Archinect - GB blog 2024-04-17T02:18:06-04:00 Can indoor aquaponics enhance the health quality of our lives? Gabriel Bustos 2021-05-03T15:02:28-04:00 >2024-03-15T01:45:58-04:00 <p><br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Country vs. city lifestyle</figcaption></figure><p><strong>What can we learn from being surrounded by aquaponics?</strong></p> <p>I would visit my family members in Guerrero, Mexico, from time to time. I learned the unique ways they lived. Almost all the construction materials were organic. It seemed like every section of the house was built separately. Primarily all sectors of the house allow daylight in the spaces. The only connection to the home is the foundation and the roof. The living room and kitchen are out in the open. As a mid-size concrete wall that surrounds the kitchen, separate the living room. The mid-size 4-foot wall is the best element in the house because it provides many essential components to their lifestyle. The wall is utilized as a water well, domestic fish farming, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">aquaponic garden</a> for edibles. The waterproof well wall is 8 inches thick. There is a cement-built planter on top for easy access to the vegetation. There is a water pump that helps the water cycle. Before this device, they use to pump the w...</p> Can large scale 3D printing eco-friendly materials be used for structures? Gabriel Bustos 2021-04-12T14:57:19-04:00 >2024-03-15T01:45:58-04:00 <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><strong>Can eco-friendly materials such as wood fill, mass timber,richlite, straw bale, hemp, or mycelium be implemented into 3D printing materials on a large scale for structure use?&nbsp;</strong></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514" alt="3DFuel's bio filament offerings Source:" title="3DFuel's bio filament offerings Source:"></a></p><figcaption>3DFuel's bio filament offerings Source:</figcaption></figure><p><strong>Why do current building materials&nbsp;inadvertently pollute a person's health?</strong><strong></strong><br></p> <p>Today, the amount of energy used and pollution generated from mass-produced construction materials is overwhelming.&nbsp;The amount of harmful chemicals used is growing exponentially, leading to many individuals developing allergies or becoming ill around new carpets, paints, adhesives, and an extensive range of building materials. </p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><br></p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eco-friendly materials</a> such as woodfill, mass timber, richlite, straw bale,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">hemp</a> or mycelium, bamboo, clay, reclaimed wood, TFL (thermally fused Laminate), natural paints, and oils or waxes could use as an alternative to producing low energy buildings. That can&nbsp;be solid, safe, and can restore the environment from pollutants. Most of the Eco-friendly materials are grown f...</p> Will large 3D-printing technology reduce housing prices? Gabriel Bustos 2021-03-13T13:07:00-05:00 >2024-03-15T01:45:58-04:00 <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514" alt="3D-printed home" title="3D-printed home"></a></p><figcaption>Diane Olick | CNBC</figcaption></figure><p><strong>3D Printing has been around for over 40 years.</strong></p> <p>In 1986, commercial rapid prototyping was started by Charles Hull when he founded 3D Systems in Valencia, California. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Charles Hull</a> realized that his concept was not limited to liquids and gave it the generic name &ldquo;stereolithography&rdquo; 3D printing. It was not an instant success. Valencia, California, was supposed to be the new mecca for 3D printing technology. Yet, it never succeeded like <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Solyndra</a> in Fremont, California, for solar panels. Today, thanks to advanced computer technology, 3D printing technology has caught on to relatively large-scale projects with a large array of material to print. How could this 3D technology change the landscape of older tract home designs?</p> <p><strong>The First Tract Houses Sold in 1947 for $8,700 to $9,200.</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Early housing development, Levittown, N.Y. Hulton Archive/Getty Images</figcaption></figure><p>On July 1, 1947, Levitt &amp; Sons created the post-war tract housing type of residential development in which many identical o...</p> What can the golden ratio and biomimicry teach us about nature? Gabriel Bustos 2021-02-24T06:42:06-05:00 >2024-03-15T01:45:58-04:00 <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><strong>Why is a body of water so magnetizing?</strong></p><p>The lakes, beaches, and almost any outdoor activity connected to nature grounds you to spend more time at that place. I have noticed that when one goes to a plaza or outdoor mall. A public space makes a world of difference to a person&rsquo;s mood to stay longer or not in that area. But, adding a water fountain in that public space makes it enticing towards a person&rsquo;s mood. For example, going to a town center or plaza where the parking is in the center, and the retail stores are in the end with no public space is perceived as a chore to purchase what you need and go. Perhaps a restaurant might retain you a little. However, a mall with public space is a trip for a night outing, especially if there is a water fountain in that public space.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514" alt="Americana Fountain." title="Americana Fountain."></a></p><figcaption>Photograph courtesy</figcaption></figure><p>Possibly, being the most primitive instinct of survival. A study for this behavior addresses that the most attractive painting for a person to possess in their homes an...</p>