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Adaptive Architecture: Curved House Wraps Old Well, Reuses Stone Cistern

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ]

A contemporary home in Spain was designed to wrap a surface well and sits on the associated subterranean cistern, creatively converting it into the solid foundation and habitable basement of this new living space.

The so-called Casa Aljibe (Cistern House) by architect Alejandro Valdivieso (images by David Frutos) is located in Alpedrete on the site of an old local water system that used to supply the neighborhood but stopped functioning over 50 years ago.

The cistern structure was left intact, however, and used for storage. When it came time to build a home for the descendants of the property owners, the architects decided build with and around these existing features.

Petroleum Pets: Coalinga’s Vanishing Iron Zoo

[ By Steve in Culture & History & Travel. ]

Painted pump jacks with plenty of personality put the “pet” into petroleum at the venerable and vanishing Iron Zoo in and around Coalinga, California.

Formerly known as “Coaling Station A”, the town of Coalinga in Fresno County hitched its wagon to a different type of fossil fuel once the Coalinga Oil Field was discovered in the late 1880s. The subsequent oil boom peaked in the 1910s with pump jacks and steam injectors gradually replacing derricks. By the late 1960s one couldn’t swing a cat without hitting a pump jack… sparking a brainstorm in one Coalinga-area resident who wondered how the ubiquitous “nodding donkeys” could work for the greater good. Or at least, for her greater good.

Architects for Animals: 13 Designer Cat Houses Auctioned for Feline Charity

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Furniture & Decor. ]

Giant balls of twine, complex tunnel systems and integrated scratching posts are some of the features on offer in this series of deluxe architect-designed cat houses created by Los Angeles architects for a charitable auction.

Architects for Animals, a local charity, uses the Giving Shelter fundraiser to collect donations and support services for help feral, stray and abandoned cats in a city with an estimated 3,000,000 such animals.

Houses to Human Hearts: 13 Recent Breakthroughs in 3D-Printed Designs

[ By SA Rogers in Conceptual & Futuristic & Technology. ]

When 3D printers are widely accessible and affordable, will we see another industrial revolution, enabling us to manufacture just about everything we need on demand? Progress made in 3D printing thus far looks promising. Designers, engineers, architects and even novices are printing everything from fully functional human hearts and custom biodegradable shoes to full-scale architecture and bicycle bridges. One designer even printed himself a large-format camera based on three models he couldn’t afford.

Beating Artificial Heart

Prefab Plyscraper: World’s Tallest Timber Building Tops Out at 173 Feet

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Public & Institutional. ]

On the University of British Columbia’s campus in Vancouver, a new record-setting wood structures highlights the many advantages of a growing trend: vertical timber construction. Brock Commons Tallwood house is the highest of its kind to date, providing housing for over 400 students.

The Canadian firm behind its construction, Acton Ostry Architects Inc, says that using wood allowed for a much faster building process. Offsite testing of wood-to-wood connections and structural stability meant less time onsite spent figuring things out. Combined with prefabrication techniques, these approaches helped the builders finish the tower in just 70 days.

Modern Industrial Maracanã House in Sao Paulo

Searching for a place where it can be experienced the idea of ​​elementary residence, Terra E Tuma Architects in Brazil designed this modern industrial house in Sao Paulo, a town whose contemporaneity is able to put in front of the most extraordinary urban contrasts, proving to be an encouraging condition to inhabit it.

Circle Mesh, Banker Wire

BankerWire-CircleMesh_HERO.jpg(90) Metal mesh is no longer limited to rectangular patterns.

New Study Shows Rich People’s Bodies Are Filled With Unique Toxins

health, toxic burden, chemical footprint, socioeconomic differences, rich vs poor, toxin exposure, bpa, mercury, heavy metal exposure, chemicals in sunscreen, oxybenzone, cigarettes, smoking, packaged foodsSushi photo from Shutterstock

It’s no secret that most adults in the US are bombarded with pollutants on a daily basis. But a recent study in Environment International has found that the chemical footprint of rich people’s bodies is very different from the toxins found in the middle and lower class. The study found that levels of mercury, arsenic, cesium, and thallium were all higher in more affluent subjects.

Open Source Homes: 6 Free Plans Put High-End Design in Reach

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ]

free open source houseboat

Rendering luxury-class house designs accessible to the public is just part of the beauty of Paperhouses, an endeavor to raise the quality of free house plans and and explore the potentials for architecture to be as open as technology can be. As with Wikihouse, anyone is welcome to download and begin construction on any of the uploaded homes without paying an architect or builder fee.

open source houseboat system