Solar-powered English country house offsets all its CO2 emissions

June 13, 2017 by  
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Three generations live under one roof in this sustainably minded home that breaks from the norm of the picturesque English countryside. Macdonald Wright Architects and Rural Office for Architecture designed the multigenerational home , called the Caring Wood House, that’s powered by solar and uses as little energy as possible. Topped with angular rooflines that reference the region’s hop-drying oast towers, this modern and energy-efficient estate was created as “a carbon neutral response to climate change.” Located in 84 acres of rolling hills in Kent, Caring Wood is located on land formerly overtaken by agricultural polytunnels. “The house engages in the dialogue of critical regionalism: progressive design practice which is also infused with a spirit of local identity,” wrote Macdonald Wright Architects. “Its brief was to embody the spirit of the English country house and estate in a design which would embrace its context and landscape, while providing a carbon neutral response to climate change .” A major challenge of the new-build was satisfying PPS7, a planning document that strictly controls new housing in the English countryside and requires designs “be truly outstanding or innovative, helping to raise standards of design more generally in rural areas” and “reflect the highest standards in architecture,” among other criteria. The architects successfully won planning approval with their carbon-neutral design strategy that included planting 25,000 native trees that will absorb an estimated 25,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide over the next 40 years. Caring Wood also makes historic reference to the area’s traditional oast houses with its angular roofs covered in 150,000 handmade peg tiles sourced from Sussex. Related: Fabulous multigenerational home allows owners to comfortably age in place From a distance, the house appears to comprise a series of freestanding buildings, however, the buildings are actually interconnected at their rag-stone bases and are arranged around a shared central courtyard that provides passive cooling in summer. The buildings are built with cross-laminated timber structures and are powered by solar energy and heated with a ground-source heat pump. Rainwater is also collected and reused on site. + Macdonald Wright Architects + Rural Office for Architecture Via Dezeen Images by Heiko Prigge, lead by James Morris

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Trees will grow on the balconies of Istanbuls honeycomb-like apartments

May 12, 2017 by  
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Istanbul is on track for a stunning new landmark that’ll bring rural living to the heart of the city. International architecture studio Eray Carbajo designed Urban Rural, a modular residential high-rise that aims to raise the bar for sustainable development in Turkey’s capital. The modular units will fit together into a honeycomb-like volume with a balcony filled with greenery. The design of the Urban Rural building began with an abstraction of the traditional gabled rural house and garden. The architects created a “hybrid model” that integrates those rural aspects into a hexagonal modular unit. The architects say that use of a hexagonal grid will maximize the building volume while minimizing the number of building elements needed. “One hexagon unit consists a polygonal area to inhabit and a triangular cavity to be used as an irrigable garden ,” write the architects. “When all modules combined, these triangle cavities act as a truss structure transferring the building’s loads to lower members. As a whole, Urban Rural creates interdependencies between building systems, structure, landscape and architecture. Integration of such complex systems are achieved through modular design that persevere flexibility.” Related: Spectacular green-roofed modular Tangier Bay Housing offers enviable views of the Atlantic The modular high-rise would be built of locally sourced materials . Its location in the heart of the city is walkable with access to public transit, thus reducing occupant need for cars. Social and recreational spaces on the lower floors will foster a sense of community in the building. Construction is slated for completion in 2019. + Eray Carbajo

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The Ridge Road Residence Fuses Energy Efficiency and Contemporary Design in Australia

February 22, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of The Ridge Road Residence Fuses Energy Efficiency and Contemporary Design in Australia Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: australia , Blackened Timber , daylight , eco design , green design , insulation , low flow fixtures , low VOC , Melbourne , natural ventilation , renewable , residence , Ridge Road Residence , rural , Studio Four , Sustainable , sustainable design , water storage

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The Congo Street Initiative Revived a Downtrodden Dallas Neighborhood With Renovated Green Homes

February 22, 2013 by  
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Trees Take Root in Abandoned Silos in American Farming Communities

April 30, 2012 by  
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Drive down a two-lane highway in the rural Midwest and you’re likely to encounter decaying buildings, maybe a half-collapsed barn, and abandoned silos . Industrial agriculture has reshaped America’s farming communities in recent decades by consolidating resources in fewer and larger farms, leaving abandoned structures from defunct family farms dotting the landscape. And amid the ruins, the New York Times has spotted a surprisingly common sight: abandoned silos with trees growing inside them, or as they’re more commonly known, silo trees. Read the rest of Trees Take Root in Abandoned Silos in American Farming Communities Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: abandoned buildings , abandoned silos , destructoporn , farm , industrial agriculture , industrial farming , Kansas , ken wolf , midwest , rural , rural decay , silo trees , Silos

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Mexican Parks Trade Free Wi-Fi Access for Dog Poop

April 30, 2012 by  
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Dog poop in public parks can really be the pits – however a new campaign by DDB in Mexico includes a genius incentive to get dog owners to clean up their pup’s leavings . For every “deposit” made in a specially sanctioned receptacle, the surrounding area will get free Wi-Fi, paving the road to the information superhighway with poop. Read the rest of Mexican Parks Trade Free Wi-Fi Access for Dog Poop Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: dbb , eco design , green design , mexico , park clean up , Poo Power! , poo wifi , poop incentives , poop power , sustainable design , Terra

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