Skinny micro-apartment can pop up in any city in just one day

October 17, 2017 by  
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The thought of living in an apartment with the footprint of a parking space may seem improbable and uncomfortable, but the chic Tikku micro-apartment shows us that it can be done. In response to pressures of the housing crises, Finnish architect Marco Casagrande of Casagrande Laboratory designed and built a prefabricated mobile micro-apartment that can pop up in as little as a day. The three-story-tall micro-apartment is designed to be mobile so it can go almost anywhere a car can—with enough overhead clearance—and can operate off the grid. Tikku, which means ‘stick’ in Finnish, earns its name from its skinny profile and timber construction assembled from cross-laminated timber modules. The stackable modules occupy the footprint of a parking space measuring 2.5 by 5 meters and require no foundations thanks to a sand box counterweight located at the bottom of the building. Even in Finland’s brutal winters, the architects say that 20-centimeter-thick cross-laminated timber is sufficient to weather the cold without added insulation . The first Tikku prototype was unveiled for the Helsinki Design Week 2017 outside Atheneum in the heart of Helsinki. The 37.5-square-meter micro-apartment includes three floors, one for sleeping, another for working, and the topmost reserved for a light-filled greenhouse. The CLT modules allow for easy customization and the introduction of different living spaces, from a kitchen and sauna to knitting room and workshop. Related: NYC announces opening of its first micro-apartment building, Carmel Place The Tikku is self-sufficient and runs off of solar energy. Composting toilets are installed, however running water is not. Residents are expected to make use of their urban resources for showers, saunas, and laundry machines—a reasonable expectation for cities like Helsinki or Tokyo that have that infrastructure. “Tikku is a safe-house for neo-archaic biourbanism, a contemporary cave for a modern urban nomad,” wrote the architects. “It will offer privacy, safety and comfort. All the rest of the functions can be found in the surrounding city. Tikku is a needle of urban acupuncture, conquering the no-man’s land from the cars and tuning the city towards the organic. Many Tikkus can grow side-by-side like mushrooms and they can fuse into larger organisms.” + Casagrande Laboratory Via ArchDaily Images via Casagrande Laboratory

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The first off-grid Ecocapsule microhomes are shipping to customers this year

June 6, 2017 by  
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Want to travel to the beach or a mountaintop or a jungle – and spend the night in style every time? The Ecocapsule offers that flexibility in a tiny off-grid package. The company just announced it has secured financial backing to move forward with the microhome – and they’re planning to deliver the first Ecocapsules to clients later this year. Late night television host James Corden recently tested the versatile pods out in a peaceful garden, a horse ranch, and a restaurant rooftop – check out his take after the break. Corden hit up the Ecocapsule to explore the latest trends in travel and eco-friendly living. The egg-shaped, mobile microhome is around eight feet high, seven feet long, and 14.5 feet wide, and it’s powered by rooftop solar cells and a small wind turbine . It also collects rainwater to be reclaimed as drinking water. A folding bed, bathroom, kitchenette, and living area provide travelers with all the amenities of a luxury hotel . The Ecocapsule can be towed via trailer or sent to a location in a shipping container. Related: The world’s first off-grid EcoCapsule is now available for pre-order Corden envisioned the Ecocapsule in exotic locations like the Grand Canyon or a beach in Ibiza. He took his characteristic humorous approach to the design of the pod, asking founder Tomas Zacek, “How do I know this isn’t just some sort of spaceship?” Ecocapsule will only make 50 of the first edition pods, but they plan to start mass producing the microhomes for a lower price in 2018. It seems Corden enjoyed his time wandering in the Ecocapsule; he said in the video, “I could stay here for years.” He also told Zacek that snuggling encapsulates the ethos behind the Ecocapsule. + Ecocapsule

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Oregon couple spends years building their net-zero ‘extreme green dream home’

June 6, 2017 by  
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Some people may spend years designing their dream home, but one ambitious couple in Oregon has just spent years building their “extreme green dream home.” As beautiful as it is sustainable , the Desert Rain home by Tozer Design is a 2,236-square-foot net-zero structure that was designed to meet the Living Building Challenge’s green building criteria – the industry’s most stringent. The couple began to build their “conventional” dream home on the same 0.7 acre lot in 2008, but upon hearing about the Living Building Challenge in the fall of 2009, they made the painful decision to scrap their original plans and shoot for the challenge. The result is a beautiful estate made up of five buildings, including the main residence, a detached apartment, a second detached building that can be used as an office or guest space, and the home’s two garages. Related: California city could become the first Zero Net Energy city in the U.S. The new construction began by repurposing materials from two aging mill houses that were previously on the lot. In addition to salvaging the existing materials, the team went far and beyond in finding sustainable, locally-sourced materials for the new home. In addition to the recovered wood already salvaged, reclaimed wood and FSC-certified lumber were brought in from the surrounding region. Additional materials were also specially made for the home’s green construction , such as the exterior plaster, which is almost entirely made out of local clay, straw, and sand. To conserve energy and costs whenever possible, other materials were constructed by the team by ordering and crafting the materials onsite. For example, rather than purchasing the items separately, a large roll of steel was ordered and cut onsite to construct the roofing, eaves, and rain gutters. Desert Rain is a power house of sustainability as well as energy efficiency . The home uses three renewable energy systems , including a solar array on the rooftop, a solar thermal drainage system that heats water and powers the hydronic floor system, and an innovative solar “hot air” system that is used to evaporate liquid from the home’s composting system. Given that the home is located in the arid high-desert region of Eastern Oregon, where the climate is dry and annual rainfall scarce, water conservation can be complicated for any homeowner. This made achieving the Net Zero Water criteria of the project a complicated task. However, using the unique layout of the five buildings, a rainwater collection system was conceived using the standing seam metal roofs to route rainwater through downspouts to the ground-level gravel filters to be used in the landscaping, which features mainly native plantings. + Tozer Design Via Living Future Photography by Chandler Photography

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How former NYC mayor Bloomberg is filling Trump’s climate change vacuum

June 6, 2017 by  
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President Donald Trump last week announced America would be exiting the Paris Agreement , but now it looks like his administration might be the only ones to leave. States, cities, universities, and businesses have all announced their intention to slash carbon emissions as pledged in the accord, with former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg leading the charge. Even before Trump made his announcement, Bloomberg released a book written with former Sierra Club head Carl Pope arguing no matter who holds power in the White House, it’s really citizens who can make the difference in the battle against climate change . “Climate of Hope” is the title of Bloomberg and Pope’s book, described by Al Gore as an “inspiring must read.” Journalist Thomas Friedman of The New York Times said the book could offer Trump a blueprint on how to address climate change. The book offers ideas on how businesses and local governments can tackle carbon emissions, in ways like building bike lanes or switching over to energy-efficient heating and cooling. Related: US states and cities say they’re sticking to the Paris Accord without Trump Cities in particular are on the frontline of the battle against climate change. They account for 70 percent of carbon emissions, according to a video interview with Bloomberg, and 50 percent of the world’s people dwell in cities. “Cities are where the problems are, and where the solutions are…If people can change their behavior, they can stop the problem and fix the world,” Bloomberg says in the video. In addition to the book, Bloomberg is heading a coalition of states, cities, universities, and businesses that aim to stick with the Paris Agreement . He’s also giving $15 million over two years to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change . You can find out more about Climate of Hope here or order the book here . + Climate of Hope Via Business Insider Images via Michael Bloomberg on Twitter ( 1 , 2 )

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Minim Workspace is an affordable office that can be parked like a car

December 9, 2016 by  
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Why work in a cubicle when you can park your office in a new place every day? The mobile Minim Workspace can be parked anywhere that’s legal to park a car for an extended time period. The trailer, which can be used as a studio and home office, is cousin to Minim House , an award-winning mobile micro home that received three American Institute of Architects awards for design. The 80-square-foot Minim Workspace is cost effective, flexible and provides a private, quiet office space. The full office model includes a keyless entry, a five-foot electric sit or standing desk with a conference table, six-foot sofa, noiseless AC system, LED lighting , a microwave, sink, and a fridge. Related: Tiny workplace on wheels can make each day at the office different! The company also offers an off-grid option that includes a 1.5kW solar array , one battery bank, and all electronics necessary to fully power the Workspace, including lighting, outlets, heat, and air-conditioning. The off-grid system is not designed for continual full overnight use since it requires some sun exposure, and must be switched off when the Workspace is unoccupied. Minim is currently accepting deposits for leased units within 75 miles of Washington DC, with delivery expected March 2017. + Minimwork

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Berkeley couple builds a 200-square-foot home for a minimal, mindful lifestyle

October 23, 2015 by  
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World’s Tiniest Tiny Home Constructed in Tucson, AZ

April 1, 2015 by  
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Tiny homes are becoming more and more popular, and new design ideas seem to pop up every other day. We’ve seen some pretty impressive micro dwellings from all over the world, but this miniature masterpiece from Tucson Arizona is officially the teensiest house on Earth – so small in fact that it is almost impossible to fit inside. Measuring a mere 2′ long by 2′ wide, the 4 square foot home is approximately the size of person, but thanks to a bit of ingenuity and space-saving design principles, it has everything its owner, 32-year-old Randall Walker, could possibly need. Read the rest of World’s Tiniest Tiny Home Constructed in Tucson, AZ Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “april fools” , Eco Architecture , green architecture , Green Building , green design , micro home , micro housing , Smallest Tiny Home , sustainable design , tiny home , tiny house , world’s smallest house , world’s tiniest house , World’s Tiniest Tiny Home

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The Grama Eco Vehicle Comes With A Green Roof!

April 1, 2015 by  
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Innovation sometimes strikes from the least likely places, and this concept is proof of this statement. The Grama , by Portuguese luxury car company Tolos, is a hydrogen-powered vehicle that compliments its sleek design with a brand new fueling solution. Whereas most hydrogen vehicles face the problem of a lack of fueling stations , the Grama solves this by turning water into hydrogen thanks to its unique green roof ! Read the rest of The Grama Eco Vehicle Comes With A Green Roof! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco car , eco vehicle , Grama Green Roof vehicle , green car , Green roof vehicle , green vehicle , Hydrogen power green roof vehicle , Tolos Grama

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Man Hacks Prius to Run on San Francisco MUNI Electric Bus Power Lines

April 1, 2015 by  
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When we first spotted this crazy picture of a Prius driver hitching a free energy ride on San Francisco’s MUNI power lines, we couldn’t believe it! Equipped with a giant trolley pole, the Franken-Prius hacks into the same overhead electrical system that propels the city’s buses, getting free power from San Francisco ‘s public transportation infrastructure. Read the rest of Man Hacks Prius to Run on San Francisco MUNI Electric Bus Power Lines Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “april fools” , bold italic , bus , franken-hybrid , franken-prius , green transportation , hybrid cars , muni , muni bus , prius , San Francisco , sierra hartman

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Test Drive Tiny Living in a Wheelhaus Cabin at the Luxurious Fireside Resort in Jackson, WY

November 21, 2014 by  
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