Well folks, this is it ... 'winter' — or whatever you'd like to call that alarmingly mild season that just passed — is officially dones-ville. But you wouldn't really know it here in New York City where today it hovered around 75 degrees and this here blogger ventured outside in a pair of Havaianas and cut-offs. Flip-flops and shorts in the Northeast in mid-March! So maybe summer, not spring, started today? Is that what happened? I have no clue — between the weird weather patterns and daylight saving time, I'm completely confused by everything. Looking back at my winter review post from last year, things were apparently waaay different. Thank you climate change, I guess.
Anyways, here's a look back at 20 of the most viewed, most commented on, and most liked green home and garden posts from the previous, winter-ish months. Perhaps you missed a few the first time around because you were busy not shoveling snow from your driveway. Or something. As always, it's an eclectic mix — I've thrown in a few of my personal favorite posts for good measure — heavy on public permaculture efforts, sustainable communities both existing and conceptual, disaster-resiliant housing, and long-dead architects.
What’s been your favorite post of mine from this past winter? Was there a particular story that I missed out on that you would like to have seen featured? Are there any topics that you'd like to see me tackle this spring and beyond? And as always, thank you for reading! If you aren't already, feel free to follow me on Twitter to keep up to speed.
• Tetra Shed: For all of your home office and adult time-out needs — Joining the ranks of backyard bubbles, boxes and pods comes the Tetra Shed, a modular 'modern garden office' that looks rather foreboding when 'folded' up but plenty inviting when open for business.
• IKEA Shanghai: Love in the MDF Coffee Table Aisle — No matter how you may feel about IKEA's environmental policies, one thing's for sure: Eligible seniors in Shanghai simply adore the store's cafeteria where they descend, en masse, for weekly 'romance sessions.'
• An energy-saving socket concept that's not for the easily startled — The PumPing Tap is a spring-loaded electrical socket that physically ejects plugs belonging to appliances and electronics that are not being used but still drawing small amounts of energy in standby mode.
• In Taiwan, trash disposal is a classical affair — Like frozen novelty-craving children summoned by the entrancing tune of ‘Greensleeves,’ rubbish-wielding citizens in Taiwan are beckoned outside by Beethoven-playing garbage trucks.
• Todmorden: A town where greenthumbs, not sticky fingers, prevail — The Daily Mail pays a visit to Todmorden, a quaint British town that's littered with raised vegetable and herb gardens where residents can grow — and take — whatever they fancy.
• Messy yard equals jail time for strapped homeowner — A down-on-her-luck South Carolina homeowner is jailed for refusing to clean up her junk-filled front yard. Upon her release, good samaritans step in to help make things more aesthetically pleasing.
• Wam! Bam! Cuppow! — Have a couple of surplus Mason jars on your hands but officially feeling canned out? Try transforming 'em into reusable travel mugs and 'drink like a boss' with the recyclable, BPA-free Cuppow lid.
• Nature-City: Suburban housing for agrarians at heart — Conceived for the MoMA exhibit 'Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream,' the Nature-City development in Oregon is a response to the question: 'What if we could live sustainably and close to nature?'
• Wild Orchard: A food forest grows in Seattle — Taking Seattle's P-Patch concept to dizzying, permaculture-tastic new heights, a 7-acre plot of unused land in the middle of the city will be transformed into the nation's largest 'food forest.'
• Taliesin Woof: Frank Lloyd Wright doghouse on tour — One of Frank Lloyd Wright's decidedly lesser-known works, a 1956 doghouse designed for a black Lab named Eddie, has been reconstructed complete with leaky roof.
• Levitating homes: The future of earthquake-resistant homes in Japan? — No longer just a spooky parlor trick, a Japanese firm is turning to levitation as a means of safeguarding earthquake-prone homes against damaging tremors.