Solar Sunflowers Light Up Electric Garden

January 11, 2010


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Photo courtesy Harries & Héder

When the city required Austin developers Catellus to mask an unsightly expanse of store-back loading docks in order for a large retail lot to receive a green light, they hired Massachusetts-based public art firm Harries Read More…

Denver Urban Homesteading Couple Has Something to Cluck About

December 4, 2009


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On a recent visit to the mile high city, I was happy to attend the inaugural day of Denver’s first indoor farmer’s market, November 20th, at Denver Urban Homesteading. I should have arrived earlier because Harvest Acres, a purveyor … Read More…

I’m All Packed and Ready to Grow

November 27, 2009


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Talk about having baggage. But this is the good kind–the bringing of your own personal and cultural gardening personality with you wherever you go.


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Gionatta Gatto, of the Design Academy Eindhoven Graduation Project, has unveiled Urban Buds, a … Read More…

Vertical Veggies Turn Office Towers Green

November 6, 2009


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Manuel Dreesmann’s “Green,” a moveable vertical garden system, received first prize at this year’s VisionWorks Award–Cargopacks 2020, awarded by Bayer MaaterialScience to university students for innovative concepts that benefit society and the environment.

The jury announced that the winning … Read More…

Lumenhaus: Passive-Agressive Bright Idea

November 5, 2009


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Photo: Washington Post

LUMENHAUS, Virginia Tech’s 2009 entry to the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition, is an architectural space incorporating open, flowing spaces linking occupants to each other within the house and to nature outside.


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Inspired by … Read More…

Eternally Green: From Ashes to Ashes, Dust to…Trees

October 25, 2009


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The Ecopod en route to the ever after.

I wrote a while back about the ecological funeral trend in my post Going Green: A Sustainable Product to Die Forwherein I showcased a few green burial options, including … Read More…

Paris Community Gardens Cultivate Biodiversity and Social Connection

October 4, 2009


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The Jardin Nomade, in the 11th arrondissement, opens its gates to neighborhood children.

The blister that has formed on the bottom of my left foot is a souvenir of my recent two days walking around Paris visiting some of the Read More…

This Green Kitchen Has Room to Grow

September 10, 2009


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If you can handle worms in your kitchen, then Studio Gorm’s Flow Kitchen might appeal to you. It’s a living kitchen where nature and technology are integrated in a symbiotic relationship, processes flow into one another in a natural cycle, … Read More…

Veggie Patch Brings Urban Agriculture Home

September 7, 2009



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The winner of the 2008–2009 INDEX: AIGA Aspen Design Challenge, “Designing Water’s Future,” is Joanna Szczepanska from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, selected for her urban gardening design, VeggiePatch.  The Aspen Design Challenge is a biennial call to students Read More…

Point, Set, Match: Green Table Scores

September 4, 2009


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“When I learned of the short lifespan of a tennis ball I instantly knew its destiny.”

The HEX Tennis Collection, green in color and concept, is the most recent line of work by Hugh Hayden Design, a young architect … Read More…

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