Walking a backyard in northwest Denver, visitors will encounter an unorthodox-looking roof that has been coated and strengthened using thin-shell concrete. The roof takes on the sculptural shape of a hyperbolic paraboloid. Called a hypar roof, this beautiful form is the creation of George Nez, an 91-year old international habitat and resettlement pioneer who long ago (1958) served as the planning director for this city.
An acquaintance tells me he one unearthed a 1957 Chevy in a wooded junk heap. Sites like this car graveyard are still abundant. Seems as if there are still plentiful sustainable ingredients left in this stew.
Adobe House Somerset West, South Africa Photo: Jan Tik What we eat at breakfast makes a difference. (in body mass).(Consumables) Chain Drug Review November 24, 2003 NEW YORK — People who eat ready-to-eat cereal (RTEC) for breakfast have significantly lower body mass indices (BMI) than those who skip breakfast or eat meat and eggs for breakfast, […]
Tomatoes from Wayne Dorband’s aquaponics garden west of Loveland, CO. Vegetables year-round that grow without soil in reclaimed containers. Good sustainability practice.
This story has been posted before but it’s very much worth posting again. Architect Gary Change has made small spaces work in a tremendously functional way – when you need a bedroom, simply move a wall. Most remarkable, he accomplished this work of functional beauty in an apartment measuring 330 square feet.
This end-grain coffee table, built in 1978, was built from red oak cut-offs that were destined for the trash can.
What are the distinctive elements that bring you back to a place, that spark your imagination, and help you remember place? A landscaped retaining wall can sometimes be a thing of remarkable beauty, as seen by this example of a gabion wall.
I had the privilege of visiting AORA’s launch of its hybrid modular “Tulip” CSP system at Spain’s solar energy development park outside of Almeria. What I saw was tremendously impressive. This affordable energy solution can be used in numerous places that don’t even have access to the electric grid. The potential for this technology sparks […]
Call it the new-age tent. The PODhouse, a prefabricated micro home, looks remarkably inviting and can offer an ideal place to settle for a night or weekend.
I happened upon a remarkable discovery today on the website of treehugger – the art of Brazilian artist and sculptor, Henrique Oliveira. He has fashioned exhilarating artifacts from the remains of plywood shavings. Take a look at some of this remarkable work on his website and read an enjoyable story from Kimberly Mok at treehugger.
For those sustainability designers and innovators wanting a net-zero product, take a look at the Chip House, a 2011 entry in the DoE’s Solar Decathlon, placing sixth.
Designed by husband and wife team Karl Wanaselja and Cate Leger of Leger Wanaselja Architecture, the upper outside walls of the house are made from over 100 salvaged car roofs. According to the architects, the roofs were sawed out of grey cars left for parts in local junkyards. The lower walls are clad in poplar bark, a waste product from the furniture industry of North Carolina. And the awnings are fabricated from junked Dodge Caravan side windows.
Some stories that are great stick like glue. This 2008 post from Susan Kraemer – “Hand-Build an Earth Shelter Home for $5,000” – remains one of the most popular items on Green Building Elements. The house, built by Simon Dale on a very small budget, is an inspiring tale we’re happy to republish on occasion.
In 2010, Americans recovered almost 65 million tons of MSW (excluding composting) through recycling. Composting recovered over 20 million tons of waste. We combusted about 29 million tons for energy recovery (about 12 percent). Subtracting out what we recycled and composted, we combusted (with energy recovery) or discarded 2.9 pounds per person per day. Source: US Environmental Protection Agency
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