Co.Design is smitten with Residence 2.0, a carbon-neutral row house outside of Amsterdam that "looks like an inside-out tree house and acts like it could save a rainforest." This nifty sustainable home (pictured above) was designed by FARO Architecten. 

The Wall Street Journal takes cover in various prefab "storm rooms" — some quite fancy — meant to withstand Mother Nature's fury. Wendy Bounds reports on structures that are decidedly "not your father's bomb shelter" in the video embedded at the bottom of the page. After Thursday's deadly, tornado-ish storm, maybe New Yorkers — this Brooklyn-based blogger was truly shaken — should take special note? 

PBS chats with Dwell magazine senior editor Aaron Brit about how the just-turned-10 magazine has helped bring sustainable architecture and design closer to the mainstream. Congrats, Dwell!  

Slate discusses the eco-perils of air fresheners. The opening of the column says it all: "Air fresheners seem to occupy a special place, along with Hummers and offshore drilling, in the environmentalist's doghouse." 

The Los Angeles Times pays a visit to a quirky green Valley Glen, Calif. home of online eco-retailer Priscilla Woolworth (yep, she's of distant relation to those Woolworths). 

TreeHugger takes a sneak peak at Parsons the New School of Design's entry in the 2011 Solar Decathlon. Called Empowerhouse, the net-zero energy home will be actually used as real housing after the competition thanks to a partnership between with the New School, Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C., and the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). 

The New York Times admires a beautiful green home in San Francisco's Mission District that boasts an organic garden, solar panels, and a hot tub on the rooftop. 

Yanko Design digs the Flat Light, a neat, conservation-minded light timer with an LED hourglass interface. 

Apartment Therapy dispenses tips on "How to Shop for Sustainable Lighting."

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.