Archive for the ‘Sustainable’ Category
Something I have always dreamed about has become a reality. It is called an agrihood, a residential neighborhood with a farm at the center—not a golf course, club house or pool, but something really sensible: fresh, organic food! My dream of long ago was to buy up a large track of land in New England where I live, invite family and friends to invest, and build homes around a central place to grow our own food and be self-sustainable. In one model neighborhood called Agritopia, a small community based near Phoenix that currently counts 152 families, grows fruit trees, grapes and raises animals. For $100 per month, members go to the town farm to pick up groceries. The central “square” also functions as a community hub with a coffeehouse and a farm-to-table restaurant. Agritopia is also in the process of creating “Generations at Agritopia” for independent and assisted living.
Read also: Farm-to-Table Living Takes Root
Construir una vivienda saludable, sustentable, eficiente y sostenible a partir de materiales naturales y autóctonos que se ensamblan de maner artesanal sin necesidad de maquinaria pesada, energéticamente eficiente y respetuosa con el medio ambiente ya no es un imposible. La misma además de cobijo brinda todo lo necesario para un vida armoniosa sin perder en cuenta el respeto por el Medio Ambiente. Su precio no es superior al de una construcción convencional y dependiendo de los materiales elegidos puede resultar hasta más barata, además de los ahorros posteriores, en gasto energético, agua y otros. La mayoría de las viviendas de hoy en día derrochan recursos y energía, alteran el entorno natural y albergan numerosas sustancias tóxicas para nuestra salud desde la pintura hasta los mismos materiales con la se construye, como por ejemplo el cemento, que puede contener peligrosos metales pesados. También las pinturas y barnices derivados del petróleo emanan venenos volátiles como las cetonas, el xileno, el tolueno, etc..
Michael Pawlyn is a British architect with an affinity for the natural world. So he is passionate about biomimicry—a discipline that looks at nature’s best ideas to inspire solutions to human problems. The Eden Project in Cornwall (pictured bottom), where Mr Pawlyn worked as a lead architect, is probably the best-known example of this approach. The pillowy and interlocking design of these biomes was influenced by dragonfly wings.
Since leaving Grimshaw, a British architecture firm, in 2007, Mr Pawlyn has concentrated exclusively on environmentally sustainable projects that are influenced by nature. One of his goals is to turn linear consumption models into cycles, whereby waste is used to fuel something else, much like the interdependency of ecosystems.
Read also: Biomimicry in Architecture
Open Source Ecology is a network of farmers, engineers, and supporters building the Global Village Construction Set - a modular, DIY, low-cost, open source, high-performance platform that allows for the easy fabrication of the 50 different industrial machines that it takes to build a small, sustainable civilization with modern comforts.
The aim of the GVCS is to lower the barriers to entry into farming, building, and manufacturing. Its a life-size lego set that can create entire economies, whether in rural Missouri, where the project was founded, or in the developing world.