Sustainable and Affordable Family Home

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Tatiana Bilbao, an architect from Mexico has come up with an interesting design for a low cost house, which she revealed at the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial. The home she presented can be built for just $8000 and is therefore very suitable as a social housing alternative, and Bilbao is hopeful it will one day be used as such in her home country. (more…)

By |October 22nd, 2015|Modern design|0 Comments

Self-Sustaining Vertical Garden

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Vertical gardens are great for façades, insulation and to add a bit of greenery to a home or office. But the problem with them is that they require a lot of maintenance and power to flourish. Well, that could be a thing of the past. The firm Treebox, which specializes in urban greening, has created a vertical garden, which is entirely self-sustaining. (more…)

By |October 19th, 2015|Green Building|0 Comments

High Rise Made of Laminated Timber

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This interesting building is actually the winning entry into the so-called Finlandia Prize for Architecture, which is organized in Finland. The building is called Puukuokka and was designed by the OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture and build out of Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT).

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By |October 15th, 2015|Modern architecture|0 Comments

Safer and Better Roof Alternative for Low Income Families

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Families from the poorest regions of the world more often than not cover their already lacking homes with corrugated metal roofs. It’s a low cost solution, but in most cases doesn’t prevent leaks, and certainly has very little insulation value. (more…)

By |October 12th, 2015|Prefab|0 Comments

Gorgeous Artist’s Studio Clad in Zinc

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Zinc is one of the most commonly occurring materials on our planet, and lends itself well to architectural purposes. This is mainly due to the fact that it is very resistant to corrosion, highly durable, and easy to maintain. As such it works great as cladding for buildings, which is exactly what the Studio Weave designers did with it when constructing this beautiful artist’s studio. (more…)

By |October 9th, 2015|Modern design|1 Comment

Build Your Own Solar Power Concentrator

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Go.Sol has just released a free solar concentrator construction guide, which can be used to easily build a 0.5kW solar concentrator that has a mirrored surface area of about 1 square meter, using only locally available materials. This is part of their initiative to eradicate energy poverty and breaking down the barriers to solar power access. (more…)

By |October 8th, 2015|Green Tech|0 Comments