Tiny House Inspired by Japanese Minimalism

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Architect Todd Miller of Oregon Cottage Company recently designed this awesome Japanese architecture inspired tiny home. The client it was built for had grown up in Japan and wanted a home that resembled a traditional Japanese tearoom.

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Newark Soon to Get Shipping Container Apartment Complex

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The Newark, NJ-based Cor-10 Concepts LLC and the nonprofit organization Community Asset Preservation Corp. have partnered up to construct a three-unit apartment complex in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Newark ,which will be made out of recycled shipping containers.

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Shipping Container Farms

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Decommissioned shipping containers are proving very useful in architecture, as I’m sure everyone is aware of by now. But they have other uses as well, and one of them is using them as self-contained farms. It’s not entirely a new concept, but the firms Cropbox and Freight Farms have now both unveiled a shipping container farm which is a great way of solving the lack of space for organic and locally produced crops in densely populated areas, where available arable land is scarce. The shipping container farms they offer are actually completely self-contained farms.

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Passive Home Built Solely From Regenerative Materials

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Designer and builder Andrew Michler recently built a passive home for himself near Fort Collins, Colorado, which is made from either naturally regenerative or recyclable materials, and by using the Cradle to Cradle methodology. Despite the fact that this home is located in a very cold region, he also wanted to find a substitute for the plastic foam insulation, which is typically used in these cases. Foam plastic insulation has high embodied energy, is made with hazardous chemicals and is full of toxic flame retardants.

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High School Students and Professionals Join Forces to a Construct Homeless Village

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The Seattle-based non-profit organization Sawhorse Revolution is currently raising funds to sponsor the building of a “moveable eco-village” to house the city’s homeless. They are calling the project the Impossible City, and with the help of volunteers from among the local high school students and building professionals they home to start building it soon. Currently they are trying to raise the funds via an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign.

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Low Tech Greenhouses for Farmers in Africa

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The company Roots Up has come up with an innovative greenhouse solution, which can be used in arid, desert areas where rainwater is scarce. This is made possible by the fact that the primary source of water for collection in these greenhouses is dew. Their greenhouse is projected to be used in Gondar, Ethiopia, in an effort to help local farmers grow crops using low-tech solutions. What’s more, the water collected in this way can also be used as drinking water.

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