Minimal Footprint Living
City of Columbia employees begin clearing a field east of the COLT Transload facility before the Free Power Company of Omaha, Neb., begins the installation of a 3,500-panel solar array. When completed, the solar array will generate 1,000 kilowatt-hours of energy per hour, making it the largest in the state. | Greg Kendall-Ball Columbia Missourian
A series of prototype pilings and tables sit in a field east of the COLT Transload facility in north Columbia. City employees began clearing the field Monday morning in preparation for the installation of a 3,500-panel solar array, which will be the largest in the state when completed. | Greg Kendall-Ball Columbia Missourian
Fabricated primarily from recycled and reclaimed materials. The trailer bed itself is rated to withstand 14,000 pounds though the final structure should hardly exceeded 9,000 pounds even with a sleeping loft, a shower, a water holding unit, and several other large features. Separate fresh, grey, and black water systems were integrated into the design allowing for remote removal and disposal of waste. And finally, a solar and wind system power the house allowing it to be off grid.
 The creators of the Water-Scraper believe that the effects of climate change mean it’s “only a natural progression that we will populate the seas someday,” so they designed this livable, sustainable structure for humans to occupy. The Water-Scraper uses wave, wind and solar power, and its bioluminescent tentacles provide sea fauna a place to live while collecting energy through kinetic movements. This floating structure even generates its own food through farming, aqu...
this is amazing. Part houseboat and part private floating island, the so-called WaterPod sits somewhere between visionary green architecture and installation art project. Constructed of recycled wood, metal, plastic and cloth and designed to run on solar, wave and wind power, it is intended to become the ultimate off-the-grid, self-sufficient water-based housing unit.