
But did you know that this simple Read More...

Grow a Meal a Week in Small Spaces With This Solar-Powered Gardening Assistant

February 11, 2018 by

How about growing a meal a week in less than 100 square feet with a robot who manages your garden for you remotely?

Imagine sustainably growing food at home with a personal solar-powered smart robot gardener that will automatically irrigate, … Read More...

Lamps, Streetlights, and Bomb-Detection Powered By Plants and Vegetables

February 8, 2018 by

 Photo via Living Lights.

Read by the light of your arugula and kale? Researchers at MIT in Massachusetts are embedding specialized nanoparticles into the leaves of plants and vegetables such as arugula, kale, spinach, and watercress to create…edible lights and Read More...

These Six Urban Farms Creatively Transform Disused Spaces

February 2, 2018 by

 Pasona, via Kona Design.

Ever tried growing rice at work? A Japanese company did. The Pasona Group, not only produced a bounty of nutritious food, they’ve also helped reap a healthy profit — and they aren’t farmers.

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Good Privacy Trees Make Good Neighbors

December 21, 2017 by

Privacy bushes from Garden Goods Direct

We’ve all heard the aphorism, “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors.” The phrase comes from Robert Frost’s 1915 poem Mending Wall. In the poem, two neighbors disagree about a stone wall separating their properties, one with pine trees, the other apple Read More...

An Elegant Clash of Old and Nouveau in New Orleans

December 18, 2017 by


Some say New Orleans is the only foreign city Americans can go to without a passport. A melting pot of various cultures formed the city’s unique identity, which may appear foreign, but that in itself makes it distinctly American. No Read More...

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