Kengo Kuma unveils stunning SUTEKI house for Oregons Street of Dreams

August 2, 2017 by  
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Acclaimed architect Kengo Kuma has crafted a stunning cross-cultural home that combines the best of American modern amenities with traditional Japanese design principles. Located in Oregon’s NW Natural Street of Dreams in Portland, the sustainably built SUTEKI home promotes healthy living with its strong connection to the outdoors in both its use of natural materials and garden surroundings. The master-built home is the first of its kind constructed by Japanese homebuilder, Suteki, in the United States. As with many of Kuma’s architectural projects, nature is a big theme in the SUTEKI home. A natural materials palette used throughout the home shows off sustainably harvested wood , from the soaring Olympia wall built of timber to the regional Alaskan yellow cedar in the louvre walls. Natural stone and tile are also prominently featured. A high level of detail and craftsmanship is seen around the home, especially in the origami-inspired ceiling that creates a feeling of fluidity and movement. To deepen the connection with the outdoors and create a restorative living experience, Kuma incorporated seamless indoor and outdoor living spaces built around nature. Large openings frame views of the outdoors and every view is optimized inside and out. Portland Japanese Garden curator Sadafumi Uchiyama designed the garden and used “borrowed scenery” principles to incorporate the surrounding landscape—a giant oak and sequoia tree, and a stream that runs along the property. Related: Kengo Kuma unveils nature-filled Eco-Luxury Hotel for Paris “My collaboration with Suteki is owed to our shared view of the sublimity of nature,” said Kuma. “Embracing the surroundings, insisting on natural materials, sustainability and transparency creates a space where people can experience nature more completely and intimately.” The placement and orientation of the home contributes to its energy efficiency . The Suteki company plans to build more sustainably built homes in the Portland market in the near future. + Street of Dreams Images by Justin Krug Photography

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Airstream unveils super compact, lightweight travel trailer for $30K

July 7, 2017 by  
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Light as a feather! Airstream has just unveiled the ultra-lightweight Nest, a 16-foot travel trailer that weighs just 2,500 pounds. The company has ditched its iconic polished aluminum for a molded fiberglass in order to create the ultimate in minimalist campervan design. Although the beloved trailer manufacturer has stayed true to its shiny silver aluminum cladding for almost a century, Nest’s molded fiberglass body makes the camper much lighter and more aerodynamic. At just 2,500 pounds, the compact, streamlined design makes for an extremely travel-friendly ride. Related: Airstream’s new Basecamp is a tiny house you can tow practically anywhere On the interior, travelers will enjoy a minimalist modern design with enough space for a queen bed and a small, but sufficient kitchen . According to the company, the new trailer was designed for those who “want the legendary design sense, quality, and sophistication of Airstream, in a fresh, new package.” The fiberglass Nest design is the brainchild of Nest Caravans, founded by Robert Johans. In 2016, Airstream purchased the Oregon-based company for an undisclosed amount. The Nest trailers are slated to hit the market in early 2018. + Airstream Nest Via Outside Online Images via Airstream and Roaming Times Save Save

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Snhetta unveils spectacular makeover for nations second-largest waterfall

June 2, 2017 by  
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The nation’s second largest waterfall by volume will soon reopen to the public for the first time in over 150 years. Architecture and landscape firm Snøhetta recently revealed new renderings for their designs to restore public access to Oregon’s Willamette Falls. A mix of adaptive reuse and new build, the design will renovate the 22-acre site’s existing industrial buildings and add a new ecological riverwalk. Industrial infrastructure has cut the breathtaking Willamette Falls from public access for over a century, however, a redevelopment scheme for the area sparked newfound interest in reclaiming and rehabilitating the landscape. Snøhetta, along with Mayer/Reed, inc. and DIALOG , won an international design competition to reimagine the falls and collaborated with the community to refine their proposals. “The new design treats the whole site as a single landscape, with a network of promenades and lofted pathways that lace through the physical strata of the site, immersing visitors in a tactile experience that celebrates the changing water level, the feeling of the spray on your skin, the dramatic play of light and the roar and presence of the falls,” says Snøhetta. Key to the design is the new riverwalk that will “serve as a portal to the Northwest’s collective history” and connect Oregon City’s historic downtown to the crest of the fall. The riverwalk will feature a mix of materials, from ancient basalt and wood to industrial steel, as well as layered references to the site’s natural, ecological, cultural, and geological contexts. Related: Snøhetta’s ready-made cabin can fit into any landscape In addition to restoring public access, the design seeks to rehabilitate the landscape with the removal of select industrial structures. Five unique habitats will be restored and special attention paid to endangered species. Greater access will also be provided to the five confederated tribes who annually fish the waters. The Willamette Falls riverwalk conceptual design will be unveiled at a public event tomorrow and construction is expected to begin June 2018. + Snøhetta Images via Snøhetta

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What’s behind state efforts to kill EV incentive?

April 17, 2017 by  
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Why states such as Utah, Georgia, Oregon and Colorado are parking consumer incentives for purchasing electric vehicles.

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3 key trends peer into the future of connected buildings

April 17, 2017 by  
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Investors are still skittish about early-stage startups selling automation and energy-management apps, but the market for software, sensors and services for smarter offices, factories and groceries stores is maturing gracefully.

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This large money manager created a new way to invest in green bonds

April 17, 2017 by  
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VanEck, which manages more than $43.4 billion in assets, has launched the first U.S.-listed exchange-traded fund for green bonds. What does this mean for the broader area of sustainable investing?

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Portland commits to 100 percent renewable energy by the year 2050

April 13, 2017 by  
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Portland just announced that it plans to be completely powered by clean energy by 2050, making it one of the largest cities in the country to make the move. It’s an ambitious goal for the city, but Mayor Ted Wheeler believes that it is essential for the health of the planet and its citizens. The decision puts Portland in a growing group of 25 cities across the country who have committed to transitioning to green energy. In announcement this week, city leaders revealed plans to meet the city’s electrical needs with renewables within the next 18 years. After that the city plans to transition existing fossil fuel sources for heating and transportation over to green ones by the middle of the century. Related: Portland is now powered by water pipes and flushing toilets Portland has been working hard to encourage green energy – from supporting wind and solar energy growth to exploring more unusual methods like getting power from water pipes and flushing toilets . “Getting our community to 100 percent renewable energy is a big goal,” Ted Wheeler, Mayor of Portland. “And while it is absolutely ambitious, it is a goal that we share with Nike, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, Google, GM, Coca Cola, Johnson & Johnson, and Walmart. We have a responsibility to lead this effort in Oregon.” Via CNBC images via Flickr ( 1 , 2 )

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A massive earthquake in the Pacific Northwest is even more likely than scientists once thought

August 15, 2016 by  
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Pacific Northwest residents have always known they live under the threat of an eventual earthquake , but recent research bumped up the likelihood that a megaquake will hit in the next 50 years . Those living in Northern Oregon, including Portland , have a 20 percent chance of being hit by a quake measuring 8.0 or higher – the first in over 300 years. On January 26, 1700, the Juan de Fuca tectonic plate slipped, causing a devastating 9.0 earthquake, killing countless of Pacific Northwestern people overnight, and setting into motion a tsunami that hit Japan 10 hours later. An article in The New Yorker last year raised awareness of the Cascadia subduction zone and its immense power, leaving millions of residents in fear of the next catastrophic jolt. Related: NASA experts say California’s next big earthquake could happen in less than three years As the plate continually slides underneath the North American plate, small seismic hiccups can be detected every year or so. The Atlantic reports on a study led by Chris Goldfinger, a geologist at Oregon State University , and his findings that Washington State’s previous prediction of a massive quake every 500 years has been updated to every 430 years. And northern Oregon’s risk has increased from every 430 years to every 350 years, meaning there is a 20 percent chance of “the big one” hitting the area in the next 50 years. San Francisco has a 50 percent chance of a 7.0 or higher quake in the next 30 years, and Los Angeles is 93 percent likely, yet Goldfinger notes how the Cascadian rupture would be far more powerful and disastrous. Thanks to the newfound awareness, he says, “Now it’s turned into a regional semi-panic, and that’s not entirely a bad thing.” Panic means attention, which means preparedness and solution-driven focus. Get ready, PNW, the big one is coming. Via The Atlantic Images via Wikipedia , Wikimedia 1, 2

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Tiny Heirloom’s luxury micro homes let you live large in small spaces

August 13, 2016 by  
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Style isn’t the only thing that’s big in Tiny Heirloom’s luxurious and beautifully detailed tiny homes—the custom base model package starts at a hefty $65,000 price tag. For that price however, clients can expect high-end materials like granite countertops and real-wood or bamboo flooring. The package also includes, but is not limited to, a Dickinson p12000 heater, in-house speakers, all LED lighting, stainless steel appliances, washer/dryer combo unit, painted or stained interior and exterior, basic wind or solar package, bathroom unit, delivery, and a flight out from any of the 48 continental US states so that the client can meet the Tiny Heirloom team and see their custom home under construction. Related: INTERVIEW: Tiny House Pioneer Dee Williams Discusses Living Large in 84 Square Feet in Her New Memoir “The Big Tiny: A Built-it-Myself Memoir” The cost also covers all the legality headaches that can come with tiny homes ; Tiny Heirloom promises to take care of all manufacturing licenses and other legalities to ensure a stress-free experience. The company’s estimated average construction time for a Tiny Heirloom home is anywhere from 90 to 120 days. + Tiny Heirloom Images via Tiny Heirloom

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Basecamp tiny home boasts a large rooftop deck for mountain-climbing couple and 3 dogs

July 28, 2016 by  
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Tina and Luke moved from Massachusetts across the country to Oregon to build their tiny house and start Backcountry Tiny Homes . The couple describes themselves this way: “Engineers by trade, mountaineers by design, we bring our expertise and our passion to all things tiny. Trust us, with two humans and three dogs and only 204 square feet of space, we know how to make a space comfortable and liveable all year long.” Related: Adorable solar-powered tiny home has a rock climbing wall inside The beautiful wood exterior, complete with a branch-like railing in front of French doors at the entrance, fits right in with the forested Oregon landscape. Inside, wood furnishings from the walls to the raw edge kitchen counters add to the sylvan feel. The off-grid home also boasts a rainwater collection system, solar panels , and a composting toilet. A propane stove inside allows for hot meals. One reaches the deck via a small ” hobbit door ” in the sleeping loft that leads to a staircase that climbs up the side of the home to the roof. There’s another loft inside that allows for more storage. Hidden furniture can be found throughout Basecamp, from a drying rack to a coffee table to a dining room table and chairs. The couch can fold out into a bed for guests. Through Backcountry Tiny Homes, the Orlandos sell their plans so others can build their own tiny home. There are a few customization choices, including a Pet Friendly Option and an Off-Grid Option. + Backcountry Tiny Homes Via Treehugger Images via Backcountry Tiny Homes Facebook and Backcountry Tiny Homes

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