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Public Architecture Houses Made of Strange Materials ~ I saw a show on TV the other day, about this little town in Arizona, where everyone builds these houses out of tires, and they are almost entirely self sufficient. This got me wondering about what other types of housing material has been used. I found some pretty neat stuff. A house made of trash. I guess no one will really notice that your house is messy, since it's made of garbage. Another view of the same home. A house made out of tires, like the one in the TV show. A house made of newspapers. A house made of doors. A house made of plastic bottles. A house made of two old boats. A house decorated with beer cans. An airplane house. A mud and straw house (or at least a building). A house made of glass bottles. Link

Housing Revolution: Better, safer, smarter, more sustainable dwellings Architecture for Humanity Design humanitaire | Ça Blog - Ça m’intéresse Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum A New York, le Cooper-Hewitt Museum, musée national du design, organise jusqu’au 23 septembre une passionnante exposition intitulée “Design pour les 90% restants”. C’est-à-dire une sélection d’objets et produits conçus pour simplifier (voire sauver) la vie des 5,8 millions de Terriens les plus démunis. Voici une sélection de quelques idées aussi astucieuses qu’utiles… Q Drum – un bidon en forme de roue, en polyéthylène, qui contient 75 litres et se tire avec une corde, faisant de la corvée d’eau un jeu d’enfant (qu’on voit en action ci-dessus). Fabriqué en Afrique du Sud, il est déjà utilisé dans 10 pays du continent noir : Katrina Furniture Project – Des étudiants en art aident les victimes de l’ouragan Katrina, en Louisiane, à réaliser du mobilier en bois (comme ce banc d’église) avec des débris. AquaStar Plus! Solar Aid – Dans les prothèses auditives pour malentendant, ce qui coûte le plus cher, ce sont les piles.

containerbay There is growing interest in the use of shipping containers as the basis for habitable structures. These "icons of globalization" are relatively inexpensive, structurally sound and in abundant supply. Although, in raw form, containers are dark windowless boxes (which might place them at odds with some of the tenets of modernist design...) they can be highly customizable modular elements of a larger structure. The projects below are sorted alphabetically (by company or designer's name). In addition to the container-based projects listed below we offer links to useful web sites and relevant books. Selected projects utilizing shipping containers. Info credits: Zack Smith, Kevin Tze King Ho. Back to top of page Useful linksIf you have any relevant links let us know Container Sources Shipping containers are widely available - here are just a few of the many sources: Technical Resources Books

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