Rammed-charcoal home extension is a handsome oasis between the trees

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Melbourne-based Branch Studio Architects crafted this dark and handsome number hidden away among the trees in Victoria. Built as a house extension with a master suite, the Pavilion Between Trees features rammed-charcoal walls, clean and crisp lines, and a dark earthy palette of complementary materials. Full height glazing opens the interior up to the outdoors and frames view of the forested surroundings.

Connected to the main house via a corridor, Pavilion Between Trees is a semi-detached… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Shapeshifting Tent House blurs the line between indoor and outdoor spaces

Spark Architect’s Tent House is a seasonal shapeshifter. While situated close to Australia’s famed Sunshine Coast, its location in a rainforest clearing called for a unique design that blurs the line between indoor and outdoor spaces.

Limited by the natural size of the clearing, the tent home was carefully planned to make maximum use of all available space. A large, open area houses a kitchen, a dining area complete with an accommodating table, and living “room”, with a welcoming flow… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Proposed border city between US and Mexico solves many problems at once

The “Border City”, currently being exhibited at the London Design Biennale, is meant to function as a special zone where cultures “both clash and blend to create something altogether unique”. It draws from various international examples of “border situations” and aims to reconcile different cultural and economic narratives. This model addresses the specific case of the spatial border between the United States and Mexico, but aims to function as a widely applicable prototype of a new border city.

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Scientists record a human-like conversation between two dolphins for the first time ever

 

Yasha and Yana, two Black Sea bottlenose dolphins, have been chatting it up lately and scientists have been listening in. The recordings can clearly be heard to be conversations, as the mammals pause to let the other finish and can string distinct “words” together to form sentences. The research confirms for the first time that dolphins use an advanced form of communication similar to humans.

The study, published in the journal Mathematics and Physics, was performed… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building