EarthTechling is impressed with Upcycle House, a near-completed four-bedroom shipping container abode in Nyborg, Denmark, "intended to be a prototype for mass-produced house that can provide end markets for recycled materials while substantially reducing CO2 emissions and lowering the typical carbon footprints of new houses." That's the home, a collaboration between Lendager Architects and the Realdania Byg Foundation, pictured up top.

GOOD admires a Tokyo home with a petite footprint — it's built on a 27 square meter lot — and a layout directly inspired by the fact that there's a park located right across the street.

Curbed is mighty impressed with what appears to be "one of the most most impeccably furnished shipping-container dwellings on Earth." Detroit entrepreneur Shel Kimen is behind the reuse-centric, Kickstarter-funded First Container project.

Gizmag shares yet another intriguing micro home-on-wheels, this one from sustainability-obsessed "self-confessed design geek"Aaron Maret. Says Maret of his hand-built Pocket Shelter which took him 2,700 hours and about $24,000 to complete: "My partner and I were traveling a lot and wanted to figure out a way to create a home space that we could take with us as we explored different places and communities. Small spaces and simple living have been an interest of mine for a long time. I love treehouses, boats, and all sorts of other small spaces. So having the opportunity to try my hand at designing and building my own tiny house was very exciting to me.”

Grist checks out Carbon Buster, a brick-esque building block made from 50 percent recycled materials. Explains Sarah Laskow: The company says the Carbon Buster is the first “carbon negative” building block – it contains more carbon than its manufacture emits. That’s what happens when you reuse materials that are already in the production system — you might have to process them a little bit, but that takes less energy than it does to mine virgin materials from the ground. Which means that as long as you avoid adding glass, metal, drywall, insulation, or humans, you could have a completely carbon-neutral building!"

The New York Times ushers in the good vibes with a look at high-profile New Age housekeeping — or "space clearing" — gurus such as Barbara Biziou, Reggie Arthur, and pink spray bottle-toting Bhakti Sondra Shaye who clears writer Penelope Green's home of bad mojo while also spooking the cat and opening a "healing vortex" above the bed all in under three hours. 

Co.Exist takes a closer look at Enervee, a "energy efficiency scoring site for appliances." Explains Ben Schiller: "Enervee was founded in 2010, and claims to be the first site of its type. It lists hundreds of TVs, fridges, washing machines, and so on, giving efficiency ratings, lifetime costs, and CO2 impact for each. You can plug in your zip code, so you can see the price for your area (3,000 utilities covered). And--in a new feature--you now look up Amazon customer reviews for the item."

Apartment Therapy has you covered in the solar-powered outdoor lighting department.

The Atlantic Cities plays a rousing game of "spot the hidden parking garage."

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

Upcycled houses and good vibes aplenty [Weekend link clump]
This week: A reuse-minded shipping container prototype abode nears completion in Denmark and professional 'space clearers' bust bad mojo in NYC.