Fabulous multigenerational home allows owners to comfortably age in place

May 23, 2017 by  
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Practical yet playful, the Charles House is a multigenerational home designed with an eye for detail and sustainability in Kew, Australia. Austin Maynard Architects designed the spacious home for a family of five who wanted a home they could live in for at least 25 years. The home, which is adaptable to meet the needs of a growing extended family, is one of the architects’ most sustainable homes to date and features a solar array, bulk insulation, and double stud walls. Unlike its “McMansion” neighbors, the Charles House has a unique design that references historic Edwardian and Victorian homes with a modern twist. Instead of building on top of the plot’s entire width, the architects slotted the home on the southern edge and left a long strip of green open for a garden that runs from the street to the school sports field at the rear of the site. The continuous green strip is accessible to all the living spaces of the home and blur the line between indoor and outdoor living. “Sited in Kew, where neighbouring buildings compete for attention and status, our challenge was to create a home that didn’t dominate the street and was imbedded in gardens,” wrote the architects. “We aimed to create a home that didn’t have a tall defensive fence, but instead offered openness and life to the street.” Related: Innovative House M-M Brings Three Generations of Finns Under One Roof The home is broken down in a series of interconnected volumes, each clad in a different slate pattern. The interior is designed for adaptability and rooms can be converted to accommodate different uses. The home is topped with a rooftop solar array and also includes water collection, doubled glazed windows, and adjustable sun shading and siting. + Austin Maynard Architects Images © Peter Bennetts

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INTERVIEW: With Bridgette Meinhold, Author of ‘Urgent Architecture’

August 25, 2015 by  
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When Inhabitat design writer ,  Bridgette Meinhold , heard about the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 and the massive devastation it caused, she wanted to help, and was drawn to start investigating different options for temporary shelters and disaster relief housing. This exploration gradually broadened to a larger focus on design for disaster-preparedness ; seeking out what type of shelters can best withstand earthquakes, hurricanes, rising sea levels and tornados. Now I’m thrilled to say that after years of research, Bridgette has just published an incredible new book entitled Urgent Architecture: 40 Sustainable Housing Solutions for a Changing World . Urgent Architecture showcases inspiring and innovative ideas for resilient design – design that will withstand the test of time – surviving climate change, rising sea levels, manmade and natural disasters . I recently had a chance to interview Bridgette about her new book at Inhabitat HQ in NYC , and she gave me some fascinating insight into her inspiration for the book, the impact  climate change  will have on future housing and what she believes is necessary to create a more sustainable and responsive built landscape. Watch the video above for the interview, and if you want to learn more, you can get your own copy of Urgent Architecture here . A full transcript of the interview with pics is available after the jump. Read the rest of INTERVIEW: With Bridgette Meinhold, Author of ‘Urgent Architecture’

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Foster + Partners and Nissan are developing the electric vehicle charging station of the future

August 25, 2015 by  
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Foster + Partners , just announced an exciting new project with car manufacturer  Nissan . The two companies will partner to develop and design what they are calling the Fuel Station of the Future. Nissan has been established as a leader in the electric vehicle field, and Foster + Partners is world-renowned for its bold and innovative designs. Together, the two brands will rethink the concept of a fuel station in a world with an ever-increasing number vehicles that run on electricity instead of gasoline. Read the rest of Foster + Partners and Nissan are developing the electric vehicle charging station of the future

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INFOGRAPHIC: 5 water purification solutions for developing countries

August 25, 2015 by  
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Did you know that improving water sanitation levels could prevent 10 percent of the global disease burden? Billions of people around the world lack access to clean water and are at risk for many water-related diseases. Fortunately, effective and low-cost water purification technologies are finally catching up, and can be easily implemented in developing countries. UF Online put together an infographic that explores five such solutions, from how each design works to the advantages and disadvantages. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: 5 water purification solutions for developing countries

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5 easy vegetables to plant in your fall garden

August 25, 2015 by  
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Fall brings pumpkin spice lattes and kids going back to school, and it also means the start of your fall garden . Many people neglect their garden during the start of fall because of their busy schedules. However, there are several vegetables that are easy to grow and are hardy enough to outlast the frost. Here are 5 of those low-maintenance veggies that you should plant this fall, including radishes, lettuce, beets, carrots and squash (or, if those aren’t your bag, you can find additional options here ). Read the rest of 5 easy vegetables to plant in your fall garden

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New NASA video shows how ocean garbage patches form

August 25, 2015 by  
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We’ve all heard of the ocean garbage patches that are swirling out at sea, but it can be hard to visualize just how these patches form and grow. The data visualization wizards at NASA have come up with a way to show the world how and where garbage collects in our oceans and ultimately, what the ocean’s garbage patches might look like in 20 years. Lead animator Greg Shirah and chief data cruncher Horace Mitchell combined two data models to show how trash ends up collecting in the ocean’s five big garbage patches, also called gyres. Read the rest of New NASA video shows how ocean garbage patches form

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BOOK REVIEW: Bridgette Meinhold’s Urgent Architecture Showcases 40 Sustainable Housing Solutions for a Changing World

September 2, 2014 by  
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