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Building a Cob House in a Day

Posted by Katie Marks | Feb 25, 2014

Cob construction, using a mixture of clay, sand, straw, and water to create a very strong, functional, eco-friendly material, is popular in many regions of the world. Looking through...


The school library, by BC Architects. Photo: Inhabitat

Amazing Rammed Earth Construction

Posted by Katie Marks | Jan 15, 2014

I'm absolutely besotted with this amazing school design in Muyinga, Burundi, covered by Inhabitat. Faced with the need to provide educational accommodations for d/Deaf and hard of hearing...


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A Carbon Neutral Home, Even In Bad Conditions

Posted by Katie Marks | Dec 31, 2013

In many writeups of eco-friendly homes, particularly those built with carbon-neutral plans in mind, you'll read about how the setting was carefully chosen. Setting tends to matter when...


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Prefab, Green, AND Attractive?

Posted by Katie Marks | Oct 15, 2013

If you've spent any time on the freeways and highways of this country, you've probably seen a prefabricated home lumbering down the road with an "Oversized Load" sign. They're instantly...


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Time to Build With Flood Resilience in Mind

Posted by Katie Marks | Oct 14, 2013

Over the weekend, the city of Venice tested its seven billion dollar flood protection system, known as the Moses project, for the first time. For centuries, Venice has been a center...


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Making Sense of Green Home Certification Standards

Posted by Sayward Rebhal | Aug 30, 2013

“Green building” is a subset of modern home design that seeks to maximize efficiency, conserve resources, and increase performance and safety, with the overarching goal...


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The Future is Now: Say Hello to the Smart House

Posted by Katie Marks | Aug 19, 2013

Meet my new obsession: the smart house. Smart homes are the wave of the future, and they're starting to become more than just idle speculation or characters in pop culture. Using an...


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Stay at the Tiny House Hotel!

Posted by Katie Marks | Aug 14, 2013

Interested in staying somewhere a little unique the next time you travel to Portland, Oregon? Caravan, the Tiny House Hotel, might be just what you need. Opened just last month, the...