The Story Of Sprawl: How Cars Ate America (Video Review)

October 3, 2011 by  
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  In 1966 Woody Allen released his first movie, What’s Up Tiger Lily , that some people think is his best. He took a Japanese gangster movie and dubbed over a hilariously funny sound track of his own. In 2009, Tim Halbur, Managing editor of the urban planning website Planetizen channelled his inner Woody Allen and did much the same thing, taking a collection of films about planning from 1939 through 1965 and overdubbing commentary from planners and writers like James Howard Kunstler, Andrés Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Retro 1970s Solar Vacation House by Michael Jantzen is Still Relevant (Slideshow)

September 14, 2011 by  
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Image Credit: Michael Jantzen Michael Jantzen is best known for his M-House and his other transformer houses that have been everywhere on the net, but on his website is a link to some of his older projects, from the seventies, and he did amazing work. In an interview on his greenhouses and building technologies, he describes how he used cheap and basic agricultural components to build a lovely little solar vacation house, shown here.

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This Week In TreeHugger History: DasPark, Babes On Bikes, Party Like It’s 1499

September 3, 2011 by  
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2004 We first heard of the woonerf, the Dutch street design with no stop signs, no curbs, promoted by the late Hans Mondermann, in RANDOM: Slow Down To Speed Up??? 2005 Yes, was that long ago that we first showed the Das ParkHotel which “offers rooms with minimum space volume for maximum comfort in the green heart of Linz. The rooms are equipped with electricity and an … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Amazing Ad Watch: "DDT Is Good For Me-e-e"

August 22, 2011 by  
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Oh for the fabulously optimistic fifties, when nuclear power was going to make electricity “too cheap to meter”, our houses were going to be made of plastic and we could look forward to Better living through Chemistry. Oh, and DDT was so wonderful that you could buy wallpaper impregnated with it for your kid’s bedroom. With Donald Duck and Pluto on it! What could possibly go wrong?… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Keep Cool Without Air Conditioning With Your Private Elevator Tower

July 18, 2011 by  
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click to enlarge We are always looking for ways to live without air conditioning, but here is one we missed, courtesy of modern mechanix. See our roundup of cheaper ways to keep cool without ac. Follow me on Twitter! @lloydalter … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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The Ultimate in Car-Sharing: Tiny, Electric ‘Box’ Mobiles

July 18, 2011 by  
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Images via Brooks & Bone Car-sharing is getting plenty of green-minded folks excited these days. The rise of ZipCar , carpooling apps , and so forth have been heralded as signs that people are beginning to see the merits of spending less time driving solo and more time sharing, cutting costs and pollution in the process. Well, the folks at the “progressive industrial design studio” Brooks & Bone h… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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The History of the Bathroom Part 3: Putting Plumbing Before People

July 13, 2011 by  
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Image credit Siegfried Gideon via Thomas Wagner The really amazing thing about this standard “bathroom” from 1915, ninety-seven years ago, is how much it looks like the standard bathrooms of today. How did it get this way, and how did we get stuck in such a rut? … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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3D Fast Bus Is Taking A Long Time Coming- Like 40 Years

January 3, 2011 by  
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Six months ago Mike wrote about China’s ‘3D Fast Bus’ that Straddles the Road So Cars Can Drive Under .

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Einstein Invented A Fridge That Runs On Heat, Had No Moving Parts

December 6, 2010 by  
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image credit wikivisual TreeHugger has published a lot of posts about absorption refrigerators; they are common in off-grid situations and because they run on heat, they are possibly key to the holy grail of solar powered air conditioning . Jennifer Ouellette explains on io9 that Albert Einstein and Leo Szilard developed and patented an absorp..

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We Call It Transformer Furniture; Lester Walker Called It "Turniture"

November 15, 2010 by  
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While looking for LifeEdited ideas in the July 1969 issue of Popular Science , what should pop up but this amazing bit of “turniture” – it is a bed, which turns into a small dining room table, a larger table for four, and even a discreet “tete-a-tete” couch. The 29 year old designer asks “why should a bed, used only during sleeping ho… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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