Tiny homes made of concrete pipes could be the next big thing in micro housing

January 10, 2018 by  
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The micro-housing trend has really taken off over the last decade, and a new age of tiny urban homes is now upon us. Created by James Law Cybertecture , the Opod Tube House is made from a repurposed concrete pipe and designed as an affordable home for young people who struggle with housing costs in the world’s major cities. Unveiled recently in Hong Kong, the tiny tube houses are created out of repurposed concrete water pipes that measure a little over eight feet in diameter. The tubes are designed to accommodate one or two people and come with approximately 1000 square feet of living space. The interiors are equipped with the standard amenities, including a living room with a bench that converts into a bed, a mini-fridge, a bathroom, a shower and plenty of storage space for clothes and personal items. Related: Totally Tubular TubeHotel In Mexico Offers Up Accommodations In Recycled Concrete Pipes According to the architect behind the design, James Law, the inspiration behind the tiny tube homes is practical, both for young people looking for homes as well as city governments trying to provide affordable options. Although the structures are far from being lightweight at 22 tons apiece, they require little in terms of installation and can be easily secured to one another, which reduces installation costs. The tubes are easily stacked and can be installed in any small unused spaces commonly found in cities. The architect envisions entire tube communities installed in alleyways, under bridges, etc. Law explained in an interview with Curbed , that the concept is feasible for any urban environment , “Sometimes there’s some land left over between buildings which are rather narrow so it’s not easy to build a new building. We could put some OPods in there and utilize that land.” + Opod Tube Housing + James Law Cybertecture Via Apartment Therapy Images via Opod Tube Housing Facebook

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16-year-old inspires U.S. city to pass law requiring solar panels on all new homes

July 20, 2017 by  
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More United States cities are taking strong measures to move the clean energy economy forward. This week, South Miami passed a law requiring new houses to be outfitted with solar panels . The law will even apply to some renovations. It’s the first of its kind in Florida , and passed four to one – and some of the inspiration for the law came from a high school student. High schooler Delaney Reynolds, who was 16 at the time, learned about San Francisco’s 2016 measure requiring solar panels on all new buildings of 10 stories or less. She thought cities in Florida could do the same. Reynolds, who started a nonprofit called The Sink or Swim Project to tackle climate change in South Florida, wrote mayors of around half a dozen cities in her area, according to InsideClimate News, and South Miami mayor Philip Stoddard was the first to reply. He asked Reynolds to help write the ordinance. Related: San Francisco approves measure to require solar panels on new buildings Under the law, new homes will have to have 175 square feet of solar panels per 1,000 square feet of roof area in the sun, or 2.75 kilowatts per 1,000 square feet of living space – whichever one is less. If the house is constructed beneath trees already there it may be exempt. If more than 75 percent of an existing home is being replaced by renovations , or if a home is being extended by 75 percent, the new law will apply as well. On Tuesday, the law passed, with only commissioner Josh Liebman voting against it. Liebman said he’s not against solar power but is for freedom of choice. The law will go into effect in September. Only around 10 new homes are built in the area a year, so Stoddard acknowledges the measure won’t change the world. But he said officials in other areas like Orlando and St. Petersburg have indicated interest, so the idea could spread. Via InsideClimate News and Miami Herald Images via Wikimedia Commons and The Sink or Swim Project Facebook

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13 Stunning Sand Sculptures to Help Unleash Your Inner Architect at the Beach

July 20, 2014 by  
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For most, a trip to the beach is all about relaxing and soaking up the sun, but for others it’s an opportunity to unleash their inner starchitect. From the classic castle fit for a fairytale princess to gigantic teddy bears, we’ve rounded up over a dozen stunning sand art masterpieces guaranteed to make your jaw drop. Click through the link to see some truly amazing artworks to fuel the inspiration for your next beach creation. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: amazing sand castles , beach , sand , sand art , sand castles , sand masterpieces , sand sculpture , sand sculpture competition , sand sculpture festival , sand sculptures

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Edith Macefield: The 84-Year-Old Who Refused a Million Dollars and Forced a Shopping Mall to Build Around Her House

March 19, 2014 by  
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Have you heard of Edith Macefield? This old lady turned down a million dollars to sell her home to make way for a shopping mall in Seattle, Washington. Without Edith’s land, the developer had to alter the building’s plan so that it would meander around the small, two-story house. At 84 years old, Edith had become a folk hero. And if you think her house looks familiar, it’s probably because it looks amazingly similar to (and could be the inspiration for) the famous flying house in Pixar’s animated film UP . Read the rest of Edith Macefield: The 84-Year-Old Who Refused a Million Dollars and Forced a Shopping Mall to Build Around Her House Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Edith Macefield , gentrification fight Seattle , gentrification Seattle , gentrification US cities , old lady folk hero Seattle , seattle architecture , Seattle landmarks , Seattle shopping mall , social responsibility        

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DC’s ‘Voyage of Discovery’ Exhibition Explores Climate Change in the Arctic

March 10, 2014 by  
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Climate change in the Arctic is the inspiration for a three-artist show, Voyage of Discovery , on display at the Washington, DC headquarters of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) . The exhibition, created by DC-based artists Michele Banks, Jessica Beels, and Ellyn Weiss, has its roots in the idea of a journey of scientific exploration. This voyage takes viewers to a polar region where the iconic, seemingly eternal, landscape of ice and snow is in profound and rapid transition due to climate change. Read the rest of DC’s ‘Voyage of Discovery’ Exhibition Explores Climate Change in the Arctic Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: AAS Gallery , Art , climate change art , eco-art , environmental art , Voyage of Discovery        

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Gorgeous Green House is Wrapped in a Lush Vertical Garden in Belgium

March 10, 2014 by  
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Scientists Create Robot Ants That Imitate Colony Behavior and Navigate Mazes

April 3, 2013 by  
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Scientists from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and the Research Center on Animal Cognition have used robot technology to shed light on how ants forage and navigate. By creating sugar cube-sized machines called “Alices”, the researchers successfully replicated the movement patterns of Argentine ants without having to program the robots. The Alices left light trails that were able to be detected by the other units via sensors – a process similar to the way ants leave chemical markers. By choosing the path that deviated the least from their trajectory through a maze, the robots mimicked the behaviors of the insects. Read the rest of Scientists Create Robot Ants That Imitate Colony Behavior and Navigate Mazes Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alices , ant colony , argentine ants , maze , mimic , new jersey institute of technology , path , research center on animal cognition , robots , trail

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Lumio: Hard-Bound Book Unfolds to Unveil a Low-Energy Lamp

January 17, 2013 by  
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A bit of light reading anyone? The Lumio may look like a hard-bound book on the outside – but open the cover and it unfolds into a beautiful modern light! Lumio was created by industrial designer Max Gunawan , who told Inhabitat that he got the inspiration for the lamp from his fascination with folding/ origami designs that can be transformed into multiple forms. Read the rest of Lumio: Hard-Bound Book Unfolds to Unveil a Low-Energy Lamp Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: green lighting , green technology , illuminated book , lithium ion battery , Lumio , Max Gunawan , portable lighting

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Panasonic’s New Ene-Farm is the World’s Most Efficient Home Fuel Cell

January 17, 2013 by  
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Last summer, electronics giant Panasonic announced plans to completely reinvent itself and become the top green innovation company in the electronics industry. Now, the company is backing up its talk with actions, focusing its efforts on improving the efficiency of fuel cells. This week, Panasonic and Tokyo Gas announced the launch of their newest Ene-Farm home fuel cell, which owners can use to generate energy from their homes. The new fuel cell also achieves overall efficiency of 95% (LHV), making it the world’s most efficient fuel cell. Read the rest of Panasonic’s New Ene-Farm is the World’s Most Efficient Home Fuel Cell Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , “energy efficiency” , clean tech , ene farm , fuel cell , fuel cells , green tech , Japan , panasonic , Panasonic Corporation , renewable energy , Tokyo Gas

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Strawser & Smith Turn Reclaimed Wood and Metal Into Unique Pieces of Furniture

January 17, 2013 by  
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The furniture makers of Strawser & Smith not only save, refurnish and reupholster antiques from warehouses, old factories and antique dealers, but they also design and create new pieces using scrap metal, iron and reclaimed wood kept in stock pile. A popular piece created by the guys at S&S are the industrial side tables . Using steel, reclaimed wood and baskets from an old factory, they designed these rolling tables with three tiers on which to keep your reading materials within reach of your spot on the sofa. The desire to reuse and repurse along with the popularity of the vintage look and the Made-in-America trend have been growing for the past few years, and S&S combines these elements to create unique, long-lasting furniture. + Strawser & Smith 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: “green furniture” , eco furniture , green design , industrial side tables , reclaimed wood furniture , Strawser & Smith , wood furniture maker

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