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alohaspirit 12-14-2010 01:27 AM

$1000 Solar Powered Egg House
Dai Haifei, a 24-year-old architect in Beijing, China, found an ingenious solution to live rent-free. He built himself a mobile egg-shaped house that is powered by the sun.

The 6-foot-high structure, which is small enough to fit on a sidewalk, is made of bamboo strips, wood chippings, sack bags, and grass seed that's expected to grow in the spring.

The pod features a solar panel on the roof that powers a lamp in the cozy space. The house cost around $1,000 to build (6427 yen)

Beijing architect lives in egg-shaped house on sidewalk on Shine

tumnasgt 12-14-2010 01:34 AM

The problem with having a mobile house is that if you leave it to get lunch, someone might pinch it!

Cool idea though, would make a great guest room in the back yard.

skyl4rk 12-14-2010 07:36 AM

Wasn't there a Greek philosopher who lived in a clay jar?

Rokeby 12-14-2010 08:56 AM

That would be:

Diogenes, Greek Philosopher, 412-323 BC

Born in Sinope (today's Turkey), Diogenes studied in Athens under
Antisthenes after forcing himself into his school.

Diogenes was to be what we today call an ascet, eating plainly, wearing
shredded clothes and sleeping in the streets. Though an eccentric, he was
greatly admired by his time and is sometimes called the founder of the Cynic
school instead of Antisthenes.

When travelling to Aegina he was captured and sold as a slave by pirates.
Xeniades of Corinth bought him, set him free and had him teach his children.

Diogenes often visited the famous prostitute Lais, and said that the difference
between what costs money and what does not cost anything one can see at
the nearest brothel. [Origin of "get laid?"]

There are many anectodes about this man, who laughed at aristocrats and is
said to have walked around Corinth with a lit lamp in daytime, looking for "a
human being". The most famous one is the one about his meeting with
Alexander the Great. When Alexander asked the cynic, who lived in a barrel
(actually, it was a huge clay jar), what he could do for him, Diogenes replied
that he could step out of his sunlight, something which greatly impressed the
king, who said "truly, were I not Alexander I would have wished to be

Diogenes also said that each man should find either a true friend or mortal
enemy, so that he would either get loving attention or angry scrutinisation. In
that way, he would not commit wrongful actions.

Tradition holds that Diogenes died on the same day as Alexander the Great.
He was 96 years old, and died in his barrel in Corinth. Though the
philosopher had requested his body be thrown in some ditch, he was given a
magnificent funeral.

"Most men are within a finger's breadth of being mad."

"Nothing can be produced out of nothing."

"It takes a wise man to discover a wise man."

"The sun too penetrates into privies, but is not polluted by them."

"I am looking for an honest man."

euromodder 12-14-2010 09:11 AM

Water, showering, washing, eating, cooking ???

Ryland 12-14-2010 10:48 AM


Originally Posted by euromodder (Post 209398)
Water, showering, washing, eating, cooking ???

They don't have stuff like that in China.

I visited one of the houses based off the $50 and up underground house book.

gone-ot 12-14-2010 02:56 PM

...does he tow a mobile "outhouse / PortaPottie™" behind it or what?

NachtRitter 12-14-2010 03:37 PM

That's what the tree's for...

gone-ot 12-15-2010 03:40 PM

...trees and fire-hydrants = bow, wow.

...but, leaves make very rough toilet-paper!

menaus2 01-16-2011 04:28 PM

He really needs to clean off his solar panel...

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