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  • Sand Magnified

    Sand grains magnified 110-250 times reveal each grain is unique. The tip of a spiral shell has broken off and become a grain of sand. After being repeatedly tumbled by action of the surf this spiral sand grain has become opalescent in character. It is surrounded by bits of coral, a pink shell fragment, a […] More

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    Cob Fireplaces

    Cob Fireplaces… Cob fireplace. Cob fireplace in Hilde Dawe’s house, British Columbia. Cob fireplace by Charles Andre. Cob fireplace (Rumford) Cob Fireplace. Budownictwo Naturalne. More

  • Bicycle Art

    Every year about 109 million bicycles are produced, and 140 million people are born. That adds up to lots of extra bikes to make art with. Burning Man Festival 2007 by Mark Grieve and Ilana Spector Bikes reclaimed from garbage dumps and recycling centers form a 30 foot high archway. Pic: Jenene Chesbrough Bicycle […] More

  • Hugelkultur

    Instead of putting those branches, leaves and grass clippings in bags by the curbside…build a hugel bed. Simply mound logs, branches, leaves, grass clippings, straw, cardboard, petroleum-free newspaper, manure, compost or whatever other biomass you have available, top with soil and plant your veggies. What’s Hugelkultur? Why Hugelkultur? Hugelkultur (HOO-gul-culture). It’s German for hill culture or […] More

  • Green Roof Inspiration

    A green roof—essentially, a garden atop any office building or home—helps save energy, promote drainage, and feed you. Why Build a Green Roof? Sod roofs are common on the Faroe Islands, west of Norway. Traditionally the roof was covered with sod on top of several layers of birch bark over wooden boards. Today, commercial roofing […] More

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    Shipping Container Homes

    Shipping container homes seem like a no-brainer. Approximately 30 million steel shipping containers are in existence, filled and floating, or standing empty in a port. 8 feet wide by 8.5 feet high, and either 20 or 40 feet long, the steel shipping container has been the globally standardized transportation module since 1956. Sending empty containers […] More

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    Greenhouses from Old Windows and Doors

    Calling all used awning windows, bay windows, storm doors, and clerestories back to service. 1) Recycled Window Greenhouse, Minnesota Greenhouse made from recycled windows by Jan and Ed Vitse of New Look Floral (a garden and floral business) in Rochester, MN. This little gem, made from recycled windows was built in 2003. The structure is 12 […] More

  • Eco Sports Cars

    Porsche 918 Spyder Plug-in Hybrid prototype (all of Porsche’s concept cars have been brought to market) has emission levels of just 70 grams CO2 per kilometre on fuel consumption of three litres/100 kilometres (equal to 94 mpg imp). Acceleration from a standstill to 100 km/h in just under 3.2 seconds, top speed of 320 km/h […] More

  • Noise Pollution Alters Bird Behavior

    It takes no observational feat to notice that people enjoy birds. As human developments dominate the landscape and evict so many of our wild neighbors, we spend a disproportionate amount of our energies coaxing the birds, specifically, back. Why else the feeders and birdhouses and baths so common to neighborhood backyards? Perhaps the exact reasoning […] More

  • Wood Fired Pottery

    Humans have been enamoured of wood fired ceramics for thousands of years. Yet since the invention of electric and gas kilns, wood firing was pushed aside by many. Fortunately the unique beauty of wood fired pottery is again becoming a highly appreciated art form throughout the world. (The Japanese have always held wood fired ceramics […] More

  • Human Urine As Fertilizer

    A study out of Finland has found that plants fertilized with urine performed four times as well as nonfertilized plants and just as well as plants given commercial mineral fertilizer. Urine plus wood ash (collected from a wood stove) produced as well, yet with the added benefit of reducing the acidity of the soil. The […] More

  • Wedge Shaped Cars

    The future looks wedge shaped… The 3 Wheeled Elio. Order yours now. More than 50,000 have already been pre-ordered… Made in America. Costs $6800. Designed for a 6’1” 220 lb person in the single front seat with one additional seat in the back. Elio projects that it will employ 1500 in Shreveport, LA, at an […] More

  • Microscopic Images Of Seeds

    The diversity and intricacy of shapes and sizes of seeds is extraordinary. Even more amazing is that within even the tiniest of seeds lies the complete genetic information required to birth and structure such organisms as the complex passion flower, or a 360 foot tall sequoia. Seeds are also amazing travelers, either with the help of […] More

  • Butterfly Eggs

    Julia Heliconia Butterfly Egg in a tendrill of a Passion flower creeper. The Julia Heliconia is an orange butterfly found along the periphery of the Gulf of Mexico. Image by Martin Oeggerli. Large white butterfly egg (Pieris brassicae). The yellow eggs of the large white butterfly are laid in clusters on the undersides of leaves in […] More

  • Upcycled Maps

    Tear em, decoupage them, fold them, paint on them. Many Rivers, 2009 Inlaid maps, acrylic, on panel, 48 x 78 inches. By Matthew Cusick, Bonnie, 2004. Maps on wood panel. By Matthew Cusick, Matthew Cusick Rachael’s Wave, 2011. Inlaid maps on wood panel. Geronimo, 2007 Inlaid maps on panel, 30 x 24 […] More

  • Algae Streetlight

    Microalgae Street Lamps (in prototype stage). French biochemist Pierre Calleja has invented a streetlight that is powered by algae AND which absorbs CO2 from the air. Pierre reports that one lamp can take 1 ton of CO2 out of the atmosphere per year. This is as much CO2 as an average tree absorbs during its […] More

  • Kitchen Of The Future

    “Energy-saving light bulbs will only take us so far. We need to push ourselves to rethink domestic appliances entirely, to rethink how homes consume energy, and how entire communities can pool resources” says Clive van Heerden, Senior Director of Design-led Innovation at Philips Design. Philips believes the solution is likely to come from biological processes, […] More

  • Telephone Wire Art

    Telephone wire as an art medium. Telephone cord sheep by Jean Luc Cornec. Telephone cord sheep at the Communication Museum, Frankfort, Germany. Telephone wire Guinea Fowl by Celia Smith. Walking Puffin. Telephone cabling and copper wire. Telephone wire robin. Telephone wire Peacock. Telephone Wire Head by Hilary J. Baker. […] More

  • Best Electric Cars For City Drivers

      Wheego Whip Life All electric. 100 miles per charge, 5 hours to charge, top speed 70 mph. MSRP $32,995. Qualifies for Federal and possibly State and Local Tax Credits. ($7,500 federal tax credit for electric vehicles.) Final assembly in California. Company is based in Atlanta, Georgia. MiEV (Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle) Mitsubishi’s electric […] More

  • The Art Of Henrique Oliveira

    The artist Henrique Oliveira uses old plywood, fencing and PVC as his medium. Recycled from dumpsters and landfills from his home city, São Paulo, Oliveira shapes plywood around PVC forms. Casa dos Leoes, 2009 Biennial, Porto Allegre, Brazil. Turning a house into a sculpture. Casa dos Leoes, 2009, detail. Brazil in Portuguese is Brasil. […] More

  • Nuts And Bolts Sculpture

    This sculpture is constructed of thousands of steel nuts. By Park Chan-girl, South Korea. Steel Nut Sculpture By Park Chan-girl, South Korea. Park Chan-girl, South Korea. Park Chan-girl received his BFA in Sculpture from Chungnam National University and his MFA in Fine Arts from KyungHee University. “OTOÑO” by Manuel Marti Mareno […] More

  • Stone Furniture

    No more plastic! Or vinyl, or PVC! Stone Couch at Chanticleer Gardens, Wayne, Pennsylvania Image by Carolyn’s Shade Gardens, Bryn Mawr, PA. Stone chair at Chanticleer Gardens, Wayne, Pennsylvania. Image by Carolyn’s Shade Gardens, Bryn Mawr, PA. Stone seating group at Chanticleer Gardens, Wayne, Pennsylvania. Image by Carolyn’s Shade Gardens, Bryn Mawr, PA. […] More

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    Green Home Plans

    Home Plans: (See PreFabs also) a small, small sampling… FreeGreen– Free Green stock plans !!! *** Dream Green Homes. Numerous designs using Earth, Wood, Straw, Bamboo, Stone, Manufactured, Lightweight Concrete, Organic, Domes, Earth Sheltered, etc. www.architectural Architectural House Plans. Working drawings for client-inspired, architect-designed, built homes. Straw Bale House Plans, Solar, lots […] More

  • Alternative Building Methods

    Alternative Building Methods: Green Home Building. Info about Earth, Wood, Straw, Bamboo, Stone, Manufactured, Lightweight Concrete, Organic, Domes, Earth Sheltered, etc. Natural Building Network is a not-for-profit membership association promoting natural building principles, materials and practitioners worldwide. Good events list. Earth Bag Building– earthbag (sometimes called sandbag) construction. Lots of pictures, videos, […] More

  • Pebble Pathways

    “Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain.” Unknown. A pebble and stone path with gaps increases permeability. By Jeff Bale. Pebble path in the UK, image by Pebble Mosaic in […] More

  • Firewood As Art

    Firewood Sculpture By Jaehyo Lee Wood ring. By Jaehyo Lee. Wood chair. By Jaehyo Lee. Wood chair. By Jaehyo Lee. Wood Stool. By Jaehyo Lee. Wood sculpture, 2009. By Jaehyo Lee. Incredible Firewood Sculpture From Around The World Woodpile by Michael Buck. michael-buck.blogspot Hu Qingyan, “Firewood”, 2012; © Hu Qingyan […] More

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