- 08/12/2016I think this Kodasema idea from KODA in Estonia is really great.
"Named KODA, the mobile house prototype contains an open-plan living space and mezzanine bedroom within its 25-square-metre footprint, and also includes a built-in terrace in front of its glazed frontage."
- read about it over @ dezeen.comKodasema creates tiny prefab house that moves with its ownerswww.dezeen.com This tiny prefabricated dwelling by design collective Kodasema is designed to allow its residents up sticks and move to a new location in less than a...
- ProducerZaha Hadid - 'The Queen of the Curve'I have long been a fan of Zaha Hadid and was saddened by her untimely death earlier this year. Her eye catching, thought provoking futuristic designs inspired many debates. The latest project completed in the UK since her death is a new permanent...
- Villa Escarpa by Mario Martins. Luz, Portugal to read more go to :- http://www.caandesign.com/villa-escarpa-by-mario-martins/
Comments08/12/2016 #1 CityVP ManjitNow that picture is what will make me want to be a billionaire - but even if I was, I would first splash the cash on buying Tottenham Hotspurs Football Club - so there is fair reason why the good Lord has kept me below the line of the 1% - but if I ever do, I definitely will check out this Mario Martins chap.
- An Der Achalm Residence by Alexander Brenner Architects . Germany to read more go to :- http://www.caandesign.com/an-der-achalm-residence-by-alexander-brenner-architects/
- When it rains, it pours. With increasingly unpredictable environmental conditions and the prevalence of catastrophic storms, building safe and secure flood-proof structures is becoming even more vital. Not only do we have to worry about natural disasters like hurricanes and floods, but we will have to battle with rising sea levels, so designs for aqueous living should definitely be on the minds of architects worldwide. Read on for six innovative flood-proof designs that are able to weather the worst of the rising tides. To read more go to : - http://inhabitat.com/six-flood-proof-buildings-that-can-survive-rising-tides/arcology4-2/
- ProducerCommon Mistakes People make when Designing a HouseYou are about to build your dream home - but have you thought everything through? Poor design choices can make your home uncomfortable and sometimes unhealthy. Good pre-planning can help you avoid these common mistakes.1. Not considering your...
- 4 Reasons Why Restoring Historical Homes is a Good Investmentchambersarchitects.com The historical homes renovation market was hit hard by the 2008 recession, but is regaining strength, as home buyers renew their attraction to...
- Producer07/12/2016Do Tou Know What To Expect When Planning A Hardened Structure?This post originally appeared on the Hardened Structures Blog 🐝What To Expect When Planning A Hardened StructureThis article is written for people who are considering building their retreat with a fortified shelter. Here, we will thoroughly explain...
- House M by monovolume architecture + design, Italy to read more go to :- http://www.caandesign.com/house-m/
- Scientists blend photosynthesis and quantum physics to improve solar cells. Four physicists at the University of California, Riverside decided to blend photosynthesis and quantum physics to work towards greener solar cells. Plants effectively regulate energy flow from the sun, but since current affordable man-made solar cells hover around just 20 percent efficiency, the scientists decided to take cues from vegetation.
Current solar cells require feedback controllers and voltage converters to manage fluctuations in the amount of energy streaming from the sun, and end up wasting loads of energy. Their lack of efficiency is one hurdle standing in the way of mass adoption. But plants don’t need such hindering mechanisms. The UC Riverside team decided to reevaluate solar energy conversion in light of both photosynthesis’ efficiency and quantum physics principles.
The physicists created what UC Riverside calls a novel kind of quantum heat engine photocell, a device that assists in the sunshine-to-electricity conversion process. Their new photocell draws on two quantum mechanical photocell systems that absorb either one or two colors of light, allowing the photocell to alternate between absorbing light at high and low power. According to UC Riverside, this innovation could allow a photocell to “convert varying levels of solar power into a steady-state output.”
For UC Riverside assistant professor Nathan Gabor, who took part in the research, the journey to a better solar cell started in 2010 with the simple question, “Why are plants green?” He found out no one truly understands why, and decided to search for an answer. His quest, drawing on his physics background melded with deeper study into biology, may unlock the secrets to a more effective solar cell.
Comments06/12/2016 #2 Ken Boddie#1 Thanks for this interesting article, Claire. I'm still experiencing some of the ups and downs of the solar industry here in Oz and have worked my way through a few 'cowboy' installers. But it looks like the future is looking much better than my so called 'state of the art' investment for my own roof 5 years ago. My solar panels are doing well but it seems that they work most efficiently at low temperature. Daytime temperatures here in Queensland average in the upper twenties (Celsius) for most of the year and get up into the thirties in the summer, but when we get an occasional 10 degrees or less at night time, then the power spike when they start up at dawn can cause damage to the inverter. I'm now on my third inverter but have now hopefully found an installation/maintenance company with sustainable knowledge and performance to mqtch the sustainable energy concept. Looking forward to the high and low power absorption concept becoming commercial reality, although I can't pretend to understand the photosynthesis / quantum physics solar principles.
- SAOTA designed the Beachyhead residence, a modern Plettenberg Bay home near the beach with great sea views. To read more go to : - http://www.caandesign.com/saota-designed-beachyhead-residence-modern-plettenberg-bay-home-near-beach-great-sea-views/
- Super Villa in Los Angeles by Wolf Architects to read more go to:- http://www.caandesign.com/clever-combination-periodic-style-contemporary-residential-design-super-villa-los-angeles/
- Producer06/12/2016Easy and Inexpensive Home Upgrades to TryAs a general rule, you should avoid doing any remodeling project that would ordinarily require a license. If you’re planning a bathroom remodel for instance, and your vision requires moving the shower to a different area, that’s going to require...
- French biochemist Pierre Calleja has designed a fascinating eco-friendly lamp that could light up streets and parking garages while cutting CO2 emissions. It runs completely free of electricity, powered solely by a tube filled with glowing green algae. The lamp uses the energy created by the algae’s own photosynthesis process to power the light within, while the algae itself lives on CO2 in the air outside.
The lamp is designed so it can store the energy from photosynthesis for later use. That way, when it’s transported into low-light areas, it can glow without the need for any external power source. A single lamp could absorb roughly a ton of carbon from the air in just one year — the same amount as 150 or 200 trees. If these lamps could go into mass production, they could go a long way toward fighting climate change and reducing air pollution.
Interestingly enough, the lamp isn’t the only novel application Calleja has found for microalgae. He and his team at FermentAlg are already using microalgae for all kinds of applications, from a sustainable source of Omega 3 supplements to a base for natural cosmetics. They’ve even figured out how to harness algae as a source of biofuel.
- Bosque da Ribeira Residence by Anastasia Arquitetos, Brazil to read more go to : - http://www.caandesign.com/bosque-da-ribeira-residence-by-anastasia-arquitetos/
- Dutch firm MVRDV has unveiled plans to build a Y-shaped house with a swimming pool cradled into its angular roof. Called Y House, the unusual villa will form part of a new residential community on the outskirts of Taiwanese city Taiwan. It will be used as a holiday home – one of the reasons why the swimming pool was given so much importance. To read more go to : - https://www.dezeen.com/2016/12/02/y-house-mvrdv-rooftop-swimming-pool-taiwan/
- Producer05/12/2016Asphalt Shingles: What You Need to Know About America’s Most Popular Roofing MaterialAsphalt shingles didn’t become America’s most popular roofing material by chance. There are some major advantages to asphalt shingles, which account for approximately 80% of the residential roofing market in America. If you’re like most homeowners,...
- Turning roads green with solar powermoney.cnn.com The Netherlands tried it when they built the world's first solar bike path in 2014 and now France wants to move it into the fast lane. French Energy Minister SÃ©golÃ¨ne Royal is planning on building 1,000 kilometers of solar road over the next five...
- Park Royal on Pickering by WOHA, Singapore to read more go to :- http://www.archdaily.com/363164/parkroyal-on-pickering-woha-2
- Elysium 154 House by BVN Architecture, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia to read more go to :- http://www.caandesign.com/elysium-154-house-by-bvn-architecture/
- Mushrooms are good for so much more than just eating. Ecovative, the company behind Mushroom Packaging, has teamed up with cement-growing company bioMASON to create classy furniture grown entirely from microorganisms and mushrooms. Living organisms are put to work to create the sustainable mushroom furniture in radically innovative processes. Ecovative and bioMASON’s furniture is grown – with mushrooms, microorganisms, and agricultural waste – and consumes far less energy than traditional furniture manufacturing. The pieces draw on Ecovative’s use of mycelium for the legs, and on bioMASON’s biocement, grown with a little help from bacteria, for the marble-like tabletops on the duo’s Tafl Table and King’s Table. The resulting furniture is toxin-free. To read more go to:- http://inhabitat.com/furniture-grown-from-bacteria-and-mushrooms-is-now-available-for-purchase/
Comments05/12/2016 #5 Lada 🏡 PrkicThe concept of cultivation the materials is revolutionary. The new building materials are made from yeast, bacteria, mould, mushrooms...... The possibilities for applications are endless, from architecture and construction to the ordinary, everyday objects. An appropriate article for the Interesting Engineering, Technology and Discoveries hive. :)03/12/2016 #2 Chas Wyatt#1 @Claire Cardwell 🐝, I actually find their original product and direction more interesting- using mycelium as packing material for shipping which is bio-degradable, as opposed to the petroleum products such as styrofoam and bubble wrap which stays in land-fills for years. I hope the company doesn't lose direction. I thought their original idea was brilliant.
- Villa A by Najjar-Najjar Architects, Linz, Austria, to read more go to:- http://www.caandesign.com/villa-a-by-najjar-najjar-architects/
- Ultramodern Casa a l’aspre by nomarq | estudi d’arquitectura, Orba, Alicante, Spain to read more go to :- http://www.caandesign.com/ultramodern-casa-laspre-nomarq-estudi-darquitectura/
- Producer02/12/2016Making Your Apartment Unique and StylishNot everyone has a flair for decorating. In fact, many of us are a little clueless when it comes to making our apartments look stylish. That is why you walk into so many apartments that look the same. If you are having trouble getting your apartment...
Comments02/12/2016 #1 CityVP ManjitIf only I had such style ability. I can however still appreciate those that do. Also the two hives linked in this buzz are very well curated, even if there is no overall administrator for these hives
https://www.bebee.com/group/environment-health-and-safety View moreIf only I had such style ability. I can however still appreciate those that do. Also the two hives linked in this buzz are very well curated, even if there is no overall administrator for these hives
They are great examples of or top class hives - but then again, it is being created by people who intuitively are in sync with style. The closest I have ever got to quality style is listening to Style Council songs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HMAVU1k7kg Close
- Producer02/12/2016The Importance of InsulationHeating and cooling accounts for up to 50-70 percent of the energy used in an average home. Installing Insulation in your house is the most practical and cost effective way of making your home more energy efficient keeping it warmer in winter and...