growth of the structure
Its Principles from the design team's website:
This home concept is intended to replace the outdated design solutions at Habitat for Humanity International. Our goal was to propose a method to grow homes from native trees. This enables these new local dwellings to be a part of an absolutely green community.
1. Composed with 100% living nutrients.
2. Harmonize & embrace growth.
3. Make effective contributions to the ecosystem.
4. Accountable removal of human impacts.
5. Involve arboreal farming & production.
6. Subsume technology within terrestrial environs.
7. Circulate water & metabolic flows symbiotically.
8. Consider the life cycle, from use to disposal.
9. Achieve a fitness with our earthen web of life
cross-section with Rain Harvester, Gravity Plumbing & Compost. click on image
"While I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for one of these bad boys, much respect for the design team for coming up with a truly green housing solution. Humans are a part of nature; it's only right that our architecture should be too." -- MNP
- for greening existing churches from KAIROS Canada, KAIROS en français, UK Living Witness, QEW, Web of Creation.
- for family homes from QEW, Australia, CSBA links including Green Building Primer.
- for architects: LEED Canada design software. USGBC research, publications and links. GUSSE, Michael Reynolds' Earthships website and video, John Todd's Ocean Arks International (cf. New Alchemy bioshelters).
- Alex Steffen on cars vs Bright Green Cities in Worldchanging.com
- The Greening of Southie a film about Boston's first LEED building
- Ecocity World Summit April 2008
See also city and architecture tags in Delicious, lower righthand column.