Across town from the sizzling death rays generated by London's newest glass skyscraper, a luxury hotel in Victoria unveils a verdant vertical garden designed to combat urban flooding, clean the air and promote biodiversity.
While how it performs at the 2013 Solar Decathlon is still anyone's guess, Team Capitol DC's Harvest Home wins big points in the altruism department. Post-competition, it will be donated to a nonprofit serving combat veterans.
Ready to retire that stack of tawdry, beach-ready paperbacks and settle down with a tome that's a touch more high-minded? Check out my fall book picks ranging from New Urbanist texts to old school cabin porn.
This Labor Day weekend: Renderings for Brooklyn Bridge Park's Bjarke Ingels-designed Pier 6 are unveiled, a lovely dwelling hidden away in the dunes of North Holland and the return (again) of slavishly adored shelter mag, Domino.
California isn't the only state with multiple teams competing at this year's Solar Decathlon: Vermont will also be in the (solar-powered) house with teams from both Norwich University and Middlebury College.
Yet again, NIMBY outrage grips American's ritziest summer colony, the Hamptons, where some residents have been rendered aghast by the scourge of cookie-cutter McMansions being erected by a local builder.