Apparatus X: A Mobile Eco Shelter Ideal for Disaster Relief

April 10, 2014 by  
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State College, PA — Students at Penn State are turning a trailer into an off-grid disaster relief shelter that will be well-suited for both first-response, as well as long-term aid. The trailer, called Apparatus X, will have a “green wall” for food, a rainwater collection/filtration system, and an array of solar panels. It will be completely expandable, able to convert an empty lot into a construction site. It will also include a design studio and tool storage. Currently, the team is raising the finances required to build the project. Apparatus X is already sponsored by IBM and Boeing, but the main source of funds will be a campaign on Indiegogo , which launched on April 2nd. Although the team is currently working on the prototype, they’re envisioning an entire fleet of Apparatus X vehicles in the near future. Ultimately, the team hopes to redefine disaster relief in a way that is sustainable, mobile, and effective. + Apparatus X 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: Apparatus X , Disaster Relief , mobile , mobile trailer , Sustainable , trailer

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Living Green “Lost in Paris” House is Completely Enveloped by Plants

April 10, 2014 by  
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Can’t decide on a green roof or a vertical garden ? No problem, just do both! R&Sie Architects designed the aptly-named ‘ Lost in Paris ‘ house for an ‘urban witch’ who feeds the house through 300 glass-blown pods. A potion of rainwater and plant nutrients nourishes 1200 ferns drop-by-drop throughout the year. The houseplants are entirely hydroponic, and completely engulfing the 1400 square foot concrete home. The blanket of ferns protects the house from outside elements and regulates its inside temperature, all the while adding life and freshness to the neighborhood. Read the rest of Living Green “Lost in Paris” House is Completely Enveloped by Plants Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green wall” , glassblowing , green house , green roof , paris france , vertical garden

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