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Lately we've been covering some of the amazing early work by designer Michael Jantzen. For his mother's house, Jantzen turned to off-the-shelf agricultural building parts. Jantzen writes: "My Modular Steel Dome House was designed to take advantage of low cost, prefabricated, high strength, easily assembled, totally recyclable, off the shelf agricultural building components.
Dutch Family of Four Living in Experimental Urban Greenhouse Home
People living in northern climes don't have the year-round greenery that people living in the tropics can enjoy. Unless they live in a greenhouse, that is. While taking up residence in a structure meant for plants may initially sound like a wacky idea, some are experimenting with it as a sustainable and energy-efficient option.
Naturhus: A Glass Act From Sweden
Frightful winter weather got you down (I’m talking to you, Southern California and Europe)? Well, imagine stepping outside of your home (kind of) and taking in a deep breath of fragrant air as you take a leisurely stroll around your very own lush, Mediterranean-style garden teeming with figs, kiwi, peaches, roses, and a plethora of exotic flora. In the dead of winter. In the snow. In Sweden.
The History of the Bathroom Part 1: Before the Flush
Victor Hugo wrote in Les Miserables that "the history of men is reflected in the history of sewers."... The sewer is the conscience of the city. Everything there converges and confronts everything else. " It has not changed much since Victor Hugo's day. In fact, one could say that the North American development industry is built on shit.
How to Choose Green Furniture
Some people obsess over furniture. Others hardly even notice it's there. One way or the other, making environmentally savvy choices in furnishing your home or office can make a big difference in your impact on the planet and your health. The modern sustainability movement has attracted such a large number of innovative designers that it's hard to know where to start.
Winter is Coming; Time to Start Worrying About Indoor Air Quality
'We have already written extensively about home design and interior design after the coronavirus and how we have to change the American way of building. But this is a more immediate problem that has less to do with the virus itself and more to do with the simple fact that more people are in their homes together for more of the time.'
What is a solar tower and how does it work?
A solar tower, also known as a solar power tower, is a way to concentrate solar power to make it a more powerful energy source. Solar towers are sometimes also called heliostat power plants because they use a collection of movable mirrors (heliostats) laid out in a field to gather and focus the sun at the tower. #solartower
The power is coming back on in Australian communities thanks to solar-powered minigrids
In the wake of Australia's bushfires, an unprecedented natural disaster in which more than 20 percent of the continent's forests burned, dozens of rural communities cut off from the electrical grid faced the grim prospect of weeks and even months before power might be restored. #australia #power #solar
Air-purifying headphones aim to help urban dwellers breathe easy
Dyson, a company best-known for its innovative line of vacuums and fans, is apparently also interested in providing urbanites with a portable way to filter air pollution. The company recently filed a patent in the UK for a pair of headphones that intakes polluted air through ear cups and directs the filtered product to an integrated mouthpiece. #headphones
What those beautiful glass prisms in the sidewalk are really for
Have you ever walked along a city street and noticed grids of colored glass on the sidewalk? Though the patterns are lovely and may seem decorative, they actually served a purpose — or at least they did at one time. The glass pieces are vault lights, sometimes called pavement lights in the U.K. They were inserted into the sidewalk to allow light into the basement areas below ground. #design #walk
How you can use Australian landscaping ideas to create a drought-tolerant garden
The majority of Australians — about 85% — live on the country's coasts. That's because vast areas of the interior of the continent are desert. But even closer to the coasts, there are still plenty of areas that are only seasonally wet, and due to climate change, areas that used to be more temperate are drying up. So Australians have long known about gardening with less water — and they're getting even savvier as drier conditions persist for longer periods.
How an indoor fountain can help you relax
You may have wondered why a lot of doctor's and dentist's offices have fish tanks. While fish are fun and distracting to look at, it's most likely that the medical professionals are aiming to keep their waiting areas low-stress, so their patients walk into their appointments with less anxiety. And that's down to the soft bubbling of the fish tank's water pump. #homedecor #fountain