Conceptos Plasticos Home Innovation

Conceptos Plasticos Home Innovation

  Oscar Andres Mendez Gerardino, 34, just won the 2016 Young Entrepreneur Award for his company, Conceptos Plasticos, which provides inexpensive, easy to assemble housing make out of recycled plastic.   Humans are capable of amazing innovations, which can easily be seen in architecture and building projects.  Many building innovators of late have focused on sustainable and affordable building methods and materials in an effort to make housing available to all socio-economic demographics. Conceptos Plasticos is a Columbian company which has developed a new kind of building material made from recycled plastic and rubber.  These durable constuction materials are used to...Read more
The $20,000 House

The $20,000 House

  Rural Studio students have been perfecting a series of radically affordable, well-designed 550-square-foot houses for nearly a decade.   How do you design a comfortable home that someone living below the poverty line can afford?  Rural Studio has spent decades pondering this problem and testing prototypes.  In January, the team finished their first pilot project in the real world, building two one-bedroom houses, with materials that cost just $14,000 each. Sam “Sambo” Mockbee founded Rural Studio in 1993, centered around “social justice architecture.”  Initially, architecture students would use reclaimed wood and other materials to design houses for low-income residents...Read more
California’s First Farm-to-Table Housing Development

California’s First Farm-to-Table Housing Development

  If the idea of living in a solar-powered community with access to organic food grown in your own backyard sounds like paradise, you’ll love The Cannery!   The Davis area of California has long been known for its interest in sustainability and agriculture.  Now they have introduced California’s first farm-to-table housing development, called The Cannery. The Cannery is a 100-acre development located just one mile from downtown Davis and designed so that residents can easily and safely bike or walk to the city center.  The community boasts 547 units divided into 4 neighborhoods.  There are a mix of housing types from single-family...Read more

Sustainable Earth Homes

  A California non-profit has made sustainable home construction easy and inexpensive!   Sustainability has grown in popularity in the last few years, encompassing virtually every industry.  Builders have long wrestled with how to best incorporate sustainable features and materials into home construction.  A non-profit based in Hesperia, California, has devoted its research to the construction of the sustainable homes designed by the California landscape. The homes designed and built by CalEarth are not only built from natural, native materials, but they also incredibly easy and inexpensive to build.  CalEarth "envisions a world in which every person in empowered to build...Read more