Posted on 13 September 2011 by Sustainability Digest
Photos: Y Studio for On the Green Road
An off-grid, mobile lifestyle may be a far-off dream for some of us settled schmucks. But not for Cece Reinhardt and Brenda Daugherty, who realized that dream by getting sponsors to help renovate a 2003 Airstream Safari into an impressive mobile eco-home. The enterprising pair are now taking it on the road to demonstrate how simple, off-grid living can still be stylish. To see how they transformed a ho-hum RV into a green dream, check out the ‘before’ and ‘after’:…Read the full story on TreeHugger
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Posted on 30 May 2011 by Sustainability Digest
Photos credit Alfonso Herranz with permission from kawamura-ganjavian
Bucky Fuller used to practice Dymaxion Sleeping, where he claimed that he only slept 30 minutes every six hours. He had to give it up, according to Wikipedia, ” because his schedule conflicted with that of his business associates, who insisted on sleeping like other men.” Perhaps he should have designed something like the Ostrich from Spanish Architects Read the full story on TreeHugger
Posted on 17 January 2011 by Sustainability Digest
I have been consistently blown away by the quality of the submissions for the LifeEdited project. It is now the review period where readers can vote for their favourite project. There is so much to chose from, even dpet’s homage to Daniel Libeskind happening here….Read the full story on TreeHugger
Posted on 01 June 2010 by Sustainability Digest
Freshome points to a real estate listing for a tiny apartment in a lovely old 1881 building in Gothenburg, Sweden. It is only 185 square feet, but is minimally and tastefully done and looks a lot bigger. …Read the full story on TreeHugger
Posted on 29 May 2010 by Sustainability Digest
Eating like this every day wouldn’t be very good for the environment — and it wouldn’t be much of a treat either. Photo by Jennifer Hattam.
Before I moved to Istanbul, I always thought of eating seasonally as a great idea in theory, but kind of a chore in practice. How were you supposed to remember if it was OK to eat asparagus in October or oranges in April? What if you really, really wanted to cook Read the full story on TreeHugger
Posted on 21 May 2010 by Sustainability Digest
Unfortunately we never get to see inside the Tardis to see how big it is.
We have covered the increasing interest in garden sheds as home offices, studios and just places to get away; it is a cheaper and easier way to get a bit of extra space. Graham Norwood writes in the Independent that “our more straitened times may provide an unexpected boos…Read the full story on TreeHugger
Posted on 04 May 2010 by Sustainability Digest
Roland Halbe via Abitare
Antón García- Abril and Ensamble Studio have built La Trufa, or truffle, on the north Spanish coast. It is what one might call a solid bit of work, made of concrete in a very unusual fashion. The architect writes in Abitare that “what we had created was not yet architecture, we had fabricated a stone.”
But what is most extraordinary was how they did the formwork for the concrete….Read the full story on TreeHugger
Posted on 19 April 2010 by Sustainability Digest
They are everywhere, the full page ads with smiling people proud of how much money they saved and how they qualified for all those government grants. But what did they really save? Perhaps a bit of energy, but how much?
I thoroughly enjoyed reading David Owen’s book Green Metropolis on the weekend, where he concludes that everything we are doing to go green is pretty much a drop in the bucket unless we live smaller, live closer and drive less.
One of the issues he covers is that of window replacement, a Read the full story on TreeHugger
Posted on 01 April 2010 by Sustainability Digest
Since Annie Leonard created The Story of Stuff, the short web film has been watched some ten million times. But the twenty-minute film was twenty years in the making. So Leonard decided to write a book, telling the tale of her explorations through the cycle of extraction, creation, and disposal that rules so much of the world around us, and our own lives.
Listen to the podcast of this interview via Read the full story on TreeHugger
Posted on 23 March 2010 by Sustainability Digest
Images by Paul Elkins
A couple of years ago, inventor and bike maker Paul Elkins noticed the “Shelter-in-a-cart” competition, challenging designers to come up with decent portable housing, and clever designs for living with less. TreeHugger covered it extensively; there were so many creative solutions for living in small spaces.
Paul took up the challenge, describing on his website the goal to “design and construct a simple, light weight, water tight insulated box on …Read the full story on TreeHugger