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Junkculture. Unconsumption – Page 1. In the living room of the not-so-distant-future, you might have a glowing green blob of microorganisms next to your sofa instead of a lamp.

Unconsumption – Page 1

A new line of photosynthetic furniture is filled with spirulina—a tiny, edible bacteria—that the designers imagine could help feed us without the incredible environmental footprint of conventional agriculture. “We’re looking at how we can produce supplemental food by recycling things we don’t need,” says architectural designer Jacob Douenias, who created the conceptual line of furniture with industrial designer Ethan Frier. The custom glass bioreactors use waste heat, light, and carbon dioxide from a home to feed the spirulina inside. Periodically, someone can turn a tap, empty out the green sludge, and eat it. Prototypes now on display at the Mattress Factory gallery in Philadelphia.

. — rw Got a tip for Unconsumption? More: Governors Island pavilions to be recycled for people and oysters. Pruned. Rina Swentzell's Adobe House. Judy introduced me to Rina Swentzell’s house and I am really impressed.

Rina Swentzell's Adobe House

This house does not fit in the tiny house size but fits more in the small size but I find the simplicity and the beauty of the home well worth sharing for inspiration and ideas. The house is based in Northern New Mexico and was designed for the grandmother of Bill Steen’s children and Athena’s mother. Jalopy Cabins. Turtleback Nomadic Yurts. Welcome to Landerland. Sgnb. A Low Impact Woodland Home. Take one baby, a toddler and a building site.

A Low Impact Woodland Home

Mix well with a generous helping of mud, combine with 6 weeks of solid welsh rain whilst living under canvas. Do this in candle light without a bathroom or electricity for three months. Chuck in living with your father for good measure. Top with an assortment of large slugs. The result a hand crafted home of beauty, warmth and health for about £3,000. Having children is a major motivation for buying a house. Some past experience, lots of reading and self-belief gave us the courage of our conviction that we wanted to build our own home in natural surroundings. Initially we had no capital and we had decided resolutely to be full time parents whilst our children were young. So here we are today. Many people ask how we managed to build a house whilst camping without mainstream facilities and as the mum rather than the full time building blokes (my husband and father) I can assure you of a few things.

5,000 Wine Bottles Recycled Into Acoustics-Improving Ceiling At Buenos Aires Restaurant. Photos: Paula Alvarado.

5,000 Wine Bottles Recycled Into Acoustics-Improving Ceiling At Buenos Aires Restaurant

When I posted the story about La Dorita restaurant and its dozens of recycled-wine-bottles-lamps, a reader suggested that I took a look at another venue from the city which had a wine-bottle ceiling. Thus I got to Ginger Restaurant, which has, indeed, recovered more than 5,000 wine bottles from trash to improve the acoustics of its salon. Diego Valentin, an engineer who owns the place, explained that the idea to build this lower ceiling (there is an actual ceiling above it) came before opening the restaurant last year. They built a metal net that could hold the bottles, and began filling it when they started pilling up in the restaurant. According to Valentin, the problem with sound in the salon was the bouncing of the sound waves, and the curved shape of the bottles helps 'break' them. As there is more space above the net, the sound continues its way up, improving the quality of acoustics in the salon, which is now used for events.

Pretty neat.