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.
In NYC, the powerful storm caused a 13-foot surge of seawater, flooding streets in lower Manhattan and shutting down parts of the electrical system. New Jersey was also hit hard by the storm,
Whenever an extreme weather event occurs -- whether it's a hurricane or a blizzard -- pundits are quick to use it as evidence to support their beliefs about climate change. We can’t blame
The storm has passed, but the cleanup has only just begun. As officials begin to assess the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy to New York City's public transit system, all services in NYC
When you make something out of wood, you are almost always left with several pieces of scrap wood that aren't easy to use. Designer Seung Han Lee found a clever use for those
Chakaia Booker’s Intricately Textured Salvaged Tire Sculptures Greet Visitors at the National Museum of Women in the Arts
Prior to the installation of Booker's recycled rubber sculptures, the NMWA featured very colorful works by French artist Niki de Saint Phalle of dancing women. In contrast, Booker's sculptures
The new Francis Gregory Library is built at the edge of Washington, DC's Fort Davis Park, where a Civil War-era fort once stood to defend the nation's capital. The transparent library looks out
J.P.Meulendijks' LOCK Table is a sustainable dinner table made from layers of flexible bamboo. The layers are pressed together, and their shape is formed by the bamboo's natural bending
How would you envision a better bus stop shelter? The Seeking Shelter Youth Design Challenge is a project that invites youth to creatively re-imagine these public spaces. With the aim of
In an effort to build beautiful, functional pieces using cheap or free materials, DIY builder James Higginson recently constructed a gorgeous wall out of recycled scaffolding boards that were
New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman and architect Jeanne Gang both waded into one of Chicago's biggest preservation battles this week in an effort to save Prentice Women's
Melbourne Water's new headquarters has achieved a 5 Star NABERS rating (NABERS is Australia's green building rating system). And it is expected to receive a 6 Star NABERS rating following a
Lorenzo Duran's Intricate Leaf Art Spanish artist Lorenzo Duran cuts away at leaves with surgical precision to create detailed landscapes, intricate symbols, and a variety of other images.
Belgrade is the largest city in Serbia, and the riverfront district, located along the Sava River between the Sava Port and Kalemegrad Park, is one of the city's oldest continually inhabited
Apple's newest laptops just got a stamp of approval from the world’s leading green electronics certifier. The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) released its review
Last week, Chicago officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on “the greenest street in America,” a two-mile stretch of Cermak Road and Blue Island Avenue in the city’s
Cultivating a House is a large-scale installation consisting of two houses built from sustainable materials by Cibicworkshop, a design research center that is based in italy. The two houses,
There’s something innately satisfying about getting your status updates “liked” on Facebook, but it still doesn't compare a real hug. To reconcile that, Harvard Graduate School of Design
The Bicymple isn't the first attempt to reinvent the bicycle we've seen; just a few weeks ago we discovered the Fliz bike, a pedal-less bike based on the concept of a velocipede. And while it's
The US Commerce Department ruled in favor of imposing tariffs on some Chinese solar panels on Wednesday. The department found that Chinese solar-panel makers were receiving unfair government
EcoCool is a system designed by Ardavan Mirhosseini to filter and reuse the greywater produced in showers and sinks (but not toilets). The water passes through two separate filters and can also
The playscape is the fifth phase of Auburn University Rural Studio's effort to revitalize and redevelop Lions Park in Greensboro. The colorful, labyrinthine structure is filled with sound
This month, Paul Testa Architecture obtained planning approval to build an earth-sheltered home in the United Kingdom. The Burrows is a highly sustainable single-family home that will be built
Want to win an elegant, versatile carryall for any occasion? Over at Ecouterre, we're giving away a gorgeous “Raylan Sm” bag by Matt & Nat that includes a padded compartment, lined
In 1978, Schaeffer founded Real Goods Solar in Hopland, California, one of the nation's first solar energy companies, and his solar panels power the home. A large array of solar photovoltaic
The design team of Ross Barney Architects, Sasaki Associates, Benesch, and Jacobs/Ryan Associates, propose creating a series of public spaces along the riverwalk. Each new block would have a
Nikken Sekkei’s Evaporative Cooling Bioskin Building Wins Energy Award at World Architecture Festival
Nikken Sekkei's bioskin system is a groundbreaking attempt to reduce operations costs and energy use through natural processes. The idea was inspired by the traditional Japanese techniques of
Whether you're returning to school or just need a new bag to bring your laptop to and from work, Corkor's all-natural women's laptop bag is one of the greenest options available. The bag is
Bishan Park is part of Singapore's Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters (ABC Waters) Program, a long-term initiative to transform the city-state's bodies of water into more inviting public parks.
Every day, millions of pounds of food are sent to landfills around the world, but one fashion designer has come up with a clever way to remove some of that uneaten food from the waste stream.
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