This Iowa home built across a ravine is heated and cooled by the earth

December 19, 2017 by  
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This naturally-ventilated residence spans a ravine in rural Iowa, providing expansive views of the surrounding forest . Architecture studio BNIM designed the Ravine Residence, which is geothermally cooled and heated, to connect its inhabitants to nature and provide optimum privacy using existing topography and vegetation. The house is tucked away in a heavily wooded area in rural Iowa that required a dramatic solution to address the ravine running down the middle of the site. The solution is a raised space the spans across the sloping elevation. The entrance and bedrooms are located on opposite banks, and the primary living areas serve as a bridge between the two sides. Related: Modern Corum Residence Rises Out of the Bucolic Iowa Countryside The clients commissioned BNIM to create a home which would offer privacy, but also offer a strong connection to the surrounding landscape. This requirement determined the articulation of the facades and volumes. Floor-to-ceiling glass on both the north and south sides of the living areas provides expansive views of the surrounding forest, creating a high level of transparency while utilizing the terrain and vegetation to shelter the interior spaces from outside views. The building has optimized solar orientation and shading, geothermal heating and cooling , enhanced natural ventilation , high performance windows, and advanced insulation techniques. + BNIM Via Dwell Photos by Kelly Callewaert | BNIM

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Wind and solar-powered eco community to house 4,000 members of the Oglala Lakota Nation

May 5, 2017 by  
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The Thunder Valley Regenerative Community masterplan provides housing for some 4,000 people in the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation community in South Dakota . This eco-friendly, climate-adaptable community was designed from the ground up with local culture and values in mind, using sustainable technologies for solar , wind and geothermal energy. The Thunder Valley Regenerative Community is currently underway on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, which is home to the Oglala Lakota Nation. The project brought together the local community and several organizations and design studios around the idea of creating a visionary community design. Local community members worked together with the Oglala Lakota nonprofit organization Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation (CDC) , and architecture firms BNIM and Pyatt Studio , with support from KLJ Engineering and Studio NYL . Related: 8 ways to help the water protectors at the Standing Rock Reservation As the lead planner for the project masterplan, architecture firm BNIM designed the multifamily and mixed-used buildings and created a high-performance water collection and reuse system, wastewater treatment systems, and on-site solar, wind and geothermal energy generators. Related: Brad Pitt’s Make it Right delivers first 3 LEED Platinum homes The architects completed the first two buildings – the Thunder Valley Community Center and Guest House – both of which function as community gathering spaces . The first phase of the single family homes—by Pyatt Studio—is scheduled for completion this year. + BNIM + Pyatt Studio + KLJ Engineering + Studio NYL + Thunder Valley CDC

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The Make it Right foundation releases six new home designs for its Kansas City Manheim Park project

February 3, 2015 by  
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INFOGRAPHIC: Are you prepared to weather a winter storm?

February 3, 2015 by  
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With climate change causing historic blizzards from New York to  Hawaii , many people might be caught unprepared when the skies explode all over us. This infographic offers some great advice on how to prep for the worst that winter might throw at us, whether it’s insulating our windows with plastic or keeping our pantries well- stocked with food and candles . Read on past the jump for the full-sized image—the tips in here might help you stay cozy and comfortable no matter how fiercely  Mother Nature lashes at your door. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: Are you prepared to weather a winter storm? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: blizzard , blizzard prep , blizzards , graphic , infographic , JK Mechanical , preparedness , preparing for storms , prepping , snow , snowstorm , winter , winter storm , winter storm preparation , winter storm preparedness , winter weather

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This beautiful furniture by Emilie Mazeau-Langlais is actually made from cardboard

February 3, 2015 by  
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UNStudio’s remote-controlled W.I.N.D. House is the home of the future, today

February 3, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of UNStudio’s remote-controlled W.I.N.D. House is the home of the future, today Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “dutch architecture” , Amsterdam , clay tiles , dutch , holland , natural clay stucco , passive solar , smart home , smart house , smarthome , smarthouse , solar panels , Solar Power , tinted glass windows , UNStudio , UNStudio WIND House , W.I.N.D. House , waste heat , waste heat harvest , wind house

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Kuskoa Bi is the world’s first injected bioplastic seat

February 3, 2015 by  
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Dramatically Daylit Kansas City Kauffman Center By Moshe Safdie Now Complete

June 30, 2011 by  
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