Urban Biofilter Urban Bioﬁlter designs, implements, and advocates for the integration of biological systems into our existing urban infrastructure. Urban Bioﬁlter is a research and design organization based in Oakland, CA and is a project of Earth Island Institute, a 501(c)3 nonproﬁt. As a collaborative team of ecological engineers, designers and community organizers, Urban Biofilter creates environmental systems appropriate to each site and community.
This Innovative Greenhouse Makes It Possible to Grow Crops Even in the Desert! Farming can be extremely difficult in the areas that lack humidity and experience high temperatures and frequent droughts. However, a new innovative greenhouse, which collects dew and then uses it for irrigation, makes it possible to grow crops even in the hottest and driest parts of the world. It was designed by Roots Up, a non-profit organization based in Northern Ethiopia, which aspires to help Ethiopian farmers in cultivating crops in the unfavorable climatic conditions of the region.
Award-winning renovation slashes mid-century home’s carbon footprint by 80% London-based architecture firm Coppin Dockray completed a green house renovation that’s so successful it cut carbon emissions by 80 percent. Located on a steep wooded slope in the historic Wiltshire village of Antsy, the rural home, named Ansty Plum, comprises a 1960s house and small side annex that had fallen into severe disrepair. Coppin Dockray restored the original structure to its former glory and added double glazing, extra insulation, and other features to boost its thermal efficiency and comfort. Topped with a distinctive sloped roof that mimics the steep terrain, Ansty Plum was originally designed by David Levitt in 1964 for former Arup partner and engineer Roger Rigby. The property also includes a studio annex later designed by Brutalist architects Peter and Alison Smithson. Both structures were significantly deteriorated by the time Coppin Dockray co-founder Sandra Coppin and her husband purchased the property six years ago.
Inhabitat - Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building Your future home could make electric bills a thing of the past, and even help you earn money in the process. Plus-energy homes are popping up around the world, generating more energy than they use, and can even be set up to sell excess energy back to the grid. Beautiful, energy efficient, and increasingly affordable, these dwellings are proving the viability of renewable energy over fossil fuel sources. We’ve rounded up eight plus-energy homes that can produce more energy than they need, with some so powerful that they can even light up the house next door.
30 Eco-Chic Houses Made of 10 Types of Recycled Materials Waste materials that are reclaimed for new structures can be as simple as a bunch of stacked tires or a boat that’s no longer seaworthy, or as complex as old stone bricks re-sculpted to look like new. They can be roughly cobbled together into rustic cabins, or masterfully incorporated into stunning modern residences along with new materials. Sometimes they’re left as-is, their signs of age providing a sense of history, and sometimes they’re processed into something that leaves no hint of their origins. These 10 recycled building materials were saved from the landfill and transformed into the following 30 green homes, and many more around the world as like-new materials Bottles & Cans (images via: treehugger, inhabitat, green upgrader, beercanhouse.org)
Sustainable Homes - Eco Friendly Homes - Healthy Living Carbon Positive The Carbon Positive House (CPH) has been created to free us of modern day lifelines and make significant contributions within society. Developed and created through innovative design sensitivities and new technologies. The CPH has moved beyond carbon zero by making additional ‘positive’ contributions by producing more energy on-site than the building requires. Recycled Materials Cottage A cottage in Panguipulli, Chile. Designed by Juan Luis Martinez Nahuel. Photos courtesy of Juan Luis Martinez Nahuel. More info. here.
This family lives in a sustainable and edible green-house home of the future A professor the University of Rotterdam’s Sustainable Building Technology program recently offered an opportunity to Netherland families to participate in a groundbreaking project that would span three years and completely uproot the participating family by relocating them in an experimental greenhouse dwelling. Not everyone would jump at the proposal, but for Helly Scholten, a “botanical stylist” and her family, the project was a chance to dip their toes into a lifestyle she had long fantasized about—sustainable, functionally off-grid and far from mundane. Scholten applied right away and secured her family’s new home for the next three years, adorned with walls of glass and a roof layered in flora and growing produce. They officially moved into the greenhouse in June of 2015 and haven’t looked back.
Modular Modern COMMOD House is Made From Recycled Shipping Containers The COMMOD House by ContainMe! is a 100% recyclable modular house made from repurposed shipping containers. The modern home can grow or shrink according to its residents’ needs, it features a low energy footprint, and it’s made form healthy, low-voc materials like clay, wood, cellulose and steel. + COMMOD House The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader.
ABC OF INCREMENTAL HOUSING « Elemental Out of the 3 billion people living in cities today, 1 billion is under the line of poverty. By 2030 out of the 5 billion people that will be living in cities, 2 billion are going to be under the line of poverty. That means that we will have to build a 1 million people city per week with 10,000 dollars per family. Given the magnitude of the housing shortage, we won’t solve this problem unless we add people’s own resources and building capacity to that of governments and market. That is why we thought of putting in place an OPEN SYSTEM able to channel all the available forces at play.
Couple Leave Their Jobs to Build a Recycled Windows Love Nest Photographer Nick Olson and fashion designer Lilah Horwitz are a couple who take their dreams very seriously. They have left their daily jobs to build and live in a house made from recycled windows. Their unique glazed dwelling is immersed in the beautiful mountains of West Virginia - at the very same spot where they dreamt about building a home for watching sunsets on their very first date. Alejandro Aravena, Winner of This Year’s Pritzker Prize, Is Giving Away His Designs This January, Alejandro Aravena received architecture’s highest honor. This week, the Chilean architect announced that his studio, Elemental, will open-source four of its affordable housing designs. The projects can be downloaded, for free, from Elemental’s website (here). Aravena delivered the news at a press conference held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. That a Pritzker Prize winner would give away his ideas for free is unusual; typically, the title of Pritzker Laureate enables architects to seek out bigger, grander commissions.
Adorable Vegetable Nursery Home Made of Bamboo and 2,000 Plastic Bottles Pops up in Vietnam Vegetable Nursery Home in Vietnam by 1+1>2 International Architecture - Gallery Page 1 Architects for the project state that it is an example of cooperation between rural inhabitants and urban residents, as well as an "example of researching, [and] applying recycled materials in construction which could be disseminated to other models." The bottles used to complete the structure, all of which were donated by students and the local community, help to regulate sunlight and control the temperature within the nursery. A water inlet tray on the roof assists with irrigation, and thanks to its lightweight construction, the building can be moved to other areas as cultivation demands dictate. Architects for the project state that it is an example of cooperation between rural inhabitants and urban residents, as well as an “example of researching, [and] applying recycled materials in construction which could be disseminated to other models.” Related: Africa’s First Plastic Bottle House Rises in Nigeria Via ArchDaily
Our Permaculture Life: Our affordable debt-free eco-house We designed and built our house and have no mortgage. I just realised it's been 10 years since we built the main part. I so love living here and raising our family in this environment. I love the connection I have with this place and how it has evolved to respond to the land and meet the needs of our family.