Eco-friendly crematorium is envisioned for Santa Monica

September 5, 2019 by  
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Experimental architect Margot Krasojevi? has proposed a fantastical, solar-powered crematorium in Santa Monica that would not only use renewable energy for cremation, but would also give people the option to turn the ashes into tattoos, a concrete reef or even fireworks. In addition to the solar-powered cremation chamber, the design includes an open-plan chapel with a congregation area and an “animated zoetrope garden of remembrance” featuring holographic projections of the deceased. Because Margot Krasojevi?’s ECO CREMATION – Holographic Recycling Cremation project was envisioned for Los Angeles , the architect took inspiration from the city’s piers, boardwalks and coastline to create the undulating architecture and landscape. According to the architect, an average of 20,000 kilograms of wood are used every year for funeral pyre cremations. To reduce the environmental footprint and operating costs of the crematorium, Krasojevi? proposes powering the facility with solar energy and a backup generator fueled by biomass, biogas or a CNG or PNG backup burner. Parabolic reflectors would be installed around the solar cremation chamber to ensure the strongest solar concentration. Related: Entrepreneur sells mushroom suits that decompose your body after death “As the intention is to provide an ecologically friendly pyre, the solar chamber uses combined layers of dichroic and Fresnel glass to concentrate on the sun’s rays,” the architect explained. “The dichroic panels give the illusion of a burning fire, which is an aesthetic used in ceremonial cremations if requested — a spiritual, ceremonial alternative to an open burning fire that pollutes the environment. Once again, the origin of funeral cremations and their current uses throughout the world are addressed by the portrayal of smart material reflecting a dynamic light during the process.” After processing, the ashes can be stored for collection underground or used to memorialize the deceased by transforming them into tattoos, fireworks or a concrete mixture for the creation of an ocean reef. All services would be provided at and by the crematorium. Metals collected from the ashes would be recycled or sold for industrial purposes. At night, the landscape around the crematorium would be illuminated by digital projections of the deceased. + Margot Krasojevi? Architects Images via Margot Krasojevi? Architects

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Breezy, prefab home stays naturally cool in tropical Costa Rica

September 5, 2019 by  
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Sustainable design practice A-01 (A Company / A Foundation) has combined traditional tropical architecture elements with modern prefabrication to produce the No Footprint House, a contemporary and energy-efficient abode that boasts a minimal environmental footprint. Developed for mass production, the first No Footprint House prototype was installed last year in Ojochal, a small village at the edge of a tropical rainforest in Costa Rica. To keep cool in the region’s humid climate, the home relies on passive climate control strategies, from the double-layered facade with operable panels to the slanted solar shades. Spanning an area of 108 square meters, the first No Footprint House prototype is the largest in the No Footprint House series, which also includes a “tiny” version at 36 square meters and a mid-size version at 81 square meters. All housing types can be customized with different finishes and layouts and will be available for purchase in 2020. Related: Low-budget, bioclimatic home boasts a minimal energy footprint in Costa Rica The No Footprint House in Ojochal was prefabricated in the Central Valley of Costa Rica based on a structural grid of 12 by 9 meters and comprises a combined living and dining area, two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a multifunctional terrace. The home was transported to its current location on a single truck bed. Key to the design of the No Footprint House is the centrally located service core, which houses the utilities and machinery and thus groups together the bathrooms, kitchen and laundry area into the heart of the house. The compression of utilities into a centralized location opens up the rest of the steel-framed home to an open-plan layout. Glass sliders and “curtain walls” allow homeowners to reorganize the residence as they see fit. “The NFH is designed to blend with its natural surroundings and minimize the impact of construction on the environment,” explained the design team, who used a natural materials palette with bamboo and wood and topped the building with a solar water heater. “It offers a wide range of adjustable, affordable and replicable solutions to cater for a broad customer segment. The project seeks for integral sustainability in terms of its environmental, economic, social and spatial performance.” Future building configurations will also offer off-grid capability. + A-01 Photography by Fernando Alda Fotografi?a / Fernando Alda via A-01

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Underwater greenhouses could revolutionize farming

July 8, 2015 by  
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Italian divers at the Ocean Reef Group have taken the concept of sustainable farming and blown it out of the water – or, rather, underwater. The world’s first underwater greenhouses , named Nemo’s Garden , have been anchored off the coast of Noli, Italy. So far, five biospheres are providing near-perfect conditions for crops of beans, strawberries, basil, and lettuce and the potential continues to grow. Read the rest of Underwater greenhouses could revolutionize farming Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable agriculture” , agriculture innovation , italian greenhouses , nemos gardens , ocean reef group , underwater agriculture , underwater crops , underwater greenhouses

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