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November 04, 2010

Old Shed Now an Ivy Covered Art Studio

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This green cube is the focal point of a landscape project that received an Honor Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects in this year's Professional Awards.  Designed by Scott Lewis Landscape Architecture, an old garden shed was converted into a modern art studio covered in ivy growing on an exterior metal framework.  It's fascinating, don't you think?

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November 01, 2010

Plus Plus Pavers from Meld USA

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North Carolina-based Meld USA, maker of ecoX and Micro, launched a new paver called Plus Plus.  The cement paver is available in six standard colors, as well as nearly limitless custom colors, and made with up to 74% recycled content.  Also, to minimize the environmental impact of manufacturing, Plus Plus is "wet cast, air cured, and form finished," according to Architect Magazine.  Meld's paver can be used in any garden, driveway, or patio. 

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October 22, 2010

Modern Hen Coop with a Green Roof

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If you're thinking about raising chickens, there are a few ways to go about it.  You could build a retro Modern Coop or Quonset Coop.  Or, you could build a boxy coop with a green roof, like this one pictured here and featured in Dwell.  It's framed with two-by-fours, insulated, sheathed with oriented strand board, covered in reclaimed cedar, ventilated with two upper windows, and topped with native landscaping, according to Miyoko Ohtake.

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August 20, 2010

Lush Succulent Wall in Newport Beach

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This is one of the largest succulent walls in southern California with 60 individual panels and just under 3,000 succulents.  The massive vertical wall was installed at the True Food Kitchen in Newport Beach and designed by Joe Zazzera.  Plant Solutions specified the wall, plant type, plumbing, irrigation, electricity, and drainage. 

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August 03, 2010

Lush Edible Living Wall in Los Angeles

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Tournesol Siteworks makes a modular living wall system that was installed at Pizzeria Mozza on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles.  GreenScaped Buildings installed the green wall with 100% recycled polypropylene plastic modules, a Uni-Strut frame, and Netafim in-line drip irrigation.  The result is a lush and massive wall -- now about 120 square feet on the east facing wall -- that protrudes roughly 15 inches from the surface.  It grows lettuce, peppermint, celery, parsley, sage, and other edible plants. 

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June 29, 2010

Fyto Wall Lively Vertical Garden Walls

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The show home for Dwell on Design, Eco Fab House, which just sold for $66,100 on eBay, was garnished with a vertical living wall from Fyto Wall and Design Ecology. The system was set up with modular panels, a soil-less hydroponic watering system, and pre-grown plantings.  Fyto Wall is estimated to require upkeep only once per month and can be used to reduce noise, reduce cooling loads, filter air, produce food, or, of course, add life to a design. 

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June 02, 2010

Energy-Wise Landscaping [Giveaway]

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When you think about sustainable landscaping, you probably consider water efficiency and using low-maintenance native plantings.  But do you think about energy efficiency?  Cooling the air, cooling the ground, and harnessing the sun, wind, and water?  Landscape architect Sue Reed has put together a comprehensive resource on the topic in Energy-Wise Landscape Design: A New Approach for your Home and Garden.  In the new book by New Society Publishers, Reed explains how to save money and energy, while creating a beautiful and natural landscape.  

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May 19, 2010

Innovative Lifewall Living Facade Tiles

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Earlier this year, Ceracasa unveiled Lifewall, a modular living wall tile for exterior applications made in one square meter panels.  Lifewall was designed by and currently marketed globally by Emilio Llobat of Maqla Architects, Azahar Energy, and Ceracasa. 

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May 13, 2010

Plant Walls for Vibrant Green Spaces

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The folks at Plant Solutions installed this vibrant living wall in a conference room of their Scottsdale office. The TerraScreen Living Wall is made with two 4'x4' panels, which are made with a black, powder-coated, galvanized steel wire, and brackets that attach to the wall. The panels protrude a little less than five inches from the wall.

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April 30, 2010

Modern Coop with Reclaimed Cedar

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Whether its urban farming or backyard chickens, there's a movement afloat to raise and grow food locally and organically.  If you're interested in running a chicken coop -- and speaking from personal experience, it's not easy -- you might have a look at the Modern Coop by John Wright.  His stylish, sporty coop is made with reclaimed cedar, and it's mobile, so you can move it around every couple weeks.  The standard roof is a translucent fiberglass or durable metal, but you can opt for the green roof version, too. 

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