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Lately we've been covering some of the amazing early work by designer Michael Jantzen. For his mother's house, Jantzen turned to off-the-shelf agricultural building parts. Jantzen writes: "My Modular Steel Dome House was designed to take advantage of low cost, prefabricated, high strength, easily assembled, totally recyclable, off the shelf agricultural building components. Floating Architecture, Types Of Architecture, Innovative Architecture, Futuristic Architecture, Sustainable Architecture, Beautiful Architecture, House Architecture, Residential Architecture, Contemporary Architecture

Michael Jantzen's Amazing 1981 Modular Steel Dome House

The designer worked with off-the-shelf farm silo parts to build it.

People living in northern climes don't have the year-round greenery that people living in the tropics can enjoy. Unless they live in a greenhouse, that is. While taking up residence in a structure meant for plants may initially sound like a wacky idea, some are experimenting with it as a sustainable and energy-efficient option. Innovative Architecture, Green Architecture, Dome House, Rooftop Garden, Sustainable Design, Ecology, Greenery, Tiny House, Haus

Dutch Family of Four Living in Experimental Urban Greenhouse Home

Located in Rotterdam, this Concept House features a huge rooftop garden, and uses natural heating and cooling techniques to keep maintenance costs down.

Frightful winter weather got you down (I’m talking to you, Southern California and Europe)? Well, imagine stepping outside of your home (kind of) and taking in a deep breath of fragrant air as you take a leisurely stroll around your very own lush, Mediterranean-style garden teeming with figs, kiwi, peaches, roses, and a plethora of exotic flora. In the dead of winter. In the snow. In Sweden.

Naturhus: A Glass Act From Sweden

Frightful winter weather got you down (I’m talking to you, Southern California and Europe)? Well, imagine stepping outside of your home (kind of) and taking in a deep breath of fragrant air as you take a leisurely stroll around your very own lush, Mediterranean-style garden teeming with figs, kiwi, peaches, roses, and a plethora of exotic flora. In the dead of winter. In the snow. In Sweden.

I am leaning to Responsible Design. Innovative Architecture, Lean To, Sustainable Design, Sustainability, Sidewalk, Green, Walkways, Pavement, Sustainable Development

What's a Better Term Than "Sustainable Design"?

I am leaning to Responsible Design.

Victor Hugo wrote in Les Miserables that "the history of men is reflected in the history of sewers."... The sewer is the conscience of the city. Everything there converges and confronts everything else. " It has not changed much since Victor Hugo's day. In fact, one could say that the North American development industry is built on shit. Innovative Architecture, Sustainable Architecture, Sustainable Design, Architecture Design, Victor Hugo, Les Miserables, Bath Caddy, Interior Design, History

The History of the Bathroom Part 1: Before the Flush

Victor Hugo wrote in Les Miserables that "the history of men is reflected in the history of sewers."... The sewer is the conscience of the city. Everything there converges and confronts everything else. " It has not changed much since Victor Hugo's day. In fact, one could say that the North American development industry is built on shit.

Some people obsess over furniture. Others hardly even notice it's there. One way or the other, making environmentally savvy choices in furnishing your home or office can make a big difference in your impact on the planet and your health. The modern sustainability movement has attracted such a large number of innovative designers that it's hard to know where to start.

How to Choose Green Furniture

Some people obsess over furniture. Others hardly even notice it's there. One way or the other, making environmentally savvy choices in furnishing your home or office can make a big difference in your impact on the planet and your health. The modern sustainability movement has attracted such a large number of innovative designers that it's hard to know where to start.

Here's a quick tour of the home, and Rob's outdoor kitchen, garden, home biogas cooking system, and closed-loop composting toilet system. Remember, everything you see here ultimately cost Rob only $1,500 to set up:

Man Builds $1,500 Tiny House, Forages & Grows His Own Food

Here's a quick tour of the home, and Rob's outdoor kitchen, garden, home biogas cooking system, and closed-loop composting toilet system. Remember, everything you see here ultimately cost Rob only $1,500 to set up:

Some of the tile roof has been replaced with glass to provide views over the river. The architects note that "a contemporary office has been created without losing the historic character of the building." Building Exterior, Building Design, Wooden Staircases, Zaha Hadid Architects, Workplace Design, Contemporary Office, Office Interiors, Interior Office, Outdoor Seating

Rotterdam Factory Attic is Converted to Offices

Some of the tile roof has been replaced with glass to provide views over the river. The architects note that "a contemporary office has been created without losing the historic character of the building."

Fresh air is a weapon in the fight against Covid-19. Urban Heat Island, Glazed Brick, House Fan, Green Architecture, Building Architecture, Through The Window, Good House, Green Building, Pretty Good

Leaky Houses are Healthy Houses, Says Doctor (in 1882)

Fresh air is a weapon in the fight against Covid-19.

'We have already written extensively about home design and interior design after the coronavirus and how we have to change the American way of building. But this is a more immediate problem that has less to do with the virus itself and more to do with the simple fact that more people are in their homes together for more of the time.'

Winter is Coming; Time to Start Worrying About Indoor Air Quality

What happens when we are all trapped inside? Stuff builds up and it can be dangerous in these times of the Coronavirus.

"With these wooden bricks, the skilled labour cost is brought down significantly. I could stack the walls myself." Innovative Architecture, Green Architecture, Concrete Masonry Unit, Labour Cost, The Light Is Coming, Hospital Design, Wooden Tree, Affordable Housing, Concrete Jungle

Temporary Hospital Is Built From Wood Blocks Held Together With Metal Velcro

Tye Farrow mixes up his wood and hospital design skills and adds a zipper.

Rammed earth is the descendant of ancient construction techniques like adobe or cob building. It can be used to build walls for many kinds of buildings, from houses to museums and even cemeteries. Cob Building, Home Building Tips, Natural Building, Green Building, Building A House, Rammed Earth Homes, Rammed Earth Wall, Cabana, Green Architecture

The Dirt on Rammed Earth

Rammed earth is the descendant of ancient construction techniques like adobe or cob building. It can be used to build walls for many kinds of buildings, from houses to museums and even cemeteries.

 Forest Service study stresses the economic importance of urban canopies, which already provide a big health value.

As cities grow, so does the need for urban trees

The economic and health value of city forests keeps on growing.

Solar towers, a sun-powered renewable energy source, offer plenty of advantages.

What is a solar tower and how does it work?

A solar tower, also known as a solar power tower, is a way to concentrate solar power to make it a more powerful energy source. Solar towers are sometimes also called heliostat power plants because they use a collection of movable mirrors (heliostats) laid out in a field to gather and focus the sun at the tower. #solartower

At the Green Free School in Copenhagen, students learn how to read and write and they study math and science. But the curriculum centers on sustainability.

The Green Free School in Denmark focuses on a sustainable future

At the Green Free School in Copenhagen, students learn how to read and write and they study math and science. But the curriculum centers on sustainability. #sustainability #school

These small-scale solar systems can bring communities impacted by the bushfires and flooding back online in as little as a day.

The power is coming back on in Australian communities thanks to solar-powered minigrids

In the wake of Australia's bushfires, an unprecedented natural disaster in which more than 20 percent of the continent's forests burned, dozens of rural communities cut off from the electrical grid faced the grim prospect of weeks and even months before power might be restored. #australia #power #solar