The Wall Street Journal steps inside
the "low-emissions estate" of investment banker Brad Geer and his wife Kirstin, an ovarian cancer survivor. In addition to including an indoor driving range, state of the art Japanese toilets, and an "acrylic tube elevator," the multi-million dollar Minneapolis home, all 6,800 square feet of it, is virtually toxin-free.
Smart Planet sings the praises
of smart sprinklers, irrigation systems that "take into account plant type and use weather data and sensors to make sure you don’t waste a single drop of precious, expensive water."
Co.Exist takes a gander
at Mirai Nihon ("The Future of Japan"), a completely off-the-grid, disaster-ready wooden home conceived by Japanese ad agency TBWA/Hakuhodo
in collaboration with a host of architects, technologists, and more than 20 different companies including Nissan. That's the home pictured up top and featured in the video embedded at the bottom of the page.
On a similar note, the Los Angeles Times considers
power inverters to be a wise investment with the summer blackout season just around the corner. Explains Susan Carpenter: "Power inverters on the market connect to car batteries to keep home appliances running. Just pop the hood, connect the inverter directly to the battery of a running car and thread the power cord from the inverter into the house. A refrigerator, television, lights or other devices that usually plug into a wall outlet would instead connect to the inverter power cord. The inverter, similar in size to a hardcover book, converts direct current, or DC power, coming from the car battery into alternating current, or AC, used in most homes."
an interesting take on all the hype surrounding TreeHugger
founder Graham Hill's LifeEdited
apartment in Manhattan. Concludes Claire Thompson: "As a design achievement, the LifeEdited apartment is impressive, and would certainly come in handy if our major cities start being demolished by sea-level rise and we all have to squeeze into the ones that are left. But as a marketable way of living, it seems like a gimmick, a complicated way of achieving a commercialized version of "'simplicity.'"
The New York Times checks in
to see how the close-knit — and frequently gay — residents of Dunemere Dr. in the wealthy San Diego enclave of La Jolla are faring with the controversial home renovation plans
of neighbor Mitt Romney. Turns out, not so well. "Little did Mr. Romney know that his efforts to quadruple the size of his house would collide with a bid for the White House, foisting the unpredictable dramas of home renovation and presidential politics onto a community that prides itself on low-key California neighborliness."