This amazing underground house in Greece frames views of an olive grove

June 5, 2017 by  
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This underground holiday home in Greece is topped with a green roof that offers panoramic views of the Peloponnese peninsula. The owners commissioned LASSA Architects to design a house that would activate the periphery of the plot and provide a vantage point from which to observe the surroundings. The 1614-square-foot Villa Ypsilon is located in an olive grove in southern Peloponnese. A three-pronged concrete shell forms the roof and establishes three courtyards with different exposures to the sun. An eye-shaped swimming pool and sun deck are partially sheltered underneath a concrete lip that defines the green roof. Two other curved facades frame a sunken seating area and the main entrance to the building. Related: Take a Peek at a Stunning Secret Swiss Villa Hidden Into a Mountainside! “The design of the concrete shell and the courtyards’ orientation is such that it produces shadows at specific times of the day,” said the architects. “We are interested in the idea of form integration. That is, that form can be the result of overlapping and precise design decisions . . . in this case the vaulting concrete shell is structural, its bisecting axes frames specific views, its sloping [form] makes it walkable and its extent is a result of environmental optimization.” Related: Beautiful Underground Aloni House Blends in With The Earth Most of the structure is prefabricated, which significantly reduced assembly costs and construction time. The architects used a CNC machine to fabricate prototypes of the concrete shell and develop the final shape of the house. The use of locally sourced materials – such as concrete, terrazzo and marble – root the design in its cultural and geographic context. + LASSA Architects Via Dezeen Photos by NAARO

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How climate change could alter the environment in 100 years

June 5, 2017 by  
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Want to know exactly what President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement means? Here are some projections of how climate change could alter our planet in the upcoming century. From rising sea levels to a thawing Arctic and bleached coral reefs , the Earth we leave to our grandchildren could be a remarkably different place. Director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies Gavin Schmidt told Business Insider we can’t stop global warming . It’s already in motion even if we were to curb all carbon emissions tomorrow. But Schmidt said it’s possible for us to slow climate change so we can better adapt to our changing world. Business Insider drew from several sources to examine what our world could look like – if nations do indeed stick to the Paris Agreement. Related: Several scientists predict the apocalypse will occur uncomfortably soon We’ll see more temperature anomalies – or how much a given temperature is off the normal temperature of a region. Greenland summers could be utterly free of ice by 2050. Tropical summers could have 50 percent more extreme heat days by 2050. Water resources will be impacted, with scientists predicting severe droughts will occur more frequently. Rising sea levels could also change life on the coasts of numerous countries, and unexpected collapses of ice shelves could erratically change sea levels. Oceans could rise two to three feet by 2100, which could displace around four million people even in the best case scenarios. Meanwhile oceans will warm as they absorb carbon dioxide and lead to acidification that threatens coral reefs – nearly all of tropical reefs could be harmed. Half of those tropical coral reefs are still under threat in best case scenarios. Schmidt said the 2100 Earth could be between “a little bit warmer than today and a lot warmer than today.” We have an opportunity now to curb emissions and slow climate change through solutions like renewable energy or carbon capture technology. We just have to take action. Via Business Insider Images via NASA , Andreas Kambanis on Flickr , and Matt Kieffer on Flickr

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Self-built Tinhouse is a contemporary take on Isle of Skye vernacular design

July 26, 2016 by  
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Set on the northwestern tip of the Isle of Skye, the 70-square-meter Tinhouse overlooks beautiful views of The Minch strait. The holiday home is both modern and rustic with its gabled form and corrugated aluminum skin. The metal cladding also helps protect the home from the harsh elements. Rural Design founders Gill Smith and Alan Dickson designed and built the Tinhouse over the course of five years and chose materials for “an ease of build by one person.” The architects write: “In this way, the handmade Tinhouse celebrates the self-build tradition commonly found in a rural context.” Related: Modern Cliff House overlooks stunning seaside views on Scotland’s Isle of Skye In contrast to the uniform metal skin, the modern interior sports a diverse color and materials palette. Muted concrete, white-painted surfaces, and timber framing provide a neutral backdrop for the vibrant pops of color used in the furnishings, from the grass green chairs to the sunset orange cushions. The bespoke furniture reflects the “handmade spirit of the house” and is built from recycled materials , such as the beds and seats constructed from leftover structural timber. A series of windows line the side of the house facing the water to frame views of the strait. + Rural Design Via Dezeen Images © David Barbour, Rural Design, Alex Rece

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Dreamy holiday home by the lake makes the most of a small footprint

May 30, 2016 by  
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Commissioned by a family of five who sought a simple country getaway from Bratislava , the holiday home is sited on an island in the Danube River overlooking beautiful lakeside views. With only 65 square meters to work with, the architects organized the home around a large open-plan central living room and exposes a tall vaulted ceiling to create a sense of spaciousness. Natural light pours into the building through large glazed folding doors that open up to the adjacent lake and extend the footprint of the home to the outdoors. Whereas the building facade is mostly painted white, the timber-lined interior features a playful and eye-catching pop of color in the wall and shelving partition painted vibrant green. The partition opposite the green-painted wall is made from masonry blocks that absorb thermal energy from the fireplace and gradually release the heat over time. Both partition walls hide the sleeping areas and bathrooms, which include a master bedroom on one end and two sets of bunk beds on the other. Loft space beneath the rafters on both ends of the home can be used to accommodate extra guests or as play area for children. Related: JRKVC’s IST House Uses Traditional Slovakian Building Techniques to Reduce its Footprint “Outside the cabin is almost monochrome, just natural wood and white painted cladding,” says architect Peter Jurkovi?. “No details. All attention is paid to the essential part of the house, which is inside. There we find the beauty, colors and textures.” + JRKVC Via Dezeen Images via Peter Jurkovi?

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Statue of Liberty, Venice among world heritage sites at risk from climate change

May 30, 2016 by  
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The Statue of Liberty, Venice, Stonehenge, Galápagos islands and Easter Island are among the 31 natural and cultural world heritage sites in 29 countries that are threatened by climate change , according to a new report . Titled “World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate,” the study was launched by UNESCO, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) at the the UN Environmental Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya. “Globally, we need to better understand, monitor and address climate change threats to World Heritage sites,” said Mechtild Rössler, director of UNESCO’s World Heritage Center. “As the report’s findings underscore, achieving the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting global temperature rise to a level well below 2°C is vitally important to protecting our World Heritage for current and future generations.” Related: Five Pacific Ocean islands have already disappeared because of climate change The report finds that the iconic tourism sites are vulnerable to increasing temperatures, melting glaciers, rising seas, intensifying weather events, worsening droughts and longer wildfire seasons. Scientists involved in the study stressed the importance of global warming mitigation, stating that reducing greenhouse gases and restoring ecosystems in line with the Paris Agreement is “vital for the future of World Heritage.” According to the study, climate resilience will be important to protecting the sites. Venice is taking action on climate change adaptation with the building of the Mose flood barrier project . Related: Venice’s $7 Billion Moses Flood-Protection System Passes its First Test The report is not without controversy. It was revealed that the government of Australia pressured UNESCO to remove any mention of Australia in relation to the country’s wold heritage sites, including the Great Barrier Reef. The scrubbing of any references to Australia comes at a time when 93 percent of the Great Barrier Reef has been hit by coral bleaching. While Australia claimed it would impact tourism, Will Steffen, a scientific reviewer of the report, called the tactics reminiscent of “the old Soviet Union.” + Report: World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate Via The Guardian Images via Flickr and Wikipedia

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Green-roofed Dockboot holiday home blends into a Dutch island’s dune landscape

March 18, 2016 by  
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This gorgeous seaside holiday home will give you cabin envy

February 3, 2016 by  
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Neit is the world’s first hard case, collapsable smart luggage

February 3, 2016 by  
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Tired of cramming your suitcase into whatever precious square feet you have for storage in your small living space? So were the creators of Néit luggage, which is why they developed suitcases able to be flattened and stowed away so you can save your space for more important, everyday items. It also includes GPS so that you will never have to struggle with lost luggage again. Read the rest of Neit is the world’s first hard case, collapsable smart luggage

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BREAKING: What Flint officials knew about the poisoned water, and when

February 3, 2016 by  
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When news of Flint, Michigan ’s water crisis made national headlines, it sounded a lot like a struggling community’s attempt to save money that turned into a terrible accident. As time rolls on, and more details of the events leading to the present are unveiled, it’s become apparent that this was no accident at all. Although the full story has yet to be told and some facts are still buried within the shelter of government offices, much of the evidence that has been made public paints a disturbing picture that nobody expected. Flint’s water source was switched to the Flint River in early 2014 not to save money, as the public was told at the time, but for mysterious yet-unknown reasons. The unhealthy concentrations of a variety of toxins – including lead – was no secret at upper levels of state government, and yet officials repeatedly told the public that the water was safe, the situation was under control, and there was nothing to worry about – even as they stocked their offices with purified water. Nobody knew how wrong they were until it was too late. Read the rest of BREAKING: What Flint officials knew about the poisoned water, and when

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Rotating walls and transformable furniture make two rooms vanish in the “Little Big” MJE House

October 20, 2015 by  
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