Artist uses materials found in nature to create elaborate cairns and mandalas

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Lush green roof of native plants breathes life into a Texan cabana

This minimalist concrete-and-glass cabana looks as if it rose straight from the ground thanks to its beautiful green roof that ties it into verdant surroundings in Palmer, Texas. Dallas-based architecture firm Wernerfield designed the PTX1 Cabana, a simple and transparent structure that provides a strong contrast to the wild and colorful plants like yucca and sage that grow atop its roof. The rectangular pool house also doubles as a “remote” entertaining space with an indoor lounge, bathroom… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Steve Areen’s incredible DIY wagon home built with mostly recycled materials

Steve Areen is one of those people who turns everything into gold. And by gold, I mean magic. I mean soul. We saw it with his lovely dome house in Thailand, and now, what was supposed to be a simple dwelling under the stars in Australia has evolved into an extraordinary modern caravan that he, friends and local artisans built by hand with mostly recycled materials. The flight attendant started with a 5×10 trailer and a curved steel frame, but then the muse stepped in. Called Unity Wagon, the project… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Gorgeous roof garden feeds owners in proposed off-grid Yin & Yang House

Architecture studio Penda unveiled designs for an off-grid home Kassel, Germany with a stunning rooftop garden. Commissioned by a young family who wants to produce most of their own food, the Yin & Yang house features a minimal timber structure with a terraced roof curved in a shape evocative of the yin yang symbol.

As shown in the startlingly realistic renderings, Yin & Yang House occupies a small corner lot. With very little ground space for a garden, Penda turned the roof into… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

NYC’s Farm One delivers rare, ultra-fresh produce in just 30 minutes

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3 stacked shipping containers create a diving tower in Denmark

In Denmark, Sweco Architects has transformed an old ferry port into a water recreation spot. Their Water Sports Center Halsskov is an architectural invention, in their words, that will give people access to the water. They said in a statement on the project that it “recycles as many materials as possible from the former port, either directly or through upcycling.” Perhaps the most distinctive element of the sports center is a jumping tower comprised of three stacked, bright yellow shipping conta… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

New ‘category 6′ may be necessary to describe strengthening storms

Do we need a category six in defining storms? Some climate scientists think so, as tropical cyclones increase in duration, intensity, and strength. Climatologist Michael Mann said, “Scientifically, [six] would be a better description of the strength of 200 miles per hour storms, and it would also better communicate the well-established finding now that climate change is making the strongest storms even stronger.”

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Tesla-powered 1981 Honda Accord accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds

Electric conversions are popping up more and more as tinkerers put Tesla parts into other vehicles. Electrek recently shared an impressive example: the Teslonda, a Honda Accord equipped with a custom control system from HSR Motors — a company selling Tesla drive units, batteries, and the control systems — and a Chevy Volt battery pack. The Teslonda accelerated from zero to 60 miles per hour in 2.7 seconds.

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This modern hiking hotel blends into the dark alpine forests of Italy

The darkened wood façade of the award-winning Hotel Bühelwirt is specially tinted to reflect “the dark green, or often black forest tinge [that] seems to blend nature and topography with the building”. Pedevilla Architects designed the building as a natural extension of the breathtaking alpine landscapes of South Tyrol, Italy.

The 20-room hotel references traditional hiking hotels of the region. It marries simplicity with modern forms–rectangular forms meet an asymmetrical saddle roof… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The Air Opus pop-up camper inflates in 90 seconds flat

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