Copenhagen Adopts a Mandatory Green Roof Policy As part of its overall strategy to become a carbon neutral city by 2025, Copenhagen has become the first Scandanavian city to adopt a policy that requires green roofs for all new buildings with roof slopes of less than 30 degrees. Copenhagen presently has 20,000 square meters (over 215,000 square feet) of flat roofs. It is hoped that as much as 5,000 square meters of new development each year will be covered with vegetation.
Cob Building Courses and Workshops A meeting of cultures both of people and buildings is at the core of the experience of this workshop. Indigenous peoples have always built dwellings from the land and into the land. Traditional villages still show the architecture, which is based on ancient cliff dwellings, and uses stone and earthen material. Local traditional builders and farmers will share their knowledge, culture and history. This is the context for our project for this workshop. We will build a natural sandstone/ cob hybrid house blending traditional knowledge with modern innovation. A Recommended Cob and Natural Building Book List There are a few books that I referenced and relied on throughout the process of building my cob house. I’ve come up with a short list of books for aspiring cob builders to get inspired and get set on the path to actual construction of a small cob house similar to my own. Check them out! The Hand-Sculpted House By Cob Cottage Company
Urban Vertical Garden Built From Hundreds of Recycled Soda Bottles As part of an innovative partnership called Home Sweet Home (Lar Doce Lar) between multidisciplinary design firm Rosenbaum and TV producer Luciano Huck, the teams went through dozens of Brazilian homes doing dramatic makeovers of interior and exterior spaces. On their 48th home Rosenbaum designed a pretty amazing vertical garden that was suspended in a narrow walkway just outside the house. Reponse to the garden was so huge the firm quickly released design schematics (in Portugese) detailing how to build one. A huge thanks to the team at Rosenbaum for sharing these photos with Colossal!
Learn Cob Building (and much more) in Beautiful West Cork. 29 Mar 2007 Learn Cob Building (and much more) in Beautiful West Cork. [The Hollies Centre for Practical Sustainability](http:www.theholliesonline.com”Hollies”) in West Cork is running a very full set of courses, with a wider range of subjects than in previous years, and featuring, as is becoming a regular part of their calendar, the 9 Day Cob Building course with Ianto Evans and Linda Smiley. If you are interested in learning cob building, you couldn’t do better than to spend 9 days with Linda and Ianto, it is the course that has changed many lives! Green Roof Design: 10 Stunning, Sustainable Works of Architecture Green Roof Design: 10 Stunning, Sustainable Works of Architecture Green Roof Design | While the practice of building green roofs is centuries old, it has experienced a renaissance as the structural philosophy of the future. A living green roof reduces the costs of heating and cooling, encourages the local wildlife and naturally filters the rain water it receives. Here, we celebrate the work of some of today’s most talented, most progressive architects, who have adopted green roof design techniques to yield beautiful, sustainable works of architecture.
How to make a backyard mud oven. Cheap, fun, and makes a professional qualtity pizza! Making a backyard mud or clay oven is a great family project, and once completed, you will be able to make fantastic hearth breads, and professional quality pizza. A mud oven is a wood burning oven, which used the residual heat from the firing to cook with. A basic backyard oven can be made for next to nothing, and will be a very satisfying project for the whole family. There will be lots of mud and squishing and stuff; and kids will definitely enjoy the process. A cob or clay oven is vastly superior to your conventional oven for pizzas and bread. The massive radiant heat that is stored in thick mud walls will deliver deep crusts to your bread, and you can keep a live fire going to make fantastic pizzas in about 3 minutes!
Plant-In City: Architecture and Technology for Plants. by Huy Bui, Carlos Gomez, Jon Schramm We are creating a large-scale interactive art installation, a "Green City," where plants populate stackable structures inside a gallery space in Manhattan. Our goal is to raise funds to buy materials and develop technology needed to complete this project. In our installation we envision a dense, lush skyline, where water flows from one terrarium to another. Visitors to the space enter an immersive environment. Sounds of plants echo in their ears. cob building - when clay isn't clay (green building forum at permies) LOL - the idea of a "cob expert" telling you, "They should have sent a sample off to a lab to be sure." They might, however, recommend building something small as a test case. Make a few bricks. Make an earthen oven, garden wall, or chicken-house. Adjust the mix to suit local soils.
Create your own Vertical Garden - Living walls and Vertical Gardens Vertical gardening is a fun, creative way to grow plants in urban spaces! Below is just a sample of what you can create with ready-to-go planters and kits. The first few images are of GroVert Vertical Gardening Systems by Bright Green. There are two different sized panels (10 and 45), and each are planted, then hung on the wall using their included mounting bracket. The last images are of living walls made from felt pockets.
Cob (material) Building a wall out of cob. Cob, cobb or clom (in Wales) is a natural building material made from sand, clay, water, some kind of fibrous or organic material (straw) and earth. Cob is fireproof, resistant to seismic activity, and inexpensive.