Recycled materials make up this quirky solar-powered hotel in West Africa

November 17, 2017 by  
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A beautiful sun-soaked retreat on Cape Verde’s island of Sao Vicente prides itself on sustainability. Ramos Castellano Arquitectos designed the Terra Lodge Hotel using recycled and found materials, water recycling systems, and a rooftop solar array . The hotel draws the eye with its gridded timber frame, constructed from unfinished African wood, that partially encloses private verandas. Built predominately from lime-plastered concrete, the Terra Lodge Hotel’s five structures are rotated to optimize views and cross breezes. The hotel includes 12 rooms and a suite, a breakfast room, a lap pool, and a large outdoor terrace on the roof of an old green colonial house that now houses the owner’s tourist agency. The architects used found materials in construction, such as the recycled metals from petroleum barrels for the gate and the locally sourced rocks for the walls. Related: Hotel Shabby Shabby: Pop-Up Hotel Offers Recycled Rooms Built for Under €250 “Every solution is simplified adapting to the island lack of material and resources, simple and essential for satisfying basic needings, not for ephemeral fashion,” wrote the architects. “Almost everything is handmade, employing people from the neighborhood, from the floor finishing to the furniture, trying to distribute the economy of the building construction in the social environment.” The architects also designed the furnishings and light systems with locally handcrafted and recycled wood. + Ramos Castellano Arquitectos Via ArchDaily Images © Sergio Pirrone

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DoD wants to axe pollution with biodegradable seed-planting bullets

January 9, 2017 by  
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President-elect Donald Trump seems determined to fill his cabinet with climate change skeptics and deniers. But there’s one department Trump probably won’t attempt to sabotage: the Department of Defense (DoD). Now it appears that department’s fighting against the environmental wasteland Trump’s laboring to leave in his wake, with a call for scientists to develop biodegradable , seed-planting bullets. The DoD said the U.S. Army goes through hundreds of thousands of ammunition rounds at training ranges around the world. But bullet components don’t biodegrade for hundreds of years, and in the meantime can “corrode and pollute the soil and nearby water.” DoD also worries many civilians won’t be able to tell the training rounds apart from tactical rounds. So they came up with a vision for a rather peaceful solution: bullets that biodegrade and plant seeds as they go. Related: Climate change could cause “humanitarian crisis of epic proportions,” say military leaders The DoD is soliciting applications for contractors to develop “biodegradable training ammunition loaded with specialized seeds to grow environmentally beneficial plants that eliminate ammunition debris and contaminants” under the Small Business Innovation Research program. According to Gizmodo, the Army found materials like bamboo fiber could be utilized in biodegradable bullets. Also, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory has already developed bioengineered seeds that could be embedded into the biodegradable bullets. The seeds won’t germinate until many months after they’ve been in the ground. The defense department didn’t say what type of plants should be grown, but did say animals should be able to eat them without harm. They aim to eliminate environmental hazards with the biodegradable bullets, offering six references of different scientific articles that may help potential contractors in the development process. Those scientists interested in responding to DoD’s request have until February 8 to turn in applications. Via Gizmodo Images via Wikimedia Commons ( 1 , 2 )

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Artist transforms discarded books into spectacular crystallized artifacts

January 6, 2017 by  
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San Francisco-based artist Alexis Arnold turns discarded books into sculpture in an attempt to immortalize some of our favorite literary classics. Created as part of her Crystalized Books series, the petrified objects speak to the rise of e-books and disappearance of independent bookstores. The books are carefully bent into dynamic and irregular shapes and covered with crystals to obscure their words, giving them the appearance of geologic specimens or forgotten historic artifacts. We’ve featured Arnold’s works before , but she’s recently produced many more of her eye-catching pieces. The artist makes her sculptures by adding borax to boiling water. She dips a book into the hot solution before bending back the book’s pages to the desired form. The borax-covered book is taken out and preserves its distorted shape as it cools, while the solution dries into chunky crystal growth. Related: Guy Laramee’s Carvings Prove that Books Can Transport Us to Incredible New Worlds The crystal growth obscures the text and turns the book into a nonfunctional art piece. Arnold sources discarded and found books , but she prefers to work with the literary classics or educational books such as ‘The Science of Wine’ and ‘Mastering the Art of Beekeeping.’ + Alexis Arnold Via Colossal Images via Alexis Arnold

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Reshtki turns unwanted “trash” into comfortable and stylish urban furniture

March 17, 2016 by  
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Where some may only see trash, Reshtki sees opportunity. Founded by Sara Podwysocka and Maria Ostrowska, the Polish design studio specializes in breathing new life into found materials . In their latest project, Reshtki old traction poles, leftover wood, and PCV pipe into new benches and tables. The comfortable and stylish urban furniture was created for a neighborhood park in Gda?sk. + Reshtki The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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Sculptor transforms driftwood into astounding lifelike animals in motion

November 5, 2015 by  
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Spencer Byles Sculpts Mystical Forest Artworks from Natural Materials

November 28, 2014 by  
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Towering woven structures, hanging pods and large-scale constellations of shapes create a theatrical or even supernatural realm within the picturesque woodland environment . The pieces seem to communicate with the viewer, playing on the tension between accident and design. The sculptures begin to disintegrate soon after their creation, something many land artists have explored and an idea that Byles is taken by. He explains, “The temporary nature of my sculptures is an important aspect of my experiences and understanding. I feel my sculptures are only really completed when nature begins to take hold again and gradually weave its way back into the materials. At this point they slowly become part of nature again and less a part of me.” Related: This Amazing Cave Home in France Cost Just One Euro After many years travelling and making land art , the 65-year-old sculptor now prefers to keep his practice local. His next project will involve the building of so-called paper landscapes from papier mâché to create installations at seven ruin sites. He often receives offers to work commercially, but taking money for his craft doesn’t appeal. He is dedicated to working freely, within and alongside nature. +Spencer Byles via Fubiz Images via Spencer Byles Related: Japanese Inspired Woven Willow Kagome Sandpit Offers Natural Play for Kids in Vienna Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: forest sculpture , found materials , france , land art , Spencer Byles , woodland art

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London’s Films On Fridges is a Pop Up Cinema Literally Made from Old Refrigerators

August 4, 2011 by  
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WoodTec’s Rustic iPad Docking Stations Made from Logs

December 29, 2010 by  
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Isn’t there something perfect about the way these rustic WoodTec docking stations set off the ultra-modern lines of the iPad? Each one has been made by hand in New Paltz, New York from local cedar that not only adds a rustic log cabin flair to your modern office or living area, but also smells great.

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Giant Shell Shaped Conch House Made from Local Materials

July 23, 2010 by  
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Retired 747 Airplane Transformed Into Striking Malibu Wing House

June 16, 2010 by  
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We love  recycled airplane architecture , but (not surprisingly) real-life examples of it are pretty hard to find! That’s why we were stoked when we saw this awesome “ Wing House ”  right in the hills of Malibu. Check out all the details of how this  retired 747 was transformed into a high-flying new home for some very lucky residents! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: David Hertz , found materials , francie rehwald , malibu , Recycled Materials , studio of environmental architecture , sustainable design , wing house

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