Architects and twin sisters Luisa + Lilian Parrado are on a mission to make it easy to add a stylish splash of green to your walls. The designers created Garden Module, a customizable modular wall system with a minimalist appearance. Made of steel tubes strung together with polypropylene string, these simple and three-dimensional wall modules can support up to two potted plants at a time and can be expanded to create a sprawling wall of green. The Garden Module was recently recognized at the 2017 European Product Design Award , where it received bronze. The modules are built of either white or black carbon steel tubes that are easily assembled into triangle formations. Each module comes with two triangular concrete bases that fit inside the steel tube frame and are strong enough to support potted plants without the need of screws. Related: Flower Tower: 380 Potted Plants Line Parisian Apartment Facade “This project was born from the necessity of creating a green wall without the complexity of the traditional one,” write the designers. “From a single module you can create a three-dimensional panel with most varied combinations. Its irregular shape allows flexible compositions according to taste, purpose and destination: aligned, mixed, spread or contained.” + Luisa + Lilian Parrado Images by Bruna Hosti
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An extensive renovation turned this historic farmhouse in the Netherlands into a vibrant meeting place that sources its food from local farms. Architecture firm Eek en Dekkers kept many of the original design features of the 1904 building, accentuating its rustic quality yet offering a series of modern amenities. The farmhouse is located in the Friesian town of Woudsend in the Netherlands . Surrounded by farms and mills, the project retains the rustic qualities of the original structure dominated by handicrafts, hipped wooden roof and brick walls. The architects kept the existing roof structure, removed the mezzanine floor, and created a large atrium that shows off the beauty of the historic roof. Related: Mid-century Dutch farmhouse gets a bold contemporary makeover Currently functioning as a meeting place , the former farmhouse sources all its food locally– the milk and meat come from Frisian cows and the flour is sourced from the village mill. + Eek en Dekkers Via Archdaily Photos by Thomas Mayer
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Dubuc Motors just unveiled the Tomahawk – a 2+2 electric sports car that can go from 0-60 miles an hour in a zippy three seconds. Even more exciting, the car’s EPA-estimated range is a crazy 370 miles. The Tomahawk is manufactured entirely in North America, and the company reportedly spent 12 years researching and developing clean technology to create the green vehicle. Dubuc Motors ‘ Tomahawk feature sleek scissor doors, a panoramic roof, a built-in WiFi hotspot, hands-free voice commands, and a live 360 degree camera. The car is made of aluminum with a carbon fiber interior. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SFM2YCY3B0&feature=youtu.be Related: The Immortus electric sports car can drive all day using just the power of the sun Dubuc Motors sees themselves as fulfilling a niche market; on their crowdfunding campaign on StartEngine , they describe the Tomahawk as ” Tesla ‘s cousin” and explain, “While Tesla offers a sedan and an SUV, we want to complete their product line with our sports car.” With the electric vehicle (EV) market exploding – demand could exceed 35 million units around the world by 2022 – Dubuc Motors is angling to uniquely position themselves to fulfill demand for luxury EVs. Dubuc Motors has raised over $6 million in reservations . You can’t snag one of the cars quite yet, although you can reserve one for $5,000 on their website . There they offer six colors: green, black, two tone, red, yellow, and orange. The car’s retail price will be $125,000, and the company plans to begin production this year. + Dubuc Motors Images courtesy of Dubuc Motors
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Comments Off on “Another brick in the wall” shelves are a modern take on traditional stone bookshelves
Inspired by the traditional shelves in the stone homes of his childhood in Yugoslavia, Zdravko Barisic decided to create modular shelves that challenge the notion of the traditional, linear bookshelf . Called “Another brick in the wall,” the design is a composition of 7 reclaimed steel modules that can be adjusted on the wall as desired, creating an alternative to the strictness of classic bookshelves. The rust finish on the shelf, combined with the free-form arrangement, calls to mind the ancient bricks of historic villas. The design was featured at Maison et Objet 2016 in Paris and can be purchased through Mabele. + Mabele 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!
Comments Off on RE.BIN is the stylish alternative to the traditional recycling bin
RE.BIN is the contemporary alternative to the traditional, boring recycling bin. Made of 100% recycled plastic, its design mimics the shape of a standard paper grocery bag. Consumers can use their paper grocery bags as a recyclable liner for their RE.BIN. Once it’s full, simply grab the paper bag liner on the way out the door! RE.BIN’s shape is perfect for people who are tight on space and short on time. Simply place your RE.BIN in your kitchen, living area or office for a visually pleasing, convenient recycling bin. RE.BIN is also the perfect size to fit inside a standard size kitchen cabinet. With RE.BIN, you won’t have to worry about bulky bins, and paper grocery bags will help keep your RE.BIN clean. + RE.BIN
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Comments Off on Here’s how microgrids and utilities are getting along
As the cost of solar goes down and the capacity of energy storage goes up, microgrids are challenging the traditional utility model, which some utilities see as an opportunity.
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Comments Off on Did your business get the ‘integrated thinking memo’?
Company and board leadership should ask more questions to prevent environmental mishaps and punishment by the street court and on Wall Street.
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Comments Off on Is battery technology finally at the cusp of a revolution?
Cracking the code of energy storage is essential. A new event will explore the state of the technology — and policies to bring it to life.
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Heating water is the second largest source of energy consumption in our homes, behind heating and cooling. For years, our traditional storage tank water heaters have been responsible for sucking up around 17% of our home’s energy use. The average…
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