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Monday News Round Up

Oct 22, 2012

Happy brisk fall Monday, everyone!

Here are just a few of the interesting articles we found last week:

Teen Finishes 130 Sq. Ft. Mortgage-Free Home (Treehugger)
Austin Hay has trimmed his wardrobe down to the bare minimum, he’s reclaimed materials from the salvage yard and his own bedroom, and he’s built the entirety of this 130 square foot home for $12,000 while creating only three trash cans full of waste.

Vancouver Covers Its Sidewalks With Giant Pillows (The Atlantic Cities)
Commissioned by the City of Vancouver, “Pop Rocks” is an architectural installation that aims to transform the city’s downtown area using repurposed industrial materials.

To Encourage Biking, Cities Lose the Helmets (The New York Times)
In the United States the notion that bike helmets promote health and safety by preventing head injuries is taken as pretty near God’s truth. Un-helmeted cyclists are regarded as irresponsible, like people who smoke. Cities are aggressive in helmet promotion. But many European health experts have taken a very different view.

Car Parks as Icons (Price Tags)
While Vancouver is busily tearing down parkades (parking structures or garages, as others call them), other cities see them as architectural opportunities.

The Farmery is a Farm and Market Set in Four Recycled Shipping Containers in North Carolina (Inhabitat)
The Farmery is comprised of four shipping containers that are each outfitted with a gourmet mushroom growing system on the inside and growing panels on the outside walls where small crops are grown. The system saves space, energy, and time, and the crops are sold in a mini farmer’s market snuggled in the space between.

World’s Tallest Skyscraper To Be Built…In 210 Days (Arch Daily)
Sky City will shoot up to its 838-meter (2,750-ft/220-story) height thanks to its pre-fabricated assembly (up to 95% of the materials will be assembled in modular form before on-site construction even begins) in 210 days once construction begins.

How LEED-ND Can Improve Older Neighborhoods (The Atlantic Cities)
An inner-city neighborhood in Boston is providing a strong example of how the LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system can be used to guide improvements to an older community.