Foldable Solar-Powered Geodesic DOM(E) Home Can be Erected Anywhere Imagine if you could pack your own Geodesic Dome, pop it up anywhere in the world and feel safe, sheltered and warm? Well, that dream could become reality if NRJA's design for a prefabricated, off-grid DOM(E) hits the market. The 120 square meter home features a self-supporting structure that is well-insulated to ensure the best living conditions, and it also boasts a small rainwater and solar collection system. The DOM(E) is an appropriate off-grid home for locations as far afield as the Namibian desert and Siberia since the unique construction and insulation provides a comfortable interior climate regardless of outdoor temperatures. Related: Magical Dome House in Remote Thailand Constructed in Six Weeks for Just $8,000 The dome-shape allows for plenty of natural ventilation, plus the design calls for daily supplies of fresh air to enter four points within the structure, which is connected to an underground duct system. Via Arch Daily
Sustainable Community Living The Story of Stuff Design humanitaire | Ça Blog - Ça m’intéresse Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum A New York, le Cooper-Hewitt Museum, musée national du design, organise jusqu’au 23 septembre une passionnante exposition intitulée “Design pour les 90% restants”. C’est-à-dire une sélection d’objets et produits conçus pour simplifier (voire sauver) la vie des 5,8 millions de Terriens les plus démunis. Voici une sélection de quelques idées aussi astucieuses qu’utiles… Q Drum – un bidon en forme de roue, en polyéthylène, qui contient 75 litres et se tire avec une corde, faisant de la corvée d’eau un jeu d’enfant (qu’on voit en action ci-dessus). Katrina Furniture Project – Des étudiants en art aident les victimes de l’ouragan Katrina, en Louisiane, à réaliser du mobilier en bois (comme ce banc d’église) avec des débris. Big Boda – Un cadre de vélo chinois, modifié au Kenya avec des tubes d’acier et un méga porte-bagages en vannerie : voilà comment transporter des dizaines de kilos de marchandises ou deux passagers ! AquaStar Plus!
Timebank LINEA: Katie Holten and Mariateresa Sartori Curated by Kathy Battista April 27 – May 31, 2014 Opening Reception: Sunday, April 27, 6-9 pm Public walk with the artists: Thursday, May 1, 4pm BOSI Contemporary is pleased to announce Linea, an exhibition of new work by Katie Holten and Mariateresa Sartori curated by Kathy Battista. The two artists were chosen for their investigations into drawing as an expanded field. Katie Holten’s Constellations are a series of new white-on-black drawings that resemble aggregations of stars. Mariateresa Sartori’s double channel video The Drawers shows her students drawing, their eyes looking at the camera, darting to the pages below, and back again. Sartori and Holten find beauty in their investigations of systemic composition and line. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with texts by Kathy Battista, Samuel Bordreuil, and a conversation between Katie Holten and Sarah Sze. Kathy Battista is a writer, curator, and educator.
The Shoebox Tiny house on wheels built by Tennessee Tiny Homes. Photographed by Butch Boyd. Sustainable Design - Buildipedia.com™ Upgrade your home’s insulation and air-seal gaps and cracks sooner rather than later. This is one home improvement that will pay for itself relatively quickly and then continue to generate savings for as long as you live in your home. Even if a full upgrade is not in your budget this year, you can tackle several low- or no-cost improvements right now. 1. If you have a sunroom or enclosed porch with a southern exposure, it can collect a great deal of heat. 2. In winter, a surprising amount of cold air can leak into your house around window and door openings, due largely to the fact that the framed (or rough) opening of a window or door is bigger than actual size of the window or door. 3. Baseboard and crown moldings that run along exterior walls are also sources of cold air infiltration. 4. Vent fans, recessed lights, and electric receptacles and switches on exterior walls can be significant sources of uncomfortable drafts and energy loss. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
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