Solar-powered seaside cabin blends prefab design with traditional building techniques

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This small solar-powered hideaway in British Columbia mirrors the natural incline of the cliff on which it sits. Architecture studio Battersby Howat worked together with Hinterland Design who assembled a small team of craftsmen to build the Valdes Island Shack as a cozy retreat that combines prefab design and traditional building techniques.

The 386-square-foot cabin sits on a bluff overlooking the Salish Sea and features solar power and a rainwater filtration system. A team of Hinterland Design… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



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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The design for this stylish house was inspired by a traditional party game

The design process behind this house for a sculptor was inspired by the old parlour game Consequences in which participants successively add words to those written by previous players. This principle, further developed by surrealist painters, was applied to the project by allowing the architects, Marie-Claude Hamelin and Loukas Yiacouvakis of YH2 Architecture, and the property owner, sculptor Jacek Jarnuszkiewicz, to work together and go back and forth with the design.

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Temporary pavilion by Frank Havermans references traditional Dutch farmhouses

The design of this angular pavilion in Waal, The Netherlands, was inspired by local farmhouses and traditional residential architecture. Dutch architect Frank Havermans designed the structure named KAPKAR/ SF – P7S as a temporary venue for a series of summer events organized by the arts organization Stichting Fabrikaat.

Overlooking a newly built channel in The Netherlands, the pavilion stands out from the tranquil, pastoral surroundings as a rib cage-like structure with sharp angles. It combines… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Beautiful lakeside cabin puts a fresh spin on the traditional Finnish log cabin

Nestled within a high latitude pine forest, Cabin K blends into its surroundings with a timber facade. Following the example of traditional Finnish cabins, the architects built the gabled Cabin K using pine logs and treated the exterior with iron oxide to accelerate the natural graying of the wood. Vertical strips of pine clad the exterior to protect the logs from the elements. A small pine deck is set above a rocky ledge to overlook views of the lake and extend the cabin’s interior into the landscape…. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Beautiful Marrakesh Congress Center design brings a modern touch to traditional Moroccan architecture

Known colloquially as “The Red City” for the prevalence of red sandstone architecture, Marrakesh is packed with mosques, palaces, and markets ringed by old fortified city walls. In keeping with the local vernacular, the 14,000-square-meter Marrakesh Congress Center would be built with red natural stone. Its blocky form brings to mind strength and fortification. The facade’s patterned perforations allow diffused natural light to pass into the interior while blocking unwanted solar gain.

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LASTING IMAGES: alternatives to traditional burial

You know the saying “death and taxes….,” but tax time comes only once a year and death comes approximately ninety six times per minute. What will you do when your minute arrives? Enter Lasting Images, a feature documentary showing the lighter side of contemporary choices in human remains disposal, of which there are many: Traditional burial– still the first choice among Americans today, but Cremation is rapidly gaining. The growing alternative Green movement, put on the map by the popular HBO series six feet under (oh, and they got it all wrong!); and finally, human composting. You would have to have a sense of humor to make a machine that mulches a loved one.

How Much Does a Green Burial Cost?

For people who like the idea of continuing to help the environment after they die, a “green” or “natural” burial forgoes harsh embalming fluids, sealed metal caskets and concrete vaults of a traditional burial. “Green” cemeteries often combine an open space conservation easement or trust with natural burial techniques.
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