Helen Morgan

 

Freelance writer and photographer based in Barcelona.

Architect Manthey Kula Explores Seaweed as Natural Insulation For Sustainable Building

Architect Manthey Kula Explores Seaweed as Natural Insulation For Sustainable Building

Architect Manthey Kula is exploring seaweed as an innovative way to create natural thermal insulation. One of five Challenger projects showcased during 2011's Norwegian Architecture Festival,

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Take a Bath of Knowledge with Vanessa Mancini’s Tub Made of Books

Take a Bath of Knowledge with Vanessa Mancini’s Tub Made of Books

If you like to unwind by soaking in the tub with a good book, how about bathing in literature instead with artist Vanessa Mancini's 'Bath of Knowledge'? This novel idea (excuse the pun) is made

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Abandoned Buildings Given a Literal “Face” Lift By Russian Street Artist Nomerz

Abandoned Buildings Given a Literal “Face” Lift By Russian Street Artist Nomerz

Talk about a "face" lift! Making waves with his street art that transforms enormous abandoned structures into giant portraits, Russian artist Nikita Nomerz uses details already present at the

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Finland’s Beautiful Lilja Chapel is a Pop-Up Prefab Church

Finland’s Beautiful Lilja Chapel is a Pop-Up Prefab Church

UPM sought to make the Lilja chapel as open as possible, so they designed it with a simple geometric form and no doors. The designers also avoided specific religious symbols, and instead sought

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DMFD’s Amazing Curved Chaise Lounge is Made From 100% Recycled Cork

DMFD’s Amazing Curved Chaise Lounge is Made From 100% Recycled Cork

Get comfy on an elegant Cortiça chaise lounge and let your worries melt away. This brilliant piece of sustainable furniture comes from design studio DMFD, and uses cork waste taken from the

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Marubeni to Build New Floating Wind Farm Off the Coast of Fukushima, Japan

Marubeni to Build New Floating Wind Farm Off the Coast of Fukushima, Japan

Japan looks set to see a new floating wind farm built off the coast of Fukushima, according to a number of recent news reports. Trading company Marubeni plans to develop the wind farm, and the

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First Ever Waterproof, Solar-Charged, Battery-Powered iPhone Case Unveiled on Kickstarter

First Ever Waterproof, Solar-Charged, Battery-Powered iPhone Case Unveiled on Kickstarter

Calling all iPhone lovers! Snow Lizard just launched their uber-rugged iPhone 4/4S AQUA TEK S case and it's the world's first waterproof, solar-charged, battery-powered case. Unveiled

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Biolite’s Brilliant Camp Stove Converts Waste Heat Into Electricity for USB Gadgets

Biolite’s Brilliant Camp Stove Converts Waste Heat Into Electricity for USB Gadgets

If thoughts of a gorgeous summer evening spent around a campfire are keeping you warm this winter, you'll be glad to hear that Biolite is working to make camping a little bit greener. The

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The Colorful Eadie Armchair Fuses Pop Style With Eco Craftsmanship

The Colorful Eadie Armchair Fuses Pop Style With Eco Craftsmanship

Designer Donna Wilson mixes classic styling with quirky, colorful, hand-woven textiles to create fresh contempory pieces that are anything but old-fashioned. Her Eadie eco armchair replaces the

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Infinity Mirror Room: Yayoi Kusama Unveils Dazzling Space Lit by Hundreds of LED Lights

Infinity Mirror Room: Yayoi Kusama Unveils Dazzling Space Lit by Hundreds of LED Lights

Yayoi Kusama's work often obsessively repeats motifs such as patterns of polka-dots - for example the Obliteration Room in Brisbane - or the reflected lights in her new piece entitled "Infinity

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OFFECCT’s Adaptable Green Divider Will Infuse Life Into Any Office Space

OFFECCT’s Adaptable Green Divider Will Infuse Life Into Any Office Space

Transform a dull and drab office space by injecting some life back into it with this cool, new 'Green Divider' by Swedish designers Louise Hederström and OFFECCT. This living sectioning

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Luzinterruptus’ Luminous Recycled Bottles Cascade From Dismantled Drinking Fountains in Madrid

Luzinterruptus’ Luminous Recycled Bottles Cascade From Dismantled Drinking Fountains in Madrid

Over the last 30 years more than 50% of Madrid's public water fountains have been dismantled. Luzinterruptus' latest intervention, dubbed "Drinking Water Running Through the Streets", uses the

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Aandeboom’s Portable Tree Bench Turns Any Tree Into a Shady Seat

Aandeboom’s Portable Tree Bench Turns Any Tree Into a Shady Seat

This clever pop-up Tree Bench was designed by Aandeboom, the Dutch team that brought us the clever P-Tree urinal. This quirky design takes the traditional park bench to another level by

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Vaho Turns Old Advertising Banners Into Chic Recycled Bags

Vaho Turns Old Advertising Banners Into Chic Recycled Bags

Vaho Trashion gives old PVC advertising banners a second life by transforming them into quirky and colorful recycled bags. This stylish baggage company sources their products by collecting old

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Paul Elkin’s Mobile Homeless Shelter Is a Refuge Packed with Sustainable Features

Paul Elkin’s Mobile Homeless Shelter Is a Refuge Packed with Sustainable Features

Designing a shelter to meet the diverse needs of the homeless population is a challenge, but Paul Elkin's fantastic concept makes due as both a mobile home and a store packed with goods to

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6 Awesome Bike Sharing Schemes From Around the World

6 Awesome Bike Sharing Schemes From Around the World

BARCELONA Studies of Barcelona's acclaimed Bicing bike share program have found that the success of their biking scheme has reduced the region's annual CO2 emissions by 9,000 metric tonnes.

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Lisa Nilsson Constructs Intricate Anatomical Studies From Rolled Japanese Paper

Lisa Nilsson Constructs Intricate Anatomical Studies From Rolled Japanese Paper

Each section of paper is rolled on something small and cylindrical like a pin or a drill bit. They are then arranged together in a collection to construct the larger image. The

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The SolarWorld GT Lands in the U.S. for the Next Leg of Its World Tour!

The SolarWorld GT Lands in the U.S. for the Next Leg of Its World Tour!

The SolarWorld GT has been on a world tour, and it finally reached the North American leg of its excursion, hitting the sparkling streets of the US just yesterday! The solar car was sent off on

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Building Trust International Unveils Winning School Design For Child Refugees in Burma

Building Trust International Unveils Winning School Design For Child Refugees in Burma

Through their School 4 Burma competition, Building Trust International aimed to provide a modular educational facility for Burmese child migrants and refugees - and the winners have finally been

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Bulbous Handmade Paper Lamps By Paula Arntzen Hang Like Glowing Sculptures

Bulbous Handmade Paper Lamps By Paula Arntzen Hang Like Glowing Sculptures

The series from the Dutch product designer almost resembles a collection of glowing paper waterfalls suspended from the ceiling. Although the material the artist uses this time around is not

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Rustic Parasol Pavilion Pops Up Atop Renovated 14th Century Spanish Castle

Rustic Parasol Pavilion Pops Up Atop Renovated 14th Century Spanish Castle

Built like a floating yet solid canopy above the terrace, these structures are welded together, and galss fills the spaces in between. The ceiling and its supporting steel columns are painted

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Compact Bike Helmet by Agence 360 Folds Up to Fit in Your Bag

Compact Bike Helmet by Agence 360 Folds Up to Fit in Your Bag

While cycling is undoubtedly fun and a great way to keep fit, we all know dangerous it can be if you don't take safety precautions -- yet so many cyclists still don't wear their helmets! A

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Craft Your Own Cardboard Hourglass Stool With These Easy DIY Instructions

Craft Your Own Cardboard Hourglass Stool With These Easy DIY Instructions

This quirky looking hourglass stool is a cool, solid design that you can make at home on your own! Spotted over at 'Dangerously Fun', this DIY stool can be made simply by using old cardboard

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Former Air-Raid Shelter Transformed Into Boros Residence and Art Gallery in Berlin

Former Air-Raid Shelter Transformed Into Boros Residence and Art Gallery in Berlin

No longer the dank concrete bunker it once was, light now seeps into the previously dark space which consists of a 3,000 sq meter maze of bare walls. Originally built in 1942, the building

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The Roskilde’s Beautiful Geodesic Dome Looks Like a Tortoise in a Field

The Roskilde’s Beautiful Geodesic Dome Looks Like a Tortoise in a Field

Within the wooden dome the space seems cavernous and airy, and we don't doubt that is was a great place to take a time out from the throngs of crowds. Photos of the dome being built give a

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DIY: Quirky Recycled Crate Birdhouse Will Liven Up Your Garden

DIY: Quirky Recycled Crate Birdhouse Will Liven Up Your Garden

Calling all bird lovers! Welcome feathered friends into your yard with this DIY bird house made from a reused crate. We spotted this bird-friendly DIY special over at Espirit Cabane, and it

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Old Burbank Water Facility Transformed into California’s First Sustainable Utility EcoCampus

Old Burbank Water Facility Transformed into California’s First Sustainable Utility EcoCampus

As part of the international pilot program the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES), which seeks to rejuvenate 150 projects, BWP's EcoCampus is so far the only scheme underway that bridges the

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World Clean Up 2012 Recruits Community Members Across the Globe to Clear Up Trash

World Clean Up 2012 Recruits Community Members Across the Globe to Clear Up Trash

Unleashing a world-wide project to clean up the planet, Let's Do It World is bringing groups on every continent together for World Clean Up 2012. Driven to do something about the 100 million

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Sexy Lotus-Based PG Elektrus EV Combines Classic Style With Sustainable Technology

Sexy Lotus-Based PG Elektrus EV Combines Classic Style With Sustainable Technology

Crossing classic sports car design with sustainable technology, PG launched their sexy new Lotus Elise-based Elektrus PG in Berlin, Germany. This 'premium-segment urbane sports car' was

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Amazing Architecture Pavilions Showcase Norway’s Magnificent Landscape

Amazing Architecture Pavilions Showcase Norway’s Magnificent Landscape

Spanning almost two decades, the project has invited a range of impressive designers to help give the existing 18 "National Tourist Routes" a revamp, making them even more spectacular than they

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