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Rockaway Beach Rocks Locavore Eats in Thrifty Spaces

Old NYC Parks & Rec buildings turned foodie’s paradise. Photo: Jess Root

On this rainy start to the weekend — and Fall — I needed a little pick-me-up, some sunniness in the face of gray. I pulled out my iPhoto album and found the fix: sweet, summer…

The Week in Pictures: A House without Walls, Gorgeous Rail Car Garden, and More (Slideshow)

On the Caribbean Sea, Colombian firm Plan B Architects has produced a new kind of Passivhaus — a bioclimatic building with a roof, but no walls.

We also have an old railway car transformed into a beautiful garden, artists’ responses to global warm…

A Travelling Hotel Suite Shows Guests and Hoteliers How to be Green (Photos)

After visiting a hotel in Guadalajara, the centre of Spain, at the beginning of the year, the Travelling Eco Suite is currently spending time in Portugal. The Spanish boutique hotel chain Rusticae got together with the architects from Modulab, Egoin …

Ask Pablo: Do Solar Panels Contribute To The Heat Island Effect?

Image credit: Bernd Sieker, used under Creative Commons license.

Dear Pablo: Does installing commercial rooftop solar PV (with the dark-colored PV cells) negate the effect of painting that same roof white to alleviate the “heat island” effect in citi…

Vehicle Maintenance Workshop Recycled Into Stunning Cultural Center In Brazil

Photos: Helio Sperandio.

An old shed that used to serve as a vehicle maintenance workshop and a warehouse for the Federal University of Goias in the city of Goiania, Brazil, was recycled into a stunning cultural center for the institution.

Following…

Allison Arieff on Prefab, Going Local, and Why the Suburbs Aren’t So Bad (Podcast)

One can’t spend years as the editor in chief of Dwell magazine and not be something of a sage on sustainable design. What’s more, Allison Arieff literally wrote the book on prefab architecture and now shares her explorations in the pages of the New Yo…

A Wood and Plexiglas Cloud Makes a Surprising Peri-Urban Retreat

Photos Courtesy of Zebra3/Buy-Sellf

As awesome as cities are, getting away from time to time is a good idea. But as refreshing and necessary as a vacation in the countryside can be, it comes with its own headaches, especially in terms of increased ca…

Iconic 1930s Art Deco Swimming Pool Converted Into a Museum

Photo: Luc Legay under a Creative Commons license.

In the late 1920s, looking to promote public hygiene, Jean-Baptiste Lebas, the mayor of Roubaix, a small town in northern France, ordered the construction of a public swimming pool. The result, opene…

Wood Design from Spain; Graffiti, Typography & Prefab Housing – Part 3 (Photos)

Image Credit: 5ΒΊ Pino

Here is the last part of from this beautiful collection of wood design from Spain, put together by Confemadera. Check out the previous posts about a fun wooden bicycle and the stunning heritage ceilings from the South, and last…

Wood Design from Spain: Fab Lab Houses, Wooden Islands and Spanish Guitars – Part 2 (Photos)

Image Credit: Vicente Guallart

Last week I posted a stunning wooden bicycle, and the beautiful heritage of wooden ceilings in Andalusia from a series of wood design from Spain that Confeadera put together. Other works include the Fab Lab House, some …