Lori Zimmer

 

Lori Zimmer is a New York based writer, with a passion for sustainable design, eco-tourism and art. She has written for Ecouterre, Inhabitots, ArtSlant, Patrick McMullan Mag, Flavorpill, WhiteHot and ArtFetch. She received her MA in art, media and business at FIT. In her free time, she writes an art and art history guide called Art Nerd New York and curates shows often focused on artists who use found or recycled materials.

Lori Zimmer
Kamvari Architects’ Bridge-Like Crete Bioclimatic School is a Haven for Progressive Learning

Kamvari Architects’ Bridge-Like Crete Bioclimatic School is a Haven for Progressive Learning

Kamvari’s plan is elevated 13 feet above the landscape, creating a plaza and gathering space for students below. The area beneath the volume can also act as an all-weather outdoor classroom.

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Smithsonian Institution Starts 3D Scanning its Entire Collection

Smithsonian Institution Starts 3D Scanning its Entire Collection

Last year, the Smithsonian was one of the first American institutions to jump on the 3D printing bandwagon when they scanned and printed a Thomas Jefferson statue from Monitcello. The

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UN Report Says We Should Be Eating More Bugs

UN Report Says We Should Be Eating More Bugs

Photo via Shutterstock Let them eat… cockroaches? In an effort to address world hunger, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations recently published a

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No, Sweat! Furniture Doubles as Stylish Home Gym Equipment

No, Sweat! Furniture Doubles as Stylish Home Gym Equipment

Work out meets work space in Darryl Agawin’s No, Sweat! furniture line, which combines a love for design with a love for fitness (and knowledge gleaned from Agawin's studies in medical

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Google’s New Timelapse Shows How Much Our Planet Has Changed in Past 30 Years

Google’s New Timelapse Shows How Much Our Planet Has Changed in Past 30 Years

Google’s amazing new Timelapse may be the closest thing to a time machine that we’ve seen yet. Forget waiting for Doc to fix the time-traveling Delorean, Timelapse has the capability of

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Amazing Tiny Tack House Was Built Entirely by Hand

Amazing Tiny Tack House Was Built Entirely by Hand

Chris and Malissa's adorable wood-clad house is based on a seven-by-twenty-foot dual axle utility trailer, which enables the cottage to be moved should the Tacks decide to switch up their

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Tomatoes Blasted with LED Lights Have 50 Percent More Vitamin C

Tomatoes Blasted with LED Lights Have 50 Percent More Vitamin C

Photo via Shutterstock We all know LED lights help us save energy, but did you know that they could also help us to fight colds? Researchers at Wageningen UR, in a partnership with Philips

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West 8 Plans to Transform a Polluted Area of China into an Ecologically Sound Flower City

West 8 Plans to Transform a Polluted Area of China into an Ecologically Sound Flower City

Like much of China, the Flower City will inhabit an area of the country with heavily polluted waterways. In order to ensure the longevity of the region, the local government called for urban

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One in Three Honeybees Died Last Winter in the US

One in Three Honeybees Died Last Winter in the US

Bee photo from Shutterstock This past winter was a harsh one - particularly for bees and beekeepers across the United States. A recent survey by the Bee Informed Partnership and the Apiary

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Perkins + Will Unveils Green-Roofed LEED Silver Instructional Centre for the University of Toronto

Perkins + Will Unveils Green-Roofed LEED Silver Instructional Centre for the University of Toronto

With the University of Toronto Mississauga’s commitment to sustainability in mind, Perkins + Will set out to design a multi-use academic building that not only uses renewable energy, but also

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Staples Becomes First Major US Retailer to Sell 3D Printers

Staples Becomes First Major US Retailer to Sell 3D Printers

Staples is set to go beyond stocking regular old inkjets and paper - the United States’ largest office supply store just announced that it will be the first major retailer to offer 3D printers

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Foster and Partners Unveil Updated Bike-Friendly Plan for Apple’s Cupertino Headquarters

Foster and Partners Unveil Updated Bike-Friendly Plan for Apple’s Cupertino Headquarters

Foster and Partners updated their plans for Apple's Cupertino campus with pedestrian paths that give walkers access to more natural light and an enhanced planted landscape along the Creek Trail.

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Green-Roofed LEED Platinum Butterfly Beach Home Opens Up to the Outdoors in Montecito, California

Green-Roofed LEED Platinum Butterfly Beach Home Opens Up to the Outdoors in Montecito, California

The Butterfly Beach Home is divided into three main living blocks that are unified by a continuous rich wood deck. The main house opens onto an indoor/outdoor living room with sliding glass

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$1.6 Million Worth of Rat Meat Passed Off as Lamb in China

$1.6 Million Worth of Rat Meat Passed Off as Lamb in China

The horse meat scandal spread through Europe like wildfire in early 2013, and now consumers in China may have even more to worry about. Officials were horrified to discover $1.6 million worth of

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The Maria Grazia Cutuli School Provides a Safe Haven for Children in Afghanistan

The Maria Grazia Cutuli School Provides a Safe Haven for Children in Afghanistan

The innovative school was built as an homage to Maria Grazia Cutuli, an Italian journalist murdered in Afghanistan in 2001. The school’s designed is like a small walled village, giving

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Kinetic Energy Floors Convert Sweet Dance Moves into Electricity

Kinetic Energy Floors Convert Sweet Dance Moves into Electricity

The disco Energy Floors can be made to any size, as each modular tile has its own generator that collects and stores energy as dancers step on it. Whether an entire nightclub floor or just a few

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Architects Preserve 2,000-Year-Old Thula Fort in Yemen

Architects Preserve 2,000-Year-Old Thula Fort in Yemen

The site of the ancient Thula Fort was recently threatened by the plans for construction of a road, which would disrupt the fragile architecture of the ruins.  The people of Thula reacted, and

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Utah’s Sarah House Project Transforms Shipping Containers into Affordable Homes

Utah’s Sarah House Project Transforms Shipping Containers into Affordable Homes

White’s vision was to create small communities of low-income housing, recycled from shipping containers. The shipping container homes would allow for impoverished or in-transition families to

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27,000 Rivers “Disappear” in China, According to Recent Waterway Census

27,000 Rivers “Disappear” in China, According to Recent Waterway Census

20 years ago there were an estimated 50,000 rivers running through China - but a recent survey has found that over 27,000 of the waterways have disappeared.  An extensive three-year

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Studio Olafur Eliasson’s Crystalline Harpa Concert Hall Wins the 2013 Mies van der Rohe Award

Studio Olafur Eliasson’s Crystalline Harpa Concert Hall Wins the 2013 Mies van der Rohe Award

The waterfront façade of the Harpa Concert Hall is made of individual polygonal glass frames resembling sparkly fish scales, which reflect water and light, creating a kaleidoscope of luminous

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Studio Fuksas Unveils High Line-Style Elevated Park for Rail Station in Bari, Italy

Studio Fuksas Unveils High Line-Style Elevated Park for Rail Station in Bari, Italy

The the city of Bari launched a redesign competition to transform the railway site into a more pedestrian and environmentally friendly area. Drawing inspiration from projects like New York

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Venezuelan Eco Cabanas Light Up with Recycled Glass Walls

Venezuelan Eco Cabanas Light Up with Recycled Glass Walls

The Eco Cabanas are a comfortable and inexpensive housing solution for developing countries, giving residents a safe place to live, and also the pride of a beautiful home. Each Eco Cabana is

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La Plat-forme Maison Passive Produces a Cheeky Video to Promote Energy Efficiency

La Plat-forme Maison Passive Produces a Cheeky Video to Promote Energy Efficiency

Leave it to the Europeans to give Passive Houses sex appeal. La Plate-forme Maison Passive (PMP) recently released this tongue-in-cheek video promoting passive housing that features a

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Siva Cycle’s Atom Generator Charges Your Gadgets While You Ride

Siva Cycle’s Atom Generator Charges Your Gadgets While You Ride

A new bike-powered generator can help cyclists power their lives, “one pedal at a time”. The Siva Cycle Atom clips directly to your bike and harnesses your pedal-pushing energy, storing it

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72,000 Ladybugs Released Inside Mall of America

72,000 Ladybugs Released Inside Mall of America

Photo via Shutterstock Minnesota’s Mall of America may be known as the largest retail complex in the country, but it is also now home to 72,000 lady bugs!  The ladybugs were released

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Uritonnoir: Straw Bale Urinal Turns Festival Goers’ Pee into Compost

Uritonnoir: Straw Bale Urinal Turns Festival Goers’ Pee into Compost

Festivals and beer go hand in hand - and the wait in line for the nearest port-o-potty is usually a long one. To address the issue, French design firm Faltazi has created the Uritonnoir - a

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Boat Found Near Crescent City Confirmed as First California Tsunami Debris

Boat Found Near Crescent City Confirmed as First California Tsunami Debris

Researchers initially estimated the debris touchdown to be sometime in 2014, but the vessel from Rikuzentakata confirms that it is already well on its way. The heavily-barnacled skiff was

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Richie Trimble’s Stoopid Tall Bike Stands Two Stories High!

Richie Trimble’s Stoopid Tall Bike Stands Two Stories High!

Richie Trimble has been participating in group bike rides since he first arrived in L.A. six years ago. Trimble’s first foray into tall bikes was just three frames high, which he nicknamed

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Paul Foeckler Transforms Fallen Cypress Branches into Beautiful LED Lamps

Paul Foeckler Transforms Fallen Cypress Branches into Beautiful LED Lamps

Foeckler’s handmade sculptures dissect the California Coastal Monterey Cypress and gives the viewer a new perspective on the gorgeous hardwood. Each segment gives insight into the beauty of

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Bottle Up Recycles Glass Bottles into Fragrance-Difussing Pendant Lamps

Bottle Up Recycles Glass Bottles into Fragrance-Difussing Pendant Lamps

Giuseppe Casuccio and Valerio Palmieri’s upcycled Bottle Up lamps are perfect for any restaurant or bar. Inspired by a lazy restaurant owner who let his empty bottles accumulate, the project

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