some rather surprising real estate stats: Although they take longer to sell, houses located in close proximity (within 50 feet) to cemeteries sell for 13 percent more
per square foot than those that are further away from "very quiet neighbors" such as graveyards, burial grounds, necropolises, and the like. "The findings reverse what you might think to be true. Great school districts and modern kitchens command premium prices, but nearby burial grounds might be harder to accept. Many people fear death or dying, or don’t want a daily reminder of their loss. Some just find graveyards spooky."
a frustratingly predictable of roundup of 13 private residences that play a central role in horror films. It's in the honorable mentions section, however, that they get things right with nods to the mega-creepy supernaturally active abodes of "The Changeling" and "Burnt Offerings."
one of life's most perplexing questions: How much would a pumpkin the size of your house weigh?
The New York Times visits
the Red Hook, Brooklyn, abode of Alexandros Washburn, chief urban designer for the New York City Department of City Planning. Washburn, who bought the three-story property in 2007 and subsequently spent half a million renovating it, is developing a prototype hydrostatic equalizer dubbed "The Washburner" to help keep the first floor of his home flood-free. Says Washburn of his neighborhood which was severely impacted by Superstorm Sandy's floodwaters: "I fell in love with it. Red Hook is about people who make things: they make maps, they make fashion, they make art. It’s micro-manufacturing work. What you make is who you are. And add to this, the sparkling relationship to the water.”
the high performance wonders of the wigwam. Drew Shula lays it all out: "What makes the wigwam so great? The answer is net zero everything. These off-the-grid structures were designed to be water and energy independent. The same goes for any other traditional building type: igloo, teepee, log cabin, etc. No emissions are generated by shipping materials to the site, or during the construction process. There are no factory-made building products that contain toxic substances that are now banned by the Red List. These buildings employ passive strategies to heat and cool and are naturally ventilated. In today’s world of green building certifications, the wigwam would be beyond LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge certified."
TreeHugger considers itself a fan of
the first skylight-heavy Active House project in Canada. Concludes Lloyd Alter of the Great Gulf-built, superkül-
designed abode: "It's easy to be cynical about the Active House concept, and to call it nothing more than a way to justify the use of a whole lot of windows and skylights. However, energy use isn't the only thing that matters in green building; health and comfort are important. Natural light and ventilation are wonderful things to have. Done properly, in the hands of talented architects like superkül, It strikes a very attractive balance."
Architect Magazine takes a closer look
at "Small Means & Great Ends" Stockholm-based White Arkitekter's winning entry in the resiliency-minded, NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development-sponsored FAR ROC design competition for the Sandy-ravaged Rockaways neighborhood in Queens.
Designboom wouldn't mind spending at bit of QT
in Sou Fujimoto's rather lovely glass-boxed public toilet situated in the middle of a lush Japanese garden — a loo that "that merges the notions of public and private, opened and closed, nature and built architecture, and smallness and largeness."
The New York Times explores
the LEED-centric residential development trend and a couple projects in the city going beyond
LEED including a brownstone renovation project in the Upper West Side that former builder Abel B'Hahn hopes will achieve Living Building Challenge status — the super-rigorous holy grail of green building certifications. Says B'Hahn: “Even LEED platinum still costs the planet. Even if we turned all of our existing buildings and all of our new buildings to LEED platinum, it’s still not sustainable.”