by Michael dEstries
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david evans, malibu, eco, green building, the edge

A few weeks back, we spotlighted a growing rift between U2′s David Evans (know by his nickname “The Edge”) and some residents of Malibu over his plans to build five mountaintop “eco-mansions”. Those opposing the development cited environmental issues with the project — though we also suspect there were some NIMBY undertones as well; since the homes would be built above famous celebrities like Dick Van Dyke, Kelsey Grammer and James Cameron.

Now, Evans is fighting back with a new website called “Leaves in the Wind” that reveals his plans for the site. Included is an entire section dispelling myths associated with the project – as well as architectural drawings showing just how green the homes will be.

“I never thought I would have to resort to this form of communication, but because of recent inaccurate media coverage, I felt compelled to set the record straight,” writes Evans on the site.

“I hope you will agree that my partners and I have worked diligently to design homes that meet the highest environmental standards; that fit appropriately and aesthetically into this beautiful part of Southern California; and that are truly remarkable examples of the best architecture and design.”

According to the site, of the 156 acres that Evans owns on the mountaintop, only one 1 acre of the total land will be developed, leaving “most of the land untouched and in its natural state”. The homes will also blend into the landscape, be LEED-certified, and take advantage of almost every green technology available. As I’ve said before, the best way to respect the environment would be to not build at all — but since this land was already designated for five future homes, at least this is the direction the development is taking. Have a look at some of the designs for the homes below.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • Mouse

    Yet another reason to love The Edge!

  • Tony Smith

    I hope the good plans of Evans of building “eco-mansions” on mountain tops are well-accepted by the residents of Malibu. Once completed, it would definitely be something to pride for the residents.

    Tony Smith
    http://www.aafter.com