Re-Nest lists "10 Things You Can Recycle You Didn't Know You Could." On the list: foam packaging, wine corks, phone books, and old meds. 

The New Yorker wonders: are highly publicized "experiments" in green living (a la the work of Colin Beavan and Vanessa Farquharson) disingenuous, ineffective eco-stunts? 

GreenerDesign makes a convincing argument as to "Why You Should Have A Waterfall in Your Living Room." Fascinating stuff but I don't think my landlord would agree. 

Dwell heads to Tokyo for a look at the Japanese tendency to demolish not-so-old homes and one architect's mission to save them from the wrecking ball. 

archiCentral looks over the specs for a super-green community in Hamburg called ECO CITY (pictured below). The project will seek the highest level of certification from not one but three major green building rating systems: LEED, BREEAM, and DNGB.  

The New York Times hits the showerswith a round-up of different low-flow/water conserving shower heads. 

TreeHugger visits a fellow name Ziggy and his 360-square foot home built from cob (a mixture of clay, sand, and straw). Ziggy built it in nine months for under $3,000 at the Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in rural Missouri. 

HGTV compiles the ultimate "things you can compost" list. 

Dezeen digs Anders Holmberg's prefab Passive Houses in Stockholm where all heat is generated by people and appliances within the homes. 

Inhabitat also does Scandinavia with a look at the plans for the world's tallest wooden building to be built in Kirkenes, Norway. The 17-story, carbon neutral building will serve as a cultural center and an "eco-beacon" of sorts. 

Michelle Kaufmann gives props to Australian designer/architect Sally Diminguez and her stylish rainwater storage modules, Water Hogs.

Jetson Green spots (and takes a photo of) a Coolerado, a super-efficient air conditioner alternative, in the wild. 

Slate excuses itself for a moment to dispel advice on how to go green in the bathroom. 

Images: ECO CITY Hamburg

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Playing catch up: Around the world in 7 days 8/28/2009
An international mash-up of green home news this week from Sweden, Japan, Germany, Norway, and rural Missouri.