A micro home in one of Quebecs regional parks offers a unique way to enjoy the outdoors

April 9, 2019 by  
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La Pointe is located within Canada’s Poisson Blanc Regional Park, and it’s a nature-loving minimalist’s dream come true. The micro home gets its name from the distinctive triangular geometry that comes to a cathedral-style point in the roof. The designers at Atelier L’abri wanted to honor the A-frame style that was made popular in North America in the 1950s while still providing the essential functions needed in a forest cabin. La Pointe offers off-the-grid living that isn’t completely isolated from civilization. The micro home is located off of a nature trail about 10 minutes by foot from the park’s reception pavilion. Despite the minimal square footage, there is room for up to four occupants inside thanks to the first-floor table’s ability to convert into an extra bed. Related: Disconnect in these A-frame tiny cabins in the Catskills The structure was built on-site and features a kitchenette, an outdoor porch area and a lofted bedroom accessible by ladder. The bed is suspended mezzanine-style using steel rods, and it calmly overlooks the rest of the home. The entire space, including the sleeping area, takes full advantage of the natural light that streams in during the day. The connecting covered terrace is the perfect spot to enjoy the space when the weather is hot, and the wood-burning stove keeps the house warm in the cold Canadian winters. The whole structure is raised off the ground to prevent weather-related damage from both the snow and the nearby reservoir. The exterior, made from natural cedar boards, creates a woodsy look that blends in beautifully to the surrounding forest landscape. The roof is made from steel, a recycle-friendly option for a building material. The interior uses the same cedar, which — combined with the dark, steel-colored appliances inside — creates an organic and raw look. Occupants can enjoy the forest views from the large bay window that centers the home from the first floor. + Atelier L’abri Photography by Jack Jérôme via Atelier L’abri

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Here’s what the key figure in any community microgrid looks like

January 8, 2019 by  
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Identifying the person who serves as “the beating heart” of a microgrid project isn’t easy.

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Researchers decipher one of last unpublished Dead Sea Scrolls

January 23, 2018 by  
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Since the first Dead Sea Scrolls were found in a Qumran cave in 1947, most have been restored and published. But the University of Haifa said two researchers from their Department of Bible Studies deciphered one of the last remaining unpublished scrolls – and they uncovered some surprises. Eshbal Ratson and Jonathan Ben-Dov reassembled around 60 fragments – some smaller than 0.155 square inches – that an earlier researcher said had come from different scrolls in a period of over one year. The University of Haifa researchers found these pieces “actually constitute a single scroll,” according to the university, and discovered for the first time that the name given to “special days marking the transitions between the four seasons” by the Judean Desert sect is Tekufah. This word in today’s Hebrew means ‘period.’ Related: Believed tomb of Jesus Christ is far older than previously thought The researchers also obtained new insight into the 364-day calendar the sect used. They said in a statement, “The lunar calendar, which Judaism follows to this day, requires a large number of human decisions. People must look at the stars and moon and report on their observations, and someone must be empowered to decide on the new month and the application of leap years. By contrast, the 364-day calendar was perfect. Because this number can be divided into four and seven, special occasions always fall on the same day…The Qumran calendar is unchanging, and it appears to have embodied the beliefs of the members of this community regarding perfection and holiness.” Another finding was that a scribe corrected errors made by the person who wrote the scroll. The researchers said the author “made a number of mistakes” and another scribe added in “missing dates in the margins between the columns of text.” The Journal of Biblical Literature published the work, and the researchers now plan to decipher the last remaining scroll. + University of Haifa Via The Jerusalem Post and the BBC Images via Haifa University/The Jerusalem Post and Depositphotos

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Man creates spectacular topiary garden with plants saved from a compost pile

May 4, 2017 by  
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When Pearl Fryar bought his home in Bishopville, South Carolina forty years ago, his neighbors worried he wouldn’t be able to maintain the expansive grounds. Since then, Fryar’s gardening skills have put those fears to rest – he’s created a stunning topiary garden made up of plants rescued from a local compost pile . When Fryar was looking to buy his current house, he was met with resistance because some neighbors assumed that, as a black man, he wouldn’t be able to keep up the yard. Fryar took those words as a challenge, aiming to disprove the local racists with his talented green thumb, “I figured that if I won Yard of the Month, then the person who made that statement could understand that you can’t judge people by one person.” Related: This mobile transforming prep station helps urban foragers turn weeds into tasty meals Recently featured on CNN’s Great Big Story , Fryar began to collect his plants from the compost pile of a local nursery. Over the years, he has rescued over 300 trees and shrubbery – including a few trees that were over 30 feet high. The ambitious man tends to his garden every day, but he doesn’t use fertilizer, sprays, or any type of chemical in the upkeep. In fact, he doesn’t even use water. He says that the plants are all natural and grow organically. The amazing home garden became so popular, that Fyar opened it up to the public in 2006. Today, the Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden sees an estimated 10,000 visitors a year from all over the world. Fryar enjoys the attention, explaining that his garden is all about love. In fact, the last thing visitors see as they leave the grounds are the words “love, peace, and goodwill” mowed into the lawn. + Pearl Fryar garden + Great Big Story Via Boing Boing Images via CNN video

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Love sign made of matches and reclaimed wood sets hearts afire

February 9, 2015 by  
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With Valentine’s Day right around the bend, we thought it was the perfect time to feature artist Pei San Ng ‘s amor-themed matchstick art . Ng arranged approximately 2,500 match sticks with red tips on a base of reclaimed art board and plywood to form the word “Love.” “Love on fire represents romance and passion or destruction and jealousy. It is raw and gritty,” says Ng of the work. You might be tempted to mimic this symbolic piece as a tribute to the person who sets your heart aflame—just be careful not to do it indoors or while wearing polyester clothing! + Pei San Ng Via Recyclart Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco art green design , eco design , green art , love sign , match love sign , matches , matchstick love sign , Matchsticks , pei san ng , Reclaimed Materials , recycled love sign , Recycled Materials , sign made of matches , Valentine , valentine’s day

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14 Green Gift Ideas For Valentine’s Day

February 9, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of 14 Green Gift Ideas For Valentine’s Day Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3d printed jewelry , eco friendly valentine’s day , eco-friendly lingerie , edible candles , green gift ideas , organic perfume , organic wine , raw chocolate , recycled Valentines Day cards , sustainable sheets , sustainable sunglasses , sustainable underwear , valentine’s day gifts , Valentines Day flowers , Valentines Day gift ideas , Valentines Day gifts for men , Valentines Day gifts for women

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Nendo unveiled delicious Chocolatexture Lounge at Maison&Objet in Paris

February 9, 2015 by  
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At 127, Mexican Woman is the World’s Oldest Person

September 3, 2014 by  
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At 127 years of age, Leandra Becerra Lumberras is the oldest person in the world – but she unfortunately won’t be recognized for setting the record. Lumbreras was reportedly born on August 31, 1887, and she attributes her 127 years of existence to eating chocolate, sleeping for days, and never getting married. While it’s uncertain whether she’s seeking the recognition or not, The Independent notes that Lumbreras has lost her birth certificate, so she can’t officially be declared the world’s oldest person – a slot currently occupied by 116-year-old Misao Okawa of Japan. Read the rest of At 127, Mexican Woman is the World’s Oldest Person Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: becerra , leandra , lumberras , Mexican , oldest , person , woman , worlds

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TrashNothing Connects Freecyclers Around the World to Reduce Landfill use

April 21, 2014 by  
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You’ve probably heard of “ Freecycling ” by now, but if you haven’t, it’s a system through which one person’s used/unloved items become another person’s treasure . As the idea has gained in popularity, networks are popping up all over the globe, along with websites and apps that make this kind of free item-swapping easier. TrashNothing.com  is a web interface and app that streamlines freecycling worldwide: Over the last six years, membership has spread to thirty-one countries and grows by about ten thousand new members each month. So far, more than three million freecyclers have connected via the website, cutting down on landfill use across the globe. If you have items you don’t want anymore, or if you’re looking for a special vintage something, you might like to hop onto the site and connect with others who share your vision of a “trash nothing” world. + Trash Nothing 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: barter , FREE , free cycling , Freecycle , freecycling , garbage , recycling , reusing , trade , trash , trash nothing , up-cycling

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Holiday Gift Guide 2013: For the Gung-Ho Globetrotter

December 5, 2013 by  
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Day 4 of our Holiday Gift Guide 2013 covers what to buy the person who’s been — or is going — everywhere.

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