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Life in the Lab: Experimenting With the Single-Family Home

March 11, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

It is early adopters that drive down the prices and stretch the capabilities of new technologies, whether it’s the first production automobiles or the latest smart phones. And with much of the green building industry only just emerging, it requires that willingness to try something new, to redefine what’s possible, if these technologies are to take root.

Even before Jim and Beth Masterson decided to refashion a former schoolhouse from the 1880’s into a green home for themselves and their five children, they had begun implementing a greener life. They eschewed the clothes dryer in favor of line drying and the family became avid recyclers and composters. It was an experiment in how environmentally conscious they could make their daily routines without disruption. Read More…

Aqua: The Beauty of Green

December 2, 2009 by · 5 Comments 

By Matt Baker

Chicago has enjoyed a high-rise construction boom during the last decade. With a few notable exceptions, once the scaffolding and cranes come down, what has often been left behind are towering monuments to the banal: precast concrete behemoths hued somewhere between beach sand and aged asphalt.
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