Family wraps home in greenhouse to warm up Stockholm weather…


Date: October 13, 2019

01) Family wraps home in greenhouse to warm up Stockholm weather

“The average temperature in Stockholm in January is -3°C (27°F). For Marie Granmar and Charles Sacilotto it can be much warmer thanks to the greenhouse that blankets their home.

“For example at the end of January it can be -2°C outside and it can be 15 to 20°C upstairs,” explains Sacilotto. He was inspired to build a house-in-a-greenhouse through his relationship with architect Bengt Warne who began designing the first Naturhus (Nature House) in 1974*.

Originally Sacilotto looked for an empty lot to build an entirely new Naturhus, but he eventually settled on an old summer house on the Stockholm archipelago. Using Warne’s design, he covered the small summer house, plus an addition, in 4 millimeter glass. The footprint of the greenhouse is nearly double that of the home, leaving plenty of room for a wrap-around garden, and since inside the bubble it’s a Mediterranean climate, the couple now grow produce atypical for Sweden (e.g. figs, tomatoes, cucumbers).

The favorite spot is the glass-covered roof deck. Since there’s no longer need for a roof, the couple removed it and now have a large space for sunbathing, reading or playing with their son on swings and bikes.

The greenhouse isn’t the only novel point to the Granmar-Sacilotto home. They are also completely independent from city sewage. Built by Sacilotto- an engineer by training-, the sewage system begins with a urine-separating toilet and uses centrifuges, cisterns, grow beds and garden ponds to filter the water and compost the remains.

* In the video, Granmar mentions architect Bengt Warne’s influence in the 1990s since this is the date he reached a larger audience with his book release.

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I’ve had this very same idea, before…I love this idea.


The Unfulfilled Potential of Minecraft – Assuming a Different Perspective…


Date: October 12, 2019

01) The Unfulfilled Potential of Minecraft – Assuming a Different Perspective

“Video essay that uses frame analysis to examine the player’s relation to Minecraft’s virtual environment, and to explore how the game design would be different if that relation were changed.”


Stacked cargo containers in New Haven’s “LEGO” apartments…


Date: October 12, 2019

01) Stacked cargo containers in New Haven’s “LEGO” apartments

“Christian Salvati of Marengo Structures thinks shipping containers make great building blocks, and in time, he hopes it will become an affordable and quick method of building homes.

As full-scale R&D, in 2012, he built Connecticut’s first shipping container homes: a two-story duplex built from six containers. Two years later, he stacked higher using 27 containers to build a 6-unit apartment complex he hopes to rent to students in the New Haven area (the building is wedged between Yale and University of New Haven).

While containers are uniform, modular and easily sourced (Salivati buys from a depot in Newark, NJ), the building process is still slower and more expensive than it should be given the lack of codes for this type of building.

Salvati thinks that by sharing information, architects and builders can help improve both zoning issues and the currently steep learning curve that prevents containers from becoming a more universal modular alternative.

Marengo Structures:


20 Smart Furniture Designs – Transforming and Space Saving…


Date: October 12, 2019

01) 20 Smart Furniture Designs – Transforming and Space Saving

“Every said home needs some space saving furniture for small rooms! Here are 20 modern furniture designs, some of which are a Princeton kind of smart!”

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I love the Kenchikukagu Collection, though it seems impossible to find any place to order anything other than the office…

A few others were really interesting to me.


Rep. Tulsi Gabbard slams the DNC, explains why she might boycott the 4th debate…

Date: October 11, 2019

01) Rep. Tulsi Gabbard slams the DNC, explains why she might boycott the 4th debate

“Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard explains why she might boycott the 4th Democratic debate.”

Tulsi Gabbard recently did a “local” radio interview, where the interviewer was trying to ask an honest question about her religious views [as they differ from her radical fathers views]…

…She would not stop interrupting the question, never allowed it to be completed, and kind of gave a scolding about the alleged inappropriateness of the question, then ultimately got up and walked out of the interview…

It was very unexpected, weird and frankly annoying…I know I did not appreciate that behavior.

I really wanted to hear the question [I don’t know much of anything about her past], and an answer to it.

We Will Make History…

Date: October 10, 2019

01) We Will Make History

“Bernie Sanders thanks supporters for their well wishes and rededicates himself to the struggle to the struggle to guarantee health care for all, make public colleges and universities, tuition free cancel student debt, and deal with climate change, criminal justice reform and immigration reform. Together we are going to transform this country and make history.”