Green Ideas And Design Inspiration: 8 Regular Reads

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With 2011 behind us, it’s time to look forward to the design trends of 2012. What’s in store for green building, interior design and technology? These are some of the blogs I read to keep up with a quickly changing industry. I surely expect they will keep me informed throughout the year.

1. Jetson Green

This is probably my favorite green building blog with cutting edge homes and design explored every day. These guys cover every aspect of the industry you can think of – Passivhaus, solar tech, tiny house, water, energy and so on. Jetson Green is never dull and always full of news and inspiration.

2. Brute Force Collaborative

Mike and Aaron are the collaborators in this business and on the blog about ‘sensible, intelligent green design’. They feature architects, projects and building techniques to make their point. Follow Mike on Twitter for interesting discussions and great info. @bruteforceblog

3. Sustainable Cities Collective

Just like the name says, this blog is all about sustainable urban development. From building, transportation and infrastructure, it’s all here. I’ve learned things here I never thought about (country mouse that I am!), so I find this fascinating and expect to be kept up to date on all urban issues.

4. Arch Daily

The most up-to-date information for architects, designers and consumers, Arch Daily claims to be the most read architecture site on the internet. I don’t doubt it. They cover building projects, products, events, interviews, competitions and more. Architects rave about it and use its information every day.

5. Freshome

I love this blog for design news and ideas as well as posts about architecture. The ideas here are, well, fresh! Furniture, kitchens, storage, architecture, homes and apartments – they cover it all room by room.

6. Dwell

My hard copy of Dwell is the only magazine I read cover to cover as soon as it comes. From architecture to furniture, events, trends and people, the magazine and the blog are packed with information I enjoy and can use. More than once I have shared a link with friends and colleagues and gotten Ooh!, Aah!, Beautiful! and Let’s do it! in return. THAT is great testimonial!

7. Home Design Find

Just because my friend, Susan Kraemer, writes for Home Design Find doesn’t make me biased. I was reading this blog before she came along, but she adds so much! In-depth reporting on architecture and design trends inside and out make this an informative and forward thinking blog. One of my favorites.

8. Dezeen

When I started school for Residential Planning, Dezeen was the first site they sent us to. It covered everything we needed to know about residential, commercial and retail design inside and out and top to bottom from flatware to architecture. If I needed inspiration, this is where I came. I think it’s the most complete design site and surely the most likely to keep us up to date on trends.

So, we’ll see at the end of the year if these blogs lived up to my expectations. Like I said, these are just a few. There are many others I read, but these are the ones I frequent most often. Maybe new blogs will pop up, too! If you have design blogs that you feel are indispensable, please feel free to leave them in the comments. Here’s to a productive, creative 2012!

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Nan Fischer

Nan Fischer has been living and building green for over 35 years. Nan’s emphasis on the BuildDirect blog is about how to make your dollar stretch further, while also moving toward a more sustainable lifestyle, as well as upcoming and existing technology to help us live in an ecologically-friendly way. Nan also authors posts on the website of her seed business, sweetly seeds.