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    Technacular Architecture

    Building to your local resources [vernacular architecture]...we used to do that exclusively. This is how "salt box" houses came about in New England and adobe homes in the southwest. Over time we could venture away from location-specific design because technology allowed for ease of building and artificial temperature control. Technology allowed us to ignore what previously dictated how it was to live in a certain area. However, our growing concern for waste has us reconsidering our local requirements and resources and now we're seeing that the future is blending the two - technology and vernacular.

    A recent excellent example of this hybrid model was recently covered on Inhabitat as welll as a write up on Malcom Wells from DesignBoom - which illustrates his approach to vernacular architecture and technology as expressed via his beautiful drawings (below):

    Deep-Seawater Air Conditioning System to Cool Honolulu: "

    sustainable design, green design, Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning, Honolulu, deep-sea system, air conditioning, green energy, Waikiki, underwater technology

    Frigid seawater pumped in from the ocean’s depths will soon help cool more than half of the buildings in Honolulu’s downtown. Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning LLC, which is undertaking the $240 million project, expects its technology to cut the Hawaiian city’s air conditioning electricity usage by up to 75 percent while slashing carbon emissions and the use of ozone-depleting refrigerants.

    Read the rest of Deep-Seawater Air Conditioning System to Cool Honolulu

    Malcolm Wells: passively heated underground buildings: "
    tree bridges

    explanation of underground architecture
    image courtesy of malcolm wells


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