Charming home uses local, natural materials to pay homage to a chestnut tree

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Young Czech architecture firm Valarch studio has completed a modest yet elegant family house built largely of timber to reference the property’s old chestnut tree in the garden. Named the Chestnut House, the home spans a compact footprint of just 840 square feet and comprises two sections: a larger living area and a smaller, green-roofed technical area united via a multifunctional vestibule. All building materials were locally sourced wherever possible with an emphasis on natural materials.

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Save local wildlife with a stylish FrogLog in your pool

The worst thing for pool owners in the sweltering summer months is going out for a swim to cool down and enjoy time with their friends and family only to find a critter has made it into their splash-zone. Call it a thing of the past by investing in a FrogLog! The stylish invention with an endearing name protects local animals and keeps pools sanitary. A win-win product, the floating lifeguard is easy to use and highly effective.

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This chic Moganshan resort celebrates the local Chinese landscape

Blessed with serene mountain vistas and rich in history, Moganshan also boasts a wide array of beautiful resorts including Anadu, a new rural retreat designed by local architecture firm Studio 8. Located at the northern foot of the Mogan Mountain in Huzhou about two hours from Shanghai, the luxury resort embraces its enticing surroundings comprising lush bamboo forests, tea fields and ancient villas. Constructed with natural materials throughout, the hotel is undeniably connected to its rural setting… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Chinas first Slow Food Village will promote local foods and traditions

Rural-urban migration in China is at an all-time high, with experts estimating an influx of 243 million migrants to Chinese cities by 2025. In a bid to combat this wave of migration and raise living standards for farmers, Stefano Boeri Architetti has designed Slow Food Freespace, China’s first Slow Village that follows the philosophy of the Slow Food Movement. The Slow Village pilot project will be presented this week at the 16th Venice Biennial.

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Local residents help build pre-fab bamboo social center that can be constructed in a week

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Local Roots shipping container farms achieve cost parity with traditional farming

99 percent less water 4,000 lettuce heads every 10 days. Los Angeles-based vertical farming company Local Roots achieves all that in their shipping container farms – but today they announced they’ve also reached cost parity with traditional farming. They plan to deploy over 100 of their TerraFarms in 2018. Inhabitat checked out their mobile TerraFarm in Manhattan and met co-founders Eric Ellestad and Matt Veil to hear more.

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6 delicious plants you can forage in your local urban park VIDEO

Living in a land of supermarkets, convenient stores, and even food home delivery, in our modern society we have successfully pulled ourselves further and further from our ancestral hunting and gathering roots.. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building