July 3 - A trio of Spanish architects believes that in the future humans will play an important role in generating energy for their homes. The team have designed the 'Jane Fonda Kit House', an eco-friendly home that will be powered by a mix sustainable technology and muscle power. Jim Drury has more.
It looks a little like performance art - but these Spanish architects are demonstrating their vision of future sustainable living. They've designed the Jane Fonda kit house - named after the Hollywood actress and committed environmentalist. The energy in this prototype Brussels home would be created by biking, dancing, and rope pulling - allowing homeowners to keep fit while powering their dwelling. Uriel Foque Herreros…. SOUNDBITE (English) JANE FONDA KIT HOUSE ARCHITECT, URIEL FOQUE HERREROS, SAYING: "We understand that sustainability entails building a new culture, so we think we have to render this kind of devices to see how this new culture is and how, and test how the new domestic rituals need to change in order to achieve these new sustainability context." The trio's company, elii, was formed six years ago to encourage architects to pull their weight in meeting the world's increasing environmental challenges. Carlos Rodriguez says elii also wants to make sustainability pleasurable. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) JANE FONDA KIT HOUSE ARCHITECT, CARLOS PALACIOS RODRIGUEZ, SAYING: "If you think about vegetarians who converted the initial limitations into some new opportunities and vegetarian food today is very diverse and delicious we can also think that there are opportunities to convert sustainability into something more desirable, more appetizing." Although it all looks very tiring, Eva Gil Lopesino insists householders won't need to burn themselves out. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) JANE FONDA KIT HOUSE ARCHITECT, EVA GIL LOPESINO, SAYING: "The reality is, when you are not at home the house still works for you. There are other systems like photovoltaic panels, generators, other systems that produce energy……..You don't have to be active all day long." The Jane Fonda House isn't commercially available. But the three architects hope construction companies may develop their ideas, now that they've set the wheels in motion. Jim Drury, Reuters