Chuck Lohre sends a link to an article from the Cincinnati Enquirer that discusses how he and his wife, Janet, came to own the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Boulter House and their efforts to make the Usonian home more energy efficient. Read more here.
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Here's a link to an article from Indian Country Today Media Network discussing the new Navajo Bluestone Housing Project near Houck, Arizona that breaks ground this summer and is part of the effort to address the Navajo Nation's housing shortfall.
According to the press release, Swaback Partners, the firm headed by Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice, Vernon D. Swaback, "developed a sustainable community master plan across the Navajo Nation’s 110 chapters, with each chapter receiving its own master plan in early 2013."
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The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation recently announced that OSRAM SYLVANIA has generously donated LED lighting products to Taliesin West as part of its initiative to "reduce the Foundation's energy expense and carbon footprint, make the energy cost savings available for preservation efforts at both sites, and provide public education about the potential for reducing energy waste and carbon footprints in both commercial or residential buildings." Read more about it and watch a video here.
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Google celebrates Earth Day with one of their "Google Doodles" which when clicked, takes you to a quiz that tells you what animal you are (I'm a Komodo Dragon, apparently).
Take a walk outside, turn off that extra light, bicycle to work...do something to remind yourself that this blue marble we live on is all we got and we need to take care of it. Then treat every day going forward like Earth Day!
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A recent article in the OPRF local edition of the Chicago Tribune highlights the environmental benefits that the gigantic 200-year-old ginkgo tree located outside the Frank Lloyd Wright Oak Park Studio provides—just in time for Arbor Day on April 25. Read it here.
Image credit: Wes Venteicher, Chicago Tribune
Method, hip makers of eco-friendly cleaning products in cool packaging, have broken ground on it first U.S. manufacturing facility in the South Side Pullman neighborhood of Chicago. With solar panels, green roof, wind turbine, and other green accouterments, Method's factory is attempting to open the first LEED Platinum certified packaged goods factory of its kind in the world. Read more about it here.
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"ESCAPE was conceived as a high quality cottage, not an RV. Inspired by All-American architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s celebrated attention to detail and appreciation of nature, every element of the ESCAPE has been finished to the highest quality standards, featuring cedar lap siding, LED lighting, Energy Star appliances and much more. With remarkable architectural detail and beautiful furnishings, this is hardly your standard RV, but rather an object of repose that enhances the beauty of any natural setting."
See all the details and more photos here.
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Here's a link to a news item discussing Detroit-based Three Squared Inc.'s plans to build a 20-unit condominium development in Detroit using steel shipping containers as building blocks. Just so happens they've retained Eric Lloyd Wright & Associates, The Los Angeles-based firm run by Frank Lloyd Wright's grandson. Read more here.
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Want to help insulate the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Boulter house? Then vote for it to win the Indow Windows contest for free indoor storm windows. The windows would help in insulating the 450 square feet of single pane glass without damaging or change the original woodwork. Vote on Facebook here.
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Today is Earth Day where you are bombarded with messages and products that are "sustainable." Instead of phoning it in one day a year, try to make even a little difference every day. If everyone tried even a little bit harder to "Live More with Less" we'd all reap the benefits.
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If you're still searching for the that perfect gift for the architecture lover on your list, then one I would highly suggest is the new book, Frank Lloyd Wright: Natural Design, Organic Architecture: Lessons for Building Green from an American Original written by Alan Hess and with photography by Alan Weintraub (published by Rizzoli). More after the jump...
Looking for a great Mod gift for the plant lover on your holiday list? Then be sure to check out these sweet Felt Pod planters from Flip and Tumble.
Made from 100% recycled material, packaged with a plastic liner to retain water, and just $14 each—these Mod Pods will make a truly unique gift. Get yours here.
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Green plans on using giant panels of laminated wood (known as "mass timber") to help fire resistance. The advantage of wood over steel and concrete? The traditional building materials emit high levels of carbon, while wood stores carbon otherwise released through decay or burning.
It turns the notion of what a tall building can be made of on its head and could lead to some fairly unique examples of Organic Architecture. Pick up an issue at the newsstands or cruise over to Green's website to learn more.
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Bill S. sends a link to the Library of American Landscape History announcement of the online premiere of the first film in the series North America by Design, created in association with Hott Productions of Florentine Films.
Designing in the Prairie Spirit features internationally renowned landscape architect Darrel Morrison, who reflects on his childhood in Iowa and the impact of Jens Jensen, Aldo Leopold, and others on his career. Watch it here.
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While I'm all for being ecologically conscious and the house that sat vacant for 3 years was saved, it seems a shame the end result looks like it lost most of the original historical character of the Byrne design.
It's technically a win, but I don't feel much like celebrating. Read more here.
Taliesin-trained architect, Phillipe Horvath, will be watching the London Olympics closely. Not necessarily who medals, but how TCORE—his solar powered, recycled aluminum, 238-foot modular living unit on display in the Olympic Village pavilion occupied by France’s national utility—is received by the public and potential developers. Maybe he'll win gold with that aluminum! Read more here.
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The 141-year-old French Paper company has been cutting edge for a longtime (they were one of the first to sell stock online and they are 100% hydro powered). Now they've launched a brand-new website that showcases all of their beautiful and original American-made paper stock. Check it out here.
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The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation began an initiative last fall with Big Green Zero, a team of energy engineers and planners, called Energizing Taliesin West™. This launch is an unprecedented effort to increase the energy efficiency of Taliesin West while maintaining the architectural integrity of the campus. More after the jump...
We recently reported on the stunning William Drummond-designed River Forest Women's Club hitting the market. Well, here's a link to a post on chicagomag.com that showcases the "green" features and great interior photos for this home, as well as shots of the made-over Wright-designed Mary Adams House in Highland Park, in IL. See them here.
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There's plenty of buzz around the Energizing Taliesin West™ program that brings solar power and energy conservation programs to the 75-year-old architectural icon. Studio Lux has joined the program, serving in a multifaceted role. As stated in a recent PR release "We will introduce lighting technology that advances the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation's goals, improves the quality of light in areas of the facility, and most importantly embraces the original design intent while using efficient, sustainable technology." Read the entire statement here.
An extra bonus to this Energizing Taliesin West™ story came from PrairieMod reader, John Clouse, who sends a few photos from a recent trip to T-West of the construction site where the solar arrays will be installed. Thanks John!
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We received word that the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation’s sustainable energy project, Energizing Taliesin West, officially launched with First Solar’s ground-breaking construction of a 250 kW (AC) solar photovoltaic (PV) system at the Taliesin West campus in Scottsdale, Ariz. Read more after the jump...
Spring is just around the corner! To get all you gardners ready, here's a link to Treehugger.com on some cool DIY greenhouse projects that would make the perfect place to get your seedlings ready. See more here.
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Over the weekend, we reported on the efforts to "green" Frank Lloyd Wright's Arizona home, Taliesin West, by adding thousands of solar panels, upgrading light bulbs and assessing the energy efficiency of the windows and roofs. We received more information about the initiative from Sean Malone, President & CEO, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation that he wanted to share with PrairieMod readers. More after the jump...
The Washington Post reports that Taliesin West in Scottsdale, AZ is taking some major steps to reduce their staggering $200,000 annual energy bill.Next month will see the addition of 4,000 solar panels, 5,000 new "greener" light bulbs and efforts to make the roof and windows of the iconic building more energy efficient. Read more here.
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According to a recent post on the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy's Wright Chat discussion board, the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Boulter House (1956) in Cincinnati, OH is seeking LEED Certification and will be hosting two events associated with that endeavor. Learn more here.
Boulter House illustration and 3D-model by Brayden McLaughlin and Greg Algie
Karlitos E. sent a link to a fascinating house design by David Hertz Architects, Inc. that is constructed with components and pieces of a Boeing 747-200 aircraft. Dubbed the "Wing House", it not only looks sleek but it's a cutting edge example of sustainable architecture. Read and see more here.
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With the tough time honeybees have faced lately, it seems that the busy city might be the future for the busy bee. Read the buzz at Treehugger.com about the urban future that might just save our important insect friend.
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Green Builder Media, North America’s leading media company focused on sustainable living, recently announced the winners of its 4th Annual Green Builder Home of the Year Awards. With entries from across the nation, the judges chose ten outstanding projects displaying the best and most cutting-edge green residential building.
This year’s winning entries include designs that range from small and simple to super-efficient luxury proving that building sustainably can be done on any budget. Image Design, LLC was proud to be one of the winners of this years award for their "River Escape" project. This is the second time in the award's four year history that they have won the award (2009 GreenBuilder Home of the Year Award was for the "Vineyard" Project). Find out more here.
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