Green Is Good

December/January 2006,
Vol. 06
Issue 02
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5 Sustainable Homes
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Solar Inspiration

A husband-and-wife architect team proves a house can be good for the environment—and look great too.

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Green Acres

Design pared to the bone is a high-risk strategy, but as this Australian home illustrates, it can also produce a sublime environmental connection.


Sign of the Times

Looking for directions on the road to sustainability? At Leger Wanaselja Architecture's multifamily development in Berkeley, California, all signs point to green.

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Sustainability in Stages

"Personally, I’d rather be living outside,” says architect David Hertz. As a young man surfing in Bali, he was impressed by tropical village compounds where indoors and out flow into each other.

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Curating Cologne

Gallerist Martin Kudlek shows us that there’s more to Cologne than its cathedral.

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Steel and Magnolias

What sort of house might a man with the title “recycling coordinator” live in?

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Our Renovation

Every night I said, “Trust me, sweetheart, this is going to be amazing, beautiful, fantastic

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Before You Renovate

Finding the perfect home sometimes means creating it.

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Face Off: Looking Good on the Outside

The husband-and-wife architecture team Halpert & Ruiz know that if a house’s face 
is pretty from the outside and views are good from within, as a landlord you will have an easier time…

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Clever Details Increase Property Value

Doing something unique can increase a home’s resale value.

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Kitting Out Kitchen and Bath

The most intensely used rooms in the house depend on good plumbing, ventilation, 
and electrical systems, and contain the highest number of fixtures per square 
foot—all of which makes…

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Strategic Changes Make a Big Impression

Designer Francois Lévy and his wife, Julie, bought an abandoned 1904 train depot and transported it 50 miles to an inner-city lot 
in Austin, Texas.

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101 Renovation

The agony and ecstasy of home renovations, featuring case studies, caveats, and true confessions.

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Mark Frauenfelder Reviews 6 Modern Laptop Bags

For computing commuters, laptop bags are not just about fashion. Here are a few that protect as well as they serve your style and your hardware.

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The Exhibitionists

In Los Angeles, Materials & Applications puts design theory into open-to-the-public practice.