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10 Iconic Designs From Ron Arad's "Restless" London Retrospective

Tue, 15 Mar 2016 17:04:32 +0000

(image) .... Arad is afraid of nothing; no medium, no size, no notion that is unconventional.  He experiments.  He plays... and you get to relive his pleasure through his work.  Restless is a 30-year retrospective of Arad's greatness... and he is still young.

Eco-Friendly Floating House 'The WaterNest' Making Waves

Wed, 14 Oct 2015 20:17:31 +0000

(image) The WaterNest is not a boat. It’s an eco-friendly nest of a home with a sleek, contemporary design that floats atop the water allowing for beautiful waterfront views and providing you with the best of both worlds.

Cargo Container Homes Are On The Rise

Fri, 25 Sep 2015 20:44:59 +0000

(image) The latest trend in pre-fab homes appears to be cargo containers. You'll be amazed at the clever designs and contemporary looks.

Smog-Sucking Vacuum Eases Pollution, Creates Jewellery

Fri, 11 Sep 2015 15:33:11 +0000

(image) A new public structure just opened in the forward-thinking European city of Rotterdam is being described as a vacuum cleaner for the air. The remarkable air purifier is 23 feet tall and can clean 30,000 cubic meters of air per hour while utilizing just 1,400 Watts of electricity – about the same as a water boiler. The installation is just the first step in its designer’s proposed worldwide Smog Free Movement and has already attracted over $90,000 in crowdfunded investment thanks to an innovative product: smog jewellery.

Quantum Dots Will Turn Your Windows Into A Power Supply

Thu, 27 Aug 2015 12:49:25 +0000


Imagine installing an air conditioner that won’t send your summertime power bills skyrocketing. That’s the promise of new quantum dot infused windows. These tiny specks of semiconductor will enable windows to capture solar energy and generate clean power while remaining perfectly transparent. Scientists call them a “game-changer” in the future of sustainable cities.

Could Plastic Roads Be A Sustainable Alternative?

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 16:51:15 +0000

(image) While we generally associate plastics with the untenable generation of material waste, this need not necessarily be the case. Dutch consortium VolkerWessels hopes to demonstrate that building plastic roads may in fact be a more environmentally friendly option for our transportation infrastructure.

Tokyo Hotel Offers Rooms With A View... Of Godzilla!

Fri, 05 Jun 2015 15:43:40 +0000

(image) Visitors to the Hotel Gracery in downtown Tokyo's Shinjuku could find their picture window view blocked by a 40-ft tall statue of Godzilla's head. Not that anyone's complaining, mind you.

Live In The Future Nightly At Tokyo's Nakagin Capsule Tower

Wed, 20 May 2015 15:07:44 +0000

(image) The historic Nakagin Capsule Tower opened in 1972... imagine how futuristic it looked then! Care to spend a night or two in retro-futuristic Tokyo? Now you can, thanks to one enterprising apartment owner who's renting out his cube via Airbnb.

The Huba Mountain Shelter Leaves No Carbon Footprint

Thu, 05 Feb 2015 17:00:00 +0000

(image) Based on traditional Alpine architecture--a sort-of modern twist on the chalet--the Huba Mountain Shelter was designed, by Malgorzata Blachnicka and Michal Holcer, to be completely self sufficient. It is a compact structure that minimizes its impact on the surrounding environment.

Want A Cute And Cozy Wedding Chapel? Rent An Inflatable One

Sun, 01 Feb 2015 05:05:35 +0000

(image) The range of inflatable things you can buy or rent is getting pretty amazing and going way beyond bouncy houses for kids' parties. You can rent a large tent for parties -- which is a little boring. You can also rent a pub for an awesome party. For couples planning a wedding both of those things may come in handy for a reception. For an awesome place to hold a small romantic wedding they can actually rent an inflatable church.

Rainbow Highway Tunnel Is A Sight For Drivers' Sore Eyes

Sun, 18 Jan 2015 15:40:15 +0000

(image) A soon-to-be-opened highway underpass in central China is a road course of a different color – 12 different shades to be exact. The 1,300-ft long “rainbow tunnel” looks good to be sure but its real purpose is to help drivers' eyes adjust from natural to artificial lighting and back again

Roominate Is A DIY Building Kit For Future Female Engineers

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:30:09 +0000

(image) What comes first, the toys we put into our children’s hands or the interests and skills of our children who play with toys? Our children are influenced by everything around them. Music, television, books and toys shape at least part of who they become. Inspired by their childhood toys to become engineers, two women created Roominate, wired, design-it-yourself, building kits. Roominate is not only meant to feed into the curiosity of a young female engineer, but also to decrease the gender gap in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.

The Beauty Of Play Art

Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:42:56 +0000

(image) Artists do what they love because, well, they love what they do. And kids love to play because, well, it’s fun. When creativity, love, and play are combined, you get play art, a fun and beautiful way to introduce children to fine art. From crochet playgrounds to Playable Art, children everywhere can enjoy the beauty of play art.

Want To House The Homeless Behind Billboards?

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 03:12:34 +0000

(image) The problem of people being homeless is ubiquitous around the world. A small design firm in Slovakia has come up with an idea to house these people in a small, but humane and dignified way. Design Develop, the design firm, has created what they are calling "Project Gregory." The idea behind the project is to use adjacent billboards to create simple, small homes for the homeless.

Want A New Way For Refugees To Live With Dignity?

Mon, 25 Aug 2014 23:50:19 +0000

(image) There are a number of reasons that people can become refugees -- from geo-political conflicts to the effects of climate change. It is a devastating thing for people to lose everything in the path of these forces and then be faced with trying to rebuild a life from nothing. Designer Abeer Seikaly has come up with a different kind of shelter for refugees that gives them a small home of their own that is more functional than your average tent.

Zendome: Unique Structure For Your Yard Or Weekend Getaway Spot

Sun, 17 Aug 2014 23:30:00 +0000

(image) Able to enclose spaces ranging from 20 to 1,000 square meters, the Zendome geodesic domes were designed for commercial use--information stands, pop-up stores, etc--however, their unique design can be utilized to accent your home's yard space or provide a shelter with a great view at your favorite getaway.

Concrete Cloth: Unique, Unexpected and Fascinating Applications

Wed, 13 Aug 2014 09:05:58 +0000

(image) Concrete Cloth is a burgeoning innovation with many possible applications ranging from military installations to commercial and residential buildings. Read on for more information on this fascinating treated fabric.

Condemned Chinese Building Goes Boom, Video Footage Goes Viral

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 22:16:17 +0000

(image) An eye-popping video going viral on WeChat shows the sudden demolition of the Qiqihar City Public Security Bureau building, seemingly without warning. To their credit, downtown drivers, pedestrians and cafe diners kept their cool, kept calm and carried on.

Chinese Winery Has A Capital Idea For Their Bathroom Design

Thu, 15 May 2014 16:56:41 +0000

(image) One might say China's making progress in the field of luxury bathroom design but in reality it's the opposite: they're making congress.

Alarming News: China's Mechanical Clock Theme Park Closes

Mon, 12 May 2014 11:00:01 +0000

(image) Due to an unexpected lack of visitors, operations at the Mechanical Clock Theme Park project in Ganzhou, China have been suspended. The clock-themed recreational complex brought in only a fraction of predicted revenues so city authorities wisely suggested a time out.

Oh Snap! Chinese Public Toilet Adds Flash To Your Flush

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:00:01 +0000

(image) Shutter the door and make it snappy! This curious camera-shaped public toilet in Chongqing, China perfectly fits the computer and electronics focused vibe of the neighborhood. Bonus: there's no better place to butt-dial a selfie.

Chinese Company Cranks Out 10 3D-Printed Houses In 24 Hours

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:20:24 +0000

(image) In the future, houses will be 3D-printed using recycled construction waste and tailings... oops, by “the future” we meant China! A Shanghai-based construction company took a mere 24 hours to slap together 10 3D-printed houses and while the homes aren't exactly mansions, they're the ultimate cheap digs.

Win $20,000 From Copenhagan’s Land Art Generator Initiative!

Thu, 27 Mar 2014 22:30:06 +0000

(image) The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI), Refshaleøen Holding, and the IT University of Copenhagen have teamed up for a grandiose competition to discover a fantastic idea for a beautiful public art instillation that will double as a source of renewable and green energy. The best design gets built, and the inventor behind it earns $20,000!

Translucent Concrete: Scientific Marvel and Brilliant Innovation

Wed, 12 Mar 2014 12:19:01 +0000

(image) Translucent concrete is a wondrous creation that sprang from the brilliant mind of Hungarian architect, Aron Losonczi. It represents a new frontier in architectural construction, design, innovation and beauty. Read on for more information on this fascinating subject.

Redesign Liepaja Seaside Park’s Bath House, Win $5,000!

Thu, 27 Feb 2014 22:30:03 +0000

(image) Architect and designer Paul Max Berchi designed the “Bath House” located in Latvia’s Liepaja Seaside Park, but after it was ultimately shuttered in 1993, the iconic building sat and stagnated for over 20 years. Homemade Dessert and Liepaja City Council are ready to pay designers up to $5,000 for ideas to renovate this historic landmark. Are you interested?