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Eco friendly technology and techniques

Bought a cement factory, turned it into an enchanted palace…


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Date: November 20, 2022

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“When architect Ricardo Bofill discovered an abandoned cement factory outside Barcelona, he was inspired to give the place a new life. After two years of work he turned 30 silos, 4,000 meters of underground galleries, and a 105-meter smokestack into his home and the offices of his Taller de Arquitectura (notable works include Les Halles and the Christian Dior headquarters in Paris, Shisheido building Tokyo, JP Morgan skyscraper Chicago and the Shangri-La Hotel Beijing).

The transformation of factory to home office was a process of destruction. Destroying 22 of the 30 silos, Bofill searched for hidden forms in the abandoned buildings. The process was “like a work of sculpture in concrete.”

Today, “La Fabrica” (The Factory) is a monument to adaptive reuse, a castle of Brutalist architecture, and enduring proof that Bofill could turn “the ugliest thing” into something beautiful.

The silos, which once held concrete, now house architects and overnight guests. Underground passageways, now daylighted with huge skylights, connect a labyrinth of laboratories (including one for 3D modeling), archive space, and even an employee kitchen.

The most spectacular space is “La Catedral” (The Cathedral) which earns its name with its 10-meter-high ceilings and concrete relics from its industrial past. It’s now used for meetings, exhibitions, and concerts. Bofill’s own home sits above La Catedral with its own impressive, high-ceilinged space called “Sala Cúbica” (“cubed hall”).

The work is vivid proof of the idea that function can follow form. “Many people say that something has to look like what it does and it’s not necessary,” explains Jean-Pierre Carniaux, partner at Taller de Arquitectura for 4 decades. “You know instead of being full of gravel it’s full of architects.”

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Arctic Homestead: 10 years living off the Alaskan wilderness…


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Date: October 23, 2022

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“Jenna and David Jonas have spent most of their lives living off the land. At 17, David built a cabin in the woods of Vermont without power tools and lived there for two years, learning to track animals, identify trees, plants and birds, and to navigate.

He’d paddled thousands of miles in hand-built birch bark canoes and lived for months off wild foods alone when he met his neighbor Jenna (she lived across the creek from his cabin in a “treehouse” dwelling), who’d been exploring the interior of Alaska for few years by boat, ski, dogsled, bike, and foot.

In 2012, they found an ad on Craigslist for private land surrounded by state forest on a bluff above the Tanana River. They saw the potential for year-round food sources and bought the raw land, first living in a wall-tent. After two years on the land, they spent 3 weeks building a more permanent earthlodge: digging deep into the hill to take advantage of the relative warmth of the earth, using plentiful spruce trunks to line the home, covering it in sod for insulation and facing it due south for passive solar gain.

Two years later, they began building a traditional log cabin using hand tools (such as a gin pole for a crane). It took them 3 years to complete (building only before freeze-up), but was ready in time for the arrival of their daughter.

The couple hunt, forage or grow most all of their food. They built a smokehouse to cure the meat and fish, and an underground root cellar to preserve their produce and potatoes throughout the year.

In 2014, they began to share their experience with others, using their experience as wilderness guides, they offer stays in their original earthlodge (the Sun Lodge) or in traditional handmade canvas wall tents for days of dog sledding, aurora viewing, winter camping, ice fishing, snowshoeing, skiing and crafting (making your own wooden spoons). Their goal is to offer guests at their hand-built wilderness homestead “a deeper, more authentic experience of Alaska, one that is not centered solely on sublime landscapes and plastic accouterments, but rather the real products, people, and lifeways that make our lives in the north rich and meaningful.”

Alaska Homestead Adventures
https://alaskahomesteadadventures.com/

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The Strange TINY Car Built By A Scooter Company…


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Date: October 20, 2022

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“Jack heads to Turin to do battle with Northern Italian traffic in one of the most hotly anticipated new cars of the year – except it isn’t really a car at all. The latest creation of the inventor of the folding kick scooter, the Microlino is half microcar, half fashion statement on wheels, and one of the most joyous vehicles we’ve ever featured on the channel. Think cars are getting too big and too serious? Take a look at this.

00:00 Ciao!
1:07 Recognise the badge?
2:38 Exterior walkaround
5:34 Jack vs Turin
7:43 Charging and construction
8:57 Making friends
11:35 Interior and boot
16:51 It’s a driver’s car??
19:51 Sustainability at its core
21:07 Final thoughts?”

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Make An Olla To Stay Cool In The Hot Summer…


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Date: September 03, 2022

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“Arizona was a miserable place in the summer before air conditioning. Yet people have lived and thrived here for millennia, how did they deal with the extreme heat? One trick is the earthenware water jar called an “olla” that keeps the water inside cool with evaporation. This video takes a brief look at the history of the olla in the old Southwest and then I show how to make one and test out its amazing water cooling effect.

The book quoted in this video, “On The Border With Crook”:
https://amzn.to/3OT3LET

0:00 Summer In Arizona
0:32 Historic use of ollas to cool water
3:11 Making an olla in the traditional way
6:17 Firing an olla outdoors
8:12 Testing the water cooling ability of the olla”

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Incredible Bicycle Cars – Human Powered Vehicles…


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Date: August 28, 2022

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“Hello! The rising cost of petrol, carbon emissions, tax and insurance…these are just some of the reasons why owning a car may not appeal to everyone. Likewise, there are many reasons why you might not want to own a bicycle or an e-bike. But what if you could combine the best qualities of bicycles and cars into one?

Let’s take 7 incredible bicycle cars! Hope you like it!

➤ Northern Light E-Bike Car
Website ☛ https://www.northernlightmotors.com/

➤ FRIKAR®- A Four Wheeled E-Bike
Website ☛ https://www.podbike.com/

➤ PodRide Bicycle Car
Youtube ☛ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbfRncHGqfjRmnnvuWbCTVA

➤ Bio-Hybrid Pedelec
Website ☛ http://www.biohybrid.com/

➤ Foton Bicycle Car
Youtube ☛ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuUzbfZMvcmhqtIiVJGro4Q

➤ Veemo: 3-Wheeled Bike Car
Website ☛ https://veemo.ca/

➤ Kinner Bicycle Car
Website ☛ https://www.kinner-car.com/

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Spectacular Tiny House Boat with The Most STUNNING Interior! Full Tour…


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Date: August 06, 2022

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“Pax is a tiny float home that was lovingly restored and renovated by Jason and Cayley over the course of a year and a half. It was one of 25 boats built in Victoria, Canada for Expo ’86 but it had fallen into disrepair. With some incredible woodwork and craftsmanship by the pair, respectively a shipwright and a carpenter, it’s now an absolutely stunning 1 bedroom home on the water!!

The houseboat is packed with neat features: a head with a composting toilet and a livestock trough bathtub, a chart table, a bright galley, a handmade curved cedar dinette, a storage staircase, cozy sleeping and relaxing lofts that are connected by a catwalk, and a ladder that leads to a rooftop deck.”

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Is Nuclear Power Green?…


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Date: August 02, 2022

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“Correction to what I say at 17 mins 29 seconds: It’s 3 meters in diameter and 20 meters tall (not 3 meters in diameter and 20 feet tall). Sorry about that!

Is nuclear power good or bad? In this much-asked-for episode I will summarize the most up-to-date numbers on the status of nuclear power and break down it’s pros and cons. We will also look at what the new technological developments have to offer: molten salt reactors, thorium reactors, and small modular reactors. I learned a low while working on this video and I hope you find this summary useful.”

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America Always Gets This Wrong (when building transit)…


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Date: July 29, 2022

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“Why is it that in the US & Canada, we’re always being told that we can’t justify the ridership for transit projects? And why is it that when we do build transit, it’s struggles to gain riders? It all comes down to what surrounds that transit line. Good transit requires good land-use.”

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