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Natural Building Techniques Around the World

Natural Building Techniques Around the World
Naturally built homes use local, minimally processed, abundant and/or renewable natural materials. They are designed to suit their climate and geography, providing a modest shelter that can last for many centuries. Ideally they, and the way they are lived in, are in balance and harmony with the environment. The resources used to build them are either so abundant that the impact of their use is not significant or they are easily replenished within the lifetime of the building. This collection shows naturally built homes and public buildings from different climates using a selection of natural materials and building techniques.

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This Seaweed-Covered House Is the World's Coziest Sushi Roll <img title="" alt="" src=" />This cute cottage is completely covered in seaweed. Photo: Helene Høyer Mikkelsen/Realdania Byg <img title="" alt="" src=" />The ceiling panels are filled with seaweed, wrapped in linen, and mounted on MDF boards prior to installation. Photo: Helene Høyer Mikkelsen/Realdania Byg <img title="" alt="" src=" />One material, two very different styles, both uniquely Danish. Photo: Helene Høyer Mikkelsen/Realdania Byg <img title="" alt="" src=" />The primary challenge for the designers was turning an unruly weed into a consistent building material, a feat achieved by stuffing the material into a tubular net. Underneath the seaweed pillows the facade walls are prefab timberframe panels clad with OSB on both sides and covered with tar felt.

Kitchen of the Future Kitchen of the Future Energy-saving light bulbs will only take us so far. We need to push ourselves to rethink domestic appliances entirely, to rethink how homes consume energy, and how entire communities can pool resources” says Clive van Heerden, Senior Director of Design-led Innovation at Philips Design. Philips believes the solution is likely to come from biological processes, which are less energy-consuming and non-polluting. We need to go back to nature in order to move forward.

Lotus Garden for Seoul Conceptualized by System Design Studio, this project recreates a garden of lotus flowers that borders the river Hang Gang, Seoul. Symbolizing beauty and purity, the “Lotus Garden for Seoul” project aims to offer a new vision of the city and its projection to a sustainable future. The gardens float on water just like the leaves of lotus and the flowers arise to the surface. America Could End Homelessness in One Year by Doing This by KEVIN LAKE If America really cared about solving the problem of homelessness among it’s citizenry, here’s an idea that would work. Oh- and that opening line references the fact that as far back as 2011 empty houses in America outnumbered homeless families by five times, according to Amnesty International. Anyway, let’s say the problem with homeless people in America was a result of not enough housing.

Glass Bottle Walls Glass Bottle Walls and Houses and more... glass bottle wall An arts center in Deep Ellum, Texas. Source Earth Ship Home. Solar updraft tower Schematic presentation of a solar updraft tower The solar updraft tower (SUT) is a renewable-energy power plant for generating electricity from solar power. Sunshine heats the air beneath a very wide greenhouse-like roofed collector structure surrounding the central base of a very tall chimney tower. The resulting convection causes a hot air updraft in the tower by the chimney effect. This airflow drives wind turbines placed in the chimney updraft or around the chimney base to produce electricity.

Vertical Farms The Vertical Farm The current 3.3 billion global urban population is expected to grow to 5 billion by 2025... Today our agricultural footprint is the size of South America...what will it be tomorrow... Source EDITT Tower (“Ecological Design In The Tropics”) is being built in Singapore with the financial support of the National University. 11 Incredible Living Walls The idea of a living wall conjures up all sorts of images, but in reality it is nothing more than a wall completely covered in vegetation. In order to create a living wall pre-vegetated or fabric panels containing plastic containers, or geotextiles, as well as irrigation systems and vegetation are attached to the wall or supporting structure. This form of urban gardening is often designed as an art form to decorate buildings in cities and has been hailed as one way to make cities more enjoyable, healthier and ultimately greener places. 1.

Hempcrete: The Green Movement returns to its Roots Smoking a rope made of modern, industrial hemp might cause a headache, but not much else. Why not build houses with it instead? As the Green Movement invents itself, builders are returning to old ideas. Both thick, earthen walls and building underground to reduce heating and cooling expense are old hat these days, but building the traditional, European-style village home requires something different. Three times more durable than concrete