Housing & urban design

Housing & urban design - Jan 15

Staff, Energy Bulletin

Road Worriers
Choosing What Our Cities Will Look Like in a World Without Oil
Toward a New American Infrastructure

archived January 15, 2009

Housing & urban design - Jan 13

Staff, Energy Bulletin

What will save the suburbs?
The 'McMansion' trend in housing is slowing
US Housing and the Passive Home Standard

archived January 13, 2009

Housing & urban design - Jan 4

Staff, Energy Bulletin

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

archived January 4, 2009

United States - Jan 2

Staff, Energy Bulletin

Freakishly cheap gas? Nation broke? Just hit the road
Malls, the Future of Housing?
Wasting Our Watts

archived January 2, 2009

Housing & urban design Dec 30

Staff, Energy Bulletin

No Furnaces but Heat Aplenty in ‘Passive Houses’
With fewer kids, homeowners flee the suburbs
Elgin is seeing green in its future

archived December 30, 2008

The barn raising

Gene Logsdon, OrganicToBe.org

"... 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."

archived December 24, 2008

Housing & urban design - Dec 23

Staff, Energy Bulletin

Slow Towns
Life Without Cars
The dead mall problem

archived December 23, 2008

Scenario 2020: the future of food in Mendocino county

Jason Bradford, Energy Farms Network

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.

archived December 21, 2008

Collapse +11 years in the Napa Valley

Mick Winter, Napa Valley Life Magazine

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.

archived December 21, 2008

Solutions & sustainability - Dec 18

Staff, Energy Bulletin

Slow life, better life
Your Money or Your Life: A Conversation with Vicki Robin
Astyk: What Is Your House Worth?

archived December 18, 2008