Experience the good old days of off-grid living at the El Cosmico vintage trailer park

May 9, 2017 by  
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Although some may think that tiny home design is a relatively new concept, trailer living has been around almost since the dawn of time, or at least since the creation of the iconic Airstream . For those looking to go back to the good old days of simple living, El Cosmico Trailer Park located in Marfa, Texas, is home to 11 restored vintage trailers that have been painstakingly revamped back to their heyday state of “nomadic recreation.” El Cosmico Park is a colorful trailer community that sits in the desert plains of Marfa , an art-loving community known for its incredible landscape. The vintage trailers have been restored to their original glory as much as possible. Most have marine-varnished birch interiors and no-frills amenities geared to those looking for a respite from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Related: The Vintages boasts 15 painstakingly restored trailers in one retro park The 11 vintage trailers – that are available to rent throughout the year – come in a variety of shapes and sizes, all with their own unique character. The 42-feet Imperial Mansion, for example, has its own bathroom and a full kitchen. Its lovely wooden deck is perfect for a smokey bbq dinner under the stars. Little Pinky, on the other hand is a quaint, she shed-esque 13-feet trailer that also comes with a sweet little deck, but shares an outdoor toilet and shower with her neighbor, Amigo. Each trailer has the basic equipment for cooking, dining, sleeping, bathing, etc., and most have open-air decks. All of the trailers are also equipped with heating and cooling for year-round stays. However, in true off-grid fashion, there is limited Internet, which is only available in the lobby. For those looking to go a bit more rustic, the camp also offers yurts and teepees . + El Cosmico Trailer Park Images via El Cosmico Trailer Park

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Watch this groundbreaking new solar device open and move like a flower

May 9, 2017 by  
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The Smartflower is a groundbreaking solar panel that can’t—and won’t—sit still. Arriving Stateside this month, the portable all-in-one unit mimics the behavior of certain sun-tracking blooms by rotating its solar-module “petals” throughout the day. This format, according to Austria’s Smartflower Energy Technology, allows the system to be 40 to 50 percent more efficient than traditional photovoltaic arrays , which tend to be limited by their fixed tilt. The company claims that a single Smartflower can produce the equivalent of a 4 kilowatt rooftop system, which it hails as a breakthrough for a standalone solar product. You can tell that the Smartflower is designed for residential and small-business use. To add to its visual appeal, it’s available in a slew of colors with names like “berry,” “jungle,” and “porcelain.” The Smartflower’s day starts at sunrise when it deploys its panels, which are backed by brushes that slough off any dust and debris. Related: Tesla unveils discreet new rooftop solar panels Turning to face the sun at a 90-degree angle, it uses GPS-based dual axis tracking to calculate—and shift—its optimal angle as the day progresses. The modules fold up at night, or when sensors detect high winds that may cause them damage. The basic Smartflower model, which starts at around $16,000, can be used in a variety of “plug and play” settings, including juicing up an electric car. A pricier “Plus” version includes battery storage that lets you squirrel away harvested energy to tide you over cloudy days. About 1,000 Smartflowers have already been installed at sites across Europe, including the Botanical Gardens in Madrid and the University of Applied Sciences Kufstein in Austria. Related: Google’s Project Sunroof expands to 7 million homes in Germany Arnold Schwarzenegger , the actor and former governor of California, is apparently fan. “Even though I like size, sometimes something small is very effective, “ a brochure quotes him as saying. “And when it comes to photovoltaic solar there is nothing better than, for instance, the Smartflower. I mean what a brilliant idea, you put this in front of the house, you plug it in—no installation, nothing.” + Smartflower

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This ready-made tiny home can be shipped to any destination

March 24, 2017 by  
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There are those who work for months or even years to create a beautiful tiny home out of nothing, but if you don’t have time for all that, now you can order your own ready-made Mobile Home. The compact structure, designed by Ruzanna Andressa Oganesya, is built on a moving platform and can be transported virtually anywhere. Those looking to go off grid hassle free can order it to be delivered to their desired location, ready to use as a serene mountain retreat or even as an urban home addition. The Mobile Home is a prefab modular construction that is wide enough to fit on a freight-liner truck bed, making delivery ultra-convenient. The home is compact, approximately 150 square feet, and comes with all of the basic necessities, including a selection of furnishings. The compact house is a unique shape, almost completely covered in glass panels. Adding to its charm is a lovely open-air deck that leads into the interior. Related: Inhabitat spends the night in a Harvard-designed tiny cabin in the woods On the interior, a mezzanine floorplan allows for optimal use of space. The bedroom hovers over the living space connected by an open staircase. Along with the glass walls, a skylight floods the home with natural light . Strategically located just over the bed, it allows residents to enjoy a bit of stargazing as they nod off to sleep. + Ruzanna Andressa Oganesya Via Yanko Design

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Self-sufficient Platypus Bend House was built to float above torrential flooding

March 4, 2016 by  
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SOM debuts “world’s largest 3D-printed polymer building” designed for off-grid living

January 28, 2016 by  
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World’s first off-grid EcoCapsule is now available for pre-order

December 17, 2015 by  
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How All Power Labs gasifier technology could revolutionize clean energy production

February 6, 2015 by  
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When the city of Berkeley kept shutting off power to Jim Mason’s unconventionally-zoned artists’ compound, he took matters into his own hands; he built a gasifier to turn plant waste into a source of off-grid sustainable energy. Seven years later, as Katie Fehrenbacher at GigaOm reports , Mason’s project has grown into a start up— All Power Labs —which has shipped hundreds of small-scale gasifiers to clients all over the world. Read the rest of How All Power Labs gasifier technology could revolutionize clean energy production Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , “sustainable energy” , all power labs , alternative energy , biochar , gasification , gasifier , green energy , jim mason , off grid living , renewable energy

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Stylish Tiny Home Boasts Off Grid Luxury Living on Wheels

March 10, 2014 by  
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‘In Orbit’ Artists Live in a Giant Hamster Wheel for 10 Days

March 10, 2014 by  
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Doesn’t it seem like we’re all stuck on an ever-rotating hamster wheel – working and sleeping, working and sleeping? Alex Schwader and fellow artist Ward Shelley actually lived in or on a giant hamster wheel for 10 days as part of a performance piece entitled “In Orbit.” The 25 foot diameter wheel complete with furniture is installed in the Boiler in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Read the rest of ‘In Orbit’ Artists Live in a Giant Hamster Wheel for 10 Days Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Alex Schwader art , art installation , Counterweight Roommate , hamster wheel art , In Orbit Art installation , In Orbit hamster wheel , Rehearsal Space Glass House , Rehearsal Space Philip Johnson , rotating houses , temporary house , The Boiler Brooklyn , Ward Shelley art        

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A Small Group of Villagers are Living in Caves in China’s Anshun Mountains

January 22, 2014 by  
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A small community of villagers in Guizhou Province, China refused houses that the government offered them, and decided to continue living in caves in the mountains of Anshun. The Miao ethnic minority group has developed a quasi-tribal society and built roofless houses, schools and a basketball court inside the 230-meter-long, 115-meter-wide and 50-meter-high cave. Read the rest of A Small Group of Villagers are Living in Caves in China’s Anshun Mountains Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Anshun caves , cave dwelling , cave houses , cave living , cave villages China , cavemen China , Getu-River National Park , Guizhou Province caves , off grid living , Tajing Caves , tribal communities China        

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