Michelle Kaufmann congratulates the winners of the Chain of Eco-Homes design competition in Greensburg, Kansas. Take a look at all of the frontrunners — including first place winner, the Meadowlark House, pictured below — and be inspired. 

The San Francisco Chronicle explores a hot new (indoor) gardening trend: terrariums. 

Dwell chitchats with Matt Grigsby, the co-founder of Ecolect, the world's largest database of sustainable materials. Ecolect is sponsoring the Materials Petting Zoo at the Better x Design conference in Providence, R.I. 

TreeHugger is on the same page as Dwell with a slideshow highlighting sustainable materials: "Green Materials Guide: Your Guide to Materials for Green Home Improvement, Remodeling and Renovation."

The Los Angles Times profiles Frankfurt, Germany's Ulf Erdmann Zeigler, a rather extreme CLF dissenter who has hoarded over 3,000 incandescent light bulbs in his apartment ever since the EU banned their manufacture and import. He hopes that they'll last him a lifetime. 

Re-Nest excuses itself to the restroom for a quick list of "DIY Fixes for 5 Common Bathroom Issues."

Design Milk digs 'Hangers,' a series of coatracks designed by Jade Barnes-Richardson that are constructed from old steel clothes hangers. 

Jetson Green takes a peek at the recently completed green prefab "villa" from love-him-or-hate-him architect Daniel Libeskind. 

The Wall Street Journal delves into the world of solar panel theft-protection devices. Apparently, photovoltaic theft is on the rise, not just in the US but across the world. 

The Globe and Mail takes a tour of the neighborhood that I call home: Red Hook, Brooklyn. 

Image: Steven Learner Studio

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