Happy Friday! If there's one common theme running among this week's green home news review, it's this: anything is possible. A green home doesn't have to have 2.5 bathrooms (the house itself can be one giant restored bathroom); it doesn't have to have a guest room for visiting in-laws (it can have a "granny pod" in the backyard); and it doesn't have to be a single-family residence (it can house a gaggle of Catholic nuns).
I'll see you next week with plenty of coverage from this weekend's International Contemporary Furniture Fair and other NY Design Week events.
The Daily Mail admires the restorative handiwork of Tracy Woodhouse and Graham Peck, a couple in the U.K. who went about transforming an unused, historic public restroom into a cute beachside cottage. That's it pictured above.
Fast Company gives us a sneak peak at some of the green goodies featured in the upcoming Taschen book, "Product Design in the Sustainable Era".
The San Francisco Chronicle has a fine idea for this weekend: take part in the American Institute of Architect's Marin Home Tour, a showcase of homes in Marin County, California, that exemplify "how to work with, not against, nature when crafting dwellings."
Ecofriend rounds up a few fetching photos of chandeliers made from recycled materials.
The New York Times pays a visit to "Glasphemy!" a "psychological recycling experiment taking place on the Superfunded shores of the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn.
The Washington Post chats with Rev. Kenneth Dupin, inventor of the MEDcottage (aka the Granny Pod), a temporary backyard shelter meant to house aging relatives in need of care. Skeptics ask: "What's next? The college dropout pod?"
Jetson Green catches wind of a nifty, Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Passive House under construction in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Re-Nest ditches the vacuum and discovers the joy of using an old-fashioned, carbon footprint-free carpet beater to clean house.
Michelle Kaufmann gives us an update on Casa Chiara, a sleek and sustainable nunnery in Denver composed of 16 prefabricated modules.
The Los Angeles Times takes a gander at a few "Plant-sitters that you don't have to pay."
USATODAY reports on a common scene taking place across America: homeowners wanting to make green improvements (using outdoor clotheslines, installing solar panels, etc.) clashing with conformity-enforcing homeowners associations.