Prefab ‘Bank in a Can’ delivers banking services to remote areas of Africa

January 12, 2017 by  
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People who live in rural areas of Africa in particular don’t always have access to reliable ATMs or other banking services. To help alleviate this issue, Johannesburg’s A4AC designed new prefabricated banking units called BANK IN A CAN that can be delivered to remote, rural areas. The Bank in a Can project was realized in collaboration between A4AC and FNB (First National Bank) as a banking solution for rural areas where people don’t have access to quality banking and financial services. Each prefabricated container is branded with graphics inspired by different local contexts. Related: World’s tiniest phone repair shops open in London’s iconic red telephone boxes The units are designed to be deployed in any rural or urban community and can be made operational within a few weeks. The foundations and structural infrastructure are prepared on site prior to the arrival of mobile units. The roof structure is then installed over the units. + A4AC

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People who live in rural areas of Africa in particular don’t always have access to reliable ATMs or other banking services. To help alleviate this issue, Johannesburg’s A4AC designed new prefabricated banking units called BANK IN A CAN that can be delivered to remote, rural areas. The Bank in a Can project was realized in collaboration between A4AC and FNB (First National Bank) as a banking solution for rural areas where people don’t have access to quality banking and financial services. Each prefabricated container is branded with graphics inspired by different local contexts. Related: World’s tiniest phone repair shops open in London’s iconic red telephone boxes The units are designed to be deployed in any rural or urban community and can be made operational within a few weeks. The foundations and structural infrastructure are prepared on site prior to the arrival of mobile units. The roof structure is then installed over the units. + A4AC

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320-square-foot tiny container home packs a surprising suite of amenities

December 29, 2016 by  
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A tiny home owner and California-based designer combined their expertise and experience to design and build a stylish 40-foot long container home . The resulting structure is a 320-square-foot oasis for those who value both mobility and good design, and it is packed to the gills with every amenity you could possibly need. The Intellectual Tiny Home includes one bedroom with a queen-sized bed, lots of storage space and a closet that can be customized. A full-sized bathroom has a washer and dryer combo and a shower, while the kitchen has a full-sized fridge, induction cook top, convection microwave oven, dishwasher and a countertop extension. Related: KODA is a tiny solar-powered house that can move with its owners The living room features an electric fireplace , which brings both real and aesthetic warmth to the space. The tiny house, available on Tiny House Listings for $62,000, is currently located on a plot of land in Longmont, Colorado , where it was built, and needs to be relocated. Via Tiny House Listings

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Backcountry Hut Company designs rugged flat-packed cabins for wilderness enthusiasts

September 29, 2016 by  
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The design team said in their brief for this project that The Backcountry Hut Company’s genesis was inspired by an idea pioneered by IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad, which is to provide “affordable well-designed products ‘for the many people’”. They said an engineered wood post-and-beam skeleton is in-filled with prefabricated panels , and a window system that is easily nailed on is also provided. The default model is supposed to be kind of rustic, but the company can also outfit their modular shells with everything needed for long-term residential situations. Related: Beautiful prefab home built with recycled shipping containers “The whole assembly can be erected by volunteers in the tradition of the community barn-raising process,” according to the designers. “The prefabricated wall and roof panels are sized to be lifted by hand and hoisted into place using a simple pulley and winch system.” Basic modules that can be scaled up as needed for more space are designed in 10-foot increments, and they can be deployed anywhere that can be reached by truck or helicopter. + Leckie Studio Architecture + Design

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Hybrid robot cranes will help construct Google’s new HQ

May 6, 2015 by  
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Middlebury’s InSite Solar-Powered Home is Made From Materials Sourced Within 10 Miles

July 5, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of Middlebury’s InSite Solar-Powered Home is Made From Materials Sourced Within 10 Miles Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “natural materials” , eco design , FSC certified plywood , green design , irvine , locally sourced materials , low energy footprint , Middlebury College , passive design , prefabricated design , pv cells , Reclaimed Materials , SD 2013 , smart homes , solar decathlon 2013 , Solar Power , sustainable design        

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DALE: Brilliant Solar-Powered Micro Home is Set on Rails for Mobility

July 2, 2013 by  
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ALA Architects Win Bid to Design an Ultra Efficient, Modern New Library for Helsinki

June 18, 2013 by  
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Stunning Prefab Northcote Home Combines Minimalist and Passive Design in Australia

April 19, 2013 by  
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Nearly 50 Percent of All US Meat is Contaminated with Superbugs

April 19, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock A new analysis by the Environmental Working Group has found that close to 50 percent of supermarket meat products in the US are tainted with so-called superbugs—strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. These bacteria are not only responsible for food-borne illnesses (such as E. coli), and other infections but are also tied to the spread of resistance to antibiotics in humans. The reason for this incredibly high presence of antibiotic resistant bacteria in meat? It has something to do with the 30 million pounds of antibiotics sold for use in US livestock in 2011 alone. Read the rest of Nearly 50 Percent of All US Meat is Contaminated with Superbugs Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal cruelty , Animals , antibiotics , antibiotics animals , e.coli , Environmental Working Group , ewg , farming drugs , food health , livestock , meat industry , MRSA , pharmaceuticals , salmonella , superbugs. food poisoning        

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