Inhabitat announces the four winners of the ReBurbia design competition. In first place is Calvin Chiu's  "Frog's Dream" concept (pictured above) that envisions transforming foreclosed McMansions into water-filtering wetlands. Congrats, Calvin! 

Sunset catches up with summer reading in a nifty little article called "Diary of a Prefab." 

Jetson Green gives props to the 100K House, a LEED Platinum certified building project in Philadelphia. 

Gliving shows off a beautiful, low-impact home in Oregon called the Neal Creek Residence. 

The Los Angeles Times highlights a ray of sunshine in the weak economy: the fact that installing solar panels in California has gotten a lot more affordable thanks to price cuts, tax credits and financing options.

The Washington Post heads across the pond to report on the British gardening craze. Greenthumbed Brits have taken to growing plants in some unlikely places ... like graveyards. 

Gawker gossips about the 3,000-square foot Brooklyn Heights penthouse recently purchased by singer, songwriter, swanstress, and noted environmentalist, Björk and her husband, the artist Matthew Barney. 

TreeHugger introduces the bidet-using masses to Indian designer Paul Sandip's Disposable Mug which is essentially a "biodegradable toilet teacup."

Ecorazzi reports that Barack Obama's Kenyan step-grandmother, Mama Sarah Obama, is living the green life in a solar-powered home. Says the presidential granny: “I am very pleased that my home has been improved thanks to solar energy and I’ll make sure my grandson hears about it."

The New York Times checks in with blogger and documentary-subject "No Impact Man," aka Colin Beavan, who is still living a AC-, freezer-, and dishwasher-free existence in New York City.

Re-Nest believes that everybody yurts. Sometimes. 

Fast Company breaks the news that the Palm Pre has gone prefab. Kind of.

The Wall Street Journal pays a visit to Boggy Creek Farm in Austin, Texas. The highlight of the farm (aside from the popular-at-Whole Foods produce) is the historic 1,500-square foot farmhouse that owners Larry Butler and Carol Ann Sayle have lovingly renovated.

Image: ReBurbia

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

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