Apartment Therapy eyes a bunch of "faux disposables" for the home made from ceramic and glass. Think: vases in the shape of detergent bottles, candy dishes resembling Zip-Loc bags, and porcelain berry baskets.


Core77 salutes the Project Won, James Henry Austin's Olympic-inspired furniture collection handcrafted from floorboards salvaged from British sporting venues. "Thus, while Project Won may look like archetypal forms of a chair, table, bench, coffee table and coat rack, each piece is intended to embody athletic achievement in its very essence: 'Bringing people together / Keeping the excitement alive / Staying sustainable.'"


Gizmodo busts the "Five Biggest Myths About Saving Energy in the Summer." Among them? "Cranking the thermostat lower will make the house cool faster," "closing vents on a central air system will boost efficiency," and, last but not least, "air conditioning is the only way to keep cool."


Dwell traverses the globe (and packs conservatively) for a look at "10 Smart Small Spaces."


Smart Planet checks in with Hong Kong's first ever (mini) Maker Faire. Says organizer Andy Kong of the DIY fete: "We want Hong Kong people to realize you don’t have to buy everything — that they can be made. It’s like a movement against capitalism, which encourages you to spend money. You don’t have to spend money to be fulfilled."


Architizer shares mind-blowing photos of four McMansion-style homes perched atop the roof of a shopping mall in the super-crowded city of Zhuzhou in China's Hunan province. "Though the landscaping around the houses leaves something to be desired, the overall approach is one we’d like to see replicated on blank and bare urban roofscapes everywhere. Now that’s mixed-use development."

The New York Times chats turtle ponds with beloved children's book author/illustrator, Jan Brett.


Curbed ushers in Shark Week 2012 with a look at five different (and predictably expensive ... all but one are currently on the market for well over a $1 million) homes located on shark-infested waters. Note to self: do not buy a multi-million dollar home (or "beachfront bunker") in Truro, Mass., Myrtle Beach, S.C., Catalina Island, Calif., Stinton Beach, Calif., or New Smyrna Beach, Fla.


The Wall Street Journal explores how landscaping has become the privacy-insurer of choice with well-heeled homeowners in the Hamptons. Says Michael Jacobus, a homeowner who eschewed fences and and walls in favor of trees, bamboo and privet hedges, and rhododendrons: "Everybody would like a natural environment where they can enjoy the landscaping and gardens without seeing a neighbor's house or road."



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

Playing catch up: Mixed links
Cool off this weekend with a tall, frothy glass of green home news. What's being served-up? Faux disposables, summer energy-saving myths and beachfront homes wh