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All about Cottage Home #1

November 28, 2007Here is what makes Cottage Home #1 a gold award finalist:From the beginning, Pringle Creek and Bilyeu Homes went all-out. Beginning in the fall of 2006, the design team, led by James Meyer and Mark Kogut of Opsis Architecture, held weekly workshops with Pringle Creek’s select builders and the Oregon Department of Energy (ODE) to establish performance goals for the exterior envelope and work out constructability issues. This collaborative process helped the entire team to understand the architect and builder perspective while learning about the energy performance of different envelope systems for the home. The team vetted ... Read more

That’s using the ol’ tree

And here is the orchard (in its infancy). Read more

Ray Oldenburg: “The Great Good Place: Cafes, Coffee Shops, Bookstores, Bars, Hair Salons, and Other Hangouts at the Heart of a Community”

[the subtitle serves pretty well as a synopsis] Read more

William McDonough and Michael Braungart: "Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things"

"Reduce, reuse, recycle . . . perpetuates a one-way, 'cradle to grave' manufacturing model that dates to the Industrial Revolution and casts off as much as 90 percent of the materials it uses as waste, much of it toxic. Why not challenge the notion that human industry must inevitably damage the natural world, they ask. In fact, why not take nature itself as our model?” Read more

More Opsis Architecture Picnic Photos

Posted Sept. 7, 2010 Read more
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