A midcentury barn is thoughtfully reclaimed for a family retreat in California

January 2, 2020 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on A midcentury barn is thoughtfully reclaimed for a family retreat in California

In California wine country, north of San Francisco, Faulkner Architects repurposed a 1950s tack barn as part of a Glen Ellen retreat for a family of four. In addition to salvaging original construction materials and retaining the shape and atmosphere of the agricultural building, the architects minimized the accessory dwelling’s energy footprint with the optimization of cross ventilation as well as with the installation of a new radiant concrete slab for heating, which is complemented with a 10,000 BTU propane-fired boiler. Inspired by Glen Ellen’s strong agricultural roots and beautiful rural views, the clients sought a weekend retreat from the city that would pay homage to the landscape’s history. The family’s multi-acre property includes a main residence, a lawn, a pool, a car shed and the repurposed barn that sits close to the main road. The original tack barn had comprised a single interior tool and workspace with a crushed gravel floor in addition to an upper-level sleeping attic and a lean-to shed roof for horses. Related: Weathering steel wraps around a solar-powered California home In repurposing the barn into a habitable space, the architects retained the original wood frame structure and removed the attic to maximize usable interior space while staying within the 850-square-foot permitted size for accessory dwellings. The minimalist interior includes an open-plan kitchen, living room and dining area that opens up to a new terrace on the west side. Meanwhile, the existing stable was turned into an unconditioned porch to house four beds, bump up the usable area to 1,530 square feet and take advantage of prevailing southwest winds . Along with the preserved Douglas fir elements of the barn, an insulated, locally reclaimed redwood rain screen was added to the exterior. “The reuse of an old barn to house people on weekend getaways from urban life presents a conflict in identity for the built form,” the architects noted. “Uses change over time; the intention here was to maintain and use the embodied energy of the familiar barn in the neighborhood while allowing the signs of human inhabitation to be subtle, but evident.” + Faulkner Architects Photography by Joe Fletcher Photography via Faulkner Architects

Go here to see the original: 
A midcentury barn is thoughtfully reclaimed for a family retreat in California

Muppet set designer’s Tower House is a psychedelic escape made from repurposed materials

June 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Muppet set designer’s Tower House is a psychedelic escape made from repurposed materials

This one-of-a-kind house near Woodstock has a history that is as unique as it is. John Kahn, the home’s creator, was friends with the late Muppet mogul Jim Henson and designed sets for the show. The secretary for the Grateful Dead also lived in the home for several years. Kahn built the Tower House over 15 years using re-purposed and locally available materials . If you want to experience the psychedelic home for yourself, you can nab the 3,518 square-foot building  for a cool $1.2 million. The Tower House sits on a wooded 5.5-acre estate located near Woodstock. In 2007, Kahn sold the house to its current owner, former secretary to the Greatful Dead, who was married to Owsley Stanley, a known 1960s music producer and sound engineer. John Kahn used repurposed materials including slate, copper, aircraft-grade aluminium and redwood, as well as local wood and bluestone to build this cylindrical structure that includes a guest house, a sauna, a large studio building and three storage buildings. Related: Small town restaurateurs transform former church into a stunning cafe The three-bedroom home looks different from practically every angle and resembles a set from a TV show. Each room in the house has a different visual theme, with artwork scattered all over the place. The eclectic use of materials was inspired by the Catskills wilderness, dotted with the artist’s sculptures . Via 6sqft Photos via Keller Williams Realty

See more here: 
Muppet set designer’s Tower House is a psychedelic escape made from repurposed materials

These amazing terrarium lamps grow plants in even the darkest rooms

June 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Comments Off on These amazing terrarium lamps grow plants in even the darkest rooms

If you’ve ever longed to have a lush garden inside your home, your wish is granted – thanks to these beautiful LED-lit Globe Terrariums . The hanging glass orbs, created by designer Richard Clarkson , are hand blown and come with an integrated LED light that lets the plants survive even in darker rooms. An integrated dimmer lets you create a green garden or a dark mystical rainforest inside your home. The suspended globes come in two sizes: 12″ and 8″ diameters, and look great as individual pieces or grouped together. The globe’s power cord is hidden inside a slim stainless steel cable that lets the globe “float” in the air from any height. Of course, for those with no interest in gardening, the globes can be also used as a stand-alone light source or a unique LED art display . Related: How to Make an Edible Terrarium Snow Globe Various greenery can be planted in the globes, including ferns, cacti, moss, succulents, and even aquatic fauna. Like most terrariums, creating a layered system is recommended for optimal planting. A few handfuls of small stones or gravel at the bottom of the globe will help with drainage and adding charcoal will assist with water filtration. Top that bottom filtration layer with soil suited to your plants of choice and you’re ready to go. The dimmable LED bulbs provide optimal control for the plant life inside the globe. As an adaptable light source, it can be adjusted at any time to meet the specific requirements of the greenery. + Richard Clarkson

Read the original:
These amazing terrarium lamps grow plants in even the darkest rooms

How Copenhagen handles bike jams

June 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on How Copenhagen handles bike jams

Bikes outnumbered cars in Denmark’s capital of Copenhagen for the first time in 2016 – a huge win for the environment . But all those bikes have led to two-wheel traffic jams that needed fixing. So the city has come up with an innovative solution: electronic information panels that help cyclists chose a clearer route. 265,700 bicycles enter Copenhagen daily, as opposed to 252,600 cars. So the city is planning to set up five electronic panels at strategic points, according to state broadcaster Danmarks Radio. Copenhagen has a 240-mile bike lane network. The five screens could help cyclists reroute to reduce bike congestion . The capital’s city hall is calling this move the first of its kind in the world. Related: Copenhagen now has more bikes than cars Head of Copenhagen’s technology and environment department Morten Kabell said, “There’s a need for improved accessibility for the growing number of cyclists who unfortunately in many places are now having to fight for space on the bike lane. We’re hoping with these new information boards to give cyclists the opportunity to choose the least congested route through the city.” The electronic panels will cost around $633,494. They’ll offer information on special events, roadwork, slow-moving traffic, and the distance to destinations. They’ll also highlight alternative routes. The screens aren’t the only way Copenhagen is looking to slash bike congestion. They’ll improve infrastructure by widening lanes already in place, improving intersection signaling, and constructing more bike-only bridges (the city currently has 17). They already have a route-planning app, ibikecph , which recently saw an update from the city on quieter, greener routes. 41 percent of people in Copenhagen bike to and from school or work. They racked up nearly 870,000 miles a day by bike in 2016. Over the past 20 years, bike traffic has increased by 68 percent in the capital. And if forecasts are correct, daily bike traffic across the city could increase by 25 percent by 2025. Via The Guardian Images via Wikimedia Commons ( 1 , 2 )

Excerpt from: 
How Copenhagen handles bike jams

Berlin could build a 6-mile greenery-lined bike path under its U1 subway

June 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Berlin could build a 6-mile greenery-lined bike path under its U1 subway

A community-led proposal envisions converting the abandoned space beneath Berlin’s elevated U1 subway line into a “grand boulevard for bike traffic” that would stretch almost 6 miles throughout the city. The proposal, Radbahn Berlin, is led by a team of local specialists and community leaders who would like to put the forgotten area to use as a covered bike path lined with vibrant green spaces, bike service stations, and recreational areas for cafes and food trucks. Although still in the early stages, the Radbahn vision is supported by many – especially those who think the city is lacking in bike infrastructure. The proposed cycle path would run almost 6 miles underneath the elevated rail line , which stretches along one of Berlin’s main roads connecting three districts and various neighborhoods. Currently, the space beneath the rail line is completely idle, with the exception of a few illegally parked cars. Related: German community bands together to convert old WWII bunker into a ‘green mountain’ According to the plan, the location would be perfect for a well-organized bike boulevard considering that the area around the station is already rife with cyclists. However, the current bike path in the area is fairly short and split in various areas by protruding tree roots. For local bicyclists, the obvious solution would be to install a better bike path under the rail line, creating a safe route for bike traffic without having to disturb car traffic. There would be more than enough space for a two-way cycle path bordered by swaths of green vegetation. Radbahn Berlin is the brainchild of architect Matthias Heskamp, and the team is comprised of a group of professionals from five countries and various backgrounds whose common objective is to improve cycling conditions in the German capital. According to Bike Citizen , the project has received support from the Berlin Senate, and the team will be making a presentation to the city in early summer. As stated in the team’s urban design proposal, the main goal is to “revitalize the former space along the iconic U1 line to a pulsating urban artery. It thereby acts as a playground for modern mobility, innovation and leisure activities.” + Radbahn Berlin Images via Radbahn Berlin

More here:
Berlin could build a 6-mile greenery-lined bike path under its U1 subway

Minimal Black Box writer’s studio frames famous Los Angeles views

September 15, 2015 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Minimal Black Box writer’s studio frames famous Los Angeles views

Read the rest of Minimal Black Box writer’s studio frames famous Los Angeles views

Read the original here: 
Minimal Black Box writer’s studio frames famous Los Angeles views

Juniper Ridge Launches New Winter Redwood Backpacker’s Cologne

March 5, 2014 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Juniper Ridge Launches New Winter Redwood Backpacker’s Cologne

Half the country may be buried under snow, but warmer weather is on the way – and we can’t wait to spend temperate evenings relaxing around a campfire in the great outdoors. In the meanwhile, Juniper Ridge ‘s new Winter Redwood Backpacker’s Cologne will tide us over. This wildcrafted fragrance captures the experience of camping in the misty mountains north of San Francisco; bright green pine needles fan through wisps of wood embers before fading into rain-soaked earth. Winter Redwood is steam-distilled from sustainably harvested plants, bark, and moss and it’s available in a limited run of 337 hand-numbered bottles – so grab one quick before they go up in smoke. + Winter Redwood Backpacker’s Cologne + Juniper Ridge Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: backpackers cologne , Botanical , green design , green fragrances , green products , juniper ridge , redwood , sustainable design , sustainable fragrance , sustainable scent , wildcrafted , wildcrafted fragrance , Winter Redwood        

View original here: 
Juniper Ridge Launches New Winter Redwood Backpacker’s Cologne

Spanish Winemaker Obtains Permission to Cut Down 154 Acres of California Redwoods

October 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Spanish Winemaker Obtains Permission to Cut Down 154 Acres of California Redwoods

As California’s wine industry continues to grow, it has extended its search for suitable areas to grow grapes outside of the valleys and closer to the coast. But Spanish winemaker Artesa Vineyards and Winery is taking this quest too far with plans to destroy 154 acres of coastal redwoods and Douglas firs to make space for new grapevines. With one study indicating that areas suitable for vineyards in the world’s major wine-producing regions could shrink between 19 and 73 percent by 2050, it’s likely that the situation will get worse before it gets better. Read the rest of Spanish Winemaker Obtains Permission to Cut Down 154 Acres of California Redwoods Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 154 Acres of Redwoods , Artesa Vineyards and Winery , Calfornian Redwoods , california wine industry , Deforestation in California , Friends of the Gualala River , redwoods threatened by wineries , Sierra Club’s Redwood Chapter , Sonoma county , Spanish winery to cut down California Redwoods , The Center for Biological Diversity        

Continued here:
Spanish Winemaker Obtains Permission to Cut Down 154 Acres of California Redwoods

The Cascade Project Transforms Disused Staircase into Inspiring Urban Space for Hong Kong Residents

October 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on The Cascade Project Transforms Disused Staircase into Inspiring Urban Space for Hong Kong Residents

Hong Kong based Edge Design Institute has converted an ordinary public stairway in Hong Kong into a striking, socially engaging public area called The Cascade Project. Located in The Centrium, the asymmetric mesh sculpture offers individual and adjoining seating areas surrounded by Bauhinia trees and assorted plants . In the evening, a strategic lighting system provides an inviting atmosphere that encourages a secure and sociable environment on top of the previously undervalued concrete structure. Read the rest of The Cascade Project Transforms Disused Staircase into Inspiring Urban Space for Hong Kong Residents Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: adaptive reuse , cascade , edge design institute , green spaces , Hong Kong , Hong Kong green space , Hong Kong urban design , public design projects , public space , The Cascade Project , The Centrium , Urban design , urban renewal        

Continued here:
The Cascade Project Transforms Disused Staircase into Inspiring Urban Space for Hong Kong Residents

Consider the Wheel Reinvented

December 14, 2009 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Consider the Wheel Reinvented

The ‘Pumplon’ can change its shape for any road conditions. Imagine a tire which can change its shape to that best suited for the conditions of the road

More:
Consider the Wheel Reinvented

Bad Behavior has blocked 1209 access attempts in the last 7 days.