The Guardian reports that landlords in the UK could possibly face fines for renting leaky, poorly insulated apartments to tenants. 

The Globe and Mail squeezes inside Patrick Flynn's skinny n' stripped down Toronto home: Says The Globe and Mail: "Wearing a cloak of concrete and Galvalume with rusting metal 'trim' framing the door, its wedge-shaped profile stands head-and-shoulders over its immediate neighbours. But rather than saying 'I’m better than you,' it asserts: 'I’m friendly, but I’m also different.' "

TreeHugger eyes an absolutely stunning, ivy-covered garden-shed-turned-art-studio in San Francisco. This green clad beauty (pictured above) from Scott Lewis Landscape Architecture recently picked up an Honor Award at the American Society of Landscape Architects 2010 Professional Awards. 

EcoHome announces the creation of the Passive House Alliance, a nonprofit advocacy group that "will relieve the PHIUS [Passive House Institute U.S.] from marketing, public outreach, and political lobbying work, allowing it to focus on its core mission of training architects and builders in the use of the Passive House standard, consulting on projects, and certifying buildings.

The Wall Street Journal admires a gorgeous four-bedroom "contemporary eco-villa" located on Phang Nga Bay, Thailand. And what do you know? It can be yours for $3 million. 

Curbed wonders how Sandra Lee, TV hostess, tablescape authority, and soon-to-be First Lady of New York, will go about redecorating a "certain dusty Victorian:"  The New York Executive Mansion. 

The San Francisco Chronicle marvels at the famed front-yard garden of Rosalind Creasy, author of the newly revised classic, "Edible Landscaping." Writes The Chronicle: Touring Creasy's 2,000 square-foot front-yard garden is like visiting Willy Wonka's chocolate factory — there's something edible everywhere you turn." 

Unplggd asks: "Is Your Furnace Ready for Winter?"

Yanko Design digs Green Trace, a flat umbrella stand that "grows" thanks to pre-sown plant seeds and your drippy umbrella. 

Inhabitat gives props to Scottsdale, Arizona's Safari Drive Condominiums. This vibrant mixed-use urban infill project incorporates various sustainable, anti-sprawl features and was bestowed as Project of the Year at the 2010 Builder's Choice Awards. 

Image: John Sutton Photography via TreeHugger

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

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