A recent excellent example of this hybrid model was recently covered on Inhabitat as welll as a write up on Malcom Wells from DesignBoom - which illustrates his approach to vernacular architecture and technology as expressed via his beautiful drawings (below):
Deep-Seawater Air Conditioning System to Cool Honolulu: "
Frigid seawater pumped in from the ocean’s depths will soon help cool more than half of the buildings in Honolulu’s downtown. Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning LLC, which is undertaking the $240 million project, expects its technology to cut the Hawaiian city’s air conditioning electricity usage by up to 75 percent while slashing carbon emissions and the use of ozone-depleting refrigerants.Read the rest of Deep-Seawater Air Conditioning System to Cool Honolulu
Malcolm Wells: passively heated underground buildings: "
explanation of underground architecture
image courtesy of malcolm wells