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Category Archive

The following is a list of all entries from the Arcology category.

Recycling Plastic

PLASTICS RECYCLING: NOW MORE THAN EVER

Could recycled plastics be mixed with bioplastics in forming new products. Transition Vancouver is looking for ways to veer towards a carbon neutral earth.

Here is the way the town of Curitiba recycles in Brazil. More about the green city of Curitiba, Brazil. In this picture, the categories are paper, plastic, metal, glass and organics. Jamie Lerner initiated a sorting program over 10 years ago where people went through the waste to sort garbage, but here we are seeing the way they have evolved their waste system. Notice there is no trash can. Everything sorts into these 5 categories. Jaime Lerner sings of the city on TED.


Decentralization Design

We need to get down to get up.

Permaculture on a larger scale, smaller scale. We have big problems. Only by letting them go, can we dream of repairing our psyche, regenerating ourselves and our lives. Reduce consumption. Human have needed to so, maybe it is time that we have enough now to give back. It might not look like it, but having a garage full of ‘useless things”, piles of ‘junk” can still be seen as surplus and we can give all of these abundances away, not to the dump, but to reuse centers, and repair centers, through trade and barter. We can use online free sites to offer our unwanted goods, or excess building material to others nearby who might need it through sites such as freecycle. We can take advantage of local reuse centers such as those run by habitat for humanity, and get stagnant resources back into circulation. The world is abundant, if only we did not want so much.

A new flower is unfolding, and it is hiding everywhere. This week we are presenting about the Principle of Cooperation where cooperation not competition is the very basis of existing life systems and of future survival.

What does that look like?

Personal independence depends on co-operative human society….
only what we share gives us access to all necessary possessions.
~Bill Mollison

Permaculture is the use of ecology as the
basis for designing integrated systems of food production, housing
appropriate technology and community development. It offers a practical,
creative approach to the problems of diminishing resources and threatened
life support systems now facing the world.
~Simon Henderson

The alternative is a design science revolution…
Design science produces so much performance
per unit of resource invested as to take care of all
human needs.
~Buckminster Fuller

flower

The Permaculture Flower, designed by David Holmgren, reprinted from “Permaculture: Pathways and Principles” by David Holmgren.


Permablitz

digging in the dirt

Permablitz Network

Vancouver Permaculture

Vancouver Permaculture at work.


Earth Ships & Green Building

Garbage Warrior movie about Earthships in the New Mexico desert and after 2004 Sumatra Tsunami.

Green Roofs in Ontario: Natvik Design
Natvik Ecological provides professional services for southern Ontario clients in the fields of ecological restoration, landscape design, and green roofs.

Arcosanti the city of the future.


Earthships

Earthship Biotecture, the official site, offering how-to books, demos, community, rentals, and a coffee table book to boot.

Nautilus

Nautilus

Housing Built with Tires

How to Build an Earthship

Toas Earthships

See post 11/10/05


Green Products

Bonded Logic uses recycled jeans to create insulation.

Bonded Logic Inhabitat

Nature’s Carpet

Eco Rock is cleaner, greener drywall.

Bamboo Floors

Organic Lifestyle‘s bamboo floors.

Euroslate is made from recycled tires!

EuroSlate/EuroShake’s™rubber roof system is designed to be walked on without any restrictions, and its advanced cubical structure enhances insulation performance.

* Maintenance free
* Impact resistant
* Will never rust, split, crack or show other surface wear
* Lightweight (under 4 lbs. per sq. ft.)
* Energy Efficient
* Indestructible – there is no other product that will take wear and tear like Euroslate™

GreenSpace Homes and Cottages: Canadian building supplies.

Top 10 Natural Building Materials


Cob

Cob

Cob Cottage Company, Oregon

Cob Works

Natural Building Colloquium


What else is there besides a Strip mall?

Is anything else possible?
Do we have to live and work within ugly architecture? Let’s not

We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims.
R. Buckminster Fuller

It is possible to build in such a way that the sun comes in a lot during the winter and not during the summer. It is called Passive Solar Building and what you need is to face your building toward the south. The way Soleri does it is he builds an apse which is a quarter sphere. The lower winter sun shines right in and the high summer sun stays out, the shade a cool place to be.

There are many techniques:
Green Building

Makes a great home or office:
Earthships
Earthships is an amazing place to visit and do an apprenticeship, internship or get a job. There is a small community of people building. They do some prefab, so construction at the site is faster.
These places use and reuse all of their water. It is categorized into gray water and black water. They grow a garden inside and outside the house, and make cisterns re-using bottles.

A designer is an emerging synthesis of artist, inventor, mechanic,
objective economist and evolutionary strategist.
R. Buckminster Fuller

When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty but when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.
R. Buckminster Fuller

Let architects sing of aesthetics that bring Rich clients in hordes to their knees; Just give me a home, in a great circle dome Where stresses and strains are at ease.
R. Buckminster Fuller


Australia’s Green Design: Ecopolis

Sweet.

Ecopolis Architects

especially:

Pattern Design


The Myth of Arcosanti

The Myth of Arcosanti: Arcosanti in the News

A Green Utopia Grows in the Arizona Desert
The Washington Post
By Andrea Sachs

(don’t forget to read the part about the Rubix cube party)

Soleri at Arcosanti

Arcosanti History


Australia’s Green Plans

What a beautiful building. Talk about green design.
Sustainable Development

Australia is going green: Sydney 2030


Gaviotas – Colombian Sustainable Village

The Gaviotas Project in Columbia was started by Paolo Lugari because he knew that one day the population would rise so high that People would have live in the eastern wet desert region. He found was to sustain this community. He went to the University in Bogota to ask the students there to help him with his research. He found a tree which would grow there and has since planted 6 Million of these pine trees. The trees have brought birds which in turn have brought the rest of the forest within the seeds in their feces. Lugari and the people of Gaviotas have found that tapping the trees also bring resource to the community, something to sell in the marketplace. “Tapped like maple syrup, the natural resin is used in paints, cosmetics, perfumes, and medicines in lieu of petroleum-based substances. When distilled in Gaviotas’ pollution-free factory, its byproduct is marketable turpentine.” from Mother Jones

Wiki


Green Design in the World and in the Future

Ken Yeang is a new visionary on the forefront:

Ken Yeang

Wow. What a difference. Is it earth day or is green design really starting take take a hold?
The time is now.

China is addressing the subject and building green.

The roof has solar panels and rainwater collection tanks. But it’s a serene spot, with seating areas in a garden of grass, trees and shrubs — grown on a shallow bed of volcanic ash that is lighter and less water-dependent than traditional soil.

“When this building went up, the neighborhood lost green space. So we’re returning that bit of green with this roof garden. Moreover, the garden helps insulate the building,” Yang says.

Yang is proud that the entire structure cost less than the average government building in Beijing.

NPR:China’s Challenges

Architecture Lab
A Lab’s Sustainable Design


Ecocity World Summit 2008

World View of Global Warming and How Cities Can Save the Earth

April 22-26, San Francisco, CA

Ecocity World Summit 2008

The International Ecocity Conference Series brings together the key innovators, decision makers, technologists, businesses and organizations shaping the conversation around ecological and sustainable city, town and village design, planning and development. We intend to put these issues on the economic and environmental agenda for 2008 and beyond.


Green Architecture

of the body. A clean flight.

Natural Building Materials

Building Materials

Dancing Rabbit Green Building Materials


Dockside Green

Model Community?
This one is pushing the envelope. This ‘Green Building’ uses biomass for fuel, and reclaims wasterwater on site. The website offers a lot: about the design. This is an Arcology, folks, in Victoria. Arcology, a termed coined by Italian architect Paolo Soleri, fuses the words Architecture and Ecology. The concepts of Arcolgy are: simplification, complexification, duration, miniturization, high-density, and multi-use buildings. Basically, everything you need in a walkable distance, within a closed system (or as closed as you can get these days). What helps to close this system, is the use of what is often called Permaculture: permanent agriculture, being used here in the form of biomass, wastewater reclaimation, wind and solar. Permaculture takes as much of the energy offered by the environment (sun, wind, water, methane), and seeks to keep that energy on site, creating a richer, and richer environment.
In Dockside Green, there is residential and office space, shops, a fitness center, artist live-work space, and a (kayak) dock. This is high end, as it is conveniently placed in an urban center, where land is expensive. For a much more affordable option, consider Arcosanti, Paolo’s Urban Laboratory, a city of 6,000 in the making.
One question remains: does Dockside offer rooftop access as Arcosanti does? There, every rooftop is accessible as a garden, a unique place above the city, or a way to get from one part of the city to another. If every rooftop were green. . . imagine the world.

docksidegreen.com


Article


Ampersand Sustainable Learning Center

These are some friends of mine from Arcosanti, Paolo Soleri’s Urban Labroatory.

They have internships for May and June as well as Volunteer days, and one and two day intensives.

ampersandproject.org


Welcome to ShinyMarble

ShinyMarble is having it’s birth-day. This is day 1.

Here is a few links to get started:

www.arcosanti.org
http://www.arcosanti.org/media/publication/hyperBuilding.html
This Poster is a reproduction of the presentation panel seen on the Arcosanti Tour. The panel was originally commissioned for a Japanese consortium on future urban architecture.

xtracycle.com