Big Book Store. Bad Example.

Up it goes, the 12-story monolith that online books built. I'm all for the height, but architecturally, in a word: ugh.

06/25/2010 By Dan Bertolet


What's Our Excuse?

While we drag our feet on energy efficiency in Washington State, European countries are moving forward with "passive house" standards that reduce energy use by as much as 90 percent.

06/24/2010 By Dan Bertolet


Shoreline's Future

Shoreline's new LEED-certified City Hall is an impressive demonstration of sustainable design. But for now, it remains another example of the awkward transition between drivable suburbanism and walkable urbanism.

06/21/2010 By Dan Bertolet



06/15/2010 By Dan Bertolet


Redefining Dumb

05/17/2010 By Dan Bertolet


Greener Building Codes: Cool But Costly

New state building codes with tougher energy-efficiency requirements could jack up construction costs anywhere from $2,800 to $20,000 or more per home... depending on whom you believe.

04/27/2010 By Jane Hodges


Why Seattle's Home Retrofit Grant Is Cool

The availability of $95 energy audits is a plus for Seattle home owners and their old creaky homes.

04/26/2010 By Jane Hodges


S. Seattle Remodel Gets National Attention

Local artist Michelle de la Vega's $32,000 remodel of an old detached garage snagged some press from The New York Times this week.

04/22/2010 By Jane Hodges


Holding Patterns

04/21/2010 By Dan Bertolet


McGuire Apartment Owners Push Forward on Demolition

The McGuire Apartments is talking "demo permit" with the city, according to DPD's director.

04/15/2010 By Jane Hodges


Faulty Towers: Defective McGuire Apartments Evicts Renters

Building defects are forcing eviction on residents of a 25-story Belltown tower.

04/12/2010 By Jane Hodges