Stories tagged shelter

Jun
27
2010

Light enhances mood and well-being

Farnsworth House: Built in 1951 near Chicago by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe as a one room retreat for Dr. Edith Farnsworth. Purchased in 2003 for a reported $7.5 million, it is now operated as a house museum. The house is listed in the National Register and is designated a National Historic Landmark by the United States Department of the Interior.
Farnsworth House: Built in 1951 near Chicago by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe as a one room retreat for Dr. Edith Farnsworth. Purchased in 2003 for a reported $7.5 million, it is now operated as a house museum. The house is listed in the National Register and is designated a National Historic Landmark by the United States Department of the Interior.Courtesy Jack E Boucher
LUMEN means “the power of light". HAUS is a reference to the Bauhaus movement and architect Mies Van Der Rohe's Farnsworth House. Like the Farnsworth House, Lumenhaus can open up to maximize its occupants’ exposure to natural daylight.

Lumenhaus could win the Solar Decathlon Europe competition

Lumenhaus, designed by Virginia Tech, has a good chance of winning the Solar Decathlon Europe 2010 competition which ends today.

Virginia Tech had a commanding 35-point lead at Solar Decathlon Europe earlier this week, but the University of Applied Sciences Rosenheim has cut that lead to only six points now. ...everything the teams do—from hot water draws to cooking to washing to cooling their houses—really makes a difference. Every point counts. SolarDecathlon.gov blog

There is an app for that

Lumenhaus is a zero-energy home that is completely powered by the sun. Using technology, Lumenhaus' automated systems make the owner’s life simpler, more energy efficient and less expensive. An iPhone app allows its users to monitor everything real time and to even override controls. I would really like to live in a house like this.

Watch this Lumenhaus Youtube video

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Learn more about Lumenhaus

  • Lumenhaus website
  • Inhabitat.com coverage of Lumenhaus
  • Jun
    13
    2010

    Another Solar Decathlon competition is happening, this time in Europe. The Solar Decathlon Europe 2010 is a competition between 20 college and university student teams to design and build the best solar home. The houses must use readily available products and be easy to transport and assemble.

    I would really enjoy designing and living in such a house of my own. Watching teams of experts compete to design innovative, efficient, and sustainable housing is a great place to get ideas.

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    Picking the winner

    SDEurope.org has a 17 page PDF download which explains how a maximum 1000 points can be earned in the 10 categories.

    On the one hand, the competition will include objective methods for scoring, which will include measurable parameters such as the actual energy consumption of the houses, the capacity for solar energy capture, etc., as well as tasks performed by decathletes which reproduce domestic activities.
    In addition, a number of evaluations will be made by a panel of jurors with proven experience who will judge qualities such as: architecture, innovation, sustainability, solar systems, communication and industrialization level.
    The final score given to each team will be made up of a balanced combination of both objective and subjective assessments.

    Related Solar Decathlon Buzz links

    Sep
    11
    2007

    Q-drum: credit: P.J. Hendrikse
    Q-drum: credit: P.J. Hendrikse
    Ninety per cent of Earth's population does not have regular access to food, clean water, or shelter. The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum currently has an exhibit titled "Design for the other 90%".

    Design away poverty.

    “The No. 1 need that poor people have is a way to make more cash,” says Martin Fisher.

    Martin Fisher, an engineer who founded KickStart, says Kickstart's mission is to help millions of people out of poverty. Pumping water can help a farmer grow grain in the dry season, when it fetches triple the normal price. Dr. Fisher described customers who had skipped meals for weeks to buy a pump and then earned $1,000 the next year selling vegetables.
    Another successful pump is the bamboo-treadle pump. Over 1.7 million have been sold in Bangladesh and elsewhere, generating $1.4 billion in net farmer income in Bangladesh alone.

    Design and transporting water.

    How can a child transport over 100 pounds of water more than a mile? The Q-Drum is a durable container designed to roll easily. With a Q-Drum even children can carry more than 100 pounds of water more than a mile.

    Read about dozens of designs that make a big difference.

    The Design for the other 90% exhibit is divided into categories. By clicking on each you will be able to learn more about these life-changing designs.

    Source: New York Times