Reinventing the African Mud Hut: Winners of the 2014 Mud House Design Competition

October 15, 2014 by  
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  The challenge for this year’s Mud House Design competition in Ghana was to design a single-family unit on a plot no larger than 60 x 60 feet at a cost of no more than $6,000 (excluding land cost). The idea was designed to generate contemporary mud house designs  o be available for free for everyone to use, and to hold building workshops to construct the best design entries. These would serve as examples to the local people that mud architecture can be both durable and beautiful. After receiving numerous submissions , the Nka Foundation has announced the winners: The 1st prize winning design is Sankofa House by M.A.M.O.T.H from France ; the 2nd prize winner is Eban Aya by Atelier Koe in Senegal; and the 3rd prize is awarded to Ejisu Earth House by Jason Orbe-Smith from the USA. More information can be found at the Nka Foundation website. + Nka Foundation 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! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: African architecture , African mud house , African mud hut , Atelier Koe , contemporary mud house , Eban Aya , Ejisu Earth House , Ghana , Jason Orbe-Smith , local earth , M.A.M.O.T.H. , mud house , Mud House Design , mud hut , Nka Foundation , Sankofa House , Senegal

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East Meets West in Tongji University’s Para Eco-House Design for the European Solar Decathlon

September 7, 2012 by  
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Read the rest of East Meets West in Tongji University’s Para Eco-House Design for the European Solar Decathlon Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , “sustainable architecture” , Daoism , european solar decathlon , madrid , Para Eco-House , Para EcoHouse , photovoltaics thermal , Solar Decathlon , solar decathlon europe , Solar Power , Tongji University

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Powerscape: A Solar Canopy That Could Provide Power and Shelter in the Desert

September 7, 2012 by  
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The world’s deserts receive a tremendous amount of solar exposure – in fact, it’s estimated that if just 0.3% of the Saharan Desert was used for a concentrating solar plant, it would produce enough energy to power all of Europe. Architect and technologist Otto Ng has designed a large solar canopy called the Powerscape that is capable of generating energy while serving as a functioning habitat. While the canopy has the potential to be a cheap and practical system for harnessing solar energy, the concept of placing a giant canopy over desert areas does raise a few questions. Read the rest of Powerscape: A Solar Canopy That Could Provide Power and Shelter in the Desert Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , Canopy , Design , geoengineering , habitat , otto ng , powerscape , solar canopy , Solar Power , TED Conference , TENT

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Collision Works is a Boutique Shipping Container Hotel Slated For Detroit

September 7, 2012 by  
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Olson Kundig’s Glass Farmhouse braces weather with ease

May 14, 2011 by  
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Piyaliswamy: An ideal house shelters us in all seasons and keeps us comfortable in all weather situations. Architects around the globe have attempted to build dwellings that could prevail over the severity of the weather conditions and suits all seasons in style. In a similar bid, Seattle-based studio Olson Kundig Architects has completed the Glass Farmhouse project on a rural site in Northeast Oregon on demands of a client

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Eight electric vehicles that broke speed records

May 13, 2011 by  
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Vmumtaz: In our daily lives we see a number of regular vehicles running on roads. Its speed usually ranges to the level of competitor’s range and rarely a few would be above the margins.

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Solar Energy House relies entirely on natural resources

September 11, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Sustainable house harnesses renewable solar energy.

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More Green Roof Greenwash: Gary Neville’s Teletubby House

January 28, 2010 by  
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Guardian Everyone is having great sport with UK footballer Gary Neville for proposing an underground “ecobunker” designed by the talented MAKE architects , comparing it to the home of Laa-Laa, Tinky-Winky, Dipsy, and Po.

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