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Underground dome house of the family who led geese to fly home…

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Date: August 18, 2019

01) Underground dome house of the family who led geese to fly home

“Paula and Bill Lishman spent many winters in a poorly-insulated A frame cabin before realizing they needed to go underground to use the earth’s energy to stay warm, so they knocked the top off a hill, dropped in ferro-cement domes and covered it up again with dirt. Thanks to skylights cut into every dome and the white-powdered marble that covers the interior, their earth-sheltered home is naturally well-lit despite being below the frost line. Fifteen feet below ground, the soil temperature remains about equal to the annual average temperature of the area’s surface air so earth-sheltered homes use sod’s constant temperature to stay warmer in winter and cooler in summer.

Bill Lishman believed in rethinking not just the conventional home, but also how we live. He reimagined his home’s refrigerator by building a round appliance that pops up out of the countertop so the heavier cool air stays inside when opened (via compressed air).

In 1986, Bill Lishman began training Canada Geese to follow his ultralight aircraft and to “teach” the birds migration routes to avoid a threatened extinction. His work on “Operation Migration” brought him popular recognition with the 1996 movie Fly Away Home starring Jeff Daniels.

Paula Lishman also believes in rethinking convention. In 1979 she began her fashion label reinventing the fur trade by using spun fur to knit her clothing.

http://williamlishman.com/

http://www.paulalishman.com/

https://faircompanies.com/videos/underground_dome_home_family_led_geese_fly_home/

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‘BioSolar Leaves’ are better at cleaning the air than trees, say the technology’s developers…


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Date: May 12, 2019

01) ‘BioSolar Leaves’ are better at cleaning the air than trees, say the technology’s developers

Thanks to Pete!

“At first glance they might look like bright green solar panels. But instead of generating electricity, these structures are teeming with microscopic plant life that can purify the surrounding air and produce nutritious ingredients for food.

Scientists are cultivating the bio-organisms on a panelling system that can be installed on buildings or land, much like solar panels.”

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Architect’s Micro Studio Apartment…


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Date: April 03, 2019

01) Architect’s Micro Studio Apartment


“In this video, we tour the incredible 28sqm (301sqft) apartment of architect Douglas Wan. The Melbourne apartment was originally constructed in the 1950’s as housing for nurses. It’s now been completely reimagined for modern times and transformed into a clever small studio.

For Douglas, this was an opportunity to develop a small living space that would perfectly fit his needs and lifestyle. Attracted to simple living and a self described monastic lifestyle, he wanted to create a place where he could be a part of the city, yet also retreat from it. He ventured to carry out an architectural experiment and find out what was possible in his own small home.

The result is a micro apartment which is as clever as it is simple. One which utilises the entire space, while remaining open and light. It’s rustic history is celebrated, yet also contrasted with the modern elements. Most importantly, it’s a wonderful home.

Citation:
https://www.j-in.com.au/

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How to Cut Costs with Tiny Living…


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Date: April 16, 2019

01) How to Cut Costs with Tiny Living

“Tiny homes aren’t just a fad anymore — what started as a way to lower mortgage payments and utility costs following the Great Recession has developed into a worldwide movement. And Google searches for “Tiny House for Sale” have grown a whopping 900%.

If you’re looking to purchase or build a tiny house of your own, there are a few decisions you’ll need to make: Where do you want to put your tiny house, and do you want to rent the land or purchase it outright? Are you looking to build your house on a foundation, or do you want to put it on wheels and travel from coast to coast with your home in tow?

When compared to a traditional or big house, tiny houses could save homeowners a lot of money. But exactly how much you’ll save comes down to the type of living situation you want. We’ve taken a critical look at the choices that aspiring tiny homeowners often have to make, and how much each option costs when compared to living in a traditional home on a one-month to five-year scale.”

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Simple cabin clicks together without nails in 32 hours…


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Date: April 08, 2019

01) Simple cabin clicks together without nails in 32 hours


“On an abandoned vineyard in Spanish Catalonia’s Priorat region, a tiny cabin was built in 32 hours with a blockhouse system- without screw or nails- to serve as a dismountable shelter for artists, artisans and anyone wanting to find inspiration from this “forgotten place”. The 6.5m3 hut is a part of “Camp Commons”, an itinerant camp that will move between forgotten territories every 5 to 6 years.

Aixopluc (Catalan for “shelter”), the group behind the project, aims to create a “shelter for ideas” in this new wilderness. “A musician can tell his proposal through a song; a biologist can explain a strategy to strengthen some part of the ecosystem; a writer, a tale; an architect, a shelter made with the resources at hand; an enologist, a new way of making wine. All these documents are made in situ and become a mapping of the site and its potentialities, tracks of your life in this ecosystem.”

Noticing a “renaturalization” process beginning in many occidental countries (after the past centuries overdevelopment), rather than leaving these new wild places alone, the group hopes to become positive agents for change in these newly communal spaces.

Ricard Pau of Aixopluc explains how the group hopes for a symbiosis between the location and its guests in a place disconnected from technology where one must reconnect with the natural cycles of the day and nature.

https://campcommons.net/

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Pythagorean home amidst olive grove offers views & protection…


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Date: April 08, 2019

01) Pythagorean home amidst olive grove offers views & protection


“Asked by an Athens couple to design a home embedded in their olive grove, architect Tilemachos Andrianopoulos used geometry to respect the trees, provide protection from wind and sun, and open up the residence to the mountain views. In Alice in Wonderland fashion, the home begins small at a tip of a triangle where the walls are low. The walls grow and stretch as the home progresses uphill funneling views toward the Gerania mountains. On two sides of the triangle the only openings are slits which let in protected light and views (all other windows open out onto one of two interior courtyards. At the mountain-side of the home, the wall is nearly double the size of the smaller end, and the glass can be completely opened to let the olive trees in. In symbiosis with the local ecosystem, the home is covered in a living roof, adjusted to the Greek climatic conditions, in particular those of Attica with lavender, helichrysum, auras, drosanthemum and thyme. Inside the courtyards there is no grass, but all local plantings and walkways of rammed earth.

https://www.tensearchitecture.net/

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https://faircompanies.com/videos/pythagorean-home-amidst-olive-grove-offers-views-protection/

Not exactly a “tiny house”…but, I love this house!

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New ‘metallic wood’ could lead to super-light cars…


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Date: April 05, 2019

01) New ‘metallic wood’ could lead to super-light cars

Thanks to Pete!

“Researchers have created a “metallic wood” that’s as strong as titanium, but light enough to float in water.

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, and the University of Cambridge detail how they created the metallic wood in a study recently published in the journal Scientific Reports.”

02) ‘Metallic wood’ at Penn is as strong as titanium but lighter than water

“In a lab at the University of Pennsylvania, engineers have created an improbable material that is as strong as titanium while putting aluminum to shame in the weight department.

The material contains no actual wood, but it is wood-like in the sense of having pores: air spaces in between billions of miniature “struts” of nickel. Magnified thousands of times on a microscope, the material looks like honeycomb.

So far, the engineers have made just small squares of the material — each about the size of a postage stamp — but they envision that it could be produced in large enough quantities to make rugged, ultralight exteriors for cell phones and other electronic devices. Depending on the cost, it might be an option for making lightweight, fuel-efficient cars.”

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