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May 4, 2010 Modern Capital

It’s Easy Being Green–and Modern

Think of all the energy it would take to knock down this Hollin Hills home and to build a new one.

With the 40th anniversary of Earth Day this year, D.C. Modern Luxury Editor in Chief Karen Sommer Shallet recently put out a “green” issue (in which Modern Capital was featured) focusing on local sustainable and modern design trends. In an appearance on NewsChannel 8’s “Let’s Talk Live,” Karen discussed the local green scene, including how efforts to save and preserve mid-century modern homes fits into this mix. Think about all the energy wasted when a perfectly good house is torn down to build a new, much larger one. Thanks to Karen for helping spread the word on mid-century modernism here in the D.C. area.

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  1. Gretchen Hendricks — May 5, 2010 @ 10:14 am         Reply

    Michael-
    So nice to see a focus on being green and sustaining local architecture. I own an MCM in McLean that we remodeled back in 2003. I have carelessly seen many of the unique MCM’s on my street torn down and replaced by what we all like to call McMansions. Our home was actually recognized by Fairfax County in 2008 for NOT doing this. We did not use many sustainable materials, however the county thought our home met the first and most important test of green architecture – it does the most with what it has. Isn’t that really what it’s all about?

    Regards,

    Gretchen Hendricks

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