Mark Boyer

 

Mark Boyer is a writer and photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. A native of Buffalo, NY, Mark studied literature at the University of Chicago and was the founding editor of Curbed Chicago. His work has appeared in GOOD, Mindful Metropolis, and others.

Mark Boyer
Ditch the Sugary Treats this Halloween and Hand Out Jack-O’-Lantern-Shaped Recycled Crayons Instead

Ditch the Sugary Treats this Halloween and Hand Out Jack-O’-Lantern-Shaped Recycled Crayons Instead

Halloween brings out the creativity in kids perhaps more than any other major holiday, and these Jack-O'-Lantern crayons can inspire some great works of art! Made from melted-down, recycled

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Art + Environment Conference Kicks Off This Weekend at the Nevada Museum of Art

Art + Environment Conference Kicks Off This Weekend at the Nevada Museum of Art

Artists and scholars from around the world will convene in Reno, Nevada this weekend for the 2014 Art + Environment Conference, which is hosted by the Nevada Museum of Art. Conference attendees

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Dallas Arboretum Unveils Massive Village Made From 50,000 Pumpkins!

Dallas Arboretum Unveils Massive Village Made From 50,000 Pumpkins!

"Small" and "modest" aren't in Dallas residents' vocabularies. Some 45 different varieties of pumpkin and gourd have been formed into houses and  other structures at the Cinderella-themed

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9 Eco-Friendly Thrift-Store Halloween Costumes for Under $15

9 Eco-Friendly Thrift-Store Halloween Costumes for Under $15

Across the country, the leaves are changing and the air is turning crisp. It can only mean one thing: Time to get your Halloween plans in order. We love dressing up for Halloween just as much as

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New Book ‘Tree Houses: Fairy Tale Castles in the Air’ Features 50 Breathtaking Tree Houses from Around the World

New Book ‘Tree Houses: Fairy Tale Castles in the Air’ Features 50 Breathtaking Tree Houses from Around the World

Nothing captures our collective imagination quite like a majestic treehouse. Tashen's new book Tree Houses: Fairy Tale Castles in the Air features stunning images of 50 of the world's most

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Philip Ross Molds Fast-Growing Fungi Into Mushroom Building Bricks That Are Stronger than Concrete

Philip Ross Molds Fast-Growing Fungi Into Mushroom Building Bricks That Are Stronger than Concrete

We first discovered Ross' unique mycelium material at The Workshop Residence in San Francisco's Dogpatch neighborhood during the 2012 AIA SF's month-long Architecture and the City festival.

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15-Year-Old Develops Flashlight Powered by Body Heat, Wins Top Prize in Google Science Fair

15-Year-Old Develops Flashlight Powered by Body Heat, Wins Top Prize in Google Science Fair

From a sleeping bag that charges your gadgets to entire buildings warmed by body heat, scientists are harvesting the heat emitted by humans as a source of renewable energy. But the latest

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Oregon’s Out’n’About Treehouse ‘Treesort’ has the World’s Highest Concentration of Treehouses

Oregon’s Out’n’About Treehouse ‘Treesort’ has the World’s Highest Concentration of Treehouses

Garnier says he founded the 'treesort' in an effort to make a living off Oregon's number one natural resource -- trees -- without cutting them down. When Garnier got started building treehouses,

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Bercy Chen Studio’s Green-Roofed Edgeland House Transforms a Former Brownfield in Texas

Bercy Chen Studio’s Green-Roofed Edgeland House Transforms a Former Brownfield in Texas

The form of the home itself is shaped like a scar, perhaps commenting on the site's industrial past, while the lush sod represents healing. According to the architects, the home is a modern

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Interview: David Maundrell of aptsandlofts.com Discusses the Demand for Green Homes in NYC

Interview: David Maundrell of aptsandlofts.com Discusses the Demand for Green Homes in NYC

If you live in New York City, you've probably encountered aptsandlofts.com, a go-to resource when searching for prime New York City real estate. We recently had a chance to pick the brain of

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6 DIY Valentine’s Day Cards To Make for Your True Love

6 DIY Valentine’s Day Cards To Make for Your True Love

Looking for the right way to tell your special someone what you really think of them? Forget the store-bought Valentine's Day cards and stationary, and make your own DIY V-Day card. Nothing says

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C.F. Møller’s Solar-Powered Wood Skyscraper Wins HSB Stockholm Architecture Competition

C.F. Møller’s Solar-Powered Wood Skyscraper Wins HSB Stockholm Architecture Competition

One of the first things that comes to mind when someone mentions a wood skyscraper is the risk of fire, but the architects maintain that wood is more fire-safe than other common building

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HOW TO: Choose a Living Christmas Tree for a Green Holiday Season

HOW TO: Choose a Living Christmas Tree for a Green Holiday Season

Purchase a Tree from a Nursery     Nurseries in most parts of the country sell young pines and fir trees, and the best way to find a tree is to call around to local nurseries

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Stockholm’s Subway System is the World’s Largest Underground Art Museum

Stockholm’s Subway System is the World’s Largest Underground Art Museum

The Stockholm subway system is often described as the world's largest art museum -- for the price of a Metro ticket, you can enjoy impressive works of art spanning from the 1950s to the 2000s.

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John Maniscalco’s Butterfly House is a Rebuilt Midcentury Home Overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge

John Maniscalco’s Butterfly House is a Rebuilt Midcentury Home Overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco has a very mild climate. There are seasons -- it's colder and rainier in the winter, and it's warmest in the spring and fall -- but temperatures fluctuate much less than in other

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Cary Bernstein Transforms a 1940s San Francisco Bungalow into a Modern, Light-Filled Home

Cary Bernstein Transforms a 1940s San Francisco Bungalow into a Modern, Light-Filled Home

Tourists are unlikely to stumble upon Glen Park. There's an aura of seclusion in the small San Francisco neighborhood, and that feeling extends to the Hill House, a new renovation project

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Frank Lloyd Wright-Designed Marin Civic Center in San Rafael Turns 50

Frank Lloyd Wright-Designed Marin Civic Center in San Rafael Turns 50

This week, to mark the building's 50th anniversary, the San Francisco chapter of the American Institute of Architects hosted tours and a panel discussion about the building's legacy as part of

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Urban Putt to Launch Indoor Miniature Golf Course in San Francisco’s Mission District [PHOTOS]

Urban Putt to Launch Indoor Miniature Golf Course in San Francisco’s Mission District [PHOTOS]

This past weekend Urban Putt opened its doors so that visitors could tour the building, which is a former mortuary that has been vacant for more than a decade. Fox and his team of designers and

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How ‘Soft Infrastructure,’ Like Wetlands and Green Roofs, Could Help Protect NYC from Future Storms

How ‘Soft Infrastructure,’ Like Wetlands and Green Roofs, Could Help Protect NYC from Future Storms

As the climate changes and sea levels rise, cities that were previously thought to be relatively safe are looking more and more vulnerable -- just ask anyone in New York who lived through

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Woodcube: Carbon-Neutral Five-Story Wooden Apartment Building Opens in Hamburg

Woodcube: Carbon-Neutral Five-Story Wooden Apartment Building Opens in Hamburg

The Woodcube was made for the International Building Exhibition, which Hamburg is hosting this year on the island of Wilhelmsburg. The event, which showcases a wide variety of innovative green

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Help Kickstart Visionnaire to Bring Timeless Fountain Pen Design to the Digital Age

Help Kickstart Visionnaire to Bring Timeless Fountain Pen Design to the Digital Age

A good pen isn't just a sign of prestige -- it's a form of expression. When you hold a solid, well weighted pen in your hand, you feel more inclined to write or draw something more meaningful

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Daylit Turin University Building Features Cantilevered Membrane Roof Designed by formTL

Daylit Turin University Building Features Cantilevered Membrane Roof Designed by formTL

For the past two decades, the University of Turin has been gradually modernizing its architecture as new facilities are constructed on formerly industrial land. Foster + Partners describes its

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Scientists to Use Google’s Underwater Street View to Better Understand Coral Reefs

Scientists to Use Google’s Underwater Street View to Better Understand Coral Reefs

The beauty of Google Street View is that it can instantly transport you to faraway places, giving you an on-the-ground perspective. Scientists in Australia have partnered with Google to produce

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Andy Goldsworthy Uses Natural Materials to Make Ephemeral Art Installations at the Presidio in San Francisco

Andy Goldsworthy Uses Natural Materials to Make Ephemeral Art Installations at the Presidio in San Francisco

Andy Goldsworthy is a world-renowned artist, known for constructing complex and elaborate site-specific sculptures from natural materials. He has produced works using everything from icicles and

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Ferry Sinks in the Philippines, Killing More than 50 and Leaking Thousands of Gallons of Oil

Ferry Sinks in the Philippines, Killing More than 50 and Leaking Thousands of Gallons of Oil

Photo via Shutterstock A routine boat ride took a tragic turn on Friday, when a large ferry containing 750 passengers collided with a cargo ship and sank in the Philippines. The death toll

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Scientists Grow Human Heart Tissue That Can Beat Autonomously

Scientists Grow Human Heart Tissue That Can Beat Autonomously

Photo via Shutterstock Scientists are inching ever closer to manufacturing an artificial, lab-grown human heart after a team of University of Pittsburgh researchers successfully produced

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Singapore’s First Driverless Electric Vehicle Hits the Streets for Testing

Singapore’s First Driverless Electric Vehicle Hits the Streets for Testing

A driverless electric vehicle is taking to the streets of Singapore - and it looks nothing like the autonomous vehicles that Google has been testing in California and other places. Nanyang

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MakerBot and Stratasys Complete Merger to Form 3D Printing Super-Company

MakerBot and Stratasys Complete Merger to Form 3D Printing Super-Company

Back in June, desktop 3D printing leader MakerBot announced plans to merge with the Israeli company Stratasys, which specializes in industrial-level 3D printing and prototyping. Yesterday, the

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Extreme Heat Waves Are Expected to Quadruple by 2040

Extreme Heat Waves Are Expected to Quadruple by 2040

Photo via Shutterstock Remember those stifling heat waves in the summer of 2012 that made you want to roll up into a ball and live in your refrigerator? Those heat waves are likely to become

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Self-Healing Solar Cells Mimic Plant Leaves to Repair Themselves

Self-Healing Solar Cells Mimic Plant Leaves to Repair Themselves

Photo via Shutterstock Plant leaves are the ideal model for a lot of solar technology, so it only makes sense that developers of manmade solar panels would look to Mother Nature to improve

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