Sustainable Urban Farm

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The food production methods currently in place are not very sustainable at all. However, we all need to eat fresh fruits and veggies, and effective alternatives, especially when it comes to urban food production, are few and far between. Sure you can grow a few things on your balcony, windowsill, or in a small aquaponics farm, and some skyscrapers even have rooftop urban farms now, but that hardly even begins to cover the demand. But the Danish group Space10 and architects Mads-Ulrik Husum & Sine Lindholm have come up with a clever solution to this conundrum. They propose the construction of food-producing pods in urban areas, which they are calling Growroom. They have already built the prototype of one, which they showcased at the CHART ART FAIR in Copenhagen. (more…)

By |October 24th, 2016|Green Building|0 Comments

Grain Silo Converted Into a Unique Home

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“Home” is not the first thought that pops into most people’s minds when they notice a grain silo, yet for a newlywed couple from Phoenix, Arizona that’s pretty much what happened. Architect Christoph Kaiser and stylist Shauna Thibault originally bought the silo so taht Christoph could use it to store his tools, but once it arrived, they decided to make it their home instead. Quite a novel idea, but the result is striking and quite impressive. (more…)

By |October 20th, 2016|Modern design|0 Comments

Eco-Friendly Modular Prefab Tiny Home

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Prefab homebuilder GreenPod Development, based in Port Townsend, Washington, makes cozy tiny homes, which are factory made and can be constructed in just six weeks. One of these is their Waterhaus model, which would make a great vacation cabin, or even a full-time home. (more…)

By |October 19th, 2016|Prefab|0 Comments

Garage Turned Into a Cozy Tiny Home

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Who says all tiny homes need to be built from scratch? Bryan and Jen Danger from Portland, Oregon recently converted a garage into their new full time home. The garage is attached to their old house, which they plan to rent out. They did most of the renovation themselves, and it was quite an adventure. But the results are awesome!

The couple had spent the last year travelling through Central America, meaning they had already downsized quite a bit. When they returned home, they realized that they did not have enough stuff left to fill up their three-bedroom house. The high mortgage was also a consideration. Since the existing tenants also wanted to stay on, the couple decided to make the garage their new home. (more…)

By |October 17th, 2016|Modern design|0 Comments

Planes Upcycled Into Garden Offices

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The firm Dappr Aviation’s Aeropod has come up with a very unique design for garden offices, sheds, bars or extra bedrooms. They are building these structures out of decommissioned planes by using parts of the fuselage as the main building block. The structures are called Aeropods, which is quite an apt name. (more…)

By |October 12th, 2016|Modern design|0 Comments

One World Trade Center Awarded LEED Gold

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One World Trade Center, built by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, has recently been awarded the LEED Gold certification due to its sustainable design. Given its height, and its completely glazed façade, that’s quite impressive.

One World Trade Center was completed in 2016, and measures exactly 1,776 ft (541 m) in height. This number is symbolic and represents the year 1776, which is when the US declared its independence. It was built on the spot where the North Tower once stood. As already mentioned, the façade is glazed and features a glass curtain wall, which surrounds the building from the 20th floor all the way up to the observation deck. The glass is coated so that glare, ultra-violet and infrared light is reduced, while it allows natural light through, so that it reaches over 90 percent of the total office area in the building. This greatly offsets the need for artificial lighting. (more…)

By |October 11th, 2016|Green Building|0 Comments