The Jackson House floats at the base of a canyon in Big Sur

May 9, 2018 by  
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This beautiful home located at the base of a canyon in Big Sur is made from an array of materials, including copper and concrete. Fougeron Architecture designed the Jackson House as a modern holiday house on stilts that appears to float over the site. The house was designed as a place where the inhabitants can enjoy their weekends and reconnect with nature. Fougeron Architecture worked for three and a half years with several consultants to build the modern family retreat . Related: Gorgeous staggered timber home offers panoramic views of Idaho’s wilderness The main design challenge was to create a building that would blend into the steep canyon walls, while resting gently on the land so as not to disturb the fragile environment. The home is composed of four main volumes nestled under an over-sized butterfly roof that extends out to create covered terraces . The retreat balances the relationship between communal living and privacy. + Fougeron Architecture Via Uncrate Photos by Richard Barnes

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Ecobricks transform plastic trash into reusable building blocks

May 9, 2018 by  
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People are getting creative with plastic waste around the world, and now Ecobricks wants to utilize plastic for building. They encourage people to pack soft plastic garbage into plastic bottles to make blocks that can create buildings, walls, or modular furniture . The group says ecobricks offer a zero-cost solution to plastics pollution that allows people to take action right now. According to the Ecobricks website, “Ecobricks are designed to leverage the longevity and durability of plastic to create an indefinitely reusable, cradle to cradle, building block.” People create these blocks by packing cleaned plastic into drinking bottles, then connecting them with “tire bands, silicone, cob, and cement,” although the group advises against using concrete. “No special skills, machinery, funding, NGOs, or politicians are needed,” the group said in a YouTube video . Related: Cameroon student nonprofit recycles plastic bottles into boats Ecobricks describes itself not as an NGO, but as a people-powered movement . Designer Russell Maier, one of the people behind the movement,  said in an interview  that he discovered ecobricking while living in Sabangan in the Northern Philippines. Currently based in Indonesia, Maier was a lead author of the Vision Ecobricks Guide, originally created for schools in the Northern Philippines. According to the Ecobricks website, the guide is now part of the curriculum in over 8,000 schools in the Philippines, and Maier has “overseen the construction of hundreds of ecobrick playgrounds, gardens, and buildings.” People in the United States, South America, and Africa have gotten involved in ecobricking as well, creating projects that include an eco-restaurant in the Ecuadorean Amazon. You can find more information about ecobricking on the group’s  website . + Ecobricks Images via Ecobricks

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Micro LA Tree House Creates a Contemporary Dream Retreat

January 26, 2011 by  
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The sculptural form of this LA treehouse is a perfect fit for its occupants as the design was inspired by the owner’s art collection. Given as a surprise gift from a husband to his wife, the space is a mere 170 square feet. Rockefeller Partner Architects designed the project to avoid disrupting the flow of the backyard by placing the tree house twelve feet up, gingerly straddling a lone mature tree.

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Raindrop Mini Watering Can Collects Rain from Urban Balconies and Rooftops

January 26, 2011 by  
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Rain barrels are a great way to reduce water use — but they’re not really convenient for those of us in smaller rental properties that have a shared rooftop or balcony which we call “outside.” Young designer Bas van der Veer kept this lack of space in mind when he created the Raindrop Mini – a streamlined rainwater collection system that plugs right into your storm drain, providing an easy way to utilize rain water in urban areas. Read the rest of Raindrop Mini Watering Can Collects Rain from Urban Balconies and Rooftops http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bas Van der veer , green design , rain barrel , rain water , Raindrop Mini , urban gardening , water conservation , watering can

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Paula Hayes’ Mini Garden Terrarium Sculptures Now on Display at MoMA, NYC

January 26, 2011 by  
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Read the rest of Paula Hayes’ Mini Garden Terrarium Sculptures Now on Display at MoMA, NYC http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco-art , garden , landscaping , Marianne Boesky , museum of modern art , Paula Hayes , planters | , Tang Museum , terrarium , W Hotel , Wexner Center

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Cyclone-Williams Steam Engine Gets Closer to Breaking World Speed Record

January 26, 2011 by  
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Can you imagine a steam engine running your car?

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President Obama’s State of the Union Calls the Clean Tech Future Our Sputnik Moment

January 26, 2011 by  
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In President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech last night, he called our current quest for green technology our generation’s “Sputnik moment”, urging the nation to see other countries’ advances as fuel to reach past them as we did in 1969 when we put the first man on the moon. The President said last night that he wants 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015, he wants us to be on 80% clean energy by 2035, he wants 80% of Americans to have access to high speed rail networks in 25 years and he promised to send a bill to congress to eliminate tax cuts for oil companies in order to fund the energy of tomorrow. In the end the President’s speech promised a lot and the green pundits are asking if it’s all possible but let’s just remind ourselves of something: isn’t that what they said when JFK said we would beat Russia to the moon

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Sushi Box: A Fishy Shipping Container Food Cart Opens in Austin

January 26, 2011 by  
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Hufft Project’s Beautiful Butterfly House

March 10, 2010 by  
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Inhabitat readers huffprojects recently wrote in to tell us about this green office complex they designed for their clients R. B.

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Studiodosi’s Henge Adds a Radical, Modern Look to Leeds City Waterfront

March 10, 2010 by  
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Italian firm Studiodosi ’s proposed building for the waterfront in Leeds, UK definitely packs a radical punch with its bright green facade, but its sustainable features are just as notable. Named “ The Calls Henge ,” the design was developed for the 36 Calls competition, which challenged architects to submit proposals for a site by the same address. Situated by the northern bank of the river Aire, the verdant building (which actually looks more like a hedge than a henge) is an eye-popping addition to the area

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