Buildipedia take a look into the green home crystal ball to predict "5 Green Home Trends for 2012." What's  on the list you ask? LEDs, energy monitoring systems, net-zero energy (and water) homes, smaller footprints, and eco-friendly renovations. 


Apartment Therapy rattles off a short-but-solid list of "Green Designers & Architects to Watch in 2012." RAAD, SHED, DesignBuildBLUFF, Peter Stathis, Legato Studios, and Brooklyn-based LoadingDock5 all make the cut. 


The Star Tribune pays a visit to the Farrell residence in Minneapolis, a boxy modular beauty built for under $500,00. Features of the modestly sized three-bedroom home include bamboo flooring, cedar siding, passive solar design, water-saving fixtures, and both a floor-hockey rink and bike repair shop in the basement. 


The Los Angeles Times unwinds in the "landscaping by garage sale" Costa Mesa backyard of Andrew Stoneman and Laura Haskell,  the husband-wife team behind the Haskell Collection, a Midcentury-influenced line of patio planters and garden furniture made from recycled steel and aluminum. 


Inhabitat picks the brains of a few somewhat random in-the-know folks — Architecture for Humanity's Cameron Sinclair, Zem Joaquin, Bob Vila (!), editor Jill Fehrenbacher's sister Katie, and more — to get their 2012 green design predictions.


The New York Time explores the "LeBron James-size" furniture trend — leather couch that can fit seven people and a dog, anyone? — that's oddly thriving in the era of shrinking houses and downsized living spaces. Writes Steven Kurutz, singling out Restoration Hardware as one of the top offenders in the supersize furniture craze: "Furniture has been bulking up for several years now, partly to match the scale of all the cavernous 'great rooms' that became must-haves in new homes (and perhaps also to match expanding waistlines). But big furniture seems to have reached a critical mass of comical massiveness. One tipoff that the scale of a couch might be a bit out of whack? When you start comparing it to a large farm animal."


USATODAY checks in with the ongoing good green work of Habitat for Humanity chapters in cities like Nashville, Denver, St. Louis, Minneapolis/St. Paul, and Goshen, Ind. 


Jetson Green takes a look back, not forward, with "16 Leading LEED Projects of 2011." 


The Washington Post chats up a few proud residents of EcoVillage, an eco-minded housing developing/bird sanctuary in Loudoun County, Va. where the roads are unpaved and "the putting-green-perfect lawns of so many planned communities are nowhere in evidence, either."

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

Playing catch up: Predictions aplenty
This week: A few hunches, educated guesses and assumptions as to what 2012 will hold for the world of green home design and architecture. Plus, the growing tren