eriksson architects: mentougou eco valley mar 30, 2011 eriksson architects: mentougou eco valley ‘mentougou eco valley’ by eriksson architects, mentougou, china images courtesy of eriksson architects helsinki-based studio, eriksson architects has completed their proposal for ‘mentougou eco valley’ in mentougou, china, a municipality located sixty kilometers west of beijing. the masterplan, currently awaiting approval from the chinese government would become an eco-silicon valley of sorts, filled with diverse contemporary structures that experiment with new materials, technologies and forms. spanning 28 square kilometers, the development includes nine environmental research institutes and companies, one city center and several smaller residential villages. influenced by the surrounding landscape, the design would become an ecological urban area for some 50,000 inhabitants. view of townhouse modules
How To Build A 5 Gallon Bucket Hydroelectric Generator With self-sufficiency on the rise in almost every large city, it is common to see people trying to set up their own power or water supply. Recycling is almost a regular thing now so those who want to live really independently choose a hydroelectric generator as their next DIY project to make. Making such a system is quite easy and actually there is no need for a bunch of extra materials to get in order to begin the whole construction phase. A 5-gallon bucket should be your base and the rest will easily fall into place.
A Giant Basket That Uses Condensation to Gather Drinking Water Around the world, 768 million people don’t have access to safe water, and every day 1,400 children under the age of five die from water-based diseases. Designer Arturo Vittori believes the solution to this catastrophe lies not in high technology, but in sculptures that look like giant-sized objects from the pages of a Pier 1 catalog. His stunning water towers stand nearly 30 feet tall and can collect over 25 gallons of potable water per day by harvesting atmospheric water vapor. Called WarkaWater towers, each pillar is comprised of two sections: a semi-rigid exoskeleton built by tying stalks of juncus or bamboo together and an internal plastic mesh, reminiscent of the bags oranges come in. The nylon and polypropylene fibers act as a scaffold for condensation, and as the droplets of dew form, they follow the mesh into a basin at the base of the structure. Click to Open Overlay Gallery
28 Awesome Garden Bed Edging Ideas 28 Awesome Garden Bed Edging Ideas Come and enjoy our 28 great garden bed edging ideas. You can do it by yourself and you will find it is so interesting and easy a thing to renovate your garden edging. Construction Materials Construction Materials A sustainable home must make use of local (indigenous) materials, those occurring 'naturally' in the local area. The Nature of the Materials In keeping with the design and performance requirements of a Earthship Biotecture, the nature of the building matierials for an Earthship must have certain characteristics established. These characteristics must align with, rather than deteriorate, the environment of the planet. PARKROYAL on Pickering Hotel – Singapore PARKROYAL on Pickering Hotel – Singapore Park Royal Hotels has officially opened its latest property, the stunning PARKROYAL on Pickering in Singapore. The new PARKROYAL is a masterpiece of green design and sculptural architecture, combining lush garden spaces with an undulating, visually-arresting structure. Guests at the PARKROYAL are treated to an experience of luxury and futurism, where the garden spaces and contemporary architecture can be explored at leisure.
Build an attached solar greenhouse by David Lee I do not have a green thumb. The only plants I have any luck with are the ones that can be sawn into boards. My wife has two green thumbs, maybe three. Biodegradable algae water bottles provide a green alternative to plastic Plastic water bottles come with a higher price tag than most people realize, taking up to 1,000 years to decompose in a landfill. The fact that at least half of all water bottles are used only once makes the waste that much more egregious. Icelandic product designer Ari Jónsson decided he needed to take action by fashioning a biodegradable water bottle from algae. Building a Rocket Stove Sauna: Earth Sky Time Farm Earth Sky Time is a community-based organic farm in the beautiful, wooded foothills of the Taconic mountains, just outside of Manchester, Vermont, USA. In addition to year-round sustainable agriculture, they also have a wood-fired bakery (featuring a massive Catalan wood-fired oven!) and make other prepared foods like humus and veggie burgers. During the autumn and winter of 2012-2013, I was involved in the design and build of a wood-fired rocket stove sauna at Earth Sky Time, for the enjoyment of the EST community, family, neighbors, friends, visitors, etc. It was an exciting and ambitious project, and we strove to make it highly efficient, environmentally friendly, sustainably built, and locally sourced.
Why Our Ancestors Built Round Houses - and Why it Still Makes Sense to Build Round Structures Today The oldest forms of indigenous shelter were often round in shape. (Think the Southwest USA Hogan, Mongolian Yurt, North American Teepee and the Greek Tenemos, among others.) Why did our ancestors choose to build round? Because the ovid shape -- eggs, earth, tree trunks, and stones -- is what they saw reflected in the surrounding natural environment. And, as usual, Mother Nature knows best.