The Roundhouse in Brithir Mawr, Wales, is made with wood frame, cobwood, recycled window walls and a straw-insulated turf roof. Electricity is provided by three photovoltaic panels on the roof and a small (200w) wind turbine situated about 70 yards away in a field. For most of the year these provide enough electricity to power two or three 12-volt lights simultaneously, plus a radio for an hour or two per day, or a laptop computer for an hour or two. Only in the high summer do they produce a surplus of electricity; often in the deep winter of December or January the home is plunged into darkness if the laptop is used too much, so the residents often eat and read by candle-light. 



Manifest Destiny!

Mark Reigelman built a 19th century-style cabin and stuck it on the side of Hotel des Arts, above the restaurant Le Central in San Francisco, as a commentary on the ignorance of the Westward Expansion. The installation is on display until October 2012.

(via sa0li)

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