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Versatile Shipping Container Homes From Cubica

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The Costa Rican firm Cubica designs and sells some very interesting and very functional shipping container homes. They use reclaimed shipping containers to design homes that are small, but nevertheless spacious enough for comfortable living. The single family home designs they offer come complete with a rooftop deck, kitchen, full bath and even a laundry room. While primarily marketed as cabins or vacation homes, the Casa Cubica shipping container houses could also serve as a full time home for a couple or single person.
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Cold Pot is a Natural Air-Conditioner

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Clay has been used to cool things in a natural way for a long time, and recently the Swiss designer Thibault Faverie has created a simple, natural air conditioner from this material. His creation is called Cold Pot, and it utilizes clay and natural evaporation to lower temperatures in a very energy efficient and sustainable way. The unit is also very aesthetic, and looks much like a plant pot.
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Sustainable and Affordable Housing Built in Santa Monica

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The firm Kevin Daly Architects successfully renovated an old, vacant nursing home on the Westside of Los Angeles, turning it into sustainable and affordable housing units. The aim of the Broadway Housing project, as it is called, was to provide low-income families with a place to live that is within their limited budget, yet still environmentally and economically sustainable.
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Company Headquarters made of shipping containers

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Royal Wolf, an Australian company specializing in hiring, selling and modifying new and recycled shipping containers, now has an HQ building made of shipping containers. This office is located in Melbourne Australia and was designed and built by the firm Room 11. One of the main purposes of this project was to showcase the fabrication and construction methods employed by Royal Wolf by using them to build their own offices.
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A Stylish Solar Charger for Your Gadgets

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A few years ago, the company Rawlemon designed a spherical lens solar generator, which works better to capture solar energy than a regular solar panel array, and looks much better. The original Rawlemon spherical lens solar generator was created by a Barcelona designer and architect André Broessel of Beta Torics. The system basically uses a large glass ball that is filled with water to concentrate the sun’s energy onto a PV panel. In this way the suns energy is concentrated by up to 10,000 times. The ball can also be rotated and includes a tracking system, meaning that energy collection is maximized throughout the day. However, the design has some serious drawbacks, such as weight of the water-filled ball, which can’t really be supported by most roofs. Another drawback is the problem of producing the glass balls of sufficient quality and size.
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Build Your Own Wind Turbine

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Daniel Connell, the creator of the SolarFlower has released another very useful DIY tutorial. This one is for building a wind turbine from scratch for only about $30 in material costs. The solution he proposes is a vertical axis wind turbine based on the Lenz2 lift+drag design.
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