Shipping container retreat in Brazil is inspired by tiny homes

February 7, 2020 by  
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Airbnb now has another incredible tiny home retreat to add to its unique lodgings on offer. Located on a stunning prairie landscape in Brazil’s Cambará do Sul area, the Cambará Container House is comprised of two 20-foot shipping container units that have been carefully crafted by local firm Mégui Dal Bó Arquiteta into cozy accommodations. The design was inspired by the minimalism and reduced waste ethos behind the tiny home movement. Working with owner Carina Boff, architects Saymon Tech Dali Alba and Mégui Pezzi Dal Bó wanted to create a serene retreat for people to get the most enjoyment out of their visit to the Cambará do Sul area, which is a popular spot for people to use as a base while exploring two national parks that are nearby. Along with the parks, the region is known for its expansive prairies and deep valleys. Related: This tiny home with a rooftop deck is made from two shipping containers Inspired by the area’s beautiful scenery, the architects decided to create two volumes out of repurposed shipping containers . Measuring just 365 square feet each, the shipping container guest houses were designed to be as sustainable as possible. Crafting the shipping containers into rental units allowed the architects to reduce the project’s overall construction time and waste. The shipping containers were also elevated off of the landscape in order to minimize impact on the environment. The shipping containers serve as tiny homes that offer guests all of the conveniences of a conventional luxury getaway but within a minimalist, cozy setting. Using as many environmentally friendly materials as possible, the lodgings feature contemporary living areas, kitchenettes and dining spaces. Each unit can accommodate up to four guests with a double bed and a sofa bed. The retreats are heated thanks to a wood-burning fireplace that lends a bit of a cabin aesthetic to the otherwise contemporary interior design . To foster a strong connection between the interior and the exterior , the shipping containers each feature two outdoor spaces. First, a pair of sliding glass doors open up from the living area to a front balcony. Secondly, guests can enjoy the containers’ rooftops, which were outfitted with spacious open-air terraces. + Mégui Dal Bó Arquiteta + Cambará Container House Via ArchDaily Photography by Guilherme Jordani via Mégui Dal Bó Arquiteta

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Light pollution, habitat loss and pesticides push fireflies toward extinction

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There are more than 2,000 species of fireflies, and scientists are sounding the alarm that some of these species are on the brink of extinction . Research published in BioScience indicates that habitat loss, light pollution and pesticides are threatening these delightful insects. According to Tufts University biology professor Sara Lewis, the study’s lead author, “If people want fireflies around in the future, we need to look at this seriously. Fireflies are incredibly attractive insects, perhaps the most beloved of all insects, because they are so conspicuous, so magical.” Related: New Animal Endangerment Map shows global distribution of threatened animal species Habitat loss is the main culprit disrupting the environmental conditions and cues conducive to firefly development and lifecycle completion. One example cited was the Malaysian firefly species Pteroptyx tener , which needs particular mangroves and plants to breed appropriately, but their mangrove swamp habitats have been displaced by aquaculture farms and palm oil plantations. The second issue leaving fireflies vulnerable is light pollution . As CNN reported, light pollution can arise from “streetlights and commercial signs and skyglow, a more diffuse illumination that spreads beyond urban centers and can be brighter than a full moon.” Artificial lights can interfere with firefly courtship. Male fireflies flash particular bioluminescent patterns to attract females, who must flash responses in return. Unfortunately, artificial lights can mimic and thus confuse the signals. Or, worse yet, light pollution can be too bright for the fireflies to emit and properly recognize their ritual signals for mating to be initiated or completed. Thirdly, pesticides have been a significant driving factor in the decline of firefly populations. The Center for Biological Diversity has documented that “Systemic pesticides like neonicotinoids that get into the soil and water harm firefly larvae and their prey. Also, because fireflies are generally found in wetland habitats, they are threatened by insecticide spraying targeting mosquitoes.” As a result, the larvae either starve or have developmental anomalies that prevent population growth. Public outcries by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s Firefly Specialist Group as well as the Fireflyers International Network have raised some awareness about the dwindling firefly populations. Yet, as stated by the Center for Biological Diversity, “There are at least 125 species of fireflies in the United States, but despite the many threats they face, none are protected by the Endangered Species Act.” To protect these luminous insects that have long captivated the imagination with their fairytale-like lights, much work still needs to be done, especially given the U.K. Wildlife Trusts ’ similar report on the ‘quiet apocalypse’ taking place now, wherein 41% of global insect species face extinction. + BioScience Via CNN , the Center for Biological Diversity and The Guardian Image via Shutterstock

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Repurposed shipping containers inject funky and unexpected color to a historic home renovation

August 1, 2016 by  
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Artist Markus Linnenbrink and his wife, gallerist Cindy Rucker, commissioned LOT-EK to renovate the existing two-level carriage and to add a penthouse above. “We thought a lot about what we wanted from this house and how to make this our house,” they told New York Magazine . The single-family home, called the Irving Place Carriage House, eschews the typical house design with its cargotecture addition and with the rejection of bathroom tiles and marble counters for more unusual elements like the kitchen backsplash made from end-grain wood chips. Related: PHOTOS: Daring Shipping Container House Boasts a Dramatically Sliced Profile In contrast to the shipping container’s vibrant orange shade, the facade is painted in alternating diagonal bands of pale gray and black. “It echoes the same stripe design of the container ‘tower’ inside,” said LOT-EK principal Giuseppe Lignano. The tangerine ‘tower’ houses the kitchen, bathrooms, mechanical space, and the stairs and is framed by walls tinted orange, while the other walls of the home are painted white. The orange vertical volume extends from the ground to a roof that’s topped by a penthouse made from four repurposed shipping containers, also painted in an orange shade. + LOT-EK Via New York Magazine Images via LOT-EK

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Energy-generating smart bricks turn ordinary buildings into efficient living machines

August 1, 2016 by  
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A cool project with an unfortunate acronym, LIAR or Living Architecture is developing construction bricks composed of biofilm that can harness solar energy , wastewater, and air pollution, and turn them into usable resources. The living bricks fit together to create ‘bioreactor walls’ that can be programmed to perform all sorts of functions. The inventors say the new, sustainable construction material could be worked into homes, public buildings, and office spaces. Newcastle University coordinates the $3.6-million interdisciplinary project involving experts from the universities of the West of England (UWE Bristol), Trento, the Spanish National Research Council; LIQUIFER Systems Group, and EXPLORA. The bricks are equal parts awesome and gross. Inside each of them is a microbial fuel cell which is filled with programmable synthetic microorganisms. A variety of microorganisms will reside in each chamber, specifically designed to perform one of a number of functions, including purifying water, reclaiming phosphate from the air, generating electricity, and creating detergents. Robotically activated and digitally coordinated, these bricks are as smart as they are savvy, capable of turning ordinary buildings into efficient machines. Related: Bio-Grow uses electronics waste to make algae for biodiesel The gross part has to do with the project’s inspiration, which comes straight from nature . “The best way to describe what we’re trying to create is a ‘biomechanical cow’s stomach’,” said Rachel Armstrong, Professor of Experimental Architecture at Newcastle University, UK, who coordinates the project. “It contains different chambers, each processing organic waste for a different, but overall related, purpose–like a digestive system for your home or your office. The project brings together living architecture, computing and engineering to find a new way to tackle global issues, like sustainability.” Living bricks may eventually transform homes and office buildings with a more sustainable approach to construction and building functions. “The technologies we are developing aim to transform the places where we live and work enabling us co-live with the building,” said Professor Andrew Adamatzky, LIAR Project Director for UWE Bristol. “A building made from bio-reactors will become a large-scale living organism that addresses all environmental and energy needs of the occupants.” Via Newcastle University Images via Marc Falardeau/Flickr and  LIAR Project

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Tiny solar-powered Story Pod in Ontario offers community more than free books

August 1, 2016 by  
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The Story Pod features black vertical slats along its outer walls, creating the impression of a solid structure, yet when passersby get a little closer they can see into the transparent polycarbonate sheet and into the peaceful haven. Benches fold outward with two of the walls and interior shelving provides space for bookworms to take refuge. Visitors from a nearby riverside trail may find the spot both inviting and relaxing. Related: Microlibrary built with 2,000 recycled ice cream buckets tackles illiteracy in Indonesia At night, the pod locks up and glows with the light of LED bulbs powered by hidden rooftop solar panels. The structure still serves a function for nighttime visitors, providing ambient light for community events after dusk. The architects are proud of the pod’s “pure, simple form that belies a deeply thoughtful approach to architecture.” + Atelier Kastelic Buffey Via  Ignant Images via Bob Gundu , Shai Gil

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How to Spice Up a Shipping Container Home

August 12, 2014 by  
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People all over the world are looking for cheap, alternative housing, and recycled shipping containers are starting to become ever more popular; not just homes but also for all sorts of structures . The average shipping container is a very versatile thing, and they can be easily connected together to make many different shapes and sizes of buildings, somewhat like constructing a building with giant Lego bricks. If you’re looking for an environmentally friendly option to build your new family home or business office, then using modified shipping containers could be the perfect choice for you. Read the rest of How to Spice Up a Shipping Container Home Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ‘Container House , building permits , container home , container homes , Prefab , Recycled Materials , shipping container , shipping container home , shipping container house , shipping container houses , shipping containers , solar panels , summer

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Container Solutions Unveils India’s First Shipping Container Home in Bangalore

October 8, 2013 by  
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Beautiful Spanish Retreat is a Shipping Container-Capped Rooftop Casa

October 9, 2012 by  
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Six Oaks is a Modern Yet Rustic Shipping Container Home in California

August 6, 2012 by  
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350.org Founder Bill McKibben Presents Terrifying New Climate Change Statistics

August 6, 2012 by  
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In the August 2012 issue of Rolling Stone magazine is one of the most alarming and terrifying articles on climate change that you will ever read. Titled “ Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math ” and written by American environmentalist and journalist Bill McKibben , the article paints a bleak picture for the future of the planet as efforts to save it are hampered by politics, greed, fudged science and laziness. What is even more alarming is that McKibben’s piece reveals some brutal facts and figures that will shock even the most well-read conservationist. Read the rest of 350.org Founder Bill McKibben Presents Terrifying New Climate Change Statistics Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bill McKibben , copenhagen climate conference , environmentalists , global warming , Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math , oil gas reserves , rio+20 , two degrees , us wildfires

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