“Cheesy” solar charger kit empowers students in East Africa

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SunMade Cheese is one of the most inspiring solar panel charger kits anticipated on the market in 2018. Playful in its design and highly functional, the device features a charging socket for flashlights, lighters, radios and even cell phones with mere sunlight. The device was developed by YOLK, the solar company applauded for its kickstarter project ‘Solar Paper’ in 2015 that has sold millions of dollars worth of units worldwide. The Solar Paper charger gained global recognition as the “world’s thinnest… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Two design students build a charming, off-grid summer cabin in a remote Finnish forest

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Photography by Andre Boettcher Photography

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Architecture students build a tiny CLT classroom in just 3 weeks

A team of 13 University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) architecture students designed and built Emerge, a tiny timber classroom that will help promote sustainable forestry through education. Located in the woods near Eugene, Oregon, the student project was crafted as part of UNL’s PLAIN design/build program in collaboration with the 673-acre family-owned Bauman Tree Farm, and The DR Johnson Lumber Mill. The micro cabin was erected in just three short weeks thanks to the use of prefabricated cross-laminated… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Kansas State students built this charming affordable home for low-income families

A group of fifth year architecture students at Kansas State University teamed up with local firms El Dorado and Studio Build to design and build an affordable two-unit dwelling for low-income families. The Waldo Duplex, built for $200 per square foot, comprises carefully designed spaces that strategically share and enhance natural light.

The duplex, built on a small budget of $290,000, is located in a historic area of Kansas City, Missouri, dominated by single-family bungalows and shotgun homes…. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

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

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.

The three-bedroom, two-bath home… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Libeskind unveils zero-emissions university building designed in collaboration with students

A new building with exciting geometry and eco-friendly design is inspiring students at Leuphana University at Lüneburg, Germany. Architect Daniel Libeskind recently completed the New Central Building, a landmark university structure designed in collaboration with the students as part of the tradition at Leuphana University to involve students in campus changes. Topped with a green roof and powered by renewable energy, the light-filled sculptural building will operate at zero emissions.

Created… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Students design beautiful homes for mass-production at just $20,000 each

While the partnership between Rural Studio and the high-end Serenbe community may seem odd at first glance, the mutually beneficial collaboration provides a valuable field testing opportunity for the 20K Project and gives students their first chance to work with a commercial contractor and take the project through all stages of construction, including zoning and code compliance. In return, Serenbe’s Art Farm has gained two live/work studios that will serve as housing for the community’s artists… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

PSU students design Pickathon concert stage out of wooden 2×4′s

Remember reading about Pickathon, the idyllic and awesome music festival that takes place each summer outside of Portland, Oregon? Well, this year’s gathering is only a few weeks away, and there are a whole bunch of reasons it’s time to get really excited (if you aren’t already) for this great event.

You can read more background info ​here​(link to last post), but here’s a summary in a nutshell:
For the past 16 years, over the first weekend in August, a carefully curated lineup of… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Swedish students design one of the worlds most energy-efficient rail-bound vehicles

New World Record!

In far away Sweden a new important world record was set on the 28:th of May. University of Dalarna tested and competed with what probably is the most energy-efficient rail bound people-transporter that the world has yet seen.

When the on-site measuring team checked the energy efficiency figures with those of Shell Eco Marathon, it actually seems as though the Eximus 1 probably could be the most energy efficient people transporter in the world – rail bound or otherwise!… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building