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  • Happy news! People who purchased new homes in 2007 are feeling pretty good about themselves, according to a new survey: “New home buyers ‘like the price, but now they’re getting things that were options that they had to buy, like granite and marble baths, as standard,’ according to the article. “In rare circumstances, new home buyers are even getting swimming pools for free.”
  • The architects of China’s Bird’s Nest olympic stadium, Herzog & de Meuron, have designed a residential building that looks like a glass Jenga tower. No, of course it’s not here! It’s in New York. But, it’s worth a glance regardless.
  • The Washington Post publishes another story about group houses, a D.C. tradition so old and familiar that even the article’s writer acknowledges “Group houses are knitted into Washington’s fabric like pinstripes into a suit.” So, why’s this story any different? Well, it’s about older people in living in group houses. Thrilling!
  • “I look forward to a future when green architecture won’t be discretionary but required of every architect and builder. Then we could all shut up about it,” states Newsweek writer Cathleen McGuigan, who writes about the best and worst of the world of sustainable design.

Photo by Dean Terry.