More stories about Cost-Effective Design

  • lean feat

    The goal of Rice Design Alliance and AIA Houston's 99K House Competition seems self-evident.

  • plywood perfected

    San Francisco architect Nick Noyes, AIA, creats beauty from humble materials. Plywood-lined interior walls take on an abstract, aquatic quality, with ribbons of darker and lighter shades forming mesmerizing patterns throughout the space.

  • Green Building Can Be Sensible and Cost-Effective

  • AIA and Dwell Ask: How Green Are You?

    The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Dwell.com have launched a competition to find the most sustainable, functional, original, and cost-effective building design.

  • Second OPEN Prototype Initiative House in Progress

  • going green, affordably

    Say green design, and what comes to mind are geothermal heat pumps, tankless hot water heaters, and roofs that plug into the sun. The most recognizable green features are also the priciest, and sustainable design is still viewed as an upgrade that only the well-off can afford. While there's some...

  • web exclusive: high-end for less

    Four of the five projects profiled in "Money on the Line" include donated or discounted building products. In each case, the architects approached manufacturers and asked if there were any products the companies might discount.

  • spec lightly

    After graduating from architecture school, John Smith cast off for Germany to build prototype houses from discarded shipping containers. Now back on native soil in Houston and toiling for a commercial firm, Smith has a similar goal of creating compact, yet nicely detailed housing stateside.

  • humble abod

    When BSB Design decided to create a prototype for affordable housing in South Africa, it approached the task with gusto. Representatives from the firm's offices around the United States mocked up several different concepts, eventually settling on a simple metal design they dubbed—and...

  • project: cottage industry

    When 170-some New Urbanists convened the Mississippi Renewal Forum in Biloxi, Miss., to brainstorm the Gulf Coast reconstruction, they knew it would be a long row to hoe. Two years and dozens of charrettes later, work is still under way to rewrite planning codes that support thoughtful, mixed-use...