Design to Keep Cool Without Air Conditioning

Windcatchers are a great example of the marriage between architectural design and the environment to help keep your house cool. For more than a thousand years, windcatchers have existed in and around the Persian Gulf, providing natural ventilation and passive … Continue reading →

Plan to Combine Housing and Forests in Denmark

A Copenhagen-based design studio has presented plans for a residential development that will be part of the upcoming Venice Architecture Biennial, whose theme is ‘How will we live together?’ The plan is for a ‘nature village’ which will eventually see … Continue reading →

Cob on Wood Homeless Community in Oakland, California

A group of homeless people and activists have built their own unsanctioned community center from the ground up — creating a kitchen, shower, toilet, health clinic, and free store in Oakland, California. The grassroots project is expanding the limits of … Continue reading →

The Self-Heating Wautillarium Tiny Home

Alosha Lynoff, founder of Bio Veda, is now living in one of Russia’s colder places and has designed a unique self-heating tiny home that doesn’t use firewood or fossil fuels. The Wautillarium uses thermophilic bacteria and taps into the energy … Continue reading →

Two Week Natural Building Intensive

Learn skills, techniques, and design theory to create your own beautiful, durable, energy-efficient home from local and site-harvested materials. Most of each day will be spent practicing a wide range of hands-on natural building systems, some ancient and time-tested, others … Continue reading →