Dezeen admires a lovely holiday home on the Danish island of Læsø that, in a nod to traditional construction techniques on the island, is clad with seaweed-stuffed pillows or "netted bags." Designed by architecture studio Vandkunsten in a project headed by nonprofit preservation group Realdania Byg, the Modern Seaweed House "combines the traditional material with twenty-first century construction techniques." Explains Realdania Byg Jørgen Søndermark's: "Seaweed is at the same time very old and very 'just-in-time', because it is in many ways the ultimate sustainable material."It reproduces itself every year in the sea, it comes ashore without any effort from humans, and it is dried on nearby fields by sun and wind. It insulates just as well as mineral insulation, it is non-toxic and fireproof, and it has an expected life of more than 150 years!" That's the home pictured up top.
Deadspin enlists professional Clean Person and advice columnist extraordinaire Jolie Kerr to tackle the topic of rust stains on pristine white T-shirts in the latest — and mucho helpful — edition of "Squalor." Mentioned is one of my favorite old-school, super-versatile laundry staples: Fels-Naptha.
NPR lets animal husbandry-dabbling hipsters off the hook in the backyard chicken abandonment issue. As I alluded to briefly in my post on the plight of forsaken fowl, it's not so much hens that are being cast-off after they've reached their egg-laying prime, but roosters which, as things go, are still illegal to keep in many cities. Basically, it all boils down to an unfortunate case of mistaken identity: "Here's where the problem begins. When urban farmers order hens online, as is popular, suppliers can't tell 100 percent if they're sending a lady or a gentleman. And that means many city dwellers end up getting roosters, when they really wanted hens. Once the poor fellows start crowing, their fate is sealed: It's either the frying pan or the local humane society." On that note, be sure to check out food blogger Robin's great response piece on how she considers herself a dedicated sustainable foodie who knows her limitations and has learned from her mistakes.
Architizer wishes a very happy birthday to "bubbly dymaxion man" Buckminster Fuller. The late architect and "gentle revolutionist" would have turned 118 this past Thursday.
TreeHugger takes a closer look at — and finds some siding-related problems with — Ecovative's experimental tiny-house-on-wheels concept with grow-your-own mushroom walls and insulation. Concludes Lloyd Alter: "Mushroom insulation is an absolutely wonderful product. I look forward to being able to write about mushroom-based structural insulated panels and all of the other products they are dreaming about. The mushroom tiny house is a beautiful thing. But for a century, good building practice has been to treat the exterior siding as a rain screen, to design for drainage and ventilation. I hope on subsequent prototypes they mind the gap and let it breathe."
AOL Real Estate shares the latest in the particularly stinky saga of a Charlotte, N.C. homeowner battling to keep an emu (!) in her backyard. "[It] has a horrendous smell — especially in the summer — it draws flies," complains one neighbor of the large and terrifying bird.
Co.Exist believes unattractiveness to be a necessary evil in the design of what's to be the world's tallest (prefab) building, Broad Sustainable Building's Corp's Sky City One tower in China. "All city-goers want to live in beautiful buildings. But the reality is that ugliness may be the price we pay for sticking the majority of the world’s population into cities," writes Ariel Schwartz of the proposed 202-story tower which will take an estimated 90 days to erect.
Apartment Therapy chit-chats with Christina Salvi, Assistant Director of New York City's Office of Recycling Outreach and Education (OROE) about the big, waste disposal-oriented changes afoot in the Big Apple.
ABC News imagines what it would be like to live aboard "The Marquette," Minneapolis developer David Nelson's whacky, wonderful, and retiree-friendly condo development situated atop a massive barge. Continuously cruising down America's vast (6,600 miles!) network of inland waterways, the proposed $110 million condo barge would feature a lounge, chipping course, market, gym, 24-hour concierge, and about 200 units ranging in price from $299,000 to $499,000. Glamorous potential ports of call would include Omaha, Tulsa, Pittsburgh, and Dubuque.
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