Designers propose sustainable housing in response to COVID-19 lifestyle changes

May 26, 2020 by  
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For those lucky enough to keep their jobs during the global pandemic, a large portion have been working from home — a privilege that could become a permanent way of life for many. In response to how COVID-19 continues to reshape our lives, Paris-based architecture firm Studio BELEM has proposed Aula Modula, a conceptual live/work urban housing scheme that emphasizes flexibility, community and sustainability. In addition to providing individual workspaces for work-from-home setups, Aula Modula would also offer plenty of green spaces as a means of bringing nature back to the city. Envisioned for a post- COVID-19 world, Aula Modula combines elements of high-density urban living with greater access to nature. According to Studio BELEM, the concept is an evolution of traditional western architectural and urban planning models that have been unchanged for years and fail to take into account diminishing greenery in cities, rising commute times and the conveniences afforded by the internet. Related: Architects design COVID-19 mobile testing labs for underserved communities “Aula Modula chooses to free itself from the standards and codes of traditional housing,” the architects explained in a project statement. “The Aula Modula brings back a natural environment to the city, promoting new commonly shared spaces and social interactions between its residents.” In addition to providing individual home offices to each apartment, the live/work complex includes communal access to a central courtyard and terraces to promote a sense of community — both social and professional — between residents and workers. The architects propose to construct the development primarily from timber to reduce the project’s carbon footprint. Aula Modula is also envisioned with green roofs irrigated with recycled and treated wastewater, a series of terraced vegetable gardens and a communal greenhouse warmed with recovered thermal energy from the building. The apartments would sit atop a mix of retail and recreational services, such as a grocery store, craft brewery and yoga studio. + Studio Belem Images by Studio Belem

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Floating treehouse inside Mexican forest is a dreamy escape from city noise

May 7, 2019 by  
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In the heart of Mexico City, local architectural firm Talleresque has completed Casa Flotante (Floating House), a treehouse-like oasis in the forest. Elevated on nine stilts, the three-story home and work studio stands tall and narrow, mimicking the surrounding trees. As a celebration of indoor-outdoor living , the house is built of locally sourced materials and large glazed windows that pulls the outdoors in. Raised above sloped terrain, Casa Flotante floating house is anchored into the forest floor and spans a total area of 936 square feet. The base, which consists of nine pillars organized in a grid layout, supports a large timber platform above and has space for storage and a water cistern below. A short flight of stairs leads to the first floor, where nearly half the area is used as an outdoor living room edged in with planters. Inside is a compact living space with a workspace that faces the outdoors, a kitchenette and dedicated area for the drum set. An outdoor staircase wraps around the slender home to the second floor where the bathroom and shower is located, and then winds up once more to the final floor where the bedroom is found. Timber is the predominate material used in the project, from the exterior cladding and stair treads to the interior walls, floors, ceilings and furnishings. Floor-to-ceiling windows , large glazed openings and skylights illuminate every the floating house like a lantern, creating a constant connection with the outdoors. Related: This elevated prefab home in Chile takes in striking volcano views “Casa Flotante is much more than all its spaces,” says Juan De La Rosa of Talleresque. “It’s a bridge between nature and shelter, which invites all trees and plants inside. The behavior is not to dominate but to reflect. To give into the landscape… like a mirror. Made of light and reflections, the atmosphere multiplies its views and sensations. Size and proportion lets one ascend in a spiral, through the house between the studio and the bedroom: Between pleasure and creation; through thoughts and dreams.” + Talleresque Images by Studio Chirika

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The Bones of an Old Butcher Shop Rise Anew as a Charming Architecture Studio in Vancouver

May 20, 2014 by  
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LEED Platinum Pine+Minor Apartments Mix Work & Living in Downtown Seattle

December 3, 2013 by  
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14 Green Gifts for Big Kids

December 3, 2013 by  
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Even the greenest kids want gift action during the holiday season, but that doesn’t mean you have to buy them junk from Walmart. We’ve collected a list of 14 green gifts that will cheer up your kid without being totally detrimental to the environment, and they might learn something at the same time. From this cool root vue farm that provides a fun food-growing experience to a kit that allows you kids to turn just about any recycled paper into fun beads and wildflower seed bombs for the budding guerrilla gardner, our guide has ideas for kids with all kinds of interests. GREEN GIFTS FOR BIG KIDS > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Aqua farm , aquaponic farm for kids , Bird Habitat Garden , Butterfly kit , Charlotte’s Web , children’s books , christmas gifts , Cubebot , earth-friendly gifts , eco gifts for kids , eco presents , eco-blocks for kids , eco-gifts , farming kits for kids , Fuel Car Car Science Kit , Fuel Car Kit for Kids , gift guide , gifts for guerrilla gardeners , gifts for kids , Glob Paint Kit , green building blocks , green gift guide , green gifts , green gifts for big kids , Green gifts for kids , green holidays , green office , green presents , green xmas , holiday gift guide , holidays , Magnetic Cube Puzzle , non-toxic paint , non-toxic supplies for kids , Novara Pixie Bike , presents , puzzles for kids , Recycled Paper Beads , REI bike for kids , science kits for kids , seed bombs , sustainable gifts for kids , tegu blocks , toys for kids , toys made with natural materials , Wildflower seed bombs , wooden toys , xmas gifts        

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Houston Architecture Office Doubles as Beautiful Eco Home

January 14, 2011 by  
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