Single cypress tree grows through a Los Angeles hillside home

October 31, 2016 by  
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Elevated off the ground and into foliage like a treehouse, The House in the Trees is cantilevered over a steep hillside and overlooks views of the valley. The 2,400-square-foot single-story building is wrapped in fire-treated Western red cedar siding and topped with an angled steel roof. The use of timber on the facade—and in the interior in the form of walnut cabinetry and reclaimed chestnut floors—helps the building blend into its wooded environment. Related: Contemporary ski chalet boasts gorgeous panoramic views and a low-energy footprint Large windows pour natural light into the interior, which is split into two portions: a two-bedroom main unit and a secondary unit with a kitchen, living room, office, extra bedroom, and bathroom. A wooden deck wraps around the living area to extend the building footprint to the outdoors. The mature cypress tree that grows through the home is exposed in the bedroom. “Waterproofing a tree in this situation proved to be very challenging but the system works to keep water out of the house,” write the architects. + Anonymous Architects Via Dezeen Images via Anonymous Architects

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Iran’s “Walls of Kindness” invite the homeless to free warm clothes amid brutal winter

February 14, 2016 by  
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We’re all familiar with the take-a-penny, leave-a-penny jar, but what if that idea could be expanded on a larger, potentially life-saving scale? Anonymous philanthropists across Iran have set up dozens of walls with coat hooks that invite passersby to donate warm clothes while allowing the homeless to pick up what they need without resorting to begging. These brightly painted “Walls of Kindness” have also prompted other anonymous philanthropic ventures across the country, including free bread areas and free blanket zones. READ MORE>

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Skinny Eel’s Nest Home and Office in LA Takes Cues from Impossibly Narrow Japanese Lots

March 13, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of Skinny Eel’s Nest Home and Office in LA Takes Cues from Impossibly Narrow Japanese Lots Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: anonymous architects , BIG & small house , Daylighting , Echo Park , Eel’s Nest , green design , hollywood sign , Japanese design , Los Angeles , minimalist design , narrow home and office , natural light , sustainable design , Urban design

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Aquascape Sues Over Collapse of World’s Largest Sloped Green Roof Near Chicago

March 13, 2013 by  
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Parts of the world’s largest sloped green roof collapsed the day before Valentine’s Day in 2011 after record snowfall and two weeks of freezing temperatures finally began to subside. At the time, it was thought that ice had prevented meltwater from escaping, putting too much weight on the roof. Now Aquascape , a garden pond and construction company located in St. Charles, Illinois, has sued nine different companies for a total of $13 million in damages. Read the rest of Aquascape Sues Over Collapse of World’s Largest Sloped Green Roof Near Chicago Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Aquascape , chicago , eco design , Environment , green design , green roof , green roof collapse , illinois , law , native illinois grasses , News , St. Charles , sustainable design , World’s largest sloped green roof

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Clever "Cut Here" Guerilla Graffiti Calls For Demolition Of Obsolete Dam

September 27, 2011 by  
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Photo: Anonymous It’s well-known that dams have a huge environmental impact : they are destructive , expensive, displace millions and threaten pristine wildlife habitats and populations worldwide. Not… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Solar Decathlon 2011: Team Belgium

September 27, 2011 by  
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Photos by Michelle Kaufmann Michelle Kaufmann judged this year’s Solar Decathlon and here are some of the photos she took at the event which took place at the National Mall’s West Potomac Park…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Recycled Telephone Books are an Artist’s Canvas

November 24, 2009 by  
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Images from Project Gallery Old telephone books are the canvas for an artist who carves portraits out of them. What a good way to make use of one of the great wastes of paper.

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