Ecocapsule aims at “anywhere-living” with own energy & water

July 26, 2020 john 21 24259 11:36

Can off-grid, anywhere-living appeal the masses? The Ecocapsule mobile dwelling gathers solar/wind energy, harvests/filters water. It shelters up to 2 comfortably and includes all essentials: kitchen, toilet, shower, folding bed, storage. Sona Pohlova and Tomáš Žáček created the original design in 2014 for a client with a ranch who didn’t have the infrastructure for guest…

Biomimetic tiny home as antifragile prototype for new urbanism

May 3, 2020 john 27 1414 29:15

When a computer-based, self-reliant city-lab high in the hills above Barcelona designed and built a tiny home they used parametric modeling software to mimic nature. The resulting Niu Haus, or Nest House, is all curves (only the sloping solar-paneled roof is flat). Built from wood harvested, milled and CNC-cut on the property, it’s a hyper-local…

50 years off-grid: architect-maker paradise amid NorCal redwoods

April 26, 2020 john 20 152668 47:29

In 1968, Charles Bello and his wife, Vanna Rae, moved onto 240 acres of redwood forest looking to live a simpler life off the land. They had spent their savings to purchase the land so they got to work building their home themselves. Their first structure was a panelized A-frame that they erected in 5…

Family retreat at off-grid lake cabin with water-only access

March 29, 2020 john 23 34135 18:38

As glaciers receded, a myriad of lakes amid forests & granite emerged in places across the Canadian Shield, like northern Ontario. We visited friends whose remote off-grid cabin can be accessed only by boat or kayak. Surrounded by rock, trees and water, the home consists of a rather simple cabin and two tiny outbuildings for…

Oakland college class shows how to build your own tiny house

June 17, 2019 john 22 4905 10:32

In Carpentry 221, Laney College students build a tiny house in two semesters. The Digital Fabrication class first designs and CNC cuts as much as possible. Then the 20 to 30 students in Matthew Wolpe’s “Advanced Elements of Construction” begin to build from the trailer up. Once completed, the tiny homes are used as housing…

True Off-Grid Homesteading in A Pioneer Style Cabin

September 4, 2018 john 20 42218 18:15

Doug and Stacy are living the pioneer lifestyle in the 21st century! Living in a beautifully constructed DIY pioneer style cabin and homesteading their land in Missouri, this adventurous couple have left behind the trappings of the modern world. Their home has no refrigerator, no electricity and only gravity fed running water. They live simply…