Hanging Gardens Tower Proposed for Birmingham

The UK firm Architects of Invention has proposed the building of a tower, which was inspired by one of the Seven Wonders of the World, namely the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. The tower will feature much greenery and lots of sustainable features, and will be built in Birmingham, UK should the proposal be accepted.
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By |May 10th, 2017|Modern architecture|0 Comments

Sustainable Solar-Powered Communities Built on Parking Lots

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The British architecture firm ZED Factory came up with a clever concept for a solar-powered home, which would be installed over existing parking lots to build sustainable communities and help combat the urban housing shortage. The idea behind it is to utilize the space taken up by parking lots, which is often quite large.
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By |May 9th, 2017|Green Building|2 Comments

Family Experiments with Sustainable Living

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Helly Scholten of Holland has been living in an experimental sustainable house with her family since June 2015. The home was created by a team of students and researchers at the Rotterdam University and looks a lot like an oversized greenhouse. The Scholten family will live in it for 3 years in order to experience and explore sustainable ways to live.
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By |May 6th, 2017|Green Building|0 Comments

Rent an Earthship

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Ever wonder what living in an Earthship home would be like? Well now you can rent one and find out. Terrasol is a mini-earthship, which was built as part of the eco-community called Terra Perma, and they are now renting it out. The community is located in Harrington, which is about two hours away from Montréal. As you probably already know, the Earthship home was first designed and built by US architect Michael Reynolds and it’s an easy to build home made out of rammed earth, recycled tires, and glass. The home utilizes passive solar heating to create a comfortable living environment. It also doesn’t require any special skills or equipment to built and is very sustainable. (more…)

By |May 2nd, 2017|Green Building|0 Comments

Energy Harvesting Clothing No Longer Just a Dream

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Soon, our clothing could harvest enough energy from the sun and from motion to power our gadgets. A team of researchers headed by Zhong Lin Wang, a professor at Georgia Tech, has managed to weave a new type of fabric that is created out of photoanodes, i.e. solar cells made from lightweight polymer fibers, and triboelectric nanogenerators, which can generate small amounts of electricity from motion. In other words this so-called “micro-cable power textile” is a fabric which has the ability to produce electricity.

This fabric was woven together with wool strands and has a thickness of only 320 micrometers. It is also highly flexible, breathable, lightweight, and can be adapted to a variety of uses. Needless to say, a fabric such as this would revolutionize charging devices in the field. (more…)

By |April 29th, 2017|Green Tech|0 Comments

Rent a Van Home to Test Van-Life

The newest trend in mobile homes seems to be converting a nondescript cargo van into a tiny home. While space is limited, a van home can be parked practically anywhere that a car can go. But converting a van into a home is not an easy task, nor is living out of one suitable for everyone. But now there’s a solution. A Colorado start-up, Native Campervans is renting out van homes to anyone wishing to test out this type of living or travel solution. (more…)

By |April 20th, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments