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Karri Loop House by Morq Architecture

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An H-shaped home near Perth, Australia built in harmony with its setting

Located just south of Perth in the town of Margaret River in Western Australia, Karri Loop House is a beautiful example of a building designed in harmony with its natural surroundings. Designed by MORQ architects, the H-shaped building plan wraps around three large existing trees, while at the same time framing a pair of assymetrical courtyards.  “These trees, their root......read more

Urban Homesteading

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Self-sufficiency in the city.

Homesteading is broadly defined as a lifestyle of simple, agrarian self-sufficiency. The sustainable, back-to-the-land movement is gaining popularity in urban areas, where applicable rural homesteading elements are being applied to city living. In theory, most people are into the idea of producing everything needed for survival on one's own land. While this isn't realistic for most of......read more

Have you ever fantasized about living deep in the ground, in one of the cosy hobbit holes that J.R. R. Tolkien so richly describes in his novels? A company named Green Magic Homes is giving their customers the opportunity to do just that, with their easy to assemble pre-fabricated structures that can be covered with soil, to create a charming home any hobbit would be happy to reside in.......read more

Geo Planter by Kelly Lamb

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LA designer transforms lumps of clay into sexy homes for plants $95.00

Los Angeles-based sculptor and ceramicist Kelly Lamb pays homage to visionary architect Buckminster Fuller with these geodesic half-dome planters. To make each piece, Lamb and her team slip-cast clay in custom molds before firing them in the kiln. Whereas most ceramic pieces have a "foot" on which to stand, Lamb's Geo Planters can sit or hang any which way you please. The satin-glazed planters......read more

Lucid Stead by Phillip K. Smith

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Artist transforms Joshua Tree homesteader shack into luminous installation

On California artist Phillip K Smith III's five-acre property in Joshua Tree, there sits an old homesteader's cabin, a plain Jane structure with a history that dates back seventy years. For "Lucid Stead," a week-long project in October, Smith added a new chapter to the cabin's history, transforming the building's exterior into a large-scale light installation. By day, the shack’s......read more

Palo Alto to Require Electric Vehicle Chargers in New Homes

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California continues to the lead the way in sustainable transport incentives

The city council in Palo Alto, California voted Monday on a proposal requiring the new single-family homes be built pre-wired for charging electric vehicles. The results were unanimous, with all nine councillors voting in favor of the ordinance. From Wired: It’s a nominal requirement, considering most homes already are wired for a 220-volt line — which is needed for a......read more

World's Biggest Offshore Wind Farm Launched in UK

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The 175-turbine London Array project produces enough energy for half a million homes

Britain solidified its position as global leader in offshore wind power by announcing the launch of the London Array, a 630MW project near the mouth of the Thames River. The 1.5 billion pound ($2.3 billion) wind farm has 175 Siemens 3.6MW turbines, enough to power half a million homes. The project is owned by Denmark's Dong Energy, Germany's E.On and Masdar, of Abu Dhabi. Its official launch......read more

EcoForms Plant Pots

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Biodegradable homes for spring plantlife. $49.95

Late starters, catch up on spring planting with this set of six EcoForms,  made from compressed grain husks with natural, water-soluble binding agents. EcoForms are built to withstand extreme temperatures, with efficient drainage systems and insulation to keep plants happy and healthy. The manufacturing process uses no pollutants, all byproducts are recycled, and at the end of their......read more

Paintings of Modern Architecture by Jens Hausmann

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Stunningly realistic depictions of modern homes

Fans of modern architecture have plenty to enjoy in these oil paintings by German artist Jens Hausmann. The large format works, spotted on Faith Is Torment, realistically depict modern houses in a colorful, intensive aesthetic you might find in an ad or a magazine editorial. The buildings, surrounded by fantastically coloured landscapes and bathed in a soft light, carry a distinctly southern......read more

Sweet Pea, a Built Green Houseboat by Affordable Floating Homes

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This tiny floating dwelling is big on sustainability

Founded last year in Olympia, Washington, Affordable Floating Homes aims to provide "small footprint, high quality interurban living at an affordable price without developing more land," according to owner Mike Auderer's mission statement on the company's Facebook page.  The new company's first build -- and Auderer's current domicile -- is called "Sweet Pea" due to its green exterior. It's......read more

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