Capturing Rain Elegantly

January 18, 2010


A Drop of Water is a rain barrel that makes saving water very easy by providing a built-in watering can that fills automatically when it rains. This way, the user doesn’t have to fill the can with tap water, but … Read More...

Solar Sunflowers Light Up Electric Garden

January 11, 2010

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 firm Harries & HéderRead More...

Denver Urban Homesteading Couple Has Something to Cluck About

December 4, 2009


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 of … Read More...

I’m All Packed and Ready to Grow

November 27, 2009


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.


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


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 …

Lumenhaus: Passive-Agressive Bright Idea

November 5, 2009

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.


Inspired by …

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

October 25, 2009

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

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


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


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...

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