Author: Susan DeFreitas

Xiangshawan-Desert-Lotus-Hotel-PLaT-Architects

A Sustainable Net Zero Hotel…In The Desert

It wasn’t so long ago we brought you word of  Chengdu Tianfu District Great City, a green “city within a city” planned for Chengdu, China. Great City is a project intended to respond to the problem of overburdened infrastructure in… Read More
Sally Dominguez, Rainwater HOG inventor

The Aussie Solution For Rainwater Harvesting In The City

When you’ve got your green building innovation installed in the backyard of U.S. Green Building Council founder David Gottfried, you know you’re doing something right. The innovation is the HOG rainwater harvesting system, and the inventor is Australian architect Sally… Read More
Method, Paradigm, Greenbuild

This Little Green Dream Home Could Be Yours

San Francisco was recently the scene of a convergence of players in the green building field from around the country and around the world for the Greenbuild 2012 international conference and summit. We brought you word of Saint-Gobain’s speed-dating startup… Read More
Vertical Farm, San Diego

A Vertical Farm For San Diego

It wasn’t so long ago we brought you word of the Plantagon, that ingenious Swedish innovation designed to bring large-scale urban agriculture to new and existing buildings on the vertical axis. Brandon Martella appears to have designed something along those… Read More
Low line for Philly

Philly Considers Future Of Old Railroad: Park Or Ride?

In Philadelphia, railroad lines crisscrossing the city once ferried tons of coal from Pennsylvania’s coal fields to its industrial centers. As in so many cities around the world, much of that industrial infrastructure now lies defunct, giving rise to the… Read More
River Garden Apartments, New Orleans

New Orleans Home To Largest Solar Neighborhood In SE

Solar power in New Orleans? Yeah, you right. The River Garden Apartments, a mixed-income development covering eight blocks and around a square mile, is currently the largest solar neighborhood in the southeastern US, and the largest solar project in the… Read More
Wire aerial tram, Austin

Mass Transit Via Aerial Tram For Austin?

Close your eyes and think back to when you were a kid. How did you imagine the City of the Future? Were there jet-packs and freeze-dried food? A bubble protecting a thriving Martian metropolis? But more to the point here… Read More
Earthship

Earthships Invade Canada

With the reelection of Barack Obama, Canadians won’t have to fend off an invasion of disgruntled American liberals any time soon. But the Earthship invasion of our neighbor to the north, it seems, is already in full swing. This deep-green,… Read More
Chengdu Tianfu Great City

A Great Green City To Arise In China

China has long been considered an enigma in the West. You could say this enigmatic profile has extended, in recent years, to the country’s stance with regard to the environment. On the one hand, the legendary pollution of cities like… Read More