Hillside home in Sonora, Mexico features rammed earth walls and native landscaping

June 23, 2016 by  
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Sal Casa was built with the idea of honoring the landscape around it. To that end, the architects utilized rammed-earth walls to give the home texture, climate control and natural color. The earth was obtained from the hillside that was excavated while building the home. Skylights allow ample light to fill the space, while the windows are covered by large overhangs that help control direct sunlight. The landscaping was completed using local and native plants to reduce irrigation needs and further unify the home with the land. This landscaping also helps to create the least disturbance possible on the environment. Exterior supports are made using steel that has been allowed to age naturally. Related: Vineyard House uses rammed earth to stay cool in Portugal’s hot summers The home sits on the hillside with views of both the ocean and the nearby San Carlos mountains and, to take advantage of these incredible views, has large windows and an large outdoor deck space where people can cook, dine, swim and lounge. The home can be accessed on two different levels: from the street-side upper level or the private lower level. + Imativa Arquitetcos via Contemporist

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Eco friendly origami house unfolds on Brazilian beach

June 23, 2016 by  
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Italian architect Renato Peron , designed the “Casa dos Cajueiros” using reforested eucalyptus wood and natural fibers to minimize its ecological footprint. The home, which belongs to the Origami Eco Residence, is located in Camamu Bay, Brazil and takes full advantage of the natural ventilation flowing from the Atlantic Ocean. Inspired by origami , the unique palm-fiber roof is topped by solar panels, which due to the roof’s many slopes and folds, maximizes exposure to the sun during its daily trajectory. Ecologically friendly water harvesting, filtration, and irrigation systems also contribute to making the Casa dos Cajueiros a notable example of sustainable architecture in the region. + Renato Peron 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!

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Grow.Bar sprouts microgreens anywhere with built-in bluetooth and LED technology

June 23, 2016 by  
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Want to grow fresh greens in your home, but struggle with natural daylight? Grow.Bar is a new indoor grow system ideal for the urban home cook. Built with proprietary LED technology and bluetooth connectivity, the custom design allows you to grow fresh microgreens on your countertop in as little as 14 days. Housed in a beautiful wooden cavern, Grow.Bar’s removable tray enables easy planting, harvesting and cleaning, and a handy app notifies you when you need to water. It’s sounds so easy to navigate that it’s ideal for even the blackest of thumbs. + Grow.Bar on Kickstarter

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700 barrels of crude oil spill in California as pipeline breaks

June 23, 2016 by  
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An oil pipeline just began to leak in Ventura, California . Early Thursday morning, firefighters rushed to the scene to try and prevent the crude oil from spilling into the ocean . Ventura County Fire Department spokesperson Mike Lindbery originally said the leak could involve as much as 5,000 barrels of crude oil . Crimson Pipeline owns the leaking pipeline. On their website they say they ” safely ” own around 1,000 miles of pipeline throughout California, in Ventura, Orange, Kern County, Los Angeles, and some areas in Northern California. The oil in question belongs to Aera Energy , one of the largest producers of oil and gas in California, who on their website say they “take pride in our excellent safety and environmental performance.” Related: Why didn’t the California pipeline that spilled 101,000 gallons of oil have an auto shut-off valve? NBC Los Angeles reports that the pipe ” burst ” around 5:30 AM local time. Both the Ventura County and Ventury City fire departments initiated investigations . A hazmat team was also dispatched to the scene. Crews saw crude oil spilling ” into the Prince Barranca ,” a water flow that leads to a beach. Firefighters are now working to try and make sure the oil doesn’t reach the ocean. Crews are utilizing bulldozers to build barriers, but also hope a natural basin will help catch the oil as well. Crimson Pipeline shut the pump off, but while the pipe is depressurized, oil continues to flow because of gravity. According to officials, they notified the California departments of environmental health and fish and game about the leak. California has battled oil spills and even an Exxon Mobil oil refinery explosion in the past. Over 100,000 gallons of oil spilled into the ocean near Santa Barbara, California due to a pipeline crack just over a year ago. Via the Los Angeles Times Images via J Brew on Flickr and Wikimedia Commons

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Kimbal Musk’s new Memphis eatery will offer healthy meals on the go for $5

June 23, 2016 by  
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Regular readers of Inhabitat know of our continued intrigue with Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk , but we haven’t reported as much on his youngest brother Kimbal Musk . The younger Musk brother is a busy man, sitting on the boards of Tesla, SpaceX and Chipotle Mexican Grill – and his own venture, The Kitchen Community , is a nonprofit that puts educational gardens in schools and other community spaces. Now, Kimbal Musk is launching a healthy “grab-and-go” café called The Kitchenette, which will offer healthy meals for just $5. The flagship location of The Kitchenette is planned for Memphis, Tennessee and is expected to open this August. In fact, they are already hiring . The location will be unique, situated inside the visitor center of Shelby Farms Park , a sprawling urban park and nature conservancy which has more than one million visitors each year. At Musk’s café, healthy food will take the spotlight, including $5 meals on-the-go. The menu will consist mostly of sandwiches, soups, and salads. Musk and his cofounder and chef Hugo Matheson have aspirations to expand the concept to other cities, but no solid plans are in place yet. Related: Plummeting sales show Americans are basically over McDonald’s Healthy fast food joints seem to be the latest trend in the food service industry, but many existing options aren’t exactly budget friendly and lunch for one can easily cost $15-20. In order to provide true competition to common fast food restaurants, like McDonald’s, Musk knew he had to keep the prices down. To that end, no single item on the menu at The Kitchenette will be priced over $10. Musk told Tech Insider that he’ll keep prices down by partnering with local farmers , which seems like a smart move, both for diners and for the local economy. The only downside we can see is that The Kitchenette won’t have a drive-thru window. Via Tech Insider Images via Kimbal Musk/The Kitchen

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New ‘Valdemars Have’ residential block will reinterpret old red brick townhouses in Denmark

January 18, 2016 by  
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Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects is always ahead of the curve when it comes to cutting-edge design. The Danish design studio recently won the competition to design a new residential development in Aarhus, Denmark’s second largest city. The ‘Valdemars Have’ urban residential block will reinterpret the concept of old red brick townhouses and create a unique public urban garden. This won’t be the studio’s first project in Aarhus-they recently completed Dokk1, Scandinavia’s largest library and the largest construction project ever built by the Municipality of Aarhus. Read the rest of New ‘Valdemars Have’ residential block will reinterpret old red brick townhouses in Denmark

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Flexible Tetris House can expand and shrink thanks to a simple system of modular blocks

December 3, 2015 by  
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The Tetris House project aims to create maximum flexibility for developers building housing units. Elements can rotate of find their optimal position within specific configurations. Steel modular structure and Meccano-like facade allow the residents to add more space to their living spaces. Thanks to its versatility, the project can be licensed to developers who are looking to give their future residents the power of choice. Related: Tetris-Like Micro House Can be Stacked to Form Expanded Housing Suites The studio plans to realize the first project based on the Tetris House in the Netherlands . For this project, Dutch firm i29 joined the team as interior designers and have created designs which combine spatial efficiency and luxury. Universe Architecture are currently looking to expand production to different countries. + Tetris House + Universe Architecture + i29

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Martin Fenlon breathes new life into a dilapidated 1920s Los Angeles bungalow

September 29, 2015 by  
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Costa Rica defends its sea turtles against tourist throng

September 29, 2015 by  
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Pictures of tourists thwarting nesting sea turtles caused outrage and disgust when they went viral on social media two weeks ago. Sea turtles are once again arriving at Costa Rica’s Ostional beach to nest and this time they will receive a more respectful welcome, Costa Rican authorities promise. Officials from the country’s Environment Ministry Worker’s Union have put stricter controls in place on Ostional Beach and on the tourists and guides who want to view the nesting sea turtles. Read the rest of Costa Rica defends its sea turtles against tourist throng

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World’s longest glass-bottomed bridge opens in China

September 29, 2015 by  
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