DesignBoom brushes up on its Swedish for a look at Salongen 35, a cluster of super-cute — and super-efficient — PassiveHaus apartments in Malmö. The recently completed project is the work of Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture.


Co.Design remembers recently departed Dick Clark by touring his completely bonkers Malibu cave home. Highlights of the one-bedroom Flinstonian abode — on the market for $3.5 million — include "rough-hewn chairs with rawhide-style seat backs around a table that looks like an ice floe and kitchen fixtures that may or may not have been carved from a huge slab of sedimentary rock."


Natural Home & Garden takes an extensive tour of Matt and Kelley Grocoff's cutting-edge net-zero energy home in Ann Arbor, Mich., which was built — wait for it — in 1901. Click here for my look at this remarkable project from a couple years back.


The New York Times explores (somewhat misleadingly so) what happens when going the prefab route to save cash winds up breaking the bank. After their minimalist glass and galvanized steel prefab home (a kit home, really) in the Catskills wound up costing $100,000 more than anticipated, Zoe Bissell and Bryan Buryk resorted to borrowing money from friends and family, doing much of the construction work themselves, and forgoing things like flooring, landscaping ... and a shower. "We would never have built this house if a competent general contractor told us from the start that it would cost so much. But because we were determined to make it work, we managed to finish a house we normally could never afford to live in," says Bissell. 


The Wall Street Journal prepares to put a bird on it for a visit to the Brooklyn headquarters of online handicraft marketplace, Etsy. The mission? To learn more about the website's Marketplace Integrity and Trust & Safety teams (AKA the "Craft Cops.") Comprised of about 16 eagle-eyed Etsy employees, the teams "spend their days scouring Etsy's site to uphold its rules: No factory-made goods, items that violate copyright, or offensive material. They shut down sellers' shops that break its rules." And now I have the "Cops" theme song as sung by Zooey Deschanel stuck in my head, thank you very much.


Jetson Green admires 20 Senlac Road, Toronto. Developed in partnership with Nexterra Green Homes, the Ray Kappe-designed, LEED Platinum-seeking abode is Santa Monica-based prefab powerhouse LivingHomes' first Canadian residence and is just one of four homes that will make up a new LivingHomes eco-enclave. 


Dwell ascends a mighty British Columbian hemlock tree for a peek at former software engineer Joel Allen's egg-shaped treehouse that's built, in part, from $10,000 worth of materials procured from Craigslist. Remarks Allen of the building process behind his Whistler, B.C., hideaway: "People thought I had gone a little bit mad. I was compulsively refreshing Craigslist every two minutes waiting for that next item to come up and grab it before anyone else.” Yep, that would do it.


SmartPlanet chitchats with Windowfarms founder Britta Riley about crowdsourcing, hydroponic gardening, and the fine art of the R&DIY (research and develop-it-yourself) business model.


Architectural Digest frolics in the lush, Brian Sawyer-designed backyard garden of Sarah Palin-channeling West Village resident Julianne Moore. Says the actress of her initial stabs at DIY garden design: "I had several goes at the garden, and it was just a disaster. It looked like a dog run. Tragic. Everything kept dying." So I guess there's one thing that Moore isn't brilliant at. 


Earth911 breaks out the spider plants and patchouli for a particularly groovy Earth Day timewarp back to 1970, the event's inaugural year. Special content focuses on how things have changed, mostly for the better, over the past 42 years in the water, waste, energy, and air departments. 


Core77 check in with the savvy scavengers of Build it Green! NYC, an organization that "relies on a network of volunteers to scour and sort the various things thrown away by NYC that still have plenty of life left in them. In addition to retrieving materials from buildings about to be demolished or renovated, they also take materials from surplus donors, regular Joes and even movie shoots, which explains how they've amassed a 75-ton collection of useable stuff."



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

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A fresh batch of green home and garden links for this Earth Day weekend: Craft cops, Dick Clark's crazy cave house, a Southern California green prefab firm goes