142 Bamboo is Sustainable

Bamboo Technologies, LLC (Bamboo Living) design and manufacture structurally certified bamboo homes. Founded in 1995, Bamboo Technologies has produced over 350 homes in Hawaii and around the world. I spoke with founder David Sands about why bamboo is sustainable and a great building material. Bamboo is Sustainable The speed at which it grows is a key reason why Read More …

126 What’s the Responsibility of Architecture?

Dominique Gettliffe and Alejandra Baltodano believe in the responsibility of architecture to make spaces that are good for people. Architecture shouldn’t be about the ego of the artist. The responsibility of architecture is to be a catalyst for people to create amazing spaces. Spaces Make a Difference to Life What is it about a building Read More …

121: The Sociable Kitchen

Ever noticed how people always seem to ‘turn up’ in the kitchen? Chris Larson definitely noticed this and has developed the concept of the sociable kitchen as a principle of his house design philosophy. He’s also in to making passive solar homes beautiful, which I love. Check out Chris Larson Architecture.   Thanks to Pro Read More …

114: Passive Solar Design

Peter Olorenshaw has been developing his passion for passive solar design for over 21 years in Nelson, one of New Zealand’s sunniest spots. While he does practise architecture elsewhere, like his designs, he prefers to keep it local. Passive Solar Design Peter’s tips for designing a good home include: Location – it’s hard to retrofit good Read More …

104: Architecture in Harmony with the Earth

Can you imagine meeting someone at university with similar interests, falling in love with them, then starting a practice together offering complementary design services to provide beautiful, functional architecture in harmony with the Earth? Sounds pretty idillic. And it’s what Matthew Swett and Sarah Birger have done to create Taproot Architects. Throw in the fact that they Read More …

102: The Technical Side of Building Green

Matthew Vande and partner Amy Musser created VandeMussser Design to help with ‘the technical side of building green’. They found a great problem when they moved to North Carolina – builders who wanted to do right thing, but didn’t know what the right thing was. Matt, Amy and their team now help builders and their Read More …

101: Vernacular Construction

Episode Foundations (the bottom line at the top) Invest up front in a good designer and you’ll save during construction. Vernacular construction is about designing and building appropriately for the local conditions. For a sustainable home, focus on insulation and ventilation.

The Business of Architecture

Mark R. LePage is Director of Fivecat Studio, specialising in high end residential rebuilds and renovations. He is also the Entrepreneur Architect and is passionate about the business of architecture. Mark R. LePage @EntreArchitect is passionate about the business of architecture Click To Tweet Getting into Business Mark experienced the joy or running a successful business Read More …

Designing Environmentally Functional Homes

Duncan Firth feels ‘compelled’ to do what he does – designing environmentally functional homes. He’s very conscious of humans taking more than giving from our environment and he sees the potential for architecture to be a positive influence in correcting this balance. Responding to the Environment Many architects (and people writing about houses) talk about buildings Read More …

Earth Building

When she was 16, Verena Maeder came to New Zealand from Switzerland for a working holiday and fell in love, but not with a kiwi. Verena fell in love with earth buildings. So much so, that she returned to Switzerland and started training as an architect with the specific goal of learning how to design Read More …