CoExist detects something fishy
about the GrowUp Box
, a Kickstarter-funded, repurposed shipping container pop-up farm in London (the city's first, apparently) that revolves around, you guessed it, aquaponics. The set-up, created for the Chelsea Fringe Festival, can house as many as 150 tilapia whose poop provides nutrients to the salad greens growing above their tanks. Explains founder Kate Hofman: "We see aquaponic technology as a commercially viable way of growing food in cities. We want to springboard from this project to building a much larger farm not using a shipping container. We’re looking at rooftops, brownfield land, warehouses, and commercial space."
The Wall Street Journal marvels
at a bunch of fancypants log
palaces. Says investment banker Jim McKinney of his 7,000-square-foot luxury log manse in Jackson Hole which includes a master bath built from wood reclaimed from Yellowstone National Park's Old Faithful Lodge: "I wanted it to be really, really old looking." And over in Springfield, Ill., Abe Lincoln spins in his grave ...
The Los Angeles Times rounds up
"the new and the novel" from Dwell on Design, the annual modern home design conference that invaded The L.A. Convention Center (and Twitter ... my lord that was a lot of retweeting) last weekend. Finds include heated concrete benches, bamboo-framed LED light boxes, showerheads with integrated Bluetooth speakers, and hemp ottomans.
The Atlantic Cities is impressed
with the figures resulting from a new University of Arizona study that finds mortgages on multifamily rental properties are less likely to go into default if located near public transportation and parks. Properties near freeways where residents are subject to gridlock hell have an increased risk, naturally.
Earthship Farmstead, a net-zero Virginia home aiming for both Passivhaus and LEED Platinum certifications. Also, the green roof is open for grazing by the properties ruminant residents. Kaplan Thompson Architecture explains the sheep-friendly design of the home: "We nestled the house in the hillside, bending the floor plan to carefully fit the contours of the field. We knew we would need to capture as much winter sun as we could to naturally heat the home, so we extended the living and dining room out onto the crown of the hill, raising a broad bank of carefully shaded windows to the south to scoop in the sun.”
SmartSpace SoMA, the micro-apartment development from Panoramic Interests and Zeta Communities in San Francisco that's seemingly been forever in the making. Starting in the fall, the 295-square-foot prefab units will be used (temporarily) as student housing although developer Patrick Kennedy is loath to use the dreaded "D" word — dorm rooms.