Rammed Earth Workers’ Quarters

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No, I’m not talking about the simple, bare bones homes of workers in ages past. The Australian firm Luigi Rosselli Architects have adopted this sustainable and energy efficient building material and practice to construct a residence for seasonal workers at a cattle ranch.

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By |September 21st, 2015|Green Building|0 Comments

Off-the-Grid Writer’s Retreat

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The Getaway startup from Boston has recently unveiled their newest creation, a tiny retreat called Lorraine. This off-the-grid cabin is meant to be a comfy writer’s retreat for up to two people, offering the occupants a distraction free and inspiring space in which to create.

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By |September 14th, 2015|Modern architecture|0 Comments

Community Center Built of Recycled Materials

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It’s always nice to see structures being built out of recycled materials, especially when it comes to buildings which can help spread the awareness and positive benefits of doing so. Such is certainly the case with the recently completed Re-ainbow community center designed by the Vietnamese firm H&P Architects. (more…)

By |September 11th, 2015|Green Building|0 Comments

Unique Energy Positive Home

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Architect Paul Lukez has come up with a concept for a compact home, which would be super insulated and energy positive. While still in the concept stage, it does look quite promising. The design of the home was inspired by New England’s barns and New York’s lofts and that is quite a mixture. (more…)

By |September 10th, 2015|Modern architecture|4 Comments

Low Loss Sunlight to Energy Conversion

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Currently available solar panel arrays still have the drawback of loosing lots of heat in the sunlight to energy conversion process, because of the thermodynamic inefficiencies of the process of converting the incoming energy to power. This could soon be a thing of the past though, since a team of scientists at the University of Bayreuth have created a super-efficient light-energy transport conduit. (more…)

By |September 7th, 2015|Green Tech|0 Comments

Shipping Container Used to Build a Skyscraper

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The international firm Ganti and Associates Design has proposed a skyscraper to be built out of repurposed shipping containers. This skyscraper would be erected in the Dharavi slum in Mumbai, India. While building large structure such as this out of used shipping containers is certainly very sustainable, there is always the question of how to make them structurally sound and how to prevent excessive heat gain to consider.

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By |September 4th, 2015|Container Design|3 Comments