Airy Costa Rica home enjoys incredible views of the ocean and jungle

August 15, 2017 by  
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This gorgeous Costa Rican residence occupies a unique location near Santa Teresa Beach, where the jungle meets the Pacific Ocean. Architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe designed the Ocean Eye House to provide stunning views of its natural surroundings while supporting an outdoor lifestyle. The house, listed for the WAN House of the Year 2017, rests against the back of a steep hill in order to help stabilize the soil. It combines closed, private spaces and light , open areas that allow the owners to enjoy the surrounding landscape. Related: Striking Off-Grid House on the Osa Penninsula in Costa Rica This design approach resulted in a series of interwoven terraces that create different levels which blur the line between the interior and the exterior spaces. This spatial ambiguity allows the occupants to truly appreciate the dual nature of the building’s location. + Benjamin Garcia Saxe Via World Architecture News Photos by Andres Garcia Lachner

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Prefab Casa Algarrobo mimics the rhythm of surrounding trees in Chile

July 13, 2016 by  
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The volume of Algarrobo House is divided into areas housing different programs: private, semi-private and public. Its modular structure makes it easy to differentiate between open and intimate spaces, occupied areas, circulation, and terraces. Providing views of the forest on each side, the house becomes a perfect place for enjoying the Chilean natural landscapes . Related: Minimalist timber CML House in Chile features a unique pinwheel layout Moments of privacy are distributed throughout the interior, including in the living room, circulation routes and bedrooms. Prefab structure allowed the architects to play with the concept of rhythm and introduce subtle elements that break up the order to form distinct environments. + Garcia de la Huerta and Gleixner architects

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FarmBot Genesis seeds, waters, and fertilizes your garden with life-giving precision

July 13, 2016 by  
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Having zero green thumbs, I get a little excited each time I hear about a technological advancement in farming that could help people like me successfully grow our own food. A few years back, we reported on the open-source farming machine called FarmBot , which comprises a stationary frame and moving arm that can plant seeds , water plants, or spray nutrient-rich fertilizers. Now, the company is accepting preorders for its Genesis kits at a discounted price. The kits are geared toward helping backyard farmers make the most of their tiny plots. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNkADHZStDE FarmBot Genesis has many benefits. The machine operates based on programmed instructions and a detailed grid map of the garden plot and can, with exacting precision, plant seeds in perfect rows—a tiresome and sometimes backache-inducing task for a human farmer. Genesis also waters plants on a set schedule, monitors soil conditions, and even takes care of weeds. Watching the machine in action is a thing of true beauty, especially when you can do so from a hammock in the shade while sipping an icy glass of lemonade. Related: FarmBot is an open-source farming machine designed to bring technology to agriculture Despite the complexity of the device, setting it up seems to be quite simple. Users log in to a web-based app that makes it super easy to plan a garden by dragging and dropping the desired plants onto a visual grid. By default, 33 common crops are available to choose from. The software is preloaded with details about ideal plant spacing for each variety, so the Genesis adjusts for those spaces automatically without any effort or guesswork on behalf of the human farmer. The app is accessible via computer, smartphone, or tablet, so it’s easy to make changes on the fly. Genesis can manage gardens ranging up to 9.5 feet x 4.6 feet (2.9 meters × 1.4 meters), with a maximum plant height of around 20 inches (0.5 meters) to allow clearance for the machine’s moving arm. Because the project is open-source , folks with advanced techie skills will probably soon find crazy new ways the Genesis can benefit their backyard gardens, but even a Luddite will be able to reap what technology can sow. In fact, they will have to do exactly that because, although Genesis is quite skilled in plant maintenance, it doesn’t harvest the final product. + Preorder FarmBot Genesis Via Modern Farmer Images via FarmBot

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Well-Endowed Frog Bounces Back in California Forest

March 13, 2011 by  
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Photo Credit: Larry Serpa/The Nature Conservancy This is the coastal tailed frog, but that’s not Mr. Frog’s tail dragging on the ground

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