Green House Effect


Green arts complex neighbor to new Brooklyn Nets arena




On the busiest (and second most dangerous) intersection in my hometown of Brooklyn, NY—Flatbush and Fourth avenues—a mammoth development is in the works, one that should accommodate the hundreds of thousands of folks expected to migrate here in the next twenty years for our famously desirable lifestyle: the beautiful architecture, the community feel, the culture factory that is Kings County.

Only problem: the Atlantic Yards’ level of influx—6,430 apartment and condominium units; 17 high-rise buildings; 336,000 square feet of office space, a 50,000-square-foot sports arena for the Brooklyn Nets (don’t worry—they’re still in New Jersey for now); 247,000 square feet of retail space; and a 180-room hotel—means the very lifestyle people are moving to Brooklyn in droves for will surely be squelched.

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Unscrew you


I have finally joined the ranks of CFL users, having resisted the mania over the last year for the really important reason that buying something new is rarely green, no matter how recycled or organic or local, when whatever you’re using now is still perfectly functional. Thus, my incandescents stayed in place until they burned out.

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Lean, green, free housing for the homeless




The building on Oakland’s International Boulevard is an architectural milestone, with its obtuse-angled, brightly colored walls and 186 solar panels. But, no, it’s not a corporate headquarters or a chic modern residence or even a hotel. It does sleep 125 people, but all of them are homeless.

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DESIGN: Multicultural homebuyers find affordable, energy-efficient housing in Lincoln, NE




If you think of Lincoln, Neb. as a community of corn-fed ethnically Scandinavian

Willa Cather characters, think again. The city of 1.7 million is the eighteenth largest refugee relocation site in the United State, with immigrants from Vietnam, Sudan, China, Afghanistan and Bosnia among its new residents, among many other groups.

 

The wealth of new citizens and contrasting cultures left the city with a conundrum: how to create housing both affordable and palatable to such a varied clientele?

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DESIGN: Your Next Hotel Room Might Be a Shipping Container




Traveling so much that you yourself feel like a piece of cargo? To confuse matters more, you might find yourself staying in a shipping container next time you check in to a hotel. The international hotel chain Travelodge has announced that its new flock of buildings will be crafted from recycled shipping containers, beginning with a 120-room Travelodge in the English city of Uxbridge. Eighty-six shipping containers from China will be stacked—they come pre-outfitted with electrical and plumbing infrastructure and are bolted together on site, which saves a tremendous amount of construction time and cost.

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