TreeHouse Workshop, Located in Seattle, builders specializing in treehouse design and tree house construction for adults and kids
I N THE rough-hewn hall of the Little Yarra Steiner School in Yarra Junction, environmental architect Michael Reynolds is fielding questions from a crowd of would-be disciples. And he’s hearing a familiar lament. “We want to build an Earthship, but we’ve spent 4½ years trying to get planning approval,” says a man in his late 30s. “We originally wanted to follow your principles very closely but realised there were some things we just had to compromise. Reynolds on Earthships | 4 Walls International
Pockets of Freedom | Earthship Designs The map above shows the places where we do not have the freedom to build a carbon zero home for our families without going through a tremendous amount of red tape, and effort, and time, and money.
An innovative housing development is set to get underway in Dunedin, Florida that will see the creation of the first affordable LEED Certified Net Zero Energy townhome development in the US. Dunedin Eco Village To Be The First LEED Certified Net Zero Energy Townhome Development In US
The Seemingly Simple GO Home is a LEED Platinum House That Packs a Green Energy Punch Photo credit: Trent Bell
Ten Examples of Architecture as a Collective Action
Experimental Website Lets You Download Amazing House Blueprints for Free | Wired Design <img title="" alt="" src="http://www.wired.com/design/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/paper-tb-ext1-web.jpg" />Paperhouses is a platform that allows people to download open source blueprints from architects, like this house from Tatiana Bilbao. Image: Paperhouses <img title="" alt="" src="http://www.wired.com/design/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/paper-tb-int1-web.jpg" />Bilbao's house was designed to expand along the center axis to accommodate a growing family. Image: Paperhouses <img title="" alt="" src="http://www.wired.com/design/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/paper-FB-ext2-web.jpg" />Florian Busch's Private Sky house can adapt to rural and urban settings.
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* Hemp Bricks are harder than concrete for homes and buildings!
Remember the efficient and affordable Pallet House from last spring? Well designers Andreas Claus Schnetzer and Pils Gregor have bested their original design with an even lower-cost shipping pallet home that was completed this year in South Africa. Slumtube: Affordable Housing Made From Shipping Pallets!
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Six Designs For Houses That Cost Just $300 To Build | Co.Exist | ideas + impact Shelter is one of humanity’s most basic needs. But a house is a luxury beyond the wildest dreams of most people in the developed world--leading to dangerous and unsanitary shantytowns, which compound the problems of poverty and disease. The $300 House Project, for which designers were asked to figure out a way to construct a simple house for $300 or less, aimed to solve this problem, by creating cheap and simple to build houses that could be built on a massive scale. The winners--judged by luminaries like Yves Behar and Umair Haque--were recently announced.
Building with Cob: Post-Collapse Solution for Shelter
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This is journey into the tiny homes of people searching for simplicity, self-sufficiency, minimalism and happiness by creating shelter in caves, converted garages, trailers, tool sheds, river boats and former pigeon coops. Basically, Dirksen made a documentary on people living in tiny houses. For around five years she was traveling the world and filming these segments.
Tiny home on wheels: an illegally small home
Not only is this highly unusual-looking vehicle a hand-made camper – it runs on electricity. Built from plywood, fiberglass, epoxy resin, bicycle parts and an electric motor, ‘Golden Gate’ by San Francisco artist Jay Nelson is reminiscent of all of those amazing hand-crafted house trucks from the 1970s, but with a very modern power source. The tiny camper measures just 96″x54″x64″, making it just large enough inside to lay down on the bed platform. Electric Camper: Tiny Geometric House on Wheels
School bus becomes off-grid, transformable, tiny home
by Vincent Baudoin on January 17, 2013 Lighting is one of the most important ways to define a space and make it feel comfortable and inviting. It’s also an opportunity to indulge your creativity and individuality. Lighting Design for Tiny Houses, Part 1 - Daylighting
A few years ago, Swedish student housing company AF Bostäder had a young woman from the city of Lund inside live in a tiny house-box--not even 10 square meters large--to test the idea of a cheap, cheerful, and environmentally friendly “smart student unit" that included a toilet, kitchen, and bed. “I think she still lives there,” says Linda Camara of Tengbom Architects, the company behind the 2013 iteration of the living pod--a petite vision in pale wood offset with lime green plant pots, cushions and stools. The premise for the cube, which has been in the works since 2007, is reasonable enough: students live and die on cheap housing, but everyone needs a toilet. It’s taken six years to whittle the tiny houses down to the current cross-laminated wooden test model form. The large kitchen was squirreled away in the original blueprint, but Tengbom redesigned it as the prime area after student feedback. 3 | These Tiny Wooden Houses Are The College Dorm Of The Future | Co.Exist | ideas + impact
Boneyard Studios | a DC tiny home community rises
12 Homes Made From Shipping Containers Shipping containers meet a variety of requirements: Modern. Check. Low-cost. Check.
Ask anyone at Auburn University's Rural Studio about what makes the architecture program's housing designs unique, and someone will proudly tell you about the refrigerator. "We can spend four days discussing where a refrigerator goes," explains Rural Studio's 20K House product line manager Marion McElroy. That's because, unlike other design firms, Rural Studio students have been perfecting a series of radically affordable, well-designed 550-square-foot houses for nearly a decade--and they've been building them exclusively for residents of impoverished Black Belt Alabama. 1 | This Impeccably Designed $20,000 House Could Soon Be Yours | Co.Exist | ideas + impact