The Wall Street Journal details both the myriad joys and headaches involved with owning a home designed by iconic American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. There's a near record amount of historic Wright homes across the country that are currently looking for new, preservation-minded owners, but buyer beware: "The architect favored small kitchens and closets—at odds with current tastes—and usually omitted basements. And some of these homes need the maintenance and repairs required for any home built decades or even a century ago." 

Core77 stops in to check out the Brooklyn Recovery Fund-benefiting goodies designed for the second installment of Reclaim NYC. As I mentioned in a previous post on the exhibition/charity sale, the event organizers are focusing on a theme of collaboration instead of zeroing in on the use of reclaimed materials this time around. Explains co-founder Jean Lin: "What started as a hurricane relief effort will hopefully grow into a larger initiative that could benefit a wide range of social and environmental causes, as well as support our independent design community. Our industry is filled with truly good, charitable and socially-aware people who are looking for ways to help."

TreeHugger singles out its favorite entries in the tardis-heavy 2013 Shed of the Year Competition. In the Eco-Shed category, Lloyd Alter is mighty impressed with Marcus Shield's green roof- and recycled plastic sheeting-clad "eco bike høøse."

EarthTechling marvels at an airtight abode built in the chilly outpost of Dillingham, Alaska. Writes Randy Woods of the remarkable home: "They say a superinsulated Passive House can be heated with little more than a hair dryer. Could that be true even in the Arctic? Tom Marsik and Kristin Donaldson proved that it can. They built themselves a house in Dillingham, Alaska, that earned the highest score ever recorded on a blower door test (meaning it’s the most airtight house). And then they got through their first winter using just 1100 kWh of electricity for heating. Putting that another way, the amount of heat they needed from electric heating equipment was about equal to the heat contributed by their own bodies, and considerably less than the total contributed by their lights, fridge, and other appliances."

Apartment Therapy recommends a few lightweight, handwoven blankets perfect for summertime snuggling.  

Deadspin publishes the latest dispatch from professional clean person and advice columnist, Jolie Kerr. Among this week's cleaning-related quandaries is how to go about removing the stench of "old man pee" from a bathroom. Kerr's advice? Go to town with white vinegar, invest in a small plug-in air purifier, and improve ventilation in the loo but do not resort to scented plug-ins or sprays unless you want your bathroom to smell like "floral poop."

Co.Design admires Windworks, a wind power-created collection of furniture from Dutch-born, London-based designer Merel Karhof. 

Curbed shares some breaking real estate news: Popular Mechanics' 1955 House of the Future is currently for sale in Brentwood, Calif. for $1.8 million. Conceived by Popular Mechanics West Coast editor Thomas Stimson in response to the Case Study Program, "the steel-and-concrete ranch incorporated advanced modular building techniques and, gasp, an automatic garage door. Since that early praise, the house has been updated with a modern appliances and a ceiling mounted projector, but the sorry drop ceiling and florescent lighting have been preserved. It will take an intrepid preservationist to look past the aesthetic shortcomings to see the historic significance of this four-bed, three-bath period classic." That's it pictured up top.

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

Sheds, unsavory odors and steel-framed ranch houses [Weekend link clump]
This week: Eliminating geriatric urine stench, highlights from the Shed of the Year Competition and a steel-framed prefab circa 1955 hits the market.