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
Indonesian Safari Park Upcycles Elephant Poo Into Paper

Indonesian Safari Park Upcycles Elephant Poo Into Paper

Tourists are flocking to Taman Safari Park in Indonesia to buy an item in their gift shop- poo paper. Made from the dung created by the park’s elephants each day, the recycled paper is made

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Ch’en Tsu-chang Carved this Incredibly Detailed Tiny Boat Out of an Olive Pit in 1737!

Ch’en Tsu-chang Carved this Incredibly Detailed Tiny Boat Out of an Olive Pit in 1737!

This incredible sculpture may be shaped like a football - but it's actually a teeny tiny intricately carved olive pit! Created by Ch’en Tsu-chang in 1737, the tiny sculpture shows a small

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Teeny Tiny Mouse Deer Weighing Just 4 Ounces Born in Spain

Teeny Tiny Mouse Deer Weighing Just 4 Ounces Born in Spain

Spain’s Biopark Fuengirola recently welcomed the pitter patter of tiny hooves, as an adorable mouse-deer was just born at the nature park. The rare creature weighed just four ounces at birth,

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Artist Chris McVeigh Pays Tribute to Retro Technology with LEGOs

Artist Chris McVeigh Pays Tribute to Retro Technology with LEGOs

The LEGO master has used the retro bricks to pay tribute to some of our favorite technology from the not so distant past. The minimalist designs are clad in the signature tans, browns and yellow

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MVRDV to Transform Moscow’s Hammer & Sickle Factory into a Modern Mixed-Use Urban Center

MVRDV to Transform Moscow’s Hammer & Sickle Factory into a Modern Mixed-Use Urban Center

Design firm MVRDV recently won a competition to transform Moscow’s Serp & Molot (Hammer & Sickle) factory into a sprawling mixed use development. The former steel factory will be

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Thomas Heatherwick Unveils Plans for Submerged Oasis Park in Abu Dhabi

Thomas Heatherwick Unveils Plans for Submerged Oasis Park in Abu Dhabi

Thomas Heatherwick just unveiled plans for an incredible semi-subterranean public park in Abu Dhabi that features a fragmented canopy to keep visitors cool. Al Fayah Park would transforms the

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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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Lorna Barnshaw Makes Creepy Casts of Her Face Using 3D Technology

Lorna Barnshaw Makes Creepy Casts of Her Face Using 3D Technology

As 3D technology sweeps the science, medical and design worlds, artists like Barnshaw are trying to find its place in fine art. Turning to the classic self portrait was an obvious move, so

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Takanori Aiba’s Amazing Bonsai Tree Castles are Miniature Living Worlds

Takanori Aiba’s Amazing Bonsai Tree Castles are Miniature Living Worlds

Treating each tiny Bonsai as if it were a deep-rooted full-sized tree, Aiba creates incredible buildings that wind around the boughs and branches. Using copper line, epoxy putty, plastic, resin

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Louvered Wallaby House Maxmimizes Space and Energy Efficiency on Australia’s Sunshine Coast

Louvered Wallaby House Maxmimizes Space and Energy Efficiency on Australia’s Sunshine Coast

Robinson Architects designed the Wallaby Lane House with a linear plan that follows the landscape’s natural contours. The house and the studio space are positioned side by side under a common

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Striking ‘House of Toilets’ Harvests Rainwater and Sunlight on an Island in Japan

Striking ‘House of Toilets’ Harvests Rainwater and Sunlight on an Island in Japan

From afar, the House of Toilet has the profile of a typical pitched-roof home. Yet upon closer inspection, the public restroom is split into six distinct sections, each of which is cut at a

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Millionaire Creates Uber High Tech RV Camper for His Four-Year-Old Daughter

Millionaire Creates Uber High Tech RV Camper for His Four-Year-Old Daughter

Ferren, a 61-year-old inventor and cofounder of tech design firm Applied Minds, came up with the unique camper van with his young daughter in mind, wanting her to explore the world safely after

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Awesome Spaceship-Shaped Cabin Pops Up in French Castle

Awesome Spaceship-Shaped Cabin Pops Up in French Castle

Lesétablissements Tourneux's rocket ship hugs the stone walls of the historic castle, which was built north of Moselle in 1434. The castle opened to the public in 1998, and it now hosts a

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Freshly Renovated Bronze-Glass Clad Trevox Apartments Reflect Mexico’s Mesmerizing Landscape

Freshly Renovated Bronze-Glass Clad Trevox Apartments Reflect Mexico’s Mesmerizing Landscape

In order to make the villa suitable for six units, CRAFT added a second floor to part of the original sprawling structure. Geometric mirrored panels make up the façade with strategic cut outs

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Industrial Chic Nannup Holiday House Perches on Stilts to Protect the Australian Bush

Industrial Chic Nannup Holiday House Perches on Stilts to Protect the Australian Bush

The oddly shaped Nannup Holiday House is accessible by a long ramp that stretches across the Australian landscape. Hugged by a forest on one side and a flood plain on the other, the area is

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Astronaut Pee Could Help Power Space Crafts

Astronaut Pee Could Help Power Space Crafts

Astronauts’ pee already gets recycled into water on space missions, but now NASA has found a way to transform their urine into fuel. Scientists have devised a process called forward osmosis

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Stilted Solar-Powered Pakkred Office Protects Against Flooding in Thailand

Stilted Solar-Powered Pakkred Office Protects Against Flooding in Thailand

Having been in business for 20 years in the Bangkok area, Geodesic Design wanted to create an office with the smallest possible footprint. The home office was built on stilts, not only to lesson

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IKEA Transforms an Entire Japanese Monorail into an Awesome Mobile Showroom

IKEA Transforms an Entire Japanese Monorail into an Awesome Mobile Showroom

Swedish design wonder IKEA turned an entire monorail into a colorful showroom in Japan. To kick off their latest location in Tokyo near Tachikawa station, the company decorated the train with

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Bone Dusters Paleo Ale is Brewed From a 35-Million-Year-Old Whale Fossil

Bone Dusters Paleo Ale is Brewed From a 35-Million-Year-Old Whale Fossil

If you’ve ever wanted to know what dinosaur-flavored beer tastes like, now is your chance. Jason Osborne of paleontology and geology non-profit Paleo Quest has teamed up with Jasper Akerboom,

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Flowers Top Awesome Shipping Container Guest House in Texas

Flowers Top Awesome Shipping Container Guest House in Texas

To keep the message of sustainability at the forefront, Poteet decided to leave the exterior of the shipping container as is, including its original blue color and markings from when it was used

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The Jane: Historic Military Chapel Transformed into Edgy Restaurant in Antwerp

The Jane: Historic Military Chapel Transformed into Edgy Restaurant in Antwerp

In order to mesh a feeling of modernity with the historical interior, Piet Boon Studio decided to focus on preserving the ceiling as a focal point to represent the building’s past. Rather than

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Bernard Pras Recreates Artistic Masterpieces Entirely from Recycled Materials

Bernard Pras Recreates Artistic Masterpieces Entirely from Recycled Materials

From afar, each of Pras’ pieces appear like seamless paintings. Hokusai’s classic “The Wave” crests with white caps, and Van Gogh’s infamous “Starry Night” swirls in hues of blue

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Jason Allerman Builds Functioning LEGO Keyboard With 1,500 Pieces

Jason Allerman Builds Functioning LEGO Keyboard With 1,500 Pieces

LEGO maniac Jason Allerman has used his enthusiasm for the toy bricks to create a fully functioning computer keyboard. Using over 1,500 LEGO pieces, Allerman transformed a discarded broken

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Win a Chance for a Home Makeover with IKEA’s Home Tour

Win a Chance for a Home Makeover with IKEA’s Home Tour

IKEA’s Home Tour Squad is heading to an East Coast city near you, giving homeowners a chance to have their abodes transformed by experts. A team of five IKEA designers will not only make

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Atelier SAD’s Modular Port X Home Can Pop Up on Land or Water!

Atelier SAD’s Modular Port X Home Can Pop Up on Land or Water!

The Port X features a flexible design that can be extended or reduced to provide the perfect amount of space for its owners. The home's curvilinear C-shaped sections are made up of wood and

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Andy Yoder Spends Two Years Covering Incredible Sculptural Globe with Thousands of Hand-Painted Matchsticks

Andy Yoder Spends Two Years Covering Incredible Sculptural Globe with Thousands of Hand-Painted Matchsticks

New York-based artist Andy Yoder spent two years painstakingly assembling a massive globe that is illustrated with thousands of matchsticks. In an act of extraordinary patience and devotion, the

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Ecosistema Urbano’s Amazing LED Energy Carousel is Powered by Play!

Ecosistema Urbano’s Amazing LED Energy Carousel is Powered by Play!

Amsterdam’s Carve design bureau invited 10 European design firms to create innovative projects that would appeal to all ages, encourage play, and help make the new Governeursplein Square more

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Dine Amongst the Dead at India’s New Lucky Restaurant

Dine Amongst the Dead at India’s New Lucky Restaurant

The New Lucky restaurant in India is like no other - it fuses a historic cemetery with a casual café that serves food. The restaurant’s owner Krishan Kutti simply set up tables amidst the

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Students Design Edible “Ooho” Water Bottle You Can Cook up in Your Own Kitchen

Students Design Edible “Ooho” Water Bottle You Can Cook up in Your Own Kitchen

London-based design students just invented an innovative edible water bottle called Ooho that you can cook up in your own kitchen! Made from a gelatinous membrane, the biodegradable bottle can

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Jennifer Illet’s Inspiring Moss Graffiti Purifies the Air

Jennifer Illet’s Inspiring Moss Graffiti Purifies the Air

Appearing as part of the Artist Project Toronto 2014 art fair, Ilett was asked to transform her signature illustrative style to a work of greenery. Sprout Guerilla, already known for their

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