Category Archives: Nature and Technology

Eco friendly technology and techniques

Habitat 67 stacks 354 prefabs that get urban/suburban balance…


….

Date: January 21, 2020

01) Habitat 67 stacks 354 prefabs that get urban/suburban balance


“Habitat 67 was a 1960s experiment in dense, downtown housing that tried to combine the best of urban and suburban living. Architect Moshe Safdie wanted to integrate the qualities of a suburban home- the access to nature and views- into a high-rise. Built for the 1967 World’s Fair, Habitat 67 was also a prototype of an affordable “3D modular building system” that he hoped would “reinvent the apartment building”.

Like the Japanese Metabolism movement (see Nagakin capsule tower: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXRJE2caPNY), Habitat 67 is an interconnected web of prefabricated cells stacked so the emergent whole feels less coldly geometric and more organic.

“Habitat 67 comprises 354 identical, prefabricated concrete forms arranged in various combinations, reaching up to 12 stories in height. Together these units create 146 residences of varying sizes and configurations, each formed from one to eight linked concrete units. The complex originally contained 158 apartments, but several apartments have since been joined to create larger units, reducing the total number. Each unit is connected to at least one private terrace, which can range from approximately 20 to 90 square metres (225 to 1,000 sq ft) in size.” – Wikipedia

Originally, Safdie had aimed to create an affordable prefab system, but given the experimental nature of the project, costs reached approximately C$140,000 per unit (pricey for the 1960s). Today, the apartment owners all own shares in the building. Long-time resident George Boynton helped instigate changing the status of the complex from government-owned apartment building to a private Limited Partnership Complex. He gave us a tour of the 10-story building and a walk-through of Mosha Safdie’s newly-renovated apartment.

Habitat 67 tours:
https://www.habitat67.org/en/guided-tours-english/

*faircompanies:
https://faircompanies.com/videos/habitat-67-stacks-354-prefabs-that-get-urban-suburban-balance/

Not so sure I’d do well with the open heights…but, this is still awesome.


Nakagin: 140 plug n’ play capsules float in metabolist tower:

“Resembling clusters of space pods stacked 13 stories tall, the Nakagin Capsule Tower is the world’s first example of capsule architecture. When erected in 1972, tiny prefab apartments were stacked like LEGOs (by crane) around a concrete core. Attached by only 4 high-tension bolts, the capsules were designed to be plugged in and replaced when necessary.

Each pod was a micro apartment measuring 4 by 2.5 meters, intended for Japanese businessmen who wanted to avoid a long commute home. Everything came built-in: a bed, a sink, a refrigerator, bathroom, folding desk and even a TV, radio and alarm clock.

Built in 1972 in Tokyo’s Ginza District, the building is one of the only remaining examples of Metabolist architecture: a movement begun in the 1960s that treated cities as dynamic, evolving organisms. Designed by Kisho Kurokawa for sustainability and recycleability, the Nakagin Tower has not been maintained and now nearly 50 years after it’s construction, many of the capsules are uninhabitable.

In 2007, when the building’s residents voted to demolish the building. Kurokawa proposed “unplugging” the worn-out units and replacing them with newer capsules (an idea supported by the Japan Institute of Architects). Kurokawa died in late 2007. Given the high rents in the Ginza neighborhood, most of the residents continue to push to replace the entire building, but an online group has organized to save the building and its fate remains unclear.

Today, a few residents like Masato Abe rent their unit outs on AirBnB. We (the faircompanies family of five) rented it for a night. In this video, Abe shows us his neighbor’s unit which is in nearly original condition and we filmed our night with the five of us sleeping in a self-contained capsule built for one.”

….
Sub-Blog Archive

Alleyway home in Toronto makes room splitting into 5 levels…


Nature_and_Technology
….

Date: December 05, 2019

01) Alleyway home in Toronto makes room splitting into 5 levels


“Toronto is the fastest growing city in North America, but rather than simply grow up and out, city planners are relaxing zoning on its 250 kilometers of laneways so owners can turn garages and sheds into small downtown homes (limited to 8 meters wide (26 feet)).

Zeke Kaplan’s home had a 100-year-old shack occupying the lane before he began construction to convert it into a modern 2 bedroom home. As a contractor, he was prepared to bore through the backyard to connect services from the main house all the way back to the small secondary unit.

The new dwelling had to match the old footprint so Brock James (LGA Architectural Partners) cut levels into the space to create essentially 5 different floors making it all feel larger. Everything serves several functions: the stairs connecting the kitchen and living room are also storage and seating area; the entryway coat rack also serves as kitchen cabinets.

Citation:
http://lga-ap.com/

http://zzcontracting.com/

https://faircompanies.com/videos/alleyway-home-in-toronto-makes-room-splitting-into-5-levels/

….
GreenBoy_SB_Archive

This Tiny Home Community Gives Homeless Veterans A Chance – Working To End Veteran Homelessness…


….

Date: December 04, 2019

01) This Tiny Home Community Gives Homeless Veterans A Chance – Working To End Veteran Homelessness


“This amazing project gives temporary homes to veterans who are looking to get back on track. Sometimes, all it takes is a period of time for people to get back on their feet, these project attempts to do just that. These tiny homes are designed with the veteran in mind and the Tiny Home Tours team was happy to donate to the cause.

Their website – https://www.veteranscommunityproject.org/

Their Insta – https://www.instagram.com/vcp_hq/

….
SUB-BLOG ARCHIVEFRONTIER SERIES

Unusual secret houses you won’t believe actually exist…


Nature_and_Technology
….

Date: November 26, 2019

01) People Laughed at His House, Until They Went Inside


“Some houses look expensive on the outside. But for others behind closed doors, some owners have gone to ridiculous lengths, and spared no expense to create their outrageous secret hidden homes. People may laugh at them, but it means nothing to these creative people who built houses unlike any other.

Unusual secret houses you won’t believe actually exist. Featuring small hidden houses that hold big secrets inside. You better check out these strange houses with your own eyes.”

….
GreenBoy_SB_Archive

Boyan Slat unveils The Ocean Cleanup Interceptor…


Nature_and_Technology
….

Date: November 07, 2019

01) Boyan Slat unveils The Ocean Cleanup Interceptor


“On October 26 2019, Boyan Slat presented the plan to address the main source of ocean plastic: rivers. We aim to tackle the 1,000 most polluting rivers, responsible for about 80% of ocean plastic pollution, before the end of 2025.

https://theoceancleanup.com/rivers/

http://facebook.com/theoceancleanup

http://twitter.com/theoceancleanup

http://instagram.com/theoceancleanup

….
GreenBoy_SB_Archive

This company can build move-in ready houses using a 3D printer…


….

Date: November 05, 2019

01) This company can build move-in ready houses using a 3D printer


“We speak to Jason Ballad, co-founder of ICON, a company that is building non-profit houses with a 3D printer for just $4,000.”

I’m a bit skeptical about the price tag, but this is awesome.


Take a Look Inside America’s First 3D-Printer Home ICON Vulcan I:

“An inside look at the country’s FIRST EVER 3D printed home!

Rebecca Powers from the Center for Natural Living follows Jason Ballard, co-founder of ICON, for a guided tour during SXSW. Check out their website for more information about this innovative company!

https://www.iconbuild.com/

….
SUB-BLOG ARCHIVEFRONTIER SERIES

10 Awesome Houseboats and Future Floating Homes…


….

Date: October 24, 2019

01) 10 Awesome Houseboats and Future Floating Homes


“Today, we look a variety of houseboats, some available now, and some in the near future.

Highlights from this video include solar-powered houseboats, functional boat homes that use the water around them to keep heated and cooled, modular floating buildings, prefab houseboats with a minimal energy footprint, and floating hotel rooms.”

I think most of these qualify as tiny homes…if very expensive tiny homes.

I’d love to own one.

….
SUB-BLOG ARCHIVEFRONTIER SERIES

Floating cities, the LEGO House and other architectural forms of the future – Bjarke Ingels…


Nature_and_Technology
….

Date: October 18, 2019

01) Floating cities, the LEGO House and other architectural forms of the future – Bjarke Ingels


“Design gives form to the future, says architect Bjarke Ingels. In this worldwide tour of his team’s projects, journey to a waste-to-energy power plant (that doubles as an alpine ski slope) and the LEGO Home of the Brick in Denmark — and catch a glimpse of cutting-edge flood resilience infrastructure in New York City as well as an ambitious plan to create floating, sustainable cities that are adapted to climate change.”

….
GreenBoy_SB_Archive