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).
Acknowledging that 'any place that people will receive emergency water, they will be in need of shelter too,' a student team unveils a prototype shelter constructed from one item that's in anything but short supply at disaster relief sites: empty plastic water bottles.
No, this isn't one of Michael Bloomberg's overreaching health crusades but an awareness campaign launched by the Department of Environmental Protection to prevent sewage blockages caused by the oily remnants of deep-fried poultry and potato pancakes.