Sustainability must be much more than a collection of “bolt-on” mechanisms and the parts have to be continuously adapted.
How did green design go from a fringe concern to a mainstream crusade? Three of the movement’s pioneers discuss this remarkable transformation—and what comes next.
Why the funny title? Well, I went to a conference a few weeks ago in Burlington, Vermont and came away wondering if the Passiv Haus movement is really accessible to the mainstream. The phrase is a play on words from…
The heyday of the McMansion has been on its way out for quite some time – perhaps more by economic circumstance than by fashion of choice – but Treehugger.com founder Graham Hill is out to actively sway our consumption preferences.…
The blogosphere is buzzing with Frank Gehry’s derogatory remarks about green design. In a recent public interview, the starchitect summarily dismissed the movement that’s working to make the built environment more responsive to our deteriorated natural environment. With buildings known…
You think LEED Platinum is hard? The Living Building Challenge is sustainable design’s new cutting edge.
An acclaimed architect and curator, a self-proclaimed father of sustainability, a poet of structure and form, a man of myth and mystery—Emilio Ambasz is surely his own greatest creation.
After designing offices for some of the leading environmental groups in the country, Envision Design takes on its biggest challenge yet: creating a new headquarters for the U.S. Green Building Council that puts the organization’s ideas—and ideals—into action.
Three young French designers hatch an ingenious plan to use existing infrastructure to create clean energy.
Eric Chan’s bamboo armchair is not only a tribute to his native country, it’s a primer on the physical properties of one of our most renewable materials.
Can the Big Three automakers stave off bankruptcy, kick their addiction to gas guzzlers, and create the next generation of cleaner, greener vehicles?
What if we used our 46,000 miles of highway as the backbone of a new 21st-century infrastructure?
The California Academy of Sciences balances a commitment to biodiversity with a demand for beauty.
Nine years ago the California Academy of Sciences asked: What’s a natural history museum in the 21st century? Its stunning new building is the emphatic answer.
With countless products claiming the eco-friendly label—many bearing prominent “seals of approval”—a little definition might be in order.
Mainstream science and environmental groups have lambasted it, green customers and clients shun it, and companies are scrambling for alternatives. So why is PVC still so ubiquitous?
Hans Wegner’s midcentury classic suggests that quality craftsmanship may be the ultimate green strategy.
Using recycled materials from the Big Dig, Single Speed Design creates a house of monumental proportions.
Carnegie Mellon University’s new course, “Nature, Ecology, and Sustainable Design,” gathers students from all over the university to discuss and critique the definition and the development of sustainability. The undergraduate and graduate students taking the class have backgrounds ranging from…
A veteran of green design has studied global warming and sees its cause—and possible solution—coming from the same unlikely source: architects.