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Natural homes built by inspirational people and their advice...

Natural homes built by inspirational people and their advice...
Jon runs Pun Pun an organic farm, seed-saving operation, and sustainable living and learning centre. At Pun Pun they use ancient natural building techniques with readily available, local, natural materials with little embodied energy and salvaged materials to make homes, a practical and affordable alternative to resource intensive conventional building. Jon says, "I want to be equal to animals. The bird makes a nest in one or two days; the rat digs a hole in one night, but clever humans like us spend 30 years to have a house... that's wrong." and, "Before I thought that stupid people like me … cannot have a house… because people who are cleverer than me and get a job need to work for 30 years to have a house. But for me, who cannot finish university, how can I have a house. Related:  Esprit Terre Tiers lieu agricoleIdeas/Inspirations

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Steve Was Given Space On His Friends Mango Grove To Build His Home: What He Did There Is Amazing! Toxoplasma – blir du galen av din katt? | MåBra Toxoplasma gondii är en av världens vanligaste parasiter och finns främst i rått kött och kattbajs. Ungefär var femte svensk bär på parasiten. Oftast märker vi inte ens att vi har blivit smittade. – En del får influensaliknande symtom när de smittas, men efter någon vecka mår de bra igen, säger Antonio Barragan, överläkare och forskare vid Centrum för infektionsmedicin vid Karolinska Institutet. Har man nedsatt immunförsvar kan man däremot bli väldigt sjuk av parasiten. Men nu visar flera studier att Toxoplasma gondii kanske inte är så harmlös som man tidigare trott, inte ens för friska personer. – Parasiten kan vandra från tarmen och upp i hjärnan. Smittade män oftare i bilolyckor Till exempel har man sett att råttor som smittats med Toxoplasma gondii blir orädda för katter. Lena Brundin är specialist i psykiatri och forskare vid Institutionen för kliniska vetenskaper vid Lunds universitet. De flesta som bär på parasiten blir förstås inte psykiskt sjuka. Så skyddar du dig mot toxoplasma

Tiers lieux agricoles Les Tiers lieux agricoles, en réseaux Un tiers lieu agricole est une micro-ferme coopérative, qui se développe en milieu rural sur une terre agricole ou un terrain constructible. Le lieu est dessiné pour appartenir de manière collective aux citoyens et pour accueillir un maximum de personne sur les chemins de la transition. C’est un espace collectif ouvert, qui utilise un système informatique d’utilisateurs à utilisateurs comprenant un outil de gouvernance horizontale afin de permettre une grande accessibilité à l’expérience. Les lieux se construisent comme un puzzle. Comment s’installe-t-on ? L’installation d’un tiers lieu agricole peut se faire par différents moyens : - Par financement participatif ou prêt citoyen ou SCIC - Par subvention européenne pour redynamiser une commune ou une région - Par mise à disposition d’un terrain à travers un bail emphytéotique (5) délivré par une collectivité publique. Qui travail ? Quelle économie ? Quelle(s) monnaie(s) accepter ? Gouvernance Horizontale

Tyson Living Learning Center | Living Future The Living Learning Center is located at Tyson Research Center, an environmental field station for Washington University in St. Louis. The site and building builds on the sustainable eco-systems research ongoing at Tyson. The site has been transformed from a degraded asphalt parking lot to a native landscaped garden replete with pervious concrete, local stone pavers, and a central raingarden. The building fosters indoor/outdoor education with a large multi-use classroom that opens directly out to a locally-harvested white oak deck. Net Zero Energy is provided by Photovoltaic panels mounted both on the roof and on two horizontal trackers. Use the icons below to find out how this project approached each Petal of the Challenge. Site condition prior to project start: Previously developed parking lot Additional Site Petal comments:The Living Learning Center was built at Washington University’s Tyson Research Institute, a 2,000 acre field station located just outside of the St. Back to Top

7 hälsofördelar som bara gäller kattägare | MåBra Att äga en kisse är inte bara mysigt. Kattägare kan räkna med ordentlig bonus på hälsokontot, visar en rad olika studier. Här är sju talande exempel: Din katt verkar ångestdämpande Att gosa med sin misse frigör må bra-hormonet oxytocin, vilket minskar stressnivåerna i kroppen och motverkar oro. Av samma anledning har kattägare en stor fördel i sin fyrfota vän i svåra tider av sorg eller ångest, där kattens närvaro har en läkande effekt. Din katt sänker ditt blodtryck Kattägare kan räkna med lägre blodtryck jämfört med personer som inte har någon mjau-kompis i hemmet. Din katt gör dig friskare Att ha en katt i hemmet betyder också att ha katthår i hemmet. Din katt kan ersätta en partner Att äga en katt (eller vara ägd av en katt) reducerar känslan av ensamhet. Din katt gör dig snyggare Singel och kattägare? Din katt kan förlänga ditt liv De brukar ha nio liv, men delar tydligen med sig av livskraften till sin ägare också. Din katt klöser bort depp Källor: Heart Fitness Revolution, Webmd

10 trucs anti limace Comment éloigner les limaces naturellement ? Les limaces peuvent causer bien des ravages dans le jardin, le potager et les plates-bandes! Heureusement, il existe quelques bons trucs et astuces pour les éloigner loin du jardin. J’ai moi-même un potager à la maison, alors voici mes meilleurs produits et remèdes de grand-mère contre les limaces. Fabriquer une barrière anti limaces Si vous cherchez un moyen de fabriquer votre propre barrière anti limace maison alors le ruban de cuivre est peut-être la bonne solution pour vous. Une barrière pour protéger les plantes et légumes en pot! Une simple bande de cuivre autours des pots et des jardinières dans le jardin et le potager est suffisant pour repousser naturellement les limaces. Nous avons eu recours à cette astuce il y a quelques années pour protéger nos plants de fraises en pot et ça très bien fonctionné. Des copeaux de bois contre les limaces Cette astuce fonctionne moins bien lors des journées de pluies. Des coquilles d’œufs contre les limaces

How to Grow Your Own Living House | Urban Gardens | Unlimited Thinking For Limited Spaces | Urban Gardens July 23, 2009 by Robin Plaskoff Horton Three young German architects have created a new area of architecture: arbo-architecture. Ferdinand Ludwig and fellow architects, Oliver Storz and Hannes Schwertfeger, call their new specialty “building botany.” As part of this, the three men are building structures made from plants as well as studying the elasticity of plane trees and examining how effectively willows can grow around steel pipes at the University of Stuttgart’s Institute of Basics in Modern Architectural Design. In this way, they plan to begin building an eight-meter (26-foot) tower near Lake Constance in southern Germany at the end of July. “In our opinion trees are high-tech material, which is why plant growth is part of our vision,” says Schwertfeger. Training trees to grow in all manner of decorative shapes is not new, it has been part of the skilled landscape gardener’s repertoire since the 13th century. via Spiegel and Treehugger

Sociology Books - Richard Sennett Together: The Rituals, Pleasures, and Politics of Cooperation Living with people who differ—racially, ethnically, religiously, or economically—is the most urgent challenge facing civil society today. We tend socially to avoid engaging with people unlike ourselves, and modern politics encourages the politics of the tribe rather than of the city. In this thought-provoking book, Richard Sennett discusses why this has happened and what might be done about it. Sennett contends that cooperation is a craft, and the foundations for skillful cooperation lie in learning to listen well and discuss rather than debate. In Together he explores how people can cooperate online, on street corners, in schools, at work, and in local politics. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012 The Foreigner Richard Sennett has spent an intellectual lifetime exploring how humans live in cities. The Craftsman The Craftsman names a basic human impulse: the desire to do a job well for its own sake. Practicing Culture Authority

L’Atelier Paysan - Coopérative d’autoconstruction Vous trouverez dans cette section des informations relatives à nombre d’outils, dont ceux que nous vous proposons en formation d’autoconstruction. Afin de faire progresser notre communauté d’autoconstructeurs, nous vous invitons à diffuser vos créations, inventions, modifications d’outils, et ainsi en faire profiter le plus grand nombre. Pour ceci, rien de plus simple : envoyez tous les documents que vous jugez utiles (descriptifs, photos, vidéos, plans) à : g.wattinne@latelierpaysan.org Nous nous chargeons de les mettre en forme et de les diffuser ici-même ainsi que sur le forum. Gorgeous BioCasa_82 is Made From 99% Recyclable Materials and Powered by 100% Renewable Energy Nestled into the pastoral landscape of Treviso, Italy, BioCasa_82 is a beautiful home that boasts some seriously energy-efficient technologies. Italian architect Rosario Picciotto designed the project, whilst Welldom dealt with the construction process. The building was made using 99% recyclable materials, and it's powered completely by renewable energy sources. Its tailor-made sustainable strategies were employed in a bid to secure LEED Platinum certification. BioCasa_82 is one of the few private residences in the world to have privately conducted carbon footprint analysis with great results. Built for Diadora CEO, Enrico Moretti Polegato and his wife Claudia, the house reaches levels of sustainability rarely seen in residential architecture. Related: The Leaf House is an Energy-Efficient Tiny Home Built for the Tundra Related: Alter Studio’s Tower House is a Zero Emission Landmark for Treviso, Italy + Welldom Photos by Marco Zanta

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