The Wall Street Journal reports on how neighborhood walkability — as measured by websites like Walk Score — has become an increasingly important consideration for potential homebuyers alongside factors like low crime rates and good schools. 

The Los Angeles Times alerts Southern Californians to a great hands-on workshop being held this weekend where gardeners of all skill levels are schooled in garden pollution, particularly urban runoff, prevention. It's part of the Surfrider Foundation's Ocean Friendly Gardens Program.

The Guardian pays a visit to London's Bonnington Square where Michele Hanson finds that squatting, yes squatting, may be a viable method of sustainable urban living as the housing crisis drags on and the planet's resources continue to be tapped.

Jetson Green spreads word of a new FTC-approved "nutrition label" for light bulb packaging that's geared to help consumers making energy- and money-wise choices. 

The Contemporist takes a dip in the Fish House, a gorgeous modern home in Singapore with ample natural ventilation, stunning ocean views, a green roof, solar paneling, and one hell of a swimming pool. That's the Guz Architects-designed beauty pictured above.  

ReadyMade instructs on how to construct your own patio chair using a few recycled (or new) 2x4s, a saw, a drill, and some screws. 

The New York Times has the inside dirt on "plants you don't want," aka: weeds. 

GOOD helps to announce the Urban Nomad Version 2.0, a project where Scottish art school student Alec Farmer will move into a tiny, and I mean really tiny, home for a year and blog about his experiences. 

Re-Nest digs Buckle Up, a nifty key holder/organizer made from repurposed car seat belt buckles.

Grist chats with Kayla Thomason, a Colorado homeowner whose green retrofitting projects have been thwarted by the Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac shut-down of Property Assisted Clean Energy (PACE) financing programs. 

Image: Guz Architects 

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

Playing catch up: Hot town, summer in the city
Included in this week's delirious-from-the-heat green home link roundup: squatting, weeding, walking and fantasizing about living in (and swimming at) Singapore