Dutch Family of Four Living in Experimental Urban Greenhouse Home
Located in Rotterdam, this Concept House features a huge rooftop garden, and uses natural heating and cooling techniques to keep maintenance costs down.
Naturhus: A Glass Act From Sweden
Frightful winter weather got you down (I’m talking to you, Southern California and Europe)? Well, imagine stepping outside of your home (kind of) and taking in a deep breath of fragrant air as you take a leisurely stroll around your very own lush, Mediterranean-style garden teeming with figs, kiwi, peaches, roses, and a plethora of exotic flora. In the dead of winter. In the snow. In Sweden.
The History of the Bathroom Part 1: Before the Flush
Victor Hugo wrote in Les Miserables that "the history of men is reflected in the history of sewers."... The sewer is the conscience of the city. Everything there converges and confronts everything else. " It has not changed much since Victor Hugo's day. In fact, one could say that the North American development industry is built on shit.
How to Choose Green Furniture
Some people obsess over furniture. Others hardly even notice it's there. One way or the other, making environmentally savvy choices in furnishing your home or office can make a big difference in your impact on the planet and your health. The modern sustainability movement has attracted such a large number of innovative designers that it's hard to know where to start.
Rotterdam Factory Attic is Converted to Offices
Some of the tile roof has been replaced with glass to provide views over the river. The architects note that "a contemporary office has been created without losing the historic character of the building."
Temporary Hospital Is Built From Wood Blocks Held Together With Metal Velcro
Tye Farrow mixes up his wood and hospital design skills and adds a zipper.
The Dirt on Rammed Earth
Rammed earth is the descendant of ancient construction techniques like adobe or cob building. It can be used to build walls for many kinds of buildings, from houses to museums and even cemeteries.
What is a solar tower and how does it work?
A solar tower, also known as a solar power tower, is a way to concentrate solar power to make it a more powerful energy source. Solar towers are sometimes also called heliostat power plants because they use a collection of movable mirrors (heliostats) laid out in a field to gather and focus the sun at the tower. #solartower
The power is coming back on in Australian communities thanks to solar-powered minigrids
In the wake of Australia's bushfires, an unprecedented natural disaster in which more than 20 percent of the continent's forests burned, dozens of rural communities cut off from the electrical grid faced the grim prospect of weeks and even months before power might be restored. #australia #power #solar