Helen Morgan

 

Freelance writer and photographer based in Barcelona.

Isla Urbana’s Rainwater Harvesting Revolution Tackles Mexico City Water Shortages

Isla Urbana’s Rainwater Harvesting Revolution Tackles Mexico City Water Shortages

Mexico City residents face huge water scarcity issues. In fact, eight million people living in the country’s capital suffer from inadequate water supply. Sometimes this means going months

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Oji Masanori’s Hemisphere Piggy Bank Can Be Used as an Indoor Planter Once Broken

Oji Masanori’s Hemisphere Piggy Bank Can Be Used as an Indoor Planter Once Broken

This tilted "piggy" bank doubles as an awesome planter once broken. So, now after saving up all your nickels and dimes, you can put your hard-saved cash towards growing a little tree! Designed

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Student-Designed Chaac Ha Water Collector Can Harvest 2.5 Liters of Drinking Water from Dew Each Night

Student-Designed Chaac Ha Water Collector Can Harvest 2.5 Liters of Drinking Water from Dew Each Night

World Water Day may have come and gone, but the importance of preserving water remains. There are some amazingly innovative ways to harvest water out there, like this award-winning Chaac Ha

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Bowerbirds Members Record New Album in Self-Built Green Music Studio

Bowerbirds Members Record New Album in Self-Built Green Music Studio

Members of the indie band Bowerbirds have been trying their hand at sustainable design with this fantastic self-built studio project. Since 2007, Beth Tacular and Phil Moore have been

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Wesley Law’s “Baled” Photo Series Follows Donated Leftovers from Goodwill Stores

Wesley Law’s “Baled” Photo Series Follows Donated Leftovers from Goodwill Stores

Baled is an amazing new series of photographs by Wesley Law that peers behind the scenes at a Goodwill Outlet Store in St. Louis. There, Law found a treasure trove of colorful objects that were

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Mobile Wooden Foosball Table Raises Funds to Help Support Youth Activities in Africa

Mobile Wooden Foosball Table Raises Funds to Help Support Youth Activities in Africa

This fantastic wooden Foosball table, Afrika Kicker, is a socially-motivated, mobile concept that raises money to help support youth activities in South Africa and Rwanda. Created by Misereor,

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Mole Architects Updates Hawthbush Farmhouse With Reclaimed Brick Extension

Mole Architects Updates Hawthbush Farmhouse With Reclaimed Brick Extension

Mole Architects used natural materials like wood cladding, glass, and copper to extend the Hawthbush farmhouse while staying true to the region's pastoral architectural vernacular. Mole

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Found Objects Become Magical Works of Art Submerged Underwater by Forlane 6 Studio

Found Objects Become Magical Works of Art Submerged Underwater by Forlane 6 Studio

Using found objects and furniture, Forlane 6 Studio created these magical underwater sculptures that serve as hauntingly beautiful reminders of our mindless consumption. Designed by the

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Verti-Cult: Miniwiz Unveils Glowing Green Wall Made From Recycled Bottles

Verti-Cult: Miniwiz Unveils Glowing Green Wall Made From Recycled Bottles

Taipei-based Miniwiz just unveiled a brand new system that transforms old bottles into gorgeous glowing green walls! Dubbed Verti-Cult, the system is made from 100% recycled Polyethylene milk

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Damien Chivialle’s Urban Farming Units Transform Old Shipping Containers into Greenhouses for Organic Produce

Damien Chivialle’s Urban Farming Units Transform Old Shipping Containers into Greenhouses for Organic Produce

Within the containers Chivialle has designed a complex aquaponics system to enable circular agricultural processes. The containers each contain two cubic meters of water in which bacteria

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Thousands of Donated CDs Transformed into an Alien-Like Art Installation by Leticia Bajuyo

Thousands of Donated CDs Transformed into an Alien-Like Art Installation by Leticia Bajuyo

An Associate Professor of Art at Hanover College, Indiana, the artist has been collecting and reusing waste materials since 2009. So far, her CD installations have transformed discs into

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Sasufi Gives a Melbourne Patisserie an Elegant Upgrade with Reclaimed Wooden Doors

Sasufi Gives a Melbourne Patisserie an Elegant Upgrade with Reclaimed Wooden Doors

Designer Sasufi has given a series of reclaimed wooden doors a new life as part of a stylish and green interior belonging to a cute patisserie located in Melbourne, Australia. The idea behind

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Risa Hirai Whips Up a Delicious Exhibition of Edible Artwork in Tokyo

Risa Hirai Whips Up a Delicious Exhibition of Edible Artwork in Tokyo

Using edible matter as her medium, art student Risa Hirai whips up mini models resembling full meals and even bonsai trees. Instead of using traditional paints and brushes to create her works,

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BRC Designs’ Wingin’ It LED Floor Lamp is Made From Recycled Piano Keys

BRC Designs’ Wingin’ It LED Floor Lamp is Made From Recycled Piano Keys

BRC Designs has a knack for creating furniture from recycled materials - and the studio's latest project is a lamp made almost entirely from repurposed piano keys! The Wingin’ It Floor Lamp is

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Pani Jurek’s Inventive Test Tube Chandeliers Are Inspired by Chemist Marie Curie

Pani Jurek’s Inventive Test Tube Chandeliers Are Inspired by Chemist Marie Curie

Designer Pani Jurek has constructed these brilliant two-tiered chandeliers from test-tubes which can be individually transformed by filling them with flowers, water, or anything that fits! The

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‘Ffrash’ is Furniture Made from Trash by Former Street Children from Jakarta

‘Ffrash’ is Furniture Made from Trash by Former Street Children from Jakarta

Designers at Studio Ooms have been working on a fantastic social project in Indonesia that helps to lift people out of poverty while creating great recycled products. So far, the team has spent

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Stephen Shaheen Fashions Stunning Furniture With Salvaged Onyx

Stephen Shaheen Fashions Stunning Furniture With Salvaged Onyx

Stephen Shaheen creates intriguing designs from discarded remnants of onyx left over from industrial stone fabrication. No stranger to upcycling, Shaheen uses these upcycled materials to create

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Contemporary Casa Box in Brazil Incorporates Transformed Excess Timber As Interior Furnishings

Contemporary Casa Box in Brazil Incorporates Transformed Excess Timber As Interior Furnishings

‘Casa Box’ is a stunning modern renovation of a caretaker's house on a Brazilian island that sits overlooking the coastline like a contemporary cube. The house was constructed by Alan Chu

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Russian Artist Transforms a Recycled PC into a Living Room Fit For a Miniature Visitor

Russian Artist Transforms a Recycled PC into a Living Room Fit For a Miniature Visitor

An anonymous Russian artist recently transformed the shell of an old computer into a brilliant miniature replica of a living room - complete with an oriental rug, a lamp, and a comfy couch!

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Barbara Franc Transforms Recycled Objects Into Amazing Animal Sculptures

Barbara Franc Transforms Recycled Objects Into Amazing Animal Sculptures

Artist Barbara Franc transforms recycled materials and bits of wire into elaborate sculptures of living creatures from every branch of the animal kingdom. Her three-dimensional works range from

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Green-Roofed Chipicas Townhouses Blend Into the Environment With Wood-Wrapped Facades

Green-Roofed Chipicas Townhouses Blend Into the Environment With Wood-Wrapped Facades

Built in 2009, the houses are nestled amidst a private garden in downtown Valle de Bravo, Mexico. Their shaded wooden exteriors help them blend in with their surroundings while filtering light

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naCa and Studiodeda’s Modern Chicken Coops Pop Up in Sicily

naCa and Studiodeda’s Modern Chicken Coops Pop Up in Sicily

Italy-based DettoFatto is an ongoing collaborative laboratory that brings together creative designers and architects to construct furniture, installations, and microarchitecture projects. naCa

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Shu-Chun Hsiao’s Google Bird Houses Point Out the Dwellings of Feathered Friends

Shu-Chun Hsiao’s Google Bird Houses Point Out the Dwellings of Feathered Friends

These playful Google birdhouses by Shu-Chun Hsiao re-imagine typical bird dwellings as points of interest in urban locations. Inspired by the Google Maps landmark icon, Hsiao's modern bird

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Bake Me a Cake: Morten Jonas’ Playful ‘Cake Display’ Lamps Are Made by Bergen Prison Inmates

Bake Me a Cake: Morten Jonas’ Playful ‘Cake Display’ Lamps Are Made by Bergen Prison Inmates

At first glance, you may notice that these contemporary lamps are fashioned from glass cake display cases - but you probably wouldn't guess that they're made by a social prison project in

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Czech Artist Kristof Kintera Turns Mundane Objects Into Absurd and Extraordinary Sculptures

Czech Artist Kristof Kintera Turns Mundane Objects Into Absurd and Extraordinary Sculptures

Kristof Kintera's recycled sculptures distort reality and show even the most ordinary household items in a new light. He embraces a wide variety of objects as his materials, experimenting with

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HomeMade: Bureau de Change Joins Two London Houses With a Stunning Renovation

HomeMade: Bureau de Change Joins Two London Houses With a Stunning Renovation

Bureau de Change knocked down several interior walls to create a dynamic open space that unites the two homes. The studio says that they did not want to be constrained by the former plan -

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Tammam Azzam Recreates Klimt’s ‘The Kiss’ on War-Torn Building in Syria

Tammam Azzam Recreates Klimt’s ‘The Kiss’ on War-Torn Building in Syria

Syrian artist Tammam Azzam has created this beautiful and haunting mural on the side of a half-destroyed building in Syria. The artist reproduced Gustav Klimt's 'The Kiss', incorporating

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Gubbins Arquitectos’s Casa Mava House is Built into a Hillside Overlooking the Ocean in Chile

Gubbins Arquitectos’s Casa Mava House is Built into a Hillside Overlooking the Ocean in Chile

The site is divided into two sections that separate the primary residence with the nearby guesthouse. Connecting the two spaces is a large wooden deck that reaches out to the uninterrupted

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Steven Morgana’s Cardboard Geodesic Dome Suspended by Balancing Waste By-Products

Steven Morgana’s Cardboard Geodesic Dome Suspended by Balancing Waste By-Products

This fantastic geodesic dome is constructed entirely from discarded cardboard boxes by Steven Morgana. That in itself is a fantastic green idea, and its brown and green panels visually reflect

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McBarge: Abandoned Floating McDonalds to Be Given New Life As a Marina in Canada

McBarge: Abandoned Floating McDonalds to Be Given New Life As a Marina in Canada

Once refurbished, the plan is to turn the ship into a home for several restaurants—instead of just one—which would hopefully include some healthier options for visitors. The proposals are

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