Duo Dickinson
Duo Dickinson has been an architect for over 30 years and received over 30 awards. His work has been published in over 70 national publications. Mr. Dickinson’s latest book is Staying Put. He is the architecture critic for the New Haven Register, and writes for Design Bureau, A.B., New Haven Magazine, and his own blog, Saved By Design. He has taught at Yale, Roger Williams and Harvard GSD Summer Program. www

Swamp Yankee Green

Swamp Yankee Green

The typical Swamp Yankee took the waste not ethic to a high art form. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" may have first been uttered by a Swamp Yankee — they were happy to salvage anything that anybody didn't want in the knowledge that most things can be repurposed and even if not now, then later.

Electronic deliverables biggest recent innovations

Electronic deliverables biggest recent innovations

In the past year, the biggest innovations are almost all in the realm of getting real on electronic deliverables. In trying to create photovoltaic panel design a few years ago, the ability to know sizing, attachment and angle requirements was pretty oblique.

Hype and pandering

Hype and pandering

Greenwashing has become a buzzword in response to the oxymoronic absurdities of the now popped housing bubble's marketing of "sustainably designed" McMansions and "environmentally conscious" pesticides, or "plantation grown" products that we import from 12 time zones away. Good intentions...

Houses and belief

Houses and belief

For most of us, where we live is our largest investment and biggest liability — our homes — especially in this post boom crater. Emotions can influence what our perception of reality is (just ask teenage sweethearts).

What Shelburne Farm's failure — and new life — means

What Shelburne Farm's failure — and new life — means

The second installment of Swamp Yankee Green: Eventually the truth will out. Shelburne Farm was inherently inefficient and the Vermont weather was too inhospitable to transform good intentions into a viable economic model for a new agricultural resurgence amid the...

Greenwashing and Swamp Yankee Green

Greenwashing and Swamp Yankee Green

We are awash in greenwashing — cynical manipulation of our better angels that want us to use less energy, pollute less and use products that are healthy versus toxic.Now that the economy has cross referenced everything with cost, eco chic...

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