Wish you a fabulous and funny Green Christmas

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Snowy and relaxing days are here to come… Well, if you have time and you feel like being a creative sustainable maker, you could try the original “Garden in a ball” challenge:

Check out this useful resource to open source instructions of whatever type.

I have to confess... I bought them online via Grow the Planet – the ultimate social app which connects urban gardeners – yet I’m really keen on trying to make myself one!

Wish you a Happy Green Christmas!

[Instructables]

In questi giorni di neve e relax, ecco un tutorial per sentirsi sustainable maker mentre si festeggia il Natale: “Garden in a ball”, come fare un’originale palla di Natale che racchiude un piccolo giardino permanente. Devo confessare: io l’ho comprata qui già bell’e che fatta grazie a Grow the Planet.

Se non riuscite a trovare l’onda della creatività, su questo sito potete trovare una serie di ‘istruzioni’ open source in molteplici ambiti.

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Hyper-sustainable architecture: Med in Italy

Originally published on Slowear Journal on Oct 30th

Thanks to Francesca Stignani for translation

Leggi in italiano

A real Italian miracle”. That’s how the press defined the global success of Med in Italy, the very first Italian hyper-sustainable house. The project involved a team of students and architects from the Universties of Rome and Trento, which worked on it for over a year in collaboration with some of the best Italian firms in the field of innovative building industry.

The name evokes the Mediterranean nature of the house, which has been designed for warm climates and as a response to global warming. The layering of the walls, containing sand in aluminum tubes and coatings of natural isolation made with wooden wool, ensure thermal balance, while the heating is provided by solar panels, which produce three times the energy consumed by the house.

The “Mediterranean house” can be assembled impressively quickly: five days are enough to put together the 50 square meter structure, plus five more days for the installation and the testing of the systems. Which is why this house is a perfect solution in case of emergency (i.e. earthquakes) as well as an affordable alternative to traditional building methods.

Med in Italy won the third prize in the general ranking at the Solar Decathlon Europe competition in Madrid, and  the first prize for Sustainability, concerning the environmental impact of the house in its “lifetime”. The low-impact of Med in Italy has been further confirmed by its transportation: the house has been carried from Italy to Spain and back by rail transport, thus sparing around five tons of CO2.

Although it’s not on the market yet, Med in Italy will soon be a real alternative and an attractive novelty for green architecture in Italy and abroad.

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[Med in Italy]

My WWOOFing week in France – #2 Ecological housing

DID YOU KNOW…? The green roof (with humus and plants on it instead of tiles) is said to be a perfect thermal insulation system, besides being beautiful and saving your money.

LO SAPEVATE CHE…? Il tetto vegetale (disseminato di terra e piante al posto delle tegole) svolge una buona funzione di isolante termico, oltre a essere un decoro per l’ambiente e a a costare molto meno!

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The eight house

A moral sacrifice?

“In generale, i discorsi [alla conferenza sul clima di Copenhagen del 2009] sulla sostenibilità si attanagliavano nell’errata convinzione che sostenibilità significhi chiedersi quanto siamo disposti a sacrificare della nostra qualità di vita attuale“.   •  “The general discussions [at 2009 Copenhagen conference ] on sustainability were sort of drowning into this general misconception that sustainability is a question about how much of our existing quality of life are we prepared to sacrifice in order to afford becoming sustainable.”  

Bjarke Ingles è un architetto visionario danese i cui progetti racchiudono senso pratico, visioni ottimistiche e design straordinario. Come dimostra il progetto della baia unica dell’Europa del Nord, o dell’8 house di Copenhagen, Bjarke non si ferma davanti agli ostacoli imposti dalla società e alle prestrutture culturali. Nel video racconta il design dal suo punto di vista: un buon designer non pensa all’oggetto fine a se stesso, quanto piuttosto alla sua integrazione all’interno dell’ecosistema (anche economico) che lo ospiterà, facilitando benessere, edonismo e divertimento per tutti.   •  Bjarke Ingles is a Danish visionary architect working on projects meeting practical attitude, optimistic views and extraordinary design. He doesn’t stop in front of any boundaries, might they be social or cultural. His TED talk The 8-house, The North European loop bay –   is inspiring as it shows innovative design applied to technological improvement can bring us further and better, making also things easier to wellbeing and social happiness to come in.

**Dalle news** 9 Gen 2012 – 8 HOUSE PREMIATA DALL’ISTITUTO DI ARCHITETTURA AMERICANO La costruzione 8 house dello studio BIG ha ricevuto il prezioso premio dell’Istituto Americano di Architettura [n.d.r. nel 2009 toccò a Renzo Piano] in quanto progetto complesso rappresentativo di una nuova tipologia di design che riproduce ad opera d’arte la connettività sociale orizzontale e l’interazione che normalmente avviene nelle strade di quartiere. Il premio è stato conferito quale riconoscimento di un’ampia selezione di progetti architettonici dello studio BIG, tesi ad elevare la qualità della pratica architettonica – stabilisce quindi un livello standard di eccellenza e comunica al pubblico la trasversalità e l’importanza dell’architettura.   •  **From the news** JAN 9TH, 2012 – 8 HOUSE HONORED BY THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS BIG’s 8 House receives the 2012 AIA Institute Honor Award for Architecture recognized as a complex and exemplary project of a new typology which masterfully recreates the horizontal social connectivity and interaction of the streets of a village neighborhood. The award acknowledges achievements for a broad range of architectural activity to elevate the general quality of architecture practice, – establishes a standard of excellence and informs the public of the breadth and value of architecture practice.

[BIG • Bjarke Ingles Group official site]

Bamboo is not only chopsticks

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Ma questo è un progetto fantastico! Architettura sostenibile, per una produzione eco-compatibile e prosperosa! • Hey… this is an original architecture! And a sustainable factory! And a thriving project!  • 凄いですね。素晴らしい建築の建物でススティーナボル工場で盛んな商売!凄いでしょう。

Watch the video • 3′ 30”

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