The Daily Beast has the scoop on the biggest outrage in Malibu since Bob Dylan's odoriferous outhouse: Leaves in the Wind, U2 guitarist The Edge's planned mini-community of five LEED-certified homes. Locals are up in arms given that the development could disrupt wildlife in the environmentally sensitive area while the Daily Beast notes that "the controversy is just another day in the ‘Bu, which has nothing if not a rich history of wealthy, politically connected individuals squaring off with environmentalists and sensitive locals over the square-footage of their Mediterranean palazzos, Olympic-quality equestrian facilities, and solar-paneled parking structures."
Dwell whips out the camera for a photographic journey through Greensburg, the small Kansas town that after being decimated by a tornado in 2007 has "rebuilt itself as a beacon of sustainable design in the middle of the American heartland." Alec Soth snaps the pics for this haunting yet inspiring slideshow.
Core77 admires British designer Jamie Hutchinson's Bee Station, an apiary re-stop of sorts that helps to curb the damaging effects of Colony Collapse Disorder. Core77 calls the Bee Station an example of a thoughtful product design that succeeds at "solving problems, starting discussions and, at best, raising awareness social or environmental issues that would otherwise slip below the radar of public consciousness."
Architectural Record reports on how architects from across the globe are pitching in to help provide shelter, both long- and short-term, to those displaced by March's devastating trifecta of earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear contamination in northeast Japan.
The Hairpin tackles "stinky bedding, tiny vacuums, and more vomity things" in the latest installment of Jolie Kerr's hilarious/helpful "Ask a Clean Person" column.
Shelterpop talks shop with interior decorator to the stars Kari Whitman. She tells all about her favorite eco-friendly home decorating projects for clients like "Sin City" starlet Jessica Alba, "Candyman" victim Virginia Madsen, and Breakfast Clubber/winemaker/brother to he whose name must not be spoken, Emilio Estevez.
The Independent observes the influx of shuttered Gothic revival churches entering the housing market in the UK. An adventurous renovator's dream, house-of-worship-to-house-of-domesticity conversions are increasingly common and "represent a boon to a housing market in need. They offer a significant stream of characterful buildings for sale, often with exciting internal spaces, and they have a real allure to a more flamboyant buyer."
Jetson Green spreads the word that the 2011 HGTV Green Home in the eco-friendly Denver community of Stapleton has achieved LEED Platinum status, making it one of 40 homes in Colorado to do so. I'll have more on this super-sustainable, three-bedroom dream home when the giveaway kicks off on April 14.
The Washington Post chats with former Seventh Generation honcho turned "sustainable living guru" Jeffrey Hollender about his new book, "Planet Home" (anyone read it yet?), buying less stuff, and, of course, cleaning products.