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The Windcatcher House | DesignBuildBLUFF/University of Colorado, Denver

The Windcatcher House | DesignBuildBLUFF/University of Colorado, Denver | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Students build a modest home for a Navajo family in the Utah desert.

A “windcatcher” is a centuries-old Persian technology featuring a tower that takes advantage of natural ventilation by capturing and cooling air. Hank Louis, of DesignBuildBLUFF, the University of Utah/University of Colorado, Denver design-build studio, recognized the merits of this simple solution for a recently completed Navajo family home. The house features a tower made of compressed earth bricks with four openings around the top. As the wind blows through the slits, wet blankets (moistened by a drip line) chill the air that then circulates around the home...

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Earth as a symbol of stability

Earth as a symbol of stability | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
An ancient technology combines its sustainable potential with the architectural metaphor for a united family group...

Built in the spirit of open-source design, Ajijic House is the product of a dynamic collaboration between a multidisciplinary team of architects, artists and designers working closely with the client.

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Earthen Abodes

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Located south of Lima, near the Peruvian coast, the Pachacamac House disappears into the landscape, save for a prominent glass tower on what would be the ground floor. Two of the three levels are buried in the ground in an attempt to create a “strong sense of protection and appreciation of the dark and the light.”

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