Students build a low-cost yet high-quality sustainable home from recycled materials

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Affordable and sustainable housing is possible—and Studio 804’s many projects are proof. Working together with University of Kansas architecture students, Studio 804 produced their latest design/build project, called 1330 Brook Street, in a working-class neighborhood in the city of Lawrence. As with their previous projects, the energy-efficient home is designed with LEED standards in mind and makes use of passive solar strategies to save on energy.

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Elon Musk wants to build a rocket that can fly you from New York to Shanghai in 30 minutes

Imagine being able to travel from New York to Shanghai in just 30 minutes. If Elon Musk — the visionary behind PayPal, SpaceX, and Tesla — succeeds with his newest vision, a trip of this kind will soon be possible. During Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp., the entrepreneur shared his goal to build the code-named “BFR,” which could transport anyone anywhere on the planet in just 60 minutes. Musk, who has long-dreamed-of founding a human colony on Mars, is willing to use his own… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Elon Musk is reportedly planning to build his own Hyperloop

Back in 2013, Elon Musk shared his vision for a futuristic mode of transportation called the hyperloop. Because Musk had no intention of developing the invention, the research he and his team at SpaceX conducted on the form of travel was graciously shared with the public. He said in a conference call, “I don’t have any plan to execute because I must remain focused on SpaceX and Tesla.” Well, it turns out Musk has changed his mind. Last month on Twitter, the Tesla Inc. chief executive officer… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

LAST CHANCE: Win a copy of TEEMING: How Superorganisms Work to Build Infinite Wealth in a Finite World

There is so much that we can learn from the natural world. ‘TEEMING: How Superorganisms Work to Build Infinite Wealth in a Finite World,’  by Dr. Woolley-Barker reveals all the ways in which animals societies can helps us thrive in the modern world. We talked to Dr. Woolley-Barker about her book, but if you want to get your hands on your very own copy, we are giving away 25 copies to a few lucky readers. Enter to win below: View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Studiolada used all wood materials to create this affordable open-source home anyone can build

Related: Oregon couple spends years building their net-zero ‘extreme green dream home’

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Elon Musk just announced he got verbal approval to build a New York to DC hyperloop

Elon Musk just announced that the New York City to Washington D.C. hyperloop is happening. Taking to Twitter, Musk said that he has received verbal approval to build an underground hyperloop from city to city, with at least a dozen entrance/exits in each city. Once completed, riders will be able to zoom from city to city in under 30 minutes.

https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/888053175155949572

Musk added – again, on Twitter – that there is still work to do to get official approval, but… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Berlin could build a 6-mile greenery-lined bike path under its U1 subway

Related: German community bands together to convert old WWII bunker into a ‘green mountain’

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MIT unveils new solar 3D printer that can build houses on other planets

Some people dismissed 3D-printing in its early days as a novelty, but these days the technology is coming into its own and researchers at MIT have just taken 3d-printing to the next level. They’ve created a robot that can print the entire basic structure of a building. This is particularly exciting because it could change the way we construct buildings, making the process faster and less costly. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Flexible Garden Modules make it easy to build your own green wall

Architects and twin sisters Luisa + Lilian Parrado are on a mission to make it easy to add a stylish splash of green to your walls. The designers created Garden Module, a customizable modular wall system with a minimalist appearance. Made of steel tubes strung together with polypropylene string, these simple and three-dimensional wall modules can support up to two potted plants at a time and can be expanded to create a sprawling wall of green.

The Garden Module was recently recognized… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

A green-roofed Hobbit home anyone can build in just 3 days

The Green Magic Homes are composed of prefab vaulted panels manufactured with composite laminate materials, confined by walls in reinforced soil. The structure are easy to assemble and features perforated flaps in order to screw and seal the components together.

Related: Earth-Sheltered Formworks Farmhouse Rises in California’s Central Valley

Because of this efficient technology, the designs can be adapted to any type of topography and customized to fit individual needs. The good thing… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building