Gizmag admires One Wybelenna, a stone cottage in Brisbane that was recently treated to a sustainable upgrade/expansion inspired by late, great Aussie modernist Richard Neutra and carried out by Shaun Lockyer Architects. Features of the revamped property include passive cooling, a 15kW solar system, the use of recycled/reclaimed materials throughout, and an insulating turf roof which doubles as the home for a congregation (or is it wing?) of local plovers. That's the stunning home pictured up top.
Forbes wonders if the alleged mortgage fraud carried out by New Jersey's most infamous cookbook authoress and amateur table thrower Teresa Giudice and her husband, "Juicy" Joe Giudice, are indicative of the pre-2008 housing boom and if anyone, "Real Housewives" harpy or not, would be able to get away with such a scheme today. And now, a look at the felonious couple in happier days ...
The Los Angeles Times enjoys a sneak peak of the 2014 IKEA catalog (queue up "O Fortuna" if you must). Choice finds include the Lövbacken side table, a redux of the company's flat-packed, leaf-shaped game-changer from 1956; a rather lovely glass-doored curio cabinet dubbed the Fabrikör; and the Huset line of dollhouse furniture. Because really, what was missing all this times from the dollhouses of little girls across the world was an Expedit storage unit (teeny-tiny Allen wrench not included).
In similar news, Jezebel reports that an Etsy seller has created — and very quickly sold — a scale model of 6151 Richmond St., otherwise known as the Devereaux/ Zbornak/Nylund/Petrillo residence. While a cheesecake and Sophia's bamboo purse are present and accounted for, the $179 (quite the steal!) dollhouse handmade from paper and foam board inexplicably lacks a lanai. For shame!
Architizer presents (nice site redesign, by the way) a rather seductive illustrated guide to architectural phobias. It's time to come to terms with that crippling Climacophobia (fear of stairs), Eisoptrophobia (fear of mirrors), and Xanthophobia (fear of the color yellow) once and for all, folks.
USATODAY joins the micro-apartment party. While the article doesn't really present us with anything that hasn't been previously been tackled, it's a solid overview of the urban shoebox trend. Wendy Koch reports.
Curbed braves the frontline of one of Miami's most heated preservation battles in recent memory with a photographic tour of the historic, wrecking ball-bound Star Island estate owned by "Real Housewives of Miami" star/"Death Becomes Her" inspiration Lisa Hochstein and her plastic surgeon husband, Lenny. The thing is, Curbed arrived on the scene following a "Scarface" theme party making the apparently run-down-beyond-repair manse (the Hochsteins want to demolish and replace it with something suitably garish) look like it was also the the scene of a particularly grisly massacre.
Earthtechling sings the praises of Civita, a 230-acre urban infill development in San Diego that boasts an emphasis on sustainability and a name that sounds like a sugar substitute. Highlights of the mixed-use village include EV charging stations, a planned 60-acres of greenspace, water-wise landscaping, solar, and energy management systems available to both homeowners and businesses.
Co.Exist takes us inside the greenest office building in the world (the Bullitt Center), a Miller Hull Partnership-designed net-zero structure that just happens to be located in one of the grayest cities in the world (Seattle).
Also in Seattle: A plethora of uber-efficient passive houses.
The Globe and Mail prepares for the unexpected with a look at resilient, weather-proofed home design in an era when global warming has become "undeniably more menacing." You know, "foundations that float, downspouts that turn rain into usable water, all-grass driveways that prevent basements from flooding (while looking like centre court at Wimbledon) and gardens that flourish through both droughts and monsoons."
The New York Times solicits advice on how to make one's backyard less friendly to unwanted guests (specifically mosquitos and ticks). The collective takeaway from a handful of entomologists? "Forget the shotgun strategy of checking your gutters or birdbaths for stagnant water. Fighting the newer mosquito breeds is a small-bore affair (read: labor-intensive) that leaves no bottle cap unturned. To control ticks, meanwhile, think about strategic landscaping and pay closer attention to mice, not deer."