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Treelife We are excited to announce that our first offline event, TreeLife by TCH, will be unveiled in a major city in 2013. This event will showcase innovative and creative sustainable architecture, and illustrate that green can co-exist with urban city life. The world's first major public exhibition of 'green design' treehouses, TreeLife will bring the biggest names in international architecture, design and art into the one public place for the first time, showcasing cutting edge green and sustainable design. Life in the trees Treehouses have become creative eco-statements in the design world. Global program of events: To celebrate the incredible temporary environment created by TreeLife, the exhibition will host a program of events that will vary from city to city. Art-life: Green-themed, organic art installations placed around treehouses including topiary. Silent Cinema: Public, open-air "silent" movie screenings using wireless, sound-proof headphones. Rollerdisco: A 70s "rollerskate" rink.

Architecture Math professor Dr. James Stewart, who is also a former violinist with the Hamilton Symphony Orchestra near Toronto, Ontario, has made millions writing calculus textbooks. When he decided to spend most of his fortune on a residence, he could have used any architect anywhere in the world. Instead of an international star, he selected the then-relatively unknown pair, Brigitte Shim and Howard Sutcliffe of Shim Sutcliffe to create his residence in a ravine in the posh Toronto neighborhood of Rosedale. Stewart was not looking to build just a residence, though. A decade after the initial discussions with Shim and Sutcliffe, the $24 million US, 18,000-square-foot Integral House was completed. The house exudes a patina, a classic semi-Scandinavian simplicity that makes it seem older, more established and mature than a brash, brand-new house. The house has already been on the Architectural Digest annual Toronto tour and it has become a part of the city’s must-see architecture.

Baumraum Treehouses Some of us think that our far off ancestors lived in the trees — and during our childhood, when our thoughts and memories are most pure, we yearn to climb trees growing in our gardens, in our parks, in our cities. As we get older, the urge to climb trees subsides as we ride elevators up to our offices in the sky and look out across the cities where we live. Yet occasionally, as we’re sealed up tight in our artificially climatic spaces, we long for a breath of fresh air. At a German company called baumraum an architect, a landscape architect, an arbologist, and a craftsman design modern, natural and solidly constructed treehouses. baumraum offers a range of wood-types as well as options for insulated walls. Sound like something you’ve been wanting?

Country House / DVA ARHITEKTA Architects: DVA ARHITEKTA Location: Bijaca, Bosnia and Herzegovina Design Team: Tomislav Ćurković / Zoran Zidarić Collaborator: Cvjetka Peronja, m.arch Project Manager: Haris Mahić Project year: 2007 Completion year: 2011 Site Area: 35,000 sqm Total floor area: 950 sqm Photographs: Robert Leš The approach of the proposal was to develop a residential complex in strong connection to the context. Located in a remote, poorly inhabitated part of West Herzegovina canton, the site stretches over 35 000 square meters of wild landscape, bounded by strong stone walls. The ambient relies on tradition, where places like this provided social contact and events. All three units, six buildings alltogether, are carefully placed to gain views according to client’s wishes. Further along, the terrain climbs steeply towards the highest point where main unit is found. The main unit contains the house for the owner, guest house and summer house with vine cellar and place for barbecueing.

Tuskanac Residence / DVA Arhitekta Architects: DVA Arhitekta - Tomislav Curkovic / Zoran Zidaric Location: Zagreb, Croatia Client: Private Collaborator: Barbara Vukovic, m.arch Completion: 2010 Site area: 1,300 sqm Total floor area: 590 sqm Photographs: Robert Les Located in residential part of town, characterized by family houses of strictly defined volumes, site and garden measurements. The urbanisation of this part of town was finished by the end of last century, and each new building represents interpolation in already formed urban structure. In order to fulfill all the demands and respect genius loci at the same time, a house consisted of two volumes was designed; one visible to the street view and the other hidden from it but visible from the garden. Street volume, cladded in white Corian, facade and roof merged, is of sculptural character. The most interesting space reveals itself in the attic; a multifunction, open space playroom.

The Contemporary Hillside House by SB Architects The Contemporary Hillside House by SB Architects Designed by San Francisco-based SB Architects, an international firm well-known for the design of site-sensitive resort and mixed-use projects around the world, and built by well-known green builder McDonald Construction & Development, this home is a statement of what is possible combining “high design with high sustainability.” Nestled in the hills of Mill Valley, California, just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, Hillside House has just received certification as the first LEED for Homes Platinum custom home in Marin County, and one of only a handful in Northern California. The four-story home – clad with beautiful, sustainable Western Red Cedar siding – is set on a steep hillside site that provides for a very vertical design with living and private zones situated on multiple separate floors. About Richard Barker Adelto Love Interior Design & Exotic Travel? October 13, 2010 | Property | View comments

Rafraichir sans moteur salut, merci pour la bienvenue! dans la version prototypique décrite dans le rapport, il n'y a pas d'apport en électricité prévu. par contre, tout ne se fait pas automatiquement, et c'est plus un travail manuel qui est nécessaire, pour la valve par exemple. par contre, on peut envisager un peu d'automatisation, pour ouvrir/fermer la valve régulièrement par exemple, ou pour transvaser l'eau chaude/l'eau froide dans le ballon solaire pour faire plusieurs cycles de réfrigération par jour. (dans ce cas il faut aussi sortir les pains de glace du coffre, et les remplacer par des bacs d'eau) personnellement j'en ai pas fait, j'ai un sacré désavantage pour ça... j'habite dans le nord. (mais le reste du temps j'en suis fier! ). par contre, quand j'en aurais fini avec d'autres travaux, j'adapterai bien une solution (même plus rapide!)

Wall art on the cheap My studio is bare. Well, actually the floor is a hot mess with all my crafting/sewing/scrapbooking supplies waiting to be organized, but the walls, they are bare. I needed some big art on the cheap. I figured the best way to fill a big space was with a big canvas. Sounds great right up until I remember that I can't paint worth a flip. So what can I put on a canvas? I bought 6-25count packs of washers in various sizes. I also picked up a tube of StrongStik. By the time we got home it was about 10:30 and I think my creative genius had already gone to bed. It would have been awesome if the canvas wasn't still in the wrapper and was already painted. It worked, but geez, it took fo-eva! Now I have to figure out where I'm going to hang this beauty.