TreeHugger takes a gander at Ecologia Montreal, a home built to prove that "it's possible to build an ecological house without sacrificing contemporary design." Lloyd Alter's assessment? "It's big. It has geothermal radiant heating under wood floors, which is like insulating your radiator. But other than that there is a lot going for it: local materials, low VOC, hemp and lime plaster. Of course, it is topped off with a green roof."


AOL Real Estate packs its bags for a visit to yet another off the grid community. This week, it's Lasqueti Island in British Columbia. Krisanne Alcantara describes the scene: "Surrounded by the inky waters of the Georgia Strait and bordered by 12 miles of scenic, rocky coastline, it's appears to be a Shangri-La of sorts. But before you pack up and haul out of the suburbs to start afresh in the idyls of the Lasquetian isle, be warned: You might not have electricity."


The Washington Post steps inside the all 210 square feet of Sarah McNair's Fairfax, Va. tiny house. 


Architizer shares the wow-inducing renderings of Earth City, a crazy, nature-dependent eco-utopia from JM Schivo & Associati. It's planned for Planet Earth.


The Wall Street Journal enjoys a sneak peek of a few prefab pads profiled in Sherri Koones' upcoming book "Prefabulous + Almost off the Grid."


Curbed NY tours the Graham Hill's LifeEdited apartment — a 420-square-foot Manhattan pad designed to fit 1,100-square-feet worth of rooms — as part of last weekend's Open House NY. I didn't even realize this was one of the OHNY offerings (late addition?). My own OHNY adventures found me in/at Victorian Flatbush, the Brooklyn Army Terminal, and at a passive house in Park Slope that I've been ask not to share photos of or talk much about. I also tried to tour a wastewater treatment plant but got stuck in traffic. Sad city.


Arch Daily visits a beautiful solar-powered abode in the Canary Islands with a mouthful of a name: "House in Bioclimatic Experimental Urbanization."


The Washington Post provides some October fall improvement pointers of the arachnid variety. 



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

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From itsy-bitsy trailer-bound abodes to transformative Manhattan pads, tours of green homes of all shapes and sizes dominate this week's link roundup.