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Archive for November 2009

Billboard Refit

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I have been preaching the need for us to live allot more locally, for a variety of reasons.   As we do the old infrastructure of our 1600 mile salad will no longer have its usefulness. I wrote about how retrofitting a grocery store was one example of this, well here is another.  Dornob talked about this great concept

There are nearly 500,000 freestanding billboards in the United States alone. What if any number of these could be converted en mass into functional, modular prefab homes that could be shipped and installed in rural and urban areas around the country – eco-friendly, cheap new housing from recycled old billboards.

Prefabrication and portability are nothing new in architecture and transportation, but world-changing modular and mass-producible visions  like this concept by Nocturnal Design Labs are few and far between. Unlike most conventional prefabs, these spaces are planned with interior layouts, sun paths and wind patterns in mind, giving the result a distictive and dynamic shape.

rom the curved modern shell and functional interior spaces to the high-up locations with varied views, there is more to this than simply a clever idea from a forward-thinking designer – these are best understood as prefab building prototypes, the potential start of an entire movement in adaptive reuse already being explored by various architects and designs.

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Meditation Treehouse

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So the Baumraum had very very little to actually say about this awesome tree house, here is what they said:

The treehouse serves as a room for meditation and relaxation. The straight, clear shape underlines this use.

The house is apparently used as a Zen getaway of sorts, I really like the deck on it, it’s intertwined with the tree, truly bringing the outdoors to the forefront.

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Green Pets….An Oxymoron

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I have heard allot about how pets are very non-ecofriendly, but I found this graphic and another article that shows the true impact of our furry friends.  Not only is the article interesting it’s an excellent opportunity to insert lolz cat photos :)

Reprinted New Scientist Kate Ravilious Oct 2009

SHOULD owning a great dane make you as much of an eco-outcast as an SUV driver? Yes it should, say Robert and Brenda Vale, two architects who specialise in sustainable living at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. In their new book, Time to Eat the Dog: The real guide to sustainable living, they compare the ecological footprints of a menagerie of popular pets with those of various other lifestyle choices – and the critters do not fare well.

As well as guzzling resources, cats and dogs devastate wildlife populations, spread disease and add to pollution. It is time to take eco-stock of our pets.cat2

To measure the ecological paw, claw and fin-prints of the family pet, the Vales analysed the ingredients of common brands of pet food. They calculated, for example, that a medium-sized dog would consume 90 grams of meat and 156 grams of cereals daily in its recommended 300-gram portion of dried dog food. At its pre-dried weight, that equates to 450 grams of fresh meat and 260 grams of cereal. That means that over the course of a year, Fido wolfs down about 164 kilograms of meat and 95 kilograms of cereals.

It takes 43.3 square metres of land to generate 1 kilogram of chicken per year – far more for beef and lamb – and 13.4 square metres to generate a kilogram of cereals. So that gives him a footprint of 0.84 hectares. For a big dog such as a German shepherd, the figure is 1.1 hectares.

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Barcelona House

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I like allot of the styling of this house, but I am not a fan of the weird angles and I am usually a fan of the weird modern stuff.  However, I do light the really pallet and the accent lighting is a really great touch in this 500 square foot apartment. Whats really interesting is how they have some several areas of exposed ceiling, which looks like an old mill. I could sit here and try to rationalize the sharp angles, so here is what the site said:

Design of this 49 sqm apartment in Barcelona gets its inspiration from Japanese origami art. One wall which separate all functions of the apartment made with this style in mind and that is enough. When the designer create the wall the apartment already had a shell of simple concrete walls. Some parts of ceiling are still uncovered so futuristic design also has rustic elements.

The presence of the separation wall can be felt from the entrance to the apartment. Although all benefits could be seen just from the inside of the apartment. It adds feeling of movement and hidden spaces because of its diagonal form. The furniture in the apartment correspond to futuristic design. It is simple with straight lines. The same could be said about colors in use. Black and white is always part of futuristic interiors. In the end, the apartment design with all its experiments made small space look much more bigger than it is.

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What’s In Your Fridge

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There is some facination with what is in people’s fridges whenever you watch MTV “cribs” which I find entertaining and depressing all at the same time.  But here is a Photojournal of people’s fridge and some interesting facts about them.  I wish I could get to the point of the fridge of the midwife.

Check it out and post a link to a photo of your fridge and tell us a bit about yourself.

Story: here

Upload your photo and share the link in the comments: here

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