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The Pallet House project by I-Beam Design, was initially conceived as a transitional shelter for the refugees returning to Kosovo after the war. These people needed an immediate alternative to the typical tent solution that could potentially transform into a new permanent home over time, even without access to sophisticated tools and materials. It has since become our aim to also develop the project as a more permanent housing solution to serve not only refugees in disaster stricken areas but also as a modular, prefabricated solution to affordable housing everywhere that can improve people's lives, the environment, society and even inspire greater diplomacy among the various cultures of the world. The Pallet House is an inexpensive, efficient and easily realizable solution to the problem of housing people displaced by natural disaster, plagues, famine, political and economic strife or war. The Pallet House is made of wooden shipping pallets. Photos by Peter Miller Related:  Furniture & Small scale design & build#crosspearlpage.atroot

maison-palettes-abri Sheds For Living: Small Practical Prefab Living Space Small houses are the new black right now, and this practical little living space couldn’t be more in vogue. The “Shed,” designed by Manchester-based FKDA Architects, provides all the necessary amenities for living in a compact unit. Designed for those in need of affordable and practical space, the Shed is sustainably built from FSC certified wood, with a healthy interior, efficient use of interior space, and it can run off renewable energy. FKDA has two models of the Shed, aptly named the Big Shed and the Little Shed. Constructed of FSC certified timber framed walls, double paned windows, cellulose fibre insulation from 100% recycled newspaper and interior finishes with low VOC content, the Shed is a great model for green building. The little sheds are not only extremely efficient and capable of being zero energy, but practical and stylish. + FKDA Architects + Sheds For Living via Design Boom

PAHS - Umbrella House Figure 1 Geodome, the first umbrella home (in idealized form), maintains a 66° to 74° temperature year-round without heating equipment in western Montana’s cold climate. In summer, solar heat radiates in, falls on internal surfaces, and is absorbed into the surrounding soil. The umbrella traps heat in the dry soil until winter, when it migrates back into the house. Adding convection-driven earth tubes would modify the internal temperature by conveying outside air in. Figure 2 Twenty feet under the surface, the soil temperature reflects the average ambient air temperature during the year. Figure 3a In summer, air enters the house through an earth tube and is warmed by the sun; moving through the second tube, it warms the cooler soil. Figure 3b In winter, cool air enters, is heated by the warm earth, and passes to the house. Figure 4 Second generation umbrella home in Missoula, Montana was constructed by Tom Beaudette, the engineer of Geodome. "What a marvelous idea!"

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deco-avec-palettes Plytube by Seongyong Lee Royal College of Art graduate Seongyong Lee has developed a process for making wooden tubes from veneer, which he uses to make lightweight furniture. Update: this project is included in Dezeen Book of Ideas, which is on sale now for £12. Called Plytube, the project employs a process similar to that used in making cardboard tubes, with the laminates wrapped around and hardened with glue. Lee developed hollow joints transforming the material into a series of tables and stools. The Royal College of Art Show Two continues until 4 July. Here's some further information from Seongyong Lee: Plytube is a new way of tubing wood using the similar principal of making paper tube but with some more process to harden the wooden tube which I made. As the principal seems obvious but haven't really been tried as real object, it has given me much more interest and enthusiasm for a year and half. I made some furniture series which should be light. See also:

Famous Architects Unveil Amazing Energy-Generating Buildings for the 2017 Astana World Expo! The next World Expo in 2017 will be held in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan - and leaders are already preparing for the global event by unveiling 46 designs for the site master plan by firms from around the world! The theme of the 2017 Expo is 'Future Energy', and the competing plans all revolve around the concepts of renewable energy, sustainability and the green economy. Some world famous architects (including a few Inhabitat favorites) that made it into this round of the competition are UNStudio, Safdie Architects, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill, GMP International Gmbh, Zaha Hadid Architects; Coop Himmelb(l)au, J. Mayer H. Architects, Snohetta, and Mecanoo - check out our gallery for a look at their proposals! The last World Expo was held in Shanghai in 2010 and it featured a plethora of amazing designs and eco-themed pavilions from around the world. The city and expo leaders are strongly focused on renewable energy and sustainability.

10 Scientific Studies That Prove Consciousness Can Alter Our Physical Material World Nikola Tesla said it best, “the day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence. To understand the true nature of the universe, one must think it terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” Swami Vivekananda influenced Tesla’s work, an Indian Hindu monk and chief disciple of the 19th century saint Ramakrishna. Science works best when in harmony with nature. Intention of This Article. I want to make it clear that my intention of presenting this information is to demonstrate that thoughts, intentions, prayer and other units of consciousness can directly influence our physical material world. The Science For quite some time now, physicists have been exploring the relationship between human consciousness and its relationship to the structure of matter. “Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real” – Niels Bohr 1. 2. 3. 4. You can read more about remote viewing here. 5.

Maison-de-jeu-pour-vos-enfants-faites-de-palettes-en-bois-2-1 Peg by Studio Gorm Oregon designers John Arndt and Wonhee Jeong Studio Gorm are exhibiting their Shaker-inspired Peg furniture system at the Direktorenhaus art space in Berlin. The set comprises wooden tables and benches that can be dissembled and hung on the wall when not in use. The legs screw into each table top or seat and attach to the wall-mounting with magnets. Legs and tops are interchangeable, creating different-sized furniture pieces as needed. The exhibition opened to coincide with DMY Berlin earlier this month and continues until August. See all our stories about DMY Berlin in our special category. Here's some more information from Studio Gorm: Studio Gorm at the Direktorenhaus in Berlin Studio Gorm has updated their Shaker inspired Peg series for the Direktorenhaus Gallery in Berlin. First designed in 2008 Peg has been expanded to include a hard wood dining table, a desk, and a small table. Magnets inserted in the ends of the legs allow them to be hung quickly and easily from the peg rail. See also:

Green Cast by Kengo Kuma and Associates Plants sprout through the patchwork aluminium facade of this pharmacy and clinic in Japan by architects Kengo Kuma and Associates (+ slideshow). Dozens of tiny holes pierce each of the aluminium panels, which were formed against broken-down polystyrene to give them a bumpy texture. The plants grow out from between the panels with ventilation shafts and rainwater downpipes concealed behind them. Named Green Cast, the four-storey-high building also contains offices and an apartment. Stairs lead up from the top-floor residence to a terrace on the roof and there's a car park in the basement. Other recent projects by Kengo Kuma & Associates include a museum screened by floating tiles and a Starbucks coffee shop near a Shinto shrine . See all our stories about Japanese architect Kengo Kuma » Here's a little more text from Kengo Kuma & Associates: Green Cast The façade of the building is covered with planters made of aluminum die-cast panels, which provides space for facilities.

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