Cactus roof !!!


excerpts from the facebook post: https://www.facebook.com/SteveMartino.LandscapeArchitect/posts/866162183415784

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My first cactus roof is 6 years old……i have posted this roof in the past and i have seen many internet comments ranging from it being really brilliant to being really stupid, the majority of comments are wondering when the roof will collapse from it’s increasing weight as it grows.

It has grown as i predicted, it stopped growing at 2 years and has maintained that size for the last 4 years. i have observed that when i go to transplant old over-grown succulents out of a pot there would sometimes be no soil left in the pot, it had disintegrated over time and the pot would just be a solid mass of roots without any soil. the plants would be doing fine so i figured that the prickly- pear cactus could grow without soil if it had some gravel to support it while it sent out roots.i think it reached the growing capacity of the gravel base,a horticulturalist may have a better explanation.

i have also observed that pads can fall off and land on pavement and continue to grow, the new growth will turn up vertically, they can even develop new pads and flower before they use up the moisture in their leaves.

the cactus pads are planted in 2 inches of 1/4” minus crushed granite, we added micro sprays for irrigation and that’s it.

Home in Bangalore using solar power and water harvesting


Home in Bangalore using solar power and water harvesting :
http://m.deccanherald.com/content/363491/this-home-free-clutter-power.html/

Everything about bamboo – Sampoorna bamboo kendra


Bamboo has traditionally been used for centuries as a building and engineering material and in everyday items in various parts of the world and in India.  Traditional artisans have recognized its benefits for centuries, yet the modern world of engineers, architects and designers has failed to leverage this amazing natural resource to the extent that it was once used. Commonly mistaken for being a wood, it is actually a grass and has a set of features that make it tremendously beneficial to use as an engineering material in the modern context.
India has the 2nd largest amount of natural bamboo in the world.
hence this plentiful supply of bamboo in India helps to keep price down compared to other materials.

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services offered by SAMPOORNA BAMBOO KENDRA ARE :

  • Construction of Eco-friendly Bamboo Houses & Buildings
  • Building of Bamboo Furniture & Products
  • Teaching of Bamboo Craft, Furniture & Housing Trainings
  • Consulting on Bamboo-related Topics.

To know more visit : http://www.sbk.org.in/services.html

Bhoomi College – For sustainability studies


Step into the world of Bhoomi College — http://www.bhoomicollege.org/
A unique community-based institution focused on fostering Earth Consciousness and Sustainable Living…

Bhoomi College has been an idea, a dream in seed form for a long, long time. It continued to grow through the Prakriya Green Wisdom School, where in subtle and tangible ways they continued to work on building consciousness about ecologically wise living.
In 2007, a group, began working on an Earth Citizenship seminar and then went on to organizing conferences on Food, Health and Climate Change(2009) and on The Good Life (2011). As Bhoomi Network this group expanded, and after 2 years of bringing out the Bhoomi magazine and organizing several programmes on Inner and Outer Ecology, they are now a formal college as well.

to know more check out – http://www.facebook.com/BhoomiCollege

Also check out – www.prakriyaschool.org

DIY hydrophonics – Grow edible plants without soil.


Ever imagined a fully functional garden right in your balcony of apartment or near your window, or where ever you got little space with sun light around.
Worried about where to get pots and soil ? Scared of hassles of watering and dirt ? You actually don’t need one. Hydroponics is the solution.
Hydroponics is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, without soil. Terrestrial plants may be grown with their roots in the mineral nutrient solution only or in an inert medium, such as perlite, gravel, mineral wool, expanded clay pebbles or coconut husk.

All you need is a Hydroponics  DIY kit. Get Yourself this small kit and start learning Hydroponics in a matter of days.

Get yourself one here – http://www.gardenguru.in/hydroponic-diy-kits/393-hydroponic-diy-raft-kit-dwc.html

For kit in action check out this video –

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For more information about Hydrophonics and how to start it in your place Check out this blog –
http://geekgardener.in/2013/10/23/hydroponic-basil-videos/

This kit comes with the following

  • Container with lid ( holes premade, but can be customized)
  • Nutrient solution for growing herbs (For 100 Litres)
  • Seeds of Herbs (Large leaf Basil, coriander, Sage).
  • Net pots
  • Grow plugs 15 no
  • Air pump

The everlasting bulb


Planned obsolescence or built-in obsolescence in industrial design is a policy of planning or designing a product with a limited useful life, so it will become obsolete, that is, unfashionable or no longer functional after a certain period of time. Planned obsolescence has potential benefits for a producer because to obtain continuing use of the product the consumer is under pressure to purchase again.

Benito Muros is one of the world’s businessmen who haven’t accepted planned obsolescence,The founder of the SOP movement  (Sin Obsolescencia Programada= Without Planned Obsolescence), has hit out against planned obsolescence by making an everlasting light bulb and establishing a movement with the aim of putting an end to the abusive practices of multinational companies.

read more about  “The Everlasting Light Bulb”  at – http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-fight-against-consumerism-and-planned-obsolescence-the-everlasting-light-bulb/5336950

until we get some one inspired by the SOP movement and we start getting these bulbs in India too, here is quick DIY about what to do with old fused bulbs.

Saurabh phadke


Sourabh Phadke is a School teacher and an architect (the former by choice, the latter by chance) amongst other fictitious titles. He works with children on matters of exceeding importance including mud balls, the birds & the bees (literally), junk toys, pee-poo and stuff around us.

He is also known to build houses of all things natural and junk, and is frequently found professing the same among organic circles.
He is the author and illustrator for a few minor publications which include ‘The Muddy Micromanuals!’ and ‘Poo’.

Find his work at http://www.sourabh.tk/

watch his ted-x talk at – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2JMMHK_Iy4

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Put your hand together- Bio architects


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Inspired by our traditional architecture, they aspire to use locally available natural materials to create site-specific contextual architecture. They believe that the building is a living being. Be it building houses, taking workshops or playing games they are the experts you are looking for ..
For more details — http://pyht.org

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Thannal – natural building group


‘Thannal Hand Sculpted Homes’ is a Natural Building group based in Tiruvannamalai, India. Founded by Natural Builder & Architect Biju Bhaskar with his wife Sindhu Bhaskar in 2011. This group is specializing in earthen homes from locally sourced and reclaimed materials.

to know more visit – http://www.thannal.com
facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/ThannalHandSculptedHomes

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Teen Finishes 130 Sq. Ft. Mortgage-Free Home


Teen Finishes 130 Sq. Ft. Mortgage-Free Home : TreeHugger.

..Austin has trimmed his wardrobe down to the bare minimum, he’s reclaimed materials from the salvage yard and his own bedroom, and he’s built the entirety of this 130 square foot home for $12,000 while creating only three trash cans full of waste..

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