December 2, 2011

lorettabosence:

Siedlung Halen, housing colony by Swiss architects Atelier 5, built in the 1950’s

“Vegetation flourishes on the roofs, walls and floors, capturing and filtering water. Ownership includes a unit, a roof garden of the preceding unit, and shared ownership of common properties. Reciprocity takes ecological and social forms at Halen.”
 Catherine Brown

(via batesnursery)

October 13, 2011
humanscaled:

Some serious insulating properties. Sweet home.

humanscaled:

Some serious insulating properties. Sweet home.

(Source: y-anmulkin, via iggymogo-deactivated20120925)

October 8, 2011

architizer:

Naust paa Aure, a Norwegian boathouse converted into a summer cottage.

October 5, 2011
''Vertical street' collects rainwater'

plantedcity:

From New Scientist:

The world’s first “vertical street” will soon be built in Melbourne, Australia.

Every sixth floor of the 35-storey building will have gardens capable of growing trees up to 10 metres tall and the entire building will be boasting the very latest in green technology.

While roof gardens and landscaped balconies have been constructed in the past, project architect Robert Caulfield of CK Designworks, Melbourne, says this is the first time that five high-rise communal gardens have been attempted in the same building.

To achieve this feat, purpose-built planter boxes allowing tree roots to grow in the confined 120-square-metre gardens, and structural supports that hold the weight of the soil and trees will be used. Heat-reflective glass and solar-powered lighting will also be incorporated.

Since the site is a mere 360 square metres, the building’s external walls - more than 8000 square metres - will be used to catch rainwater. “This is unusual,” says Caulfield. Normally strong winds “just blow the rain off the building”.

But, in this development, triangular balconies and a jagged façade are used to reduce the sideways movement of the wind, minimising the water escaping from the side. The catchment will feed into the building’s water supply to be used for garden watering and toilet flushing.

Check out the rest of the article here.

September 15, 2011
nybooks:

Martin Filler: Eyes Above the Street: The High Line’s Second Installment
Rarely do additions to works of architecture or engineering by the same designers who created the originals attract as much comment as the initial installments. Thus there was some question as to just how much excitement could be generated by the debut this June of the second segment of the High Line, which runs between West 20th and West 30th streets. Happily, the same elated reaction that greeted the first segment occurred again this summer, as the newly completed middle portion of the High Line revealed that rather than being simply more of the same, the park is evolving into a much more varied experience than many had anticipated.

nybooks:

Martin Filler: Eyes Above the Street: The High Line’s Second Installment

Rarely do additions to works of architecture or engineering by the same designers who created the originals attract as much comment as the initial installments. Thus there was some question as to just how much excitement could be generated by the debut this June of the second segment of the High Line, which runs between West 20th and West 30th streets. Happily, the same elated reaction that greeted the first segment occurred again this summer, as the newly completed middle portion of the High Line revealed that rather than being simply more of the same, the park is evolving into a much more varied experience than many had anticipated.

(Source: nybooks, via funwithplantingplans)

September 4, 2011
mollyfamous:

wilddirt:

 
Why Isn’t It Easier to Build Small Houses?

mollyfamous:

wilddirt:

Why Isn’t It Easier to Build Small Houses?

September 2, 2011
designismymuse:

conservative-failure:Meka World - A company located in Toronto Canada making homes out of Shipping containers. Pre-assembled like lego, they are transported to the construction site where they can take just a day to put together.  Providing living space at $100.00 a square foot.

designismymuse:

conservative-failure:Meka World - A company located in Toronto Canada making homes out of Shipping containers. Pre-assembled like lego, they are transported to the construction site where they can take just a day to put together.  Providing living space at $100.00 a square foot.

August 20, 2011
mothernaturenetwork:

The idea behind these small houses is to reduce your ecological footprint but we like the other perks: Fewer possessions, bigger skies and open spaces! Here are 10 tiny houses we love.
10 of the smallest homes in the world

mothernaturenetwork:

The idea behind these small houses is to reduce your ecological footprint but we like the other perks: Fewer possessions, bigger skies and open spaces! Here are 10 tiny houses we love.

10 of the smallest homes in the world

http://www.mnn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/node-gallery-display/gal_tinytexas.jpg

August 11, 2011
queen's park & mount florida buildings - cathcart circle architecture

ninetyminutenationalism:

i’ve been trying to work out how old my flat is and i’ve come across this site. rather quaint, vaguely interesting (all right, i admit it, i love this stuff).

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