Say what you will about wooden construction, it is sustainable. So itâ€™s great that even large structures are now being built out of wood. One awesome example of this type of architecture is Brock Commons, a University of British Columbia student housing tower. It will rise to an impressive 174 ft (53 m) and will be the tallest wooden residential tower in the world once it is complete. Which it very nearly is. […]
Advancements in technology and science have revolutionized architecture and construction, but often to the detriment of traditional building methods. Over the ages, cultures around the world developed construction methods that best fit the climate they live in, and perhaps it is time to go back to the basics. Thatâ€™s exactly what architects Luis Velasco Roldan and Ãngel Hevia AntuÃ±a from Ecuador thought. They designed a prototype of a home built using traditional methods once used in the area, and materials that were sourced locally. […]
Historyâ€™s timeline of structural innovations â€“ from ancient Roman aqueducts to cathedrals with soaring rooflines, castles to neighborhoods of mass-manufactured buildings â€“ reads like a primer of Buildings 101. Each has helped us refine our construction methods and building efficiencies, but over time that progress has cost our planet precious resources.
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While living full time in a tiny home may not be for everyone, it is undeniably a very sustainable housing alternative. Besides, tiny, easy to assemble structures have many uses, such as a home office, guesthouse, yoga studio or cabin. The Little Cabin Company of British Columbia recently unveiled just such a versatile creation, which can also be a great glamping alternative for colder areas, due to the fact that itâ€™s very well insulated.
The cabin is called Cobby and measures 104 sq ft, with a footprint of 12â€™ by 11â€™3â€. They are insulated using blown recycled fiber, and can withstand even Canadaâ€™s extreme winters. The entire cabin is constructed using locally sourced materials, with the siding made using sustainably harvested cedar. While they can be hooked up to the grid, the company also offers a solar package to power the LED lighting and other necessary appliances. […]
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“Climate change is real, it is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating. We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people out there who would be most affected by this. For our childrenâ€™s children and for those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed.”-Leonardo Di Caprio spoke these riveting words during this Oscar accepting at the academy this year. 2015 recorded as the hottest year in the history of the modern world, scientists and experts calling for a united stand of the leading Governments of the world to tackle the problem collectively. […]
Shipping container architecture seems to be once again becoming quite popular. The well-known Danish firm Bjarke Ingels Group has recently completed a sustainable floating housing prototype for students living in Copenhagen. The project was commissioned by Urban Rigger, a local student housing startup. This student housing is made from repurposed shipping containers, and designed in a way that makes it possible to easily and quickly replicate the design just about anywhere.
This so-called Copenhagen Urban Rigger housing is made of nine recycled shipping containers, which rest top a floating base in the harbor in Copenhagen. The entire structure has a total floorspace of 7,319 sq ft (680 sq m), which is divided up between the actual housing units, as well as a common garden/courtyard area, a bathing platform, a BBQ area, a kayak landing point, and a sitting area. The structure also features a communal roof terrace and a basement level, which has 12 storage rooms, a laundry room, and a technical room. […]