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Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

As a veteran reporter, Matt Power has covered virtually every aspect of design and construction. His award-winning articles often tackle tough environmental challenges in a way that makes them relevant to both professionals and end users. An expert on both building science and green building, he has a long history of asking hard questions--and adding depth and context as he unfolds complex issues. Matt is a founding member of the Tiny House Industry Association, and sits on the board of The Resilience Hub, an educational organization focused on permaculture and hands-on reskilling.


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Video: Humblefacture Manufacturing Offers Less Destructive Approach to Production

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Feb 28, 2016 11:49:31 AM

The process of Humblefacture allows the manufacture of sophisticated products on a local basis, and respond to what people want quickly. The goal is to create products at a lower energy cost than current models. Examples include companies that allow buyers to assemble bicycles they buy, reducing up front cost and need for large factories. "In the end, it's also a lot cooler, because you built it," says Dominic Muren, speaking at the Maryland Institute of Art (MICA). One of the solutions mentioned is 3-D printing. As discussed in a previous article, we also see manufacturing heading toward local production, as 3-D printing becomes more affordable and expandable.

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Are We Ready for the Walk-In Self-Serve, Walk-In Health Kiosk?

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Feb 6, 2016 9:40:00 AM

No doctors. No waiting rooms. Just put your arm in here and your finger there and wait for a reading. Idiocracy, anyone?

Sitting in this prototype health kiosk at the CES show in Las Vegas, I couldn't help recalling that disturbing scene showing what health care clinics of the future are like, from the underrated movie Idiocracy.

But as is often the case, futuristic fantasy becomes reality. The kiosk, shown, offers a whole menu of possible diagnoses. Like the Idiocracy units, you stick your arm into an ominous looking hole and presumably it takes your blood pressure. No telling what other things may happen in there.

As I began to write this article, I did a little research to find out how far along this "self-serve" trend is, and not suprisingly, it's already "a thing."

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An Architectural Publication from Europe You Don't Want to Miss

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Nov 4, 2015 12:27:16 PM

Explore some radical architectural ideas in a digital playground.

It's rare that editors gush about other publications, but this one is a new favorite of mine, and it covers buildings and topics far from our jurisdiction, so I'm happy to introduce you to it. The impressive thing about Uncube is that it's not predictable. You may find a completely obscure, radical design concept one month, and something you could actually use in another. In that way, it's like Green Builder, a mix of "big picture" and "small picture" ideas.

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Skyscraper Ramps Connect Floors to Street in Futuristic London

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Aug 13, 2014 10:41:00 AM

One problem with the modern skyscraper or highrise apartment has been the isolating effect of stacked floors. This design from London-based SURE Architecture Company addresses that common criticism in an innovative way.

According to the Architecture Lab:

"The City in height is an alternative to the usual design of skyscrapers. Rather than superimposing one floor on top of another without real continuity; our project is thought as two endless ramps circumrotation continually and rising gradually with a low gradient from the ground floor to the sky. London’s streets can now be developed both horizontally and vertically in a continuous way."

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Old + New

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Apr 30, 2014 2:15:00 PM

The Adirondack-style shingled home, complete with a pond and running stream, holds its own along the estate-studded back roads of New Canaan, Conn. But it is a beauty that’s simply the veneer on a highly engineered and efficient home. 

“The couple’s goals were to build the greenest, most energy efficient house possible,” says architect Jim Edgcomb. “This site had attributes they were looking for: natural water features and open areas for photovoltaics, along with beautiful views.”

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