The Wall Street Journal checks in with Bruce Ratner's always-controversial Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn (I'm actually writing this about four blocks from the site). The big news now is that renderings of the $4.9 billion development's 14 apartment towers (6,400 new units total, many of them affordable) to be built from prefabricated steel-framed modules have been released by ShoP Architects. An exciting, audacious idea but will a prefab apartment tower actually grow in Brooklyn? Always the realist,TreeHugger's Lloyd Alter says "Fuggedaboutit."
Grist admires the bravura of Paul Brazelton, a Minnesota resident who plants to brave it out this winter with nothing but two small space heaters to heat his furnace-less 2,000-square-foot home. And oh yeah,I suppose I should mention that Brazelton's home just underwent an extensive (and expensive) retrofit to meet passive house requirements.
Curbed takes notice of the mostly right wing pundit-generated uproar over the size of populist rabble-rouser extraordinaire Michael Moore's modest lakefront
home (okay, it's a huge-as* mansion at over 10,000-square-feet) on Michigan's lower peninsula.
The Los Angeles Times marvels at a compact (495-square-feet) home in L.A.'s hip Echo Park nabe that feels a whole lot bigger thanks to thoughtful design details, high ceilings, and plenty of natural light. Says designer Louis Molina of Good Idea Studio: "The drive was not how to make the most affordable house. The drive was to make the biggest experience in a small amount of space — enriched living, not impoverished living.”