Architect John Dwyer has designed The Clean Hub, a sustainable housing design for areas with insufficient infrastructure. The name fits its multipurpose sanitation and energy functions: the 10 x 20-foot unit includes a V-shaped roof that collects rainwater, an underground reverse-osmosis filtration system to recycle and store gray water from showers and laundry facilities, and 16 rooftop adjustable photovoltaic panels that can generate up to 2,600 watts of energy. For more on this architectural Swiss Army knife, visit Utne.
Dwyer is a member of Minnesota’s chapter of Architecture for Humanity, an organization founded by Cameron Sinclair and Kate Stohr. The duo was just named winners of a Wired 2006 Rave Award, saluting “The People Changing Your Mind.” I got the chance to interview Sinclair, who visits the Walker June 13 to keynote PUSH, for the forthcoming book Land, Art: A Cultural Ecology Handbook, edited by former Walker visual arts curatorial fellow Max Andrews for the Royal Society of the Arts’ Art & Ecology program. Excerpts here.