Levi’s Denim Insulation

Recycled jeans inside the walls, and a challenge to design the best line-drying solution

The Levi’s headquarters in San Francisco is currently under renovation and while there are many changes and improvements in the works, an innovation that caught our attention was the use of recycled denim for building insulation. Levi’s first endeavor in this clever re-use was in 2008 for the Renzo Piano-designed California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, for which over 200,000 pairs of discarded …

Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture: Mod.Fab

by Kelsey Keith Students at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture in Arizona have developed a new prototype for a desert home, injecting modern day pre-fabricated construction methods into the prairie ethos of the 20th century architect. Though recent Wright obsession has turned its focus to the architect's love life instead of his work (including novels "The Women" and "Loving Frank"), the acolytes at …

Cascadia Living Building Challenge and Leader Program

by Russ Lowe Moving beyond the once revolutionary LEED (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design) scope of strategies and requirements for building green, Cascadia, the Northwest chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council's Living Building Challenge meets once unimagined sustainability standards in areas of Site, Water, Energy, Materials, Indoor Quality, Beauty and Inspiration and Process and Leadership. Using a guideline of 20 prerequisites, the initiative …