After going viral, this unbelievable cliffside home is becoming a reality

November 11, 2016 by  
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It’s official: the beautiful and bizarre house-in-a-cliff known as  Casa Brutale is  actually being built . We reported last July on this crazy concrete design, which would be carved into a cliff overlooking the Aegean Sea, roofed by a transparent swimming pool and with a dizzying view of the sea below.  The stunning design quickly went viral, but few expected the project to actually receive the funding needed to become a reality.

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Scientists say Trump’s presidency could lead to a "game over" scenario for the planet

November 11, 2016 by  
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A new study from five scientists at United States and German institutions found that global temperatures could actually raise by around 7 degrees Celsius, which would wreak havoc on our planet. In light of the new study, renowned climatologist Michael Mann said a Donald Trump presidency – should he follow up on promises to jerk the United States out of the Paris agreement – could mean “game over for the climate.” The new scientific study, published the day after the United States election by the journal Science Advances , says as the Earth warms, it responds even more to greenhouse gas emissions , further raising temperatures. So instead of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s estimate that by 2100 temperatures will rise between 2.6 and 4.8 degrees Celsius, should we continue to burn fossil fuels as we have, the scientists paint a far more drastic picture in the new study. They say by 2100 temperatures could rise by 4.78 and 7.36 degrees Celsius. Related: The window for averting disastrous climate change has probably closed Prominent climatologist Michael Mann told The Independent the study seemed “sound and the conclusions quite defensible.” He said the new paper could back up the idea that a Trump presidency might mean “game over for the climate,” saying, “By ‘game over for the climate,’ I mean game over for stabilizing warming below dangerous (i.e. greater than 2C) levels. If Trump makes good on his promises, and the U.S. pulls out of the Paris [climate] treaty, it is difficult to see a path forward to keeping warming below those levels.” Lead author on the paper Tobias Friedrich of the International Pacific Research Center at the University of Hawaii at Manoa told The Independent, “The only way out is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible.” Via The Independent Images via glasseyes view on Flickr and Tobias Friedrich, Alex Timmermann, Michelle Tigchelaar, Oliver Elison Timm, and Audrey Ganopolski

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Linear Cabin is an elegant hideaway in the woods of Wisconsin

November 11, 2016 by  
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Located in St. Germain atop a steep bluff overlooking Alma Lake, the 900-square-foot Linear Cabin is accessed via a winding narrow gravel road that leads to a small clearing. The cabin sits at the threshold between the wooded plateau and the lake bluff. Blackened pine planks clad the exterior, while a strip of varnished cedar separates the black cladding from the thin roof plane. All of the timber used was sourced from Wisconsin’s northern forests. Related: Beautiful green-roofed home is nestled deep inside Wisconsin’s forests “With its simple plan, restrained use of materials, and precise detailing, the Linear Cabin continues Wisconsin’s rich legacy of cabin architecture – an unapologetically contemporary building that echoes the elegant clarity and rustic warmth of its typological predecessors but carefully avoids bucolic sentimentality,” write the architects. The cabin interior is separated into three identically sized boxes connected with glazed living areas that frame full-height views of the outdoors. The box-like areas include: a storage area for canoes, tools, and logging equipment; the service box that houses the cabin infrastructure such as entry, kitchen, bathroom, laundry, and boiler room; and the sleeping box with two bunk rooms. Knotty pine clads the walls and ceilings, and is complemented by a polished dark-grey concrete floor. + Johnsen Schmaling Architects Via ArchDaily Images via Johnsen Schmaling Architects

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Asias largest passive house settlement breaks ground in China

November 11, 2016 by  
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Following their award-winning holistic living project at Heidelberg Village , German design studio Frey Architekten unveiled their design for one part of a large passive house settlement in Qingdao, China. The pilot project, Asia’s largest passive house settlement to date, will provide various types of housing which will cut carbon emissions by 2.376 tons and save 12.72 million kilowatt hours of electricity. German architect Wolfgang Frey and his team, together with their Chinese and German partners, are working on developing Asia’s largest passive house settlement in Qingdao’s Sino-German Ecopark. Various designers and decision-makers participated in last month’s groundbreaking ceremony for the nearly 200-acre construction site. Related: C.F. Moller’s Saeby Strand Apartments Win Award for Outstanding Social Housing Developmen t The ceremony marked the beginning of construction, in accordance with German passive house standards, for the residential area. Upon the project’s completion, the houses are expected to be certified by the German Passive House Institute . + Frey Architekten

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For $2.3 million, this breathtaking self-sufficent Scottish island could be yours

October 19, 2016 by  
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Looking for a new home away from home? How about a breathtaking Scottish island ? For just $2.3 million you can purchase the 760-acre isle along with nine traditional cottages, an old school house, and a post office. Compared to the cost of a condo in Manhattan or a house in San Francisco, the offer seems like a steal . Spectacular views aren’t the only perk: the entire island is self-sufficient and powered by a combination of wind turbines and generators for 24-hour electricity. Called Tanera Mor , the island is the largest of the Summer Isles located a mile and a half off the northwest coast of Scotland near Ullapool. The entire island is easily walkable at 1.6 miles long and 1.2 miles long, with 7 miles of cliffs, coves, and beaches to relax on. There’s also a freshwater treatment works included. (And, of course, broadband internet.) The ten structures on the island are built from stone in a traditional style, and have all been recently restored. The landscape has also had work done in the past 15 years, with more than 164,000 native trees planted to protect the landscape from harsh winds. The surrounding waters are perfect for sailing, fishing, and diving – according to the listing, it’s not unusual to spot porpoises, dolphins, basking sharks, and otters nearby. Related: This historic village in France is on sale for $175,000 – but there’s a catch If the price tag is too steep, parts of the island are also being offered in three separate lots. For $850,000, you can purchase the north end of Tanera Mor, along with three houses, a café, and the post office. For $523,00, you can have the central portion of the island, including two houses, a historic stone pier, and the largest beach . Finally, available at $937,000 is the southern end, including four houses and some incredible natural landscapes, including the island’s highest point, a variety of bays and inlets, a tidal pool, and the four neighboring small islands of Eilean Mor, Eilean Beag, and an unnamed tidal island. Interested in snapping up a part of this piece of history? RightMove has the rest of the details. + RightMove Listing Via Treehugger Images via RightMove and gordon.milligan

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