Lidija Grozdanic

 

Lidija is an architect and environmental journalist. Going back and forth between writing and designing, she finds the two areas mutually inspiring. After graduating at the Faculty of Architecture in Belgrade, she stepped into the uncharted territory of freelancing. She reported on the RIO+20 Summit in Rio de Janeiro, where she learned about the politics of sustainable development and caipirinha cocktails. Lidija has also produced work for Internews’ Earth Journalism Network, GreenUp Blog and eVolo Magazine. An incurable cinephile, she plans on creating a blog that will serve as an outlet for her obsession with cinematography and film production design.

Lidija Grozdanic
San Francisco’s Minna Dream Shop is an Ultra-Flexible, Daylit Space for Makers

San Francisco’s Minna Dream Shop is an Ultra-Flexible, Daylit Space for Makers

The Minna Dream Shop is located on a small street in San Francisco's Mission district. Interstice Architects renovated the former auto garage into an open space with connections to both the

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Tiny 86-Square-Foot Flat in Paris Transforms Like a Swiss Army Knife

Tiny 86-Square-Foot Flat in Paris Transforms Like a Swiss Army Knife

The space, located on the top level under the roof of an old Haussmann building in Paris. Originally designed as maids' quarters, today these small nooks often loose their purpose and either

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Revolutionary White Solar Panels Cool Down Buildings While Generating Electricity

Revolutionary White Solar Panels Cool Down Buildings While Generating Electricity

Swiss non-profit tech company CSEM has developed a new type of solar panel that can be seamlessly integrated into the walls of buildings. The photovoltaic panels are available in different

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Ian McChesney’s Striking London ‘Tree House’ is Clad in Black Glass

Ian McChesney’s Striking London ‘Tree House’ is Clad in Black Glass

The house is located in Sydenham, south-east London, and occupies a piece of land in a conservation area dominated by Victorian houses. In order to comply with the planning restrictions, the

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Solar Collectors Reduce Energy Requirements for Shenzhen’s Shimmering Performing Arts Facility

Solar Collectors Reduce Energy Requirements for Shenzhen’s Shimmering Performing Arts Facility

The Cultural Center features levels connected by a large foyer. The different levels are linked with white ribbon-like walkways. Images of Chinese theater masks greet the visitors. The building

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This Gorgeous Green Rug is Made From Algae

This Gorgeous Green Rug is Made From Algae

We've seen many uses for algae, but Dutch designer Nieke Hoogvliet takes the cake for coming up with one of the most unique designs we've seen. Using yarn made from kelp, Hoogvliet created a

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Dubai Unveils Plans to Build the World’s Tallest Twin Towers

Dubai Unveils Plans to Build the World’s Tallest Twin Towers

Dubai Holding and Emaar Properties just announced a new initiative to build the world's tallest twin towers. Dubai Creek Harbour will be three times the size of the Downtown Dubai project, also

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World’s First 3D-Printed Laptop Smashes Crowdfunding Goal With $116,000

World’s First 3D-Printed Laptop Smashes Crowdfunding Goal With $116,000

The world’s first 3D-printed laptop teaches people how to create their own circuit boards, build 3D-printed objects, and understand electronics. The team behind the PiTop Raspberry Pi laptop

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Polished and Shiny: How the Giza Pyramids Looked When They Were First Built (VIDEO)

Polished and Shiny: How the Giza Pyramids Looked When They Were First Built (VIDEO)

The crumbling stones of the Giza pyramids may be a sight familiar to most people, but the original look of these ancient structures was considerably different. In a recent short documentary made

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Horizon Mass Transit System is an All-Electric Train-Plane Hybrid

Horizon Mass Transit System is an All-Electric Train-Plane Hybrid

The Horizon System is an entirely electric system of transportation conceived as a hybrid between a plane and a train. Thanks to a maglev-style mechanism, the large aircraft is able to pick up

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Egyptian Windcatchers Cool Vincent Callebaut’s ‘The Gate’ Residence Inspired By Coral Reefs

Egyptian Windcatchers Cool Vincent Callebaut’s ‘The Gate’ Residence Inspired By Coral Reefs

The Gate Project boasts several renewable energy technologies meant to assure a 50 percent energy saving and a significant reduction in carbon footprint. A mesh surface unfolds above all the

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Multicolor Recycled Shipping Containers Provide a Bright Learning Environment for Kids in South Africa

Multicolor Recycled Shipping Containers Provide a Bright Learning Environment for Kids in South Africa

Johannesburg-based Architects of Justice were commissioned to design the library, but after the project ran out of money, the design team had to go back to the drawing board and come up with a

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Urban Skärvet Neighborhood Will Have a Lush Park at its Heart in Sweden

Urban Skärvet Neighborhood Will Have a Lush Park at its Heart in Sweden

The block is organized around a large, green park and offers different types of housing units – from smaller spaces for students to large apartments for big families with children. All were

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Baskets Full of Local Limestone Make Up the Façade of This Stunning House in Poland

Baskets Full of Local Limestone Make Up the Façade of This Stunning House in Poland

Located in a region known as Polish Jura, which is dominated by rocky hills, cliffs and valleys, the building seems to be a natural extension of the landscape. The architects designed the walls

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A Whole Lot of Sustainable Spruce Clads This Striking Museum Addition in Finland

A Whole Lot of Sustainable Spruce Clads This Striking Museum Addition in Finland

The narrow long building is located on a piece of land parallel to the axis between the existing house, the garden and the adjacent lake. The positioning of the new building frames a new plaza,

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Steve Wintercroft’s Gorgeous DIY Paper Masks are the Perfect Last-Minute Halloween Costume

Steve Wintercroft’s Gorgeous DIY Paper Masks are the Perfect Last-Minute Halloween Costume

These beautiful masks range from those created from simple white sheets of paper, to intricately colored ones that look like works of art. They are a perfect last-minute idea for those who still

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Rainwater-Harvesting Artscience Museum Floats Like a Lilypad on the Singapore Waterfront

Rainwater-Harvesting Artscience Museum Floats Like a Lilypad on the Singapore Waterfront

The museum, the structure of which was conceived by Arup, is supported by a complex steel lattice and 10 columns that come together toward the bottom in a basket-like shape. The envelope is

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Trippy Nuernberg Installation by Markus Linnenbrink Uses Color to Blur Spatial Boundaries

Trippy Nuernberg Installation by Markus Linnenbrink Uses Color to Blur Spatial Boundaries

The Brooklyn-based artist was inspired by Isaac Newton’s light refraction experiments, during which a ray of light splits into different wave lengths that make up the entire color spectrum.

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PPAG Architects Rework a Vienna Restaurant into a Labyrinth of Reflections

PPAG Architects Rework a Vienna Restaurant into a Labyrinth of Reflections

The extension has a long, finger-like form, with each table dotted along the length and having its own intimate environment. Each table unit has a curved backdrop and a sash window to create

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This Inspiring Multicolored Community Center is Made From Over 40,000 Recycled Plastic Bottles

This Inspiring Multicolored Community Center is Made From Over 40,000 Recycled Plastic Bottles

The Cazucá community is currently home to around 70,000 people and is marked by extreme poverty and poor access to public services. In order to address these issues, the Nukanti Foundation

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Hero MotoCorp Produces Food, Energy, and Vehicle Parts at Their Green Garden Factory in India

Hero MotoCorp Produces Food, Energy, and Vehicle Parts at Their Green Garden Factory in India

The Garden Factory consists of the Manufacturing Plant and Global Parts Center located in the arid climate of northeast Rajasthan in India. The buildings boast photovoltaic panels producing 1.5

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Look Again. Can You See the New Addition?

Look Again. Can You See the New Addition?

The architects designed the addition as a strong and distinctive space that remains inconspicuous when seen from the outside. The aim was to dematerialize the room by using white walls and an

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Catawba Falls Campground Gypsy Cabins Are Tiny Hikers’ Retreats in North Carolina

Catawba Falls Campground Gypsy Cabins Are Tiny Hikers’ Retreats in North Carolina

The tiny arched houses are just 8 x 14 feet, but can accommodate four people. The cabins are located next to a mountain creek and are the closest accommodation to Catawba Falls, around two miles

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Modular Foodlab on Wheels for Those Who Appreciate Flexibility in the Kitchen

Modular Foodlab on Wheels for Those Who Appreciate Flexibility in the Kitchen

The elements include all the storage and counter spaces of a generously organized kitchen, but are, unlike typical kitchens, completely mobile. Wooden modules, resembing industrial crates and

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Philippe Starck’s New Wind and Solar-Powered Home Produces 50% More Energy Than it Consumes

Philippe Starck’s New Wind and Solar-Powered Home Produces 50% More Energy Than it Consumes

The two-story house is one of the four different types of homes designed to consume much less energy than traditional dwellings. This made-to-order-type home is located just outside of Paris and

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100% Recyclable UNBOXED Wooden Prefab is Equipped for Energy Generating Roof Tiles

100% Recyclable UNBOXED Wooden Prefab is Equipped for Energy Generating Roof Tiles

The high standardization of the modules and their total prefabrication creates great flexibility. This goal is also achieved by splitting the building in several basic structural elements

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Experience Rural Portuguese Hospitality with [i]da arquitectos’ Sublime Monte Novo da Cruz Renovation

Experience Rural Portuguese Hospitality with [i]da arquitectos’ Sublime Monte Novo da Cruz Renovation

Portugal's [i]da arquitectos designed an extension to the sublime Monte Novo da Cruz development as a rural tourist destination. Although they were focused on recovering and expanding the

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Massive Green-Roofed StreetDome Skate Park Pops Up in Denmark

Massive Green-Roofed StreetDome Skate Park Pops Up in Denmark

The project is part of an initiative to create a new urban space for recreation, led by the chairman of the SkateCity association Morten Hansen. CEBRA and Glifberg+Lykke designed a

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Gustavo Penna’ Shining Freedom of The Press Monument Wins World Architecture Festival Award

Gustavo Penna’ Shining Freedom of The Press Monument Wins World Architecture Festival Award

Gustavo Penna designed a translucent structure that rises from the ground like a beacon. Penna was inspired by the concept of freedom and the local culture. Its ethereal quality interprets

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David Sheppard Architects’ Green-Roofed Chimes House is a Sculptural Home for a Pianist

David Sheppard Architects’ Green-Roofed Chimes House is a Sculptural Home for a Pianist

The owner of the Chimes House settled for a one bedroom, but she insisted on having enough space for her two pianos. The project was designed for minimal living next to her former home, which

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