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Italian Dairy Generates All Its Electricity AND Is Beautifully Designed

“We took in the processing facilities and digesters, also painted by Tremlett, where cow dung is transformed into electricity. Since 2007, Castelbosco farm has been entirely powered by energy produced on the premises, from the cows’ excrement; Locatelli sells the electricity he does not use. Last year, he and Cipelletti, along with the artist Gaspare Luigi Marcone and the art collector Massimo Valsecchi, opened the Shit Museum in 10 rooms on the castle’s first floor. It’s a charmingly unmodern space that showcases paintings, objects, video art about poop, a display about the dung beetle (also the museum’s logo) and a giant coprolite. …”

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/29/t-magazine/cow-poop-design-museum-castelbosco-farm.html?_r=0

Photo: Alex Majoli/Magnum Photos

Article: Christine Smallwood

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Vermont Bus for Disabled Adults

This is a bus at Zeno Mountain Farm in Lincoln, Vermont. The bus is used for a summer camp devoted to disabled adults. The camp has wheelchair accessible treehouse built by someone affiliated with Yestermorrow (Design/Build School in Waitesfield, Vermont)

Jon Kalish

Manhattan-based radio journalist Jon Kalish has reported for NPR since 1980. Newspaper articles, radio docs, podcasts & NPR stories at kalish.nyc.

twitter: kalishjon

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Maine Builder Specializes in SMALL, not TINY Homes

Jim Bahoosh is a builder in Maine who specializes in small (500-900 sq. ft.) homes. His homes look really nice, and of the right size.

This of course coincides with our next book, now almost completed: Small Homes, which highlights some 70 builders and their small homes (400-1200 sq. ft.). It’s due out in February, 2017.

Article on Jim: https://bangordailynews.com/2016/08/01/homestead/small-but-not-tiny-houses-right-size-for-many/

His website: https://www.jimbahooshbuilder.com/houses.shtml

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Progress on SMALL HOMES Book

We just finished what will probably be the middle section of the book, “Small Homes in Cities and Towns,” 67 photos on some 20 pages. When Rick showed me the finished pages, I was thrilled. Some times I’ll muddle my way through a project, starting with no concept of how it will come out, and the whole, as  they say, is greater than the sum of its parts, i.e., synergy.

We’ve got 200 out of 224 pages done now. I have this great feeling, having worked for so many months, because:

1. we’re close to the end (to printers in November, out February 2017)

2. it looks so darned good!

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Norwegian Surfers Build Beach Shack Out of Marine Litter

Hi Lloyd,

Thought you might like this for the blog.

 https://magicseaweed.com/news/take-a-look-around-the-surf-cabin-that-rubbish-built/8958/

 Rick Coven

American Solar Corporation

Builder Services

Sausalito, CA 94965

Photo: Tim Nunn

Story: Jason Lock

“Inge Wegge and Jørn Ranum built and then spent a winter living in this remote cabin, surfing frigid Norwegian waves at a secluded beach miles away from civilization. Bliss. During that winter they cleared up more than three tonnes of marine litter from that beach and what they couldn’t use, they stored away – in case they needed to repurpose it later on down the line. …

(They)… built it out of trash and driftwood they found on the beach and lived in it for a whole winter. That winter they cleared over three tonnes of rubbish. This is a little vignette of their home. It’s epic.…”

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Fine Tiny Home

Ward Hensill has moved one of his tiny homes out onto Highway One near Bodega Bay (instead of being hidden in the town of Bodega). I’ve written about these excellent little buildings before; they’re made with 1-1/8″ T&G plywood and the pop-out windows and window seats create a feeling of spaciousness in a tiny space: https://lloyds-blog.theshelterblog.com/bodega-portable-buildings/

See: https://www.bodegaportablebuildings.com/

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