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November 2005 - [Sustainable Concepts] Free Fruit and Concrete Homes
Sustainable Concepts )
Design Forward Newsletter November 2005, vol. 32
in this issue
  • Energy Efficient Concrete Homes
  • Fallen Fruit: Free Fruit for All
  • Feedback


    Welcome to the November 2005 newsletter from Design Forward. Please take some time to enjoy this month's features.

    Quote of the Month: "I call architecture frozen music."
    - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    Lisa Van Veen

    Energy Efficient Concrete Homes

    Both outside and inside, the model home at Jerry Christisonís Fox Trot Estates subdivision on the east shore of Lake Helena looks like a standard, upper middle class home: four bedrooms, 3.5 baths, just under 5,000 square feet.

    Itís whatís in the walls that sets Christisonís design apart. The insulated concrete form (ICF) walls boast an R-value of R-38, nearly twice the R-21 thatís required in Montana as of the first of this year. (R- values measure the ability of the substance to resist heat flow, with a higher number being a better insulator.)

    Many builders use ICF for foundations, but stop short of building entire walls that way due to cost and aesthetics. Christison says thereís little reason to stop at the foundation.

    ďMost people, when they think of an energy efficient house, think of ugly, and I can do just about anything with (concrete) block that anyone else can do,Ē Christison said.

    Article © John Harrington. Picture © George Lane

    Fallen Fruit: Free Fruit for All

    Ever walked by an orange tree and snagged a piece of fruit and felt guilty. Well no more, FallenFruit.com in Los Angeles is out to help you find all the free fruit you wish. The project, begun by three CalArts professors Dave Burns, Matias Viegener, and Austin Young, promotes the picking of city's free fruit. The project is unique, started on the discovery of a old Los Angeles city law. According to the law, if a fruit tree grows on or over public property, the fruit is no longer the sole property of the owner.

    Fallen Fruit's website calls for action: "Every day there is food somewhere going to waste. We encourage you to find it, tend and harvest it. If you own property, plant food on your perimeter. Share with the world and the world will share with you. Barter, don't buy! Give things away! You have nothing to lose but your hunger!"

    The project is the process of mapping all the free fruit in the city.

    Article © Lisa Van Veen


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