AOL Real Estate takes in the scenery
at Taos, New Mexico's Greater World Earthship subdivision
, a motley assortment of homes — or "independent vessels," if you will — built from dirt and garbage and boasting a "negligible" collective carbon footprint. I've blogged about Earthship Biotecture
and its founder, Michael Reynolds
, a handful
of times, but this piece provides an excellent, in-depth look at one of the world's more hardcore green building movements. Says John Kejr, a real estate agent specializing in the sale of Earthship homes: "I believe that [Earthship living] is 'a future' rather than 'the future.' I would never say everyone should live in an Earthship, as it's a lifestyle choice. Still, many things make sense about this lifestyle and I believe that many Earthship features should be — and will be — incorporated into more traditional homes."
Architizer rounds up
"10 Amazing Green Roofs Around the Globe." Because really, "who doesn't love a gorgeous, verdant roof?"
Unsangdong Architects' E+ Green Home, a high-tech passive house in Kyeong Gi, South Korea that boasts over 95 different green technologies.
Smart Planet publishes
profiling the diverse assemblage of solar-powered, student-designed homes competing in Madrid's 2012 Solar Decathlon Europe
or, as Jennifer Riggins puts it, "a hardcore international race to build the most self-sustaining home." You can check out my pre-kick-off coverage of this year's event here
. I'll be posting more coverage as SD Europe begins to wrap up.
what it's really like to "live in a van by down the river" in a real estate trend piece on the "vandwelling" movement.
The Street suggests
"10 DIY Projects for Empty Nesters." A few "oh my god my last child moved out and I don't know what to do with myself"-appropriate activities include putting up garage shelving, transforming a spare bedroom into a home gym, and erecting a "memory wall." Dry those sad eyes and install a ceiling fan!
The Wall Street Journal has a few thoughts
— i.e. money is certainly no object in the home improvement realm — methods in which to make your abode more eco-friendly. This entails installing gizmos such as solar shingles, a geothermal heat pump, and hydrogen fuel-cell storage systems.
the eco-friendly abode of University of California, Santa Cruz professors Bernie Tershy and Erika Zavaleta. Aaron Britt refers to the Arkin Tilt
-designed home as "a marvel of green design, with a photovoltaic array on the roof, straw bales in the walls for insulation, and an open southern facade that embraces both a bustling backyard and a bucolic park."
Curbed singles out
a few on-the-market properties from across the country where the brokers are guilty of relying on the questionable " the design of this home was directly inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright" tactic to market 'em. Properties include an $8.5 million manse in Kiawah Island, S.C. and an $18 million estate in Vegas allegedly designed with "inspiration from Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling Water."
The Atlantic Cities explores
the latest somewhat gimmicky trend in bringing a splash of green to vegetation-starved urban areas (in this case, Brooklyn's charming but tree-scarce DUMBO nabe): Dumpster Gardens.
Jetson Green steps inside
a "Not So Big Timber Frame Home in Oregon." The 800-square-foot River Road Residence in North Eugene (an upgrade, size-wise, for its owners) features rooftop PV panels, solar hot water heating, rainwater and greywater recycling, and Gold-level certification from the Earth Advantage Institute