Well folks, this is it ... 'winter' — or whatever you'd like to call that alarmingly mild season that just passed — is officially dones-ville. But you wouldn't really know it here in New York City where today it hovered around 75 degrees and this here blogger ventured outside in a pair of Havaianas and cut-offs. Flip-flops and shorts in the Northeast in mid-March! So maybe summer, not spring, started today? Is that what happened? I have no clue — between the weird weather patterns and daylight saving time, I'm completely confused by everything. Looking back at my winter review post from last year, things were apparently waaay different. Thank you climate change, I guess.


Anyways, here's a look back at 20 of the most viewed, most commented on, and most liked green home and garden posts from the previous, winter-ish months. Perhaps you missed a few the first time around because you were busy not shoveling snow from your driveway. Or something. As always, it's an eclectic mix — I've thrown in a few of my personal favorite posts for good measure — heavy on public permaculture efforts, sustainable communities both existing and conceptual, disaster-resiliant housing, and long-dead architects. 


What’s been your favorite post of mine from this past winter? Was there a particular story that I missed out on that you would like to have seen featured? Are there any topics that you'd like to see me tackle this spring and beyond? And as always, thank you for reading! If you aren't already, feel free to follow me on Twitter to keep up to speed.




• Tetra Shed: For all of your home office and adult time-out needs — Joining the ranks of backyard bubbles, boxes and pods comes the Tetra Shed, a modular 'modern garden office' that looks rather foreboding when 'folded' up but plenty inviting when open for business.


IKEA Shanghai: Love in the MDF Coffee Table Aisle — No matter how you may feel about IKEA's environmental policies, one thing's for sure: Eligible seniors in Shanghai simply adore the store's cafeteria where they descend, en masse, for weekly 'romance sessions.'

• Charles and Ray Eames: Architects Wit Attitude — In a promotional video for Pacific Standard Time, notorious rapper-turned-TBS producer Ice Cube pays homage to two unlikely OGs: Midcentury modern design icons Charles and Ray Eames.
Bay Area architect builds home using salvaged car parts — Sure, it boasts passive solar design, sustainable landscaping and dual-flush toilets, but the real eco-showstopper at the Wanaselja-Leger residence? That would be the awnings and siding fabricated from junked cars.
Brady and Bundchen's gargantuan 'green' manse nears completion — Construction wraps up on the really, really large Los Angeles home of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and supermodel environmentalist Gisele Bundchen.
Busted! Dad uses home energy monitoring to catch party-throwing teen daughter — For all you teenagers planning to throw the rager of the century while your parents are out of town, you may want to reconsider if your father is obsessed with remotely monitoring your home's energy performance

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

Winter rewind 2012: 20 posts to revisit
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