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Look into my green home crystal ball
The WSJ invited four architects to conjure up their visions of an eco-home of the future. And boy do they conjure.
Wed, Apr 29, 2009 at 04:46 PM
I’m not going to regurgitate each work of remarkable futurism here but encourage that you check them out yourself
. Afterwards, come back and indulge me with an answer to this question: Which of the four designs resonates most deeply with you?
There are aspects of each design that I really dig (love the chickpea and tomato façade of the Rios Clementi Hale Studios house) but it’s Mouzon Design's SmartDwelling I
(see above) that sticks with me. We often get caught up trying to out-innovate each other but with this specific design, ancient energy-efficient building techniques like “breeze chimneys” play just as an important role as newer technologies like solar paneling.
Remember, “old” does not necessarily equal “bad” or “non-energy-efficient.” We have a lot to learn from old-school
(and by old-school I mean really
old school) building practices and SmartDwelling I is here to remind us of that. This is my first encounter with Mouzon Design's concept of "Original Green
" (vs. "Gizmo Green") and I'm very impressed.
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