Recent Universal Design Articles

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We've Been Splitting Wood All Wrong

Posted by Katie Marks | Jan 22, 2014

Splitting wood is one of the least favorite tasks of woodstove owners, and even for people who are just chopping for a decorative fireplace or pit, it gets unfun very rapidly. The repetitive...

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Toxic Sludge Pit to Model Eco-Town

Posted by Katie Marks | Jan 13, 2014

Readers of the news in October 2010 may remember a series of horrifying and heartbreaking images from the Hungarian town of Devecser. The town was battered by a flood of toxic red sludge...

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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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Microhomes Do It Small

Posted by Katie Marks | Sep 20, 2013

For years, people have been aspiring to the biggest house possible; the mark of success in the United States is, after all, a sprawling manse with multiple bedrooms and baths, a swath...

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This Ain't Your Grandpa's Flatpack House

Posted by Katie Marks | Sep 13, 2013

I've done my fair share of battle with IKEA furniture. I'm guessing you have too -- if not with IKEA, than with other flatpack brands. Incomprehensible directions, utterly confusing...

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Add-As-You Go Houses Accomodate Changing Needs

Posted by Katie Marks | Sep 11, 2013

When you're building a house from the ground up, you have a lot of important choices to make, and you get to make some key decisions that will affect life in the home for the rest of...

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Green on a Budget?

Posted by Katie Marks | Sep 06, 2013

Green design is getting a lot of ink these days, as well it should; environmentally-conscious building has gone mainstream and that means more structures worldwide are built with ecological...