House Like a Tree Temperate Climate
In the Spring of 2009, The Wall Street Journal asked William McDonough + Partners to envision a sustainable home of the future. Using nature as a source of inspiration and guidance, the team set out to design a home that functions like a tree.
The house uses sunlight to generate energy, cleans water, sequesters carbon, provides natural habitats, and produces oxygen and food. In order to accomplish this, several nanotechnologies are incorporated into the design. While these technologies are conceptual, some are already in early development today. As with a tree, the house accrues positive environmental benefits over time. When the uselful life of the house is over, its materials are designed to be easily disassembled to return as safe nutrients for human industry or the biosphere in Cradle to Cradle cycles.
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“Giving Architects Free Rein to Go Green” from Green Building Advisor April 27, 2010
“House Like a Tree” from Green Dream May 14, 2009
“Houses should be more like trees” from Las Vegas Review Journal May 14, 2009
“Are environmentally friendly suburban homes really green?” from Yahoo Green May 2009
“La Casa Sostenibile di McDonough + Partners. Come un Albero produce ossigeno, grazie alle celle fotosintetiche energia elettrica e calore ed e’ completamente “Biodegradabile” from Genitronsviluppo.com, April 30, 2009
“Four Architects Design the Green House of the Future” from Jetson Green April 28, 2009
“William McDonough ed il nuovo concetto “Cradle to Cradle” applicato all’architettura sostenibile” from SpazioMotori