Habitat for Humanity shifts focus from building new homes to renovating old ones
December 16, 2014, 6:01 p.m. by Matt Hickman
The charitable homebuilding organization isn't giving up new construction completely despite a growing number of projects involving foreclosed fixer-uppers.
Vertical House: No-frills prefab abode from Muji is designed for tiny urban lots
October 30, 2014, 11:09 p.m. by Matt Hickman
In Japan, militantly unfussy lifestyle brand Muji sells much more than stationery, travel pillows and slippers.
One of the world's greenest urban green spaces is a pint-sized pocket park in Seattle
October 30, 2014, 5:08 p.m. by Matt Hickman
As it turns out, the holy grail of green building standards, the Living Building Challenge, isn't just strictly for buildings.
Boxouses: Inside Oakland's post-apocalyptic container home colony
October 20, 2014, 3:53 p.m. by Matt Hickman
Big (and not always code-compliant) experimental ideas abound at an off-grid community of pint-sized shipping container dwellings.
In Washington, legal skirmish over view-marring modular cabin comes to a happy end
October 17, 2014, 3:10 p.m. by Matt Hickman
A judge in Okanogan County rules that Tom Kundig's sustainable but ill-sited hut must be moved from its landscape-altering perch above the Methow Valley.
Rotterdam's razzle-dazzle market hall-meets-apartment complex opens to public
October 13, 2014, 8:30 a.m. by Matt Hickman
Hulking over the cityscape like the world's prettiest dirigible hangar, MVRDV's apartment-ringed Markthal offers a feast for the eyes — and the stomach.
Tsunamiball: A handcrafted wooden vessel for riding out unlikely disasters
September 30, 2014, 7:19 p.m. by Matt Hickman
Meet Chris Robinson, an average California dad who just happens to be constructing a 22-foot-long tsunami escape pod out of plywood in his backyard.
Fall 2014 reading list: 9 green design tomes to cozy up with and conquer
September 27, 2014, 6 p.m. by Matt Hickman
This fall, study up on cargotecture, small space design, architectural salvage and the inimitable Shigeru Ban. No pop quizzes or book reports, we promise.
Denmark's Maintenance-Free House is protected from the elements by glass skin
September 26, 2014, 4:50 p.m. by Matt Hickman
Assembled on site in just 2 days with the aid of screwdrivers, this boxy plywood beauty is designed to last at least 150 years.
The heat source for Amazon's massive new campus? The Internet, naturally
September 24, 2014, 7:59 p.m. by Matt Hickman
In construction crane-heavy downtown Seattle, the city's largest, flashiest new development might be heated by a data center located just across the street.
This clever container home is 'unpacked' to reveal loads more living space
September 22, 2014, 9 a.m. by Matt Hickman
Dwell from G-Pod is a deceptively dainty modular home that, with a little bit of manual labor, can expand to 3 times its original size.
This low-cost Vietnamese abode is a half-prefab, half-DIY affair
September 18, 2014, 7:14 p.m. by Matt Hickman
From Vo Tong Nghia Architects comes a finish-it-yourself dwelling that can be delivered throughout the Mekong Delta via long-tail boat.
Squirrels rely on birds to let them know when it's safe to go out
8 creative techniques to keep coral reefs alive
Why a beluga's squishy head is so special
Scientists discover 'monster' black hole that 'should not even exist'
These birds prove you don't need a big brain for a complex social life
11 images of volcanoes as seen from space