You like to think of yourself as green. You recycle your plastic bottles and your newspapers. Maybe your home is furnished with a few pieces of furniture you've found on the street. Take it about ten steps further and you have the work of Mexican architects Alejandro D'Acosta and Claudia Turrent, whose work is the focus of this week's Los Angeles Times Home & Garden section. Closer to home, Susan Carpenter details her experience with waterwalls, a system for collecting and recycling rainwater. More on these stories, pictures and links to the articles on the Los Angeles Times website, after the jump...
In Ensenada, Mexico, couple takes recycling to new highs: Part I: Their Home: Mexican architects Alejandro D'Acosta and Claudia Turrent practice what they preach. "The only thing not reciclada is my wife," jokes D'Acosta. Their ideal would be for items to be manufactured with their end use in mind. Turrent says. "We want companies designing the plastic bottle to design it in the shape of something functional, like a roof tile."
Alejandro D'Acosta and Claudia Turrent, Part II: La Escuelita: La Escuelita, a wine school and olive oil factory in the Guadalupe Valley. is another one of the D'Acosta's and Turrent's projects. From the fencing, made of discarded wood boards to the walls, constructed from wooden barrel staves, to the building whose walls are constructed of box springs, "Garbage can be something really beautiful," says D'Acosta.
Alejandro D'Acosta and Claudia Turrent, Part III: Mexican Wineries>: Paralelo and Casa de Piedra, two wineries in Baja's Valle de Guadalupe, are other projects where the couple practices what they preach. Paralelo's main building seems to disappear into the land while the tasting room at Casa de Piedra is reached via a staircase taken from an old boat.
Welcome to the world of waterwalls: Susan Carpenter details her experiences with waterwalls, the modern take on the old rainbarrel, for collecting and reusing rainwater.
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