Infographic: Benefits of an Earth Sheltered Home

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10 earth-sheltered villas blend in with the Tuscan landscape

August 12, 2016 by  
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The architects paid their respects to traditional Italian architecture while drawing inspiration from modern architecture for Le Ville di Trevinano, with an ultimate goal of minimizing the resort’s impact on the environment. The earth sheltered villas at Le Ville de Trevinano are “pushed into” the Tuscan hills, which act as insulation so the villas won’t freeze and are energy efficient. The villas draw power from the sun and are equipped to collect rainwater. Related: A unique community of modern green homes hug the desert floor in Utah Tuscan stone adorns the modern villas, which offer panoramic views of the hills with floor-to-ceiling windows. The villas include private patios and pools, and gardens planted with Cyprus trees and native plants. The low, wide design of each villa ensures it doesn’t mar the surrounding natural beauty, but rather fits in elegantly with the Tuscan hills. Inside each villa, modern art, an indoor plant, and a rain-shower add comfort to the luxurious buildings. Fully stocked kitchens and cozy living rooms allow visitors to settle into a home away from home. There’s also a recreational center on site, complete with exercise equipment, a tennis court, a spacious pool, and a children’s pool. Le Ville di Trevinano is close to the village of Trevinano, which is near the Natural Reserve of Monte Rufeno . Foxes, deer, wild boar, porcupines, and protected species roam the reserve. In a press release, ten Brinke said, “This modern piece of architecture blends seamlessly into the exciting environment and nature: a modern boutique resort with a high standard, carefully fitted to its surroundings.” You can find out more about pricing and rental opportunities here . + Le Ville d’Italia + 70F architecture Images courtesy of Le Ville d’Italia

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Proposed Italian law would jail parents of vegan children

August 12, 2016 by  
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A new bill before the Italian parliament could make it illegal for parents to feed their children a vegan diet – including up to a year of jail time even in cases where children are perfectly healthy and meeting their nutritional needs. The draft bill is the creation of Elvira Savino, a member of Italy’s center-right Forza Italia party. In the proposed bill , Savino refers to the vegetarian or vegan diet as “reckless and dangerous” and claims it is “devoid of essential elements for [children’s] healthy and balanced growth.” This is at odds with the stance of many health organizations – the American Dietetic Association , for instance, advises that parents must be careful to ensure children receive the nutrients they need (and vitamin B12 in particular), but says that otherwise the diet is safe and suitable for children. The law appears to be a reaction to several recent high-profile child neglect cases within the country where children were hospitalized for malnourishment after being fed a vegan diet. Doctors believe the parents in these cases were misinformed and didn’t understand how to properly supplement a vegan diet to meet the needs of a growing child. Though these cases are obviously tragic, the solution would be to provide better education to new parents rather than throwing them in jail for their dietary choices. Related: Meatless burger that cooks, smells, and bleeds like beef previews in San Francisco Savino’s heart may be in the right place – the bill would penalize parents whose children become injured or ill through malnourishment with four years in prison, and six years if their actions result in the death of the child. But the bill’s narrow targeting of vegans is unfair, especially considering that there are surely other laws already on the books meant to protect children from neglectful situations. For the moment, the bill is still just a proposal and nowhere near becoming a law. It needs to be discussed by parliamentary committees and then it will be passed to the chamber for debate later in the year. Hopefully Savino’s colleagues will see just how ridiculous the proposal is and it will be scrapped soon. Via Jezebel Images via Jessica Spengler and U.S. Department of Agriculture

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Bercy Chen Studio’s Earth-Bermed Edgeland House Transforms a Former Brownfield Site in Texas

February 8, 2013 by  
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