7 gorgeous modern homes hidden inside stone ruins

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House of Ruins by NRJA

Latvian architects NRJA completed the House of Ruins, an award-winning contemporary home built inside the ruins of a 19th century Latvian stone barn. In addition to the beautiful contrast they provide, the stone and brick walls View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



LEGO-like blocks of recycled plastic allow Colombians to build their own homes

Related: Aussie surfer designs prefab recycled cyclone-resistant homes

Via Forbes

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MIT researchers discover silk holds the key to vastly improved filtration

Researchers from MIT and Tufts University found silk is good for more than clothes, cool furniture, or bulletproof vests. They found a way to extract tiny nanofibrils that vastly improve filtration techniques. Others attempted to extract these nanofibers in the past, but failed, and the researchers detailed their process to success in a paper published recently in the journal Nano Letters. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Heat stress from climate change may cost global economies $2 trillion by 2030

Research reveals yet another loss we can anticipate at the hands of climate change: global productivity. Heat stress in lower income countries has already shortened work days, which could result in a net loss of $2 trillion across all global economies by the year 2030. The sad irony is that the countries contributing the least to global warming will end up hurting the most.

A recent study published in Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health is one of six detailing the economic devastation… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Movable walls on this Moonlight Cabin allow owners to turn their house inside out

Tucked within its small footprint is a treasure trove of luxuries, all designed to house a small family on vacation. The cabin spans a humble 645 square feet (60 square meters) and includes a fully appointed kitchen and bathroom. In the main living area, a giant U-shaped built-in sofa provides maximum lounge space and a spectacular view from a floor-to-ceiling window, obscured only slightly by a suspended wood stove. The home’s interior is fitted with Victorian ash timber linings coated with limed… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

New 3-D solar cells hitched a ride to space for testing

Related: 2,500 orbiting solar “flying carpets” could power the planet

Via Phys.org

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A beautiful perforated facade shields this office from Indias harsh sun

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The Punjab Kesari Headquarters is currently under construction, however, the International Property Awards has already designated the design as Winner Best Office Architecture India 2016-7. Set on the corner of an intersection, the 18,000-square-meter office space was created with the objective of reducing heat gain and maximizing natural light to the point that no artificial lighting would be needed on the typical day. Its white, glass-reinforced concrete facade, which… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

BigDelta machine 3D-prints durable, affordable houses from dirt

Think you’ve seen it all with 3D-printing? Think again. Italian company WASP (World’s Advanced Saving Project) is working on durable, affordable 3D-printed homes made from dirt and mud. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Man leaves rat race to grow dream permaculture farm – and it’s flourishing after 3 years

Andrew Martin left the fast-paced business world in order to live simpler and more sustainably. He and his wife Beth bought five acres in Bay of Plenty, New Zealand and began growing a permaculture that in only three years has turned into a lush oasis featuring a vegetable garden, fruit trees, a pond and wildlife habitats.

 

5 acres

planted hundreds of fruit trees – native plants mixed among fruit trees

garden: kale, spinach, beat root, zuchini

business, financiar, stock market

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California hit yet another record high in solar energy generation

In California, the solar power industry is having a field day. For the second time in as many years, the largest electricity grid in the state broke its own solar generation record with a whopping 8,030 megawatts (MW) output at 1:06pm local time July 12. California Independent System Operator (CAISO) reports that is the equivalent of the power consumed by 2 million households but, ironically, the solar energy generation record doesn’t actually include rooftop solar installations. This new record… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building