Architects have been able to integrate both rainwater irrigations systems
and greywater systems into all sorts of places, made from all sorts of
materials. I suppose they could also be integrated into a log house, but
the best person to ask would prob. be Don because, if I recall correctly,
he was looking into log homes at one point.
My comment was also a bit of a ha-ha on myself because I've blithered on in
the past about xeriscaping, and quite a lot about gardens in general, and
about some of my ideas for a desert house with low environmental impact.
Here in Vancouver, as you may know, Arthur Erikson, Architect (whose work I
dislike a fair bit), has water running over some of the glass part of the
roof of part of the courthouse, so that, in some areas, when you look up,
you can see the water flowing overhead, to create a subtle or vage feeling
like you're underwater or it's raining outside.
(Admittedly, the shimmering light it casts in the interior can be nice with
the right sunlight.)
Your grey water mention gave me an idea-- at first just as a joke-- of some
kind of architecture with raw sewage flowing overhead like that, and/or down
a transparent roof and/or through a transparent waste-pipe, such as right
through the living-room.
It could function in part as a kind of social or environmental commentary.
That might make one hell of a university architecture project.
Actually, I didn't know, aside for thinking "that sounds somehwat
familiar...", so I did some Googling. I didn't look at a lot of images,
but the ones I saw didn't reach out and grab me.
It seemed to me, though, that Vancouver buildings got so much rain already,
without adding to the look of more rain... but I can't otherwise comment
without seeing it.
OTOH sheets of water can definitely be mesmerizing to look through. I
designed my future pool (start date will prob. be in June) with a water
feature that's 12 feet (width, not height) of sheeting water coming out of
a wall 2' above the pool-coping/ground level, and a bench in the pool
itself, behind the cascade. Not at all practical (although it ought to be
nice on a hot day, plus it will reflect light into the north-facing MBR)
(and sound great when it's running)... IOW: I can't say that I'm immune to
the effect of cascading water <g!>
It's a broad topic, tho', the various uses of water in architecture...it is
always a statement, that much is true. The only question lies in what kind
of a statement.
Well, you do get people who make huge "art installations", some of which
are fairly elaborate structures.
But I'd highly doubt you could use raw sewage, because of health
regulations. The best you could do is have something that had the
appearance, using silicone "glop" or whatever, and dye. Maybe thicked with
a bit of inoroganic gel.
The idea doesn't appeal to me personally, but if you even did it, I'm sure
you'd create a lot of buzz <G!>
He ostensibly appeals to those who can fund his work-- those who may be
less interested in (certain kinds of) aesthetics, and/or motivated more
Exactly. You're sharp.
Sounds delightful. I trust you will invite me over when it's done. ;)
True, and apparently, universities put out housing competitions like the
That's an idea, however, regulations-approved transparent-plastic
waste-piping running throughout an experimental house should be fine.
Naturally, each visitor would be encouraged to use the facilities.
I dunno 'bout that, but it just seems odd to me - OTOH, I guess "Nouveau
Atlantean" might also be a style, what with Global Warming <G!>
I'd actually not heard of that, so I Googled it - kind of interesting, I'll
have to do more reading.
I was working (well, just in 3D opf course, since I am merely a "pretty
picture maker" ;) - well, they're pretty if everything works well,
otherwise they're, er, pictures... Anyhoo, I was working on trying to come
up with a thing that'd use both passive heating and passive cooling. One
thing that stymied me was the metallurgy/math - I wanted to figure out
whether some roof vents could be opened using the expansion of metal, prob
a spring such as the sort used in an outdoor thermometer, but larger of
course, and then closed (to conserve heat) when the chilled metal
contracted again. I also doodled out a thing where pipes would run
underground - passive vents from the interior of the house would open (as
above) to let out heat, whcih would draw air in through a screened vent,
through the earth where it'd be cooled, and then up through floor vents in
the house (that'd also close, or could be closed, during chilly weather).
All of that is, of course, pie-in-the-sky, or as most people I know call
it, "just more of Kris' weirded-out stuff", and I've no idea whether any of
it would work - although I suppose it's better than watching most of what's
on television <LOL!>
Seriously, tho'!, I think it'd be interesting and "really nifty" ;0 if
there were passive ways to do some of this stuff. So the Solar Decathalon
is an interesting tidbit. thanks for the reference :)
You might be on to something there. Team up and propose it, I'd bet money
(not much, but money <G!>) that it'd get approval and lots of visitors!
Not much difference, flies or art critics =8-O ooooh I am rood!
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