When you buy a primo piece of vacant land from a group of nuns, it's a given that you have to do something special with it. And special is exactly what the new owners of the parcel had in mind when deciding to build Manhattan's first multifamily passive house.
A social outreach ministry in Austin, Texas, and an offshoot of Occupy in Madison, Wisc., envision planned communities where formerly homeless residents living in micro-homes will have just enough room to get back on their feet.
Have a piece of holly jolly hosiery hanging by the pellet stove that needs attention before December 25? Consider these useful and beautiful stocking stuffers — most eco-friendly and/or from small designers — for $25 and under.
This week: Standout holiday gift guides for DIYers, designers, bicyclists, neat-freaks and the insufferably trendy. Plus, cargotecture gets the luxury treatment with a new residential project in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Naturally, Texas is home to what the Guinness World Records has deemed as the world's largest gingerbread house. And although the plus-sized structure may scream 'excessive waste' to some, it's not without a big, charity-minded heart.
Take a moment to escape from the pre-holiday madness for a tour of Vertical Horizons Treehouse Paradise in Josephine County, Ore. where the lofted arboreal lodgings come complete with WiFi and modern plumbing (and giant locusts, apparently).