Hugelkultur Hugelkultur (HOO-gul-culture) meaning hill culture or hill mound. Instead of putting those branches, leaves and grass clippings in bags by the curbside...build a hugel bed. Simply mound logs, branches, leaves, grass clippings, straw, cardboard, petroleum-free newspaper, manure, compost or whatever other biomass you have available, top with soil and plant your veggies. The advantages of a hugel bed are many: The gradual decay of wood is a consistent source of long-term nutrients for the plants.
Green Architecture The shape of this house in the trees was inspired by the Fibonacci Spiral. That’s the spiral found in plants and animals like the sunflower and the snail’s shell (see video right). The building, by Blue Forest, is made from sustainably managed forest timbers using laminated ribs for the framing which is clad inside and […] Imagine growing your own food on your own land, but also enough food to feed your entire neighborhood. Growing Power does just that. They’re able to grow 1 Million pounds of food, year round. Natural Pools or Swimming Ponds Natural Pools or Natural Swimming Ponds (NSPs) Let nature clean the water... Chemical-free water garden and swimming pool. The plant portion, or regeneration zone, is separated from the swimming area by the wall seen a few inches below the water’s surface. www.naturalswimmingpools.com
Solar Cells Just A Few Atoms Thick Could Be Possible With New Material Material scientists have been working for years to create ultra-thin, flexible solar cells, and they’ve nearly brought that dream to fruition. Incredibly thin layers of photoactive crystal tungsten diselenide have been combined with molybdenum disulfide in order to create a semi-transparent material that could revolutionize solar technology. This material is so light, 300 square meters weighs only one gram. The research was led by Thomas Mueller of the Vienna University of Technology and the results were published in the journal Nano Letters. When the researchers say “ultra-thin,” they mean it.
DIY Coke Can Solar Heating Panel Upcycling is a way of life here, but that is only one reason I love our new Coke Can Solar Heating Panel. The best part is all that lovely heat in our old house. Before we installed the panel, we often saw winter temperatures warmer OUTSIDE than inside. How pigs can compost manure on a farm scale, saving you fuel and money I'm sure many are familiar with this scenario: you're driving along in the countryside and you're suddenly hit with the overwhelming stench of manure from a farm. A dilemma ensues do you A) wind up your window to stop any more of the smell entering the car thus trapping the low level smell that's already made it in; or do you B) keep the window down, taking on the full brunt in the hope the smell will quickly pass and fresh air will blow the rest of it away. Can you smell it from here?
Mostra Black Flat Art Interior Design by Guilherme Torres Art Interior Design for Flat with Otto Sofa by Guilherme Torres Mostra Black invites young architects from the studio Guilherme Torres to participate in one of the most important competitions in interior design in Brazil and of course the young architects present themselves as exceptional talents. The place used for the creation of unique art interior design is located on the patio of a modernistic house in the area of Alto de Pinheiros in São Paulo, which is a referral to the Pavilion in Barcelona one of the wonderful architectural masterpieces of Mies van der Rohe. Mostra Black Flat with Sculpture Table by Guilherme Torres Flat art interior design has been created specifically for an imaginary resident.
Super axe uses leverage to make woodcutting a piece of cake (Video) The popularity of wood and pellet stoves has increased in the last few years, even as the debate goes on about whether burning wood for heat is green or not. Nevertheless, for those who already heat with wood and are familiar with the hard labour involved in chopping wood, there are a number of improved axe-like tools out there that do make the job easier. This unique axe has an extra edge over the conventional axe: using the power of leverage to make woodchopping easier, this specially designed “Vipukirves” axe by Finnish inventor Heikki Kärnä simultaneously acts as both a lever and as a wedge when chopping wood. © Vipukirves