Our Global Eco Village Network

I am intrigued by the Global Eco Village Network! “The Global Ecovillage Network is a global confederation of people and communities that meet and share their ideas, exchange technologies, develop cultural and educational exchanges, directories and newsletters, and are dedicated to restoring the land and living “sustainable plus” lives by putting more back into the environment than we take out. “ GEN members include large networks such as: EcoYoff and Colufifa (350 villages in Senegal) Sarvodaya (11,000 sustainable villages in…

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Dune Architect Transforms Desert Sand into Dwellings for the Green Wall Sahara Shelterbelt

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/v/PXMJobWlXks&hl=en_US&fs=1&] Above, creative architecture student Magnus Larsson shares his incredible idea to help settlers along the harsh Sahara desert. His proposed process of re-structuring sand is a building material process already researched for helping strengthen earthquake prone land with sustainable bacteria that turns shifting sand into a solid mass. Looks like Larsson is creating sandcastles out of desert land. Brilliant! His Holcim Foundation winning proposal could very well transform life in that region as the Sahara green wall shelterbelt is…

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TED Talks: Architecture in the Future that Repairs Itself?

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/v/nAMrtHC2Ev0&hl] This short Technology and Entertainment Design Conference clip is by Rachel Armstrong who states : “Scientists need to work outside their own areas of expertise to make new technologies that are pertinent to the 21st century and to collaborate, both with other scientific disciplines and the arts and humanities.” “Metabolic materials” – is what TED Fellow Rachel Armstrong researches – construction materials that possess some of the properties of living systems, and can be manipulated to “grow” architecture. Rachel…

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US Green Building Council to Honor Hospitality Design Challenge Winners

USGBC, the Hospitality Industry Network (NEWH) and the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) have admirably joined together to sponsor the Sustainable Suite Design Competition. The goal of this hospitality design contest is to help drive green design practices within the hotel industry. This competition provides an ideal platform for professional (and student) teams internationally to present their ideas and approaches to green hotel room interior design.

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Smarter Cities ~ Project of the Natural Resources Defense Council

Have you heard about NRDC’s Smarter Cities? “When thinking about the urban environment, more often than not problems come first to mind. Less commonly thought about is the potential presented by cities, potential to rethink and reshape their environments responsibly. Today urban leaders—mayors, businesses and community organizations—are in the environmental vanguard, making upgrades to transportation infrastructure, zoning, building codes, and waste management programs as well as improving access to open space, green jobs, affordable efficient housing and more. If they…

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Architectural Firm in Barcelona Drafts Solar Media Screen for Taipei’s New Music Center

Taipei Pop Music Center has opened up an amazing architecture design competition for it’s new building. Nabito Architects has drafted and shared their vision of the new Taipei Pop Music Center composed of a “photovoltaic screen and a wall of LED panels” The screen of the Pop Music Center may: have a LED media wall reporting news, weather, event info and ads. be powered entirely by the sun and set an example for green energy in the city of Taipei…

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Three Rivers Eco Resort in Dominica

3 Rivers Eco Lodge is an enchanted sustainable hotel encampment consisting of hillside terraced cottages. Rainforest preservation, indigenous tree planting programs and organic gardens are at the heart of this green resort. Retreat features include: solar water heaters self composting toilets biodegradable, locally made soaps and furnishings environmental education through conservation a yoga studio indigenous tree planting projects green globe info organic gardens rainforest preservation

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Coco Eco Bed and Breakfast in Australia

Coco Eco is an award winning bed and breakfast named both after the area it is located (Coconut Well, Australia) and the ecological principles that it embraces such as: solar powered facilities black & grey water recycled and purified in Wastewatergarden®. plantation & recycled timbers solar passive design principles building footprints designed to minimize impact on local flora and fauna reduced use of chemicals & PVC products recycling programs organic vegetable garden & free range eggs

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New York City Starts “One Year, One Thousand Green Supers” Green Building Program

New York City plans to train one thousand superintendents on green buildings this year. City managers of commercial and high-rise residential buildings now have the chance reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the city on a sky high level. Mayor Michael Bloomberg took part in the program, “One Year, One Thousand Green Supers” which was also approved by the U.S. Green Building Council and the Building Performance Institute. It’s also made possible by the Thomas Shortman Training Fund. This is part…

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Prefab Resources, Tiny House Ideas, and Small Dwelling Design Links

Check out the prefab community blooming online these days! Tiny House Village is trying to connect communities of creative small dwellings. Ideas are abound for these eco communities with Resources For Life’s Small House Society. Tiny House design has a great set of resources all linked here as well. Check out the plethora of architectural resources,

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Glidehouse Homes Designed for Clean and Simple Green Living

“Our homes embrace the principles of eco-friendliness and cost-effectiveness, without sacrificing beauty. We can ensure that each dwelling achieves a gold or platinum LEED rating, depending on the particular finishes, building systems, and site design an owner chooses.” ~ Michelle Kaufmann Designs Each Glidehouse home is solar ready with other renewable energy system options possible such as geothermal, wind generator or hybrid systems. Designed for clean, simple living. The Glidehouse is built in a factory, using the most modern and…

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Summer Sustainability Series on Urban Gardening in New York City

There is a brilliant sustainability series on urban gardening (Alive Structures and roof garden tutorials will be featured) in New York City this summer put on by a non-profit called New York Restoration Project. There will be four talks, every other Thursday from 7 pm to 8 pm, in NYPC’s Toyota Children’s Learning Garden. All of them are open to the public. Where? Toyota Sustainable Summer Series Toyota Children’s Learning Garden 603 East 11th Street, New York, NY When? July 30, 2009 from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00…

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Now in NYC: Alive Structures Offering New Green Roof Tours for Wildflower Week

Inhabitat shares a great set of stories on Alive Structures: a Brooklyn based green roofing collective. Together, with the most creative native gardeners in the city, Alive Structures will be giving tours of their rooftop gardens at NYC wildflower week. All those in the greater New York area make sure to stop by to explore this exciting dimension of the greening of cities. City roof gardens create a nice natural habitat for pollinators and migrating species, and additionally “they provide…

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“Green Roofs for Healthy Cities” : Cool New GreenRoofs.org Conference June 3-5, 2009

The GreenRoofs.org “Green Roofs for Healthy Cities” Conference is on the horizon in Atlanta this coming June 2009! It is just ideal for: those interested in creating Green Roofs. studying the future of Vertical Gardens/Green Walls. raising awareness for green roofs and living walls (vertical gardens). engineers, architects, landscape architects, landscape designers, property managers, developers, roofing contractors, and students. anyone interested who wants a 2-day crash course in green roofs and all the beautiful benefits they bring to cities. creative city gardeners of all sorts.…

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Earth Day Events: Vertical Farms and Green Roofs Now at Exit Art in NYC

A project of SEA (Social Environmental Aesthetics) at Exit Art, “Vertical Gardens is an exhibition of architectural models, renderings, drawings, photographs and ephemera that depict or imagine a vertical farm, urban garden or green roof.” The exhibit features over 20 projects, both imaginary and real, by artists and architects envisioning solutions for building greener urban environments. Details for the FREE two-day event (featuring eco architects, artists, professors, and poets) at Exit celebrating Earth Day 2009 are as follows:

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Live in a Well Rounded Dwelling and Build a Yurt Outside

While we are on the topic of decreasing our energy footprints in small homes, I’d like to share the simple and small round yurt design, that has been around for ages. The yurt is a type of “Green Weefab Mini-Home” and can be customized into another kind of hand-built “Earth Sheltered House” for those on a budget. Yes a yurt is a portable, felt-covered, wood lattice-framed dwelling structure used by the nomads in the steppes of Central Asia for centuries,…

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