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The Future Living house took 26 designers to create it. Every technologic leap was analyzed to make sure anything proposed was possible by 2050. It’s a paradigm shift in home resource creation and location. Water uses gravity to generate pressure. Energy is harvested from solar and wind apparatuses. Air, water and waste are cleaned using a living bio wall and everything is recycled when possible.

Let’s analyse how water, climate and energy are conceived to make the Future Living house abosolutely eco-friendly.

Water: ambitious reuse
The water attic is an elevated storage tank, allowing water to be fed to various systems in the home using gravity to generate water pressure. Located at or below the foundation level, the Water Basement is the central repository for potable water, kept at a dept geographically appropriate to insulate against climatic changes and fluctuations in temperature.

Climate – passive and active
The first stop for the home’s air is the Central Air Care Unit, where large-scale corrections are made to air tha has been humified, cooled or beate from the water in the Water Basement. Right before the corrected air id funneled into a room, the Local Air Care Unit makes room-specific corrections.

Energy – always prepared
The typical home is outfitted with several univarsal modules for enegy generation: solar, wind and mechanical. The Energy Reservoir stores electricity obtained from the system’s power generation modules or from the supplements provided by a larger community, city, countru or cointained grid.

The Design Team includes: Cornelia Bailey, Tanushree Bhat, Marilee Bowles Carey, Anthony Caspary, Eric Diamond, Xiaonan Huang, Reenu John, Na Rae Kim, Paolo Korre, Eugene Limb, Hsin-Cheng Lin, Miguel Angel Martinez, Nikhil Mathew, Elise Metzger, Mahdieh Salimi, Kshitij V. Sawant, Owen Schoppe, Jessica Striebich, Hannah Swart, Traci Thomas, Helen Tong, Sally Wong, Yixiu Wu, HyeKyung Yoo and Gene Young of IIT Institute of Design.

We highlight here the participation of activist Vandana Shiva at the Terra Madre 2008 International Forum on Future of Food and Agriculture on the 23-27 October 2008 in Turin, Italy. In 2002 Vendana Shiva was awarded with the Premio Mazzotti for Literature – section Ecology; in that occasion she also met Mr. Gabriele Centazzo, chief administrator of Valcucine, and Mr. Lino Centazzo, chief director of WWF organisation in Pordenone.

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Vandana Shiva and Gabriele Centazzo, chief administrator of Valcucine

Turin, Italy — I’ve just come out of the most hopeful and interesting discussions of climate change I’ve ever witnessed. Anchored by Indian food-sovereignty activist Vandana Shiva, the panel discussion at Terra Madre unveiled a new “Manifesto on Climate Change and the Future of Food Security,” drawn up by the International Commission on the Future of Food and Agriculture.

To me, Shiva and her multinational crew of colleagues (other commission members include Wendell Berry, Jose Bové of Via Campesina, Frances Moore Lappé, and Alice Waters) have articulated a powerful new vision for confronting climate change — one more potent even than Al Gore’s famed slides and push for trade-based solutions.

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