Author: Susan DeFreitas

Tulsa Habitat for Humanity Greenblitz home

This Green Tulsa Home Is 100% U.S.-Made

In Tulsa, Okla., Tulsa Habitat for Humanity joined forces with Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa on an inspiring project: the first-ever green-certified Habitat home using exclusively American-made products. The home will be certified to the National Green Building Standard… Read More
John W. Oliver Transit Center, Charles Rose Architects

Meet The Nation’s First Net Zero Bus Station

Greenfield, Mass., is now home to a green landmark: the nation’s first net zero bus station. That’s right, the John W. Olver Transit Center generates all of its own power on site, using solar power. Like so many smart net… Read More

This Self-Sufficient Floating Home Could Be Yours

Here in EarthTechling’s Green Building department, we think the only thing cooler than a house that floats may be a house that floats that produces all of its own power. Which makes Autarkhome, a floating home docked in Maastricht, Netherlands,… Read More
Chicago Lakeside Development

Chicago’s Big Green Development Takes Global Award

Billed as “a game-changing urban ideal for not just Chicago’s Southeast lakefront, but for the entire region,” the plan for Chicago’s Lakeside Development will turn the site that was once America’s largest steel mill into the most connected and transit-oriented… Read More
New Orleans

Judge to FEMA Trailer Manufacturers: Pay Up

The victims of Hurricane Katrina and Rita, by all accounts, went through some of the most harrowing circumstances imaginable in the wake of the two storms that ravaged the Gulf Coast in 2005. Being sent to live in temporary housing… Read More
Pop Down

A Mushroom Farm Beneath The Streets Of London?

When it comes to the adaptive reuse of defunct industrial infrastructure in cities, New York City’s High Line set the bar high  — literally. Now, cities everywhere are seeking to emulate New York’s success on this front with High Line-inspired… Read More
book mountain

In The Netherlands, A Stunning Advertisement For Reading

What do yo do to encourage reading in a neighborhood with a 10 percent illiteracy rate? If you’re Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, you create the eye-catching “advertisement for reading” known as Book Mountain. Fast Co.Design reports that this massive… Read More