may of last year, 2 couples (paternal relatives) from the u s of a arrived in manila for a 3-week visit. as typical of balikbayans, they had boxes of pasalubongs for all of us here. the usual chocolates, canned goods, grocery food items, medicines for the oldies, cosmetics, etc. however, out of all these, one pasalubong stood out for me - the coffee table book PREFAB GREEN. my tito alex, who i didn't know actually shared the same interest with me, is also into modern architecture. he told me one time that he's a frustrated architect. i have seen photos of his backyard projects in their california abode (zen-like gardens, patios & even playhouses) & i can say that we really go for the same style.
anyway, this book came right on time, when i've just joined the greenAP group.
PREFAB GREEN is a resource book on pre-fabricated sustainable houses designed & built by american architect michelle kaufmann of michelle kaufmann designs. the book features different house designs made of eco-friendly materials, with built-in utilities that are energy-efficient, water-saving & environment friendly.
look into the official site of architect michelle kaufmann to get to know the lady who came up with the designs (in collaboration with architect cathy remick) & find out how a house that is built based on sustainable design principles can have a positive impact on our environment.