Housing & urban design
Choosing What Our Cities Will Look Like in a World Without Oil
Toward a New American Infrastructure
What will save the suburbs?
The 'McMansion' trend in housing is slowing
US Housing and the Passive Home Standard
The cement that eats carbon dioxide
The cost of polishing a turd (LEED and conventional building)
Wanted: Natural residents to share up-and-coming urban quarter in Sweden
Freakishly cheap gas? Nation broke? Just hit the road
Malls, the Future of Housing?
Wasting Our Watts
No Furnaces but Heat Aplenty in ‘Passive Houses’
With fewer kids, homeowners flee the suburbs
Elgin is seeing green in its future
"... what followed in the wake of the tornado during the next three weeks was just as awesome as the wind itself. In that time — three weeks — the forest devastation was sawed into lumber and transformed into four big new barns. No massive effort of bulldozers, cranes, semi-trucks, or the National Guard was involved. The surrounding Amish community rolled up its sleeves, hitched up its horses and did it all. Nor were the barns the quick-fix modern structures of sheet metal hung on posts stuck in the ground. They were massive three-story affairs of post-and-beam framing, held together with hundreds of hand-hewn mortises and tenons."
Life Without Cars
The dead mall problem
Most dire of all was that within three days of the halt to trucking, the grocery stores were out of food. Looking back at historical records it is clear that, while shocking, this was no surprise. Community-based organizations had been warning of this exact possibility for years. Nowadays we have buffers and resiliency built into our systems, but that was not the case in 2009.
As I sip my morning espresso, I have a brief moment of longing for an earlier time when I could make my stovetop coffee quickly on a gas burner. It takes a lot longer using this electric one. Little did we know that gas was right behind oil in peaking. Fortunately we finally have plenty of solar-produced electricity and, once again, access to coffee. So it's a minor inconvenience, but just another reminder of things we used to take for granted.
Slow life, better life
Your Money or Your Life: A Conversation with Vicki Robin
Astyk: What Is Your House Worth?