by Jodi Summers The City of Santa Monica seems to get a lot of money for a lot of prototype projects. Thanks to a grant from CalRecycle’s Tire Derived Product program, more than 5,000 tires were diverted from landfills, incineration and illegal dumping and used to create innovative products that facilitate life in Santa Monica. […]

By Jodi Summers With the light rail coming down Olympic Blvd. and then switching over to Colorado, you know there ‘s a whole lot of new construction going on in downtown Santa Monica. All this new construction means a whole lot of old buildings have to come down before the new buildings can be built […]

Edited by Jodi Summers The National Trust for Historic Preservation defines rehabilitate as: “To repair a structure and make it usable again while preserving those portions or features of the property that are historically and culturally significant.” To successfully rehabilitate a historic building, they are offering us 10 basic principles to keep in mind when […]

edited by Jodi Summers Recent research concludes that, when comparing buildings of equivalent size and function, building reuse almost always offers environmental savings over demolition and new…or as we’ve come to term it, the greenest building is the one already built A recent report produced by the Preservation Green Lab of the National Trust for […]

by Jodi Summers A century ago we had the Sears Craftsman Custom Home kits, now we have the Ikea prefab house > $86,500 < instructions included. The house is a joint-effort between Ikea and Ideabox. The companies’ designers integrated Ikea kitchen cabinets, appliances, flooring, bathroom appointments, and built-in closet systems into the prefab one-bedroom home. […]

by Jodi Summers Want to be really green? Check out what people did before electricity, when they had to be creative about lighting heating and cooling, and how these techniques can be applied to the modern world. Dilemma: High Water Bills Solution Circa 1800-600 BC Way back in 1800 BC. , an Egyptian pharaoh used […]