Category : going-green
30,000 Recycled Bottles Help Make Air-Conditioning Unnecessary
The Architect of the Unconventional in Indonesia
Text by Susan Sheehan/Photography by Sonny Sandjaya/Arcaid
Published September 2009
Enlightened architects increasingly deploy conventional environmentally smart building measures—solar panels, Energy Star-rated appliances, “green” roofs. Now, add to these conventional measures an ingenious one: the 30,000 empty Red Bull bottles that Ridwan Kamil, an architect who lives in Bandung, Indonesia, made a key component of his residence.
In the United States, the high-caffeine beverage with the distinctive logo of two charging bulls about to lock horns is packaged in blue-and-silver cans. In Indonesia, it is sold in brown bottles. “These bottles litter the streets,” Ridwan notes. “We don’t have a recycling system, so when I decided to build a house for my family, I thought I would make them a significant part of the exterior and interior. I’m a proponent of recycling.” His contractor rounded up half of the bottles in garbage dumps in Bandung and the nearby cities of Jakarta, Tasikmalaya and Cirebon over a six-month period. Urbane, the firm Ridwan founded in 2004 after completing his education and working abroad (he holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Bandung Institute of Technology and a master’s in urban design from the University of California, Berkeley), hired scavengers to scrounge up the rest. The metal caps had of course been discarded, so he designed wooden tops for the 30,000 finds.
Permeable Driveway – Fancy Sounding, Green & Pretty
A permeable driveway just means water can penetrate the area, verses a traditional asphalt driveway which leaves water no option but to run straight into the drainage system (carrying contaminates with it). Why not consider this green-minded and aesthetically pleasing option at your house. The cool kids responsible for the Energy Star and Build It Green certified Jacobson Residence (David Wick – Wick Architecture & Design, David Fletcher – Fletcher Studio, Jenna Didier – Fountainhd) went permeable with stunning results…
Green Inside and Out in the Valley
By Preston Koerner
This modern home, designed by David Wick of Wick Architecture and Design, sits on a narrow urban lot in San Fernando Valley. Energy Star and Build It Green certified, the 4,000 square foot residence was built with an ICF basement, FSC certified wood framing, radiant barrier roof paneling, low-VOC caulks and sealants, a cool roof, a permeable driveway, and cedar siding that also provides some shading.
Photographer Laure Joliet recently took these photos of the Jacobson Residence and told us she liked the indoor/outdoor feel created with the pocket garden, deck spaces accessed from the bedrooms, and open floor plan inside flooded with natural lighting.
With landscape design by David Fletcher of Fletcher Studio and rainwater recycling by Jenna Didier of Fountainhd, rainwater is collected on the roof for use in a wet garden. Solar panels soak up solar energy to power the home’s needs, and in the backyard, there’s also a lush ozone pool and neatly trimmed xeriscape garden.
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Recycling... Not Just for Paper, Cans & Glass Anymore
Here are seven examples that show that they really can be. Read on to find out more. This is upcycling at its best!
Gifting Mom a Greener Los Angeles
Stumped over what to give the mother-who-has-it-all this Sunday?
Perhaps a contribution to Mother Earth – in honor of mom. Through Tree People, the environmental nonprofit perched atop Mulholland in Coldwater Canyon Park, you can dedicate a tree to the special mother in your life while helping reforest the Los Angeles area.