The Good Life

An environmentally sensitive home overlooking the Pacific shows how to be virtuous and beautiful

It's a funny thing about houses. People who have the means to commission an architect-designed home might be expected to care about issues other than big floor plans and marble countertops. For instance, they might be expected to care about whether their new place increased our dependence on fossil fuels or used wood from destructively clear-cut forests. And if altruistic motives don't move them much, they certainly might care about the harm to themselves and their families from homebuilding materials that emit toxic chemicals into the air of their nice living rooms. Could it be that one reason those women on...

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