In 2012, the Insurance Journal reported that every year, deer collisions with vehicles caused about 200 human fatalities, and over $4 billion in damages. Cities around the world have come up with creative ways to save people, animals, and time. Wildlife crossings, sometimes called animal bridges, is a safe, effective way to shepherd all wildlife across busy highways. Besides being effective, the animal bridges are beautiful and help restore nature back to road systems that can be an eyesore. Below I've included some animal bridges across the world:
I recently spent time in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and had the opportunity to stay in a villa on the hillside outside of Cruz Bay, the main town on the east end of the island. Beach towns are great places to go for inspiring architectural work. Bankers and playboys with millions of dollars design their dream homes there, with helicopter pads, jacuzzi's jutting out from the cliff side, catamarans on the dock, and sun rooms the size of basketball courts.
I didn't get to stay in a place quite so elegant, but it was interestingly designed nonetheless. As are all houses built into hillsides, the driveway was above the house, which was a one story design. It was an open concept living room/kitchen with three bedrooms surrounding it in different corners, with a loft housing a separate bed in the third bedroom. It also had a pool deck off of the master bedroom, and a wrap around porch that connected all of the bedrooms through the outside. Needless to say, it was amazing. It was built out of wood with an aluminum roof; cheap to build but noisy during thunderstorms. Every room had a sliding glass door, and the front of the house facing the bay was a wall literally made out of these doors. This way, I could open the doors and let the breeze flow through the house exactly the way it was designed to. It had low flow toilets, and solar panels on the south side roof. The way the house was designed, we rarely needed to use the A/C units, as the breeze winded its way into every nook and cranny. It was an extremely relaxing trip, enjoy some pictures of the house below!
A lot on an island off of the coast of Maine sat empty for 30 years...
On a small island off of the coast of Maine, a lot sat vacant for over 30 years. Bruce Porter, a retired Columbia University professor, enlisted the help of his daughter to help him build a getaway cottage that operates independently of the grid. Alex Scott, of Alex Scott Porter Design offered her father a way to take advantage of an empty lot he had been sitting on since the 1970’s. Now a writer, Bruce saw his neighbors on the island drag gas tanks and generators to their houses and decided he was going to pursue a more undemanding lifestyle for his cottage.
Bruce and Alex decided to install a composting toilet, solar panels, along with a water system that uses the rainwater collected from the roof to meet the houses water needs. The system starts to collect water after the first 5 gallons wash off of the roof to remove dirt and soot from the supply. It then uses a syphon to collect water from the top of the tank, so any remaining dirt stays at the bottom of the tank.
Photo credit to Erik Johnson of Dwell
Read more about this home at Dwell.com
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