Architizer takes a look at the late Apple demigod Steve Jobs' childhood home in Palo Alto, Calif., a Joseph Eichler-built modernist dwelling similar to the one pictured above, "whose standardized, yet expressive design would influence the simplicity and elegance of Apple’s products."

The Guardian gets its graph on with a look at "Incandescent lightbulb phase-outs around the world." The latest nation to give Michele Bachmann night terrors? China, where inefficient bulbs will be phased out by 2016.

Jetson Green shares some pointers on how to install a high-efficiency WaterSense toilet in an older home for on the cheap.

EcoHome travels to Toronto for a look at how, using Passive House techniques, a 90-year-old home was treated to a retrofit that slashed energy usage by 75 percent while preserving the home's historic integrity.

DesignBoom marvels at "Daylight House," a lovely private home in Yokohama, Japan, that, thanks to a whopping 29 skylights and a system of curved acrylic panels isn't short on, ummm, natural daylight.

The Wall Street Journal spends some QT with Patrick Blanc, the green-haired French botanist and landscape designer who pioneered the living wall concept. Blanc "begins his day at about 7 a.m., often with a glass of white wine or champagne, which he said is relaxing. He then looks at all his plants, the 2,000 small fish that live in his aquarium, the birds and the lizards to make sure they're all well. He keeps 10 different kinds of birds in his home, which he explains provide a biological form of insect control. He does most of his experimentation with plants and different vertical systems at his home, parts of which resemble a jungle." Sounds just about right.

TreeHugger welcomes Archipod, a tricked-out prefab garden shed from the U.K. that caused a stir amongst MNN readers when I featured it back in Jan. 2010, to American shores. But will Americans actually embrace — and shell out $40,000 for — this spherical auxiliary dwelling unit or "land yacht," as Lloyd Alter dubs it?

Dwell steps inside a 1,100-square foot apartment in Manhattan's East Village where two dark corridors have been transformed (thanks to the recycled shipping container wizards at LOT-EK) into two brightly colored tunnels built from 36 reclaimed commercial doors.


Core77 sits down for a viewing of a mini-documentary that profiles novelist-turned-knifemaker Joel Bukiewicz of Cut Brooklyn. I've had the chance to tour — and party in — the Cut Brooklyn workshop/showroom and Bukiewicz produces some truly stunning stuff. Click here for the rest of the "Made by Hand" video series that celebrates "people who make things by hand — sustainably, locally, and with a love for their craft."

The New York Times gets all pastoral with a look at the emerging trend of back-to-the-land start-up businesses whose mostly 20- or 30-something owners are "discovering that modern homesteading offers more rewarding work, and possibly more security, than entering the white-collar fray." Among those profiled is Eddie Miller of Ohio's sheep-based Heritage Lawn Mowing Company; Carrie Ferrence and Jacqueline Gjurgevich of Seattle's StockBox Grocers, an urban farm stand of sorts that's housed in a repurposed shipping container; and Jason Stroud, an urban chicken farming consultant/builder who is based in my own hood, Red Hook, Brooklyn.

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