Latest Natural building Stories

2009-10-13 15:04:47

Sustainable architecture Could sustainable architecture address pollution, climate change and resource depletion by helping us build self-sufficient, off-grid, housing from "waste", including vehicle tires and metal drinks containers? That's the question researchers at the University of South Australia hope to answer in the International Journal of Sustainable Design. Martin Freney of the department of Art, Architecture and Design has taken a critical look at the work of architect, Michael...

2009-07-16 09:40:00

Could straw houses be the buildings of the future? That's what researchers at the University of Bath will be testing this summer by constructing a "BaleHaus" made of prefabricated straw bale and hemp cladding panels on campus.And people around the world will be able to watch its progress online via "Strawcam" from Monday 20 July at: www.bath.ac.uk/features/balehaus/- part of a site which will also feature blogs, videos, photos and lots of other information about the project.Straw is the...

2008-07-15 09:00:45

WINTER, WIS. _ Machel Piper and Febe Dancier pored over books at the table in their rural home, silently reaching for a shared spoon in a dish of pasta and organic vegetables. Outside, rain drilled the ground from the gray sky. Thunder rumbled. Inside their snug home, one of five cats nosed close to the meal they had simmered on a wood-burning stove. Dancier reached for tweezers, plucking a tick near the pale calico's eye. She tossed the offender into the inferno of a nearby candle, the...

Word of the Day
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.