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
Maniac Pumpkin Carvers Elevate Pumpkin Carving to an Art Form in NYC

Maniac Pumpkin Carvers Elevate Pumpkin Carving to an Art Form in NYC

Brooklyn-based illustrators Marc Evan and Chris Soria have some serious skills when it comes to carving Jack-o'-lanterns. The artists have formed a creative team known as Maniac Pumpkin Carvers

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Klyde Warren Park Adds Much-Needed Green Space Atop the I-35 Freeway in Downtown Dallas

Klyde Warren Park Adds Much-Needed Green Space Atop the I-35 Freeway in Downtown Dallas

Photo by Mark Andrew Boyer for Inhabitat At just over 5 acres, Klyde Warren Park isn't a big park -- it spans just two city blocks. It's big enough to make an impression, and to help Dallas

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More than 7.5 Million Without Power as Hurricane Sandy Strikes the East Coast

More than 7.5 Million Without Power as Hurricane Sandy Strikes the East Coast

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,

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How Climate Change Increased the Intensity of Hurricane Sandy

How Climate Change Increased the Intensity of Hurricane Sandy

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

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NYC Public Transit System Crippled after Hurricane Sandy Causes Widespread Flooding

NYC Public Transit System Crippled after Hurricane Sandy Causes Widespread Flooding

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

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Seung Han Lee’s Scrap Wood Chair is Made from Recycled Wood and Plastic Resin

Seung Han Lee’s Scrap Wood Chair is Made from Recycled Wood and Plastic Resin

  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

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Chakaia Booker’s Intricately Textured Salvaged Tire Sculptures Greet Visitors at the National Museum of Women in the Arts

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

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David Adjaye’s Francis A. Gregory Library is a Beautiful, Light-Flooded Library in Washington, DC

David Adjaye’s Francis A. Gregory Library is a Beautiful, Light-Flooded Library in Washington, DC

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

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J.P. Meulendijks’ LOCK Table is Made from Bent Pieces of Flexible Bamboo

J.P. Meulendijks’ LOCK Table is Made from Bent Pieces of Flexible Bamboo

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

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Students Imagine a Better Bus Shelter for the Seeking Shelter Youth Design Challenge

Students Imagine a Better Bus Shelter for the Seeking Shelter Youth Design Challenge

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

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DIY Builder James Higginson Uses Recycled Scaffolding Boards to Make a Beautiful Timber Wall

DIY Builder James Higginson Uses Recycled Scaffolding Boards to Make a Beautiful Timber Wall

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

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Jeanne Gang Pitches Adaptive Reuse Proposal for Chicago’s Threatened Prentice Women’s Hospital

Jeanne Gang Pitches Adaptive Reuse Proposal for Chicago’s Threatened Prentice Women’s Hospital

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

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Woods Bagot Designs Efficient New Headquarters for Melbourne Water

Woods Bagot Designs Efficient New Headquarters for Melbourne Water

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

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Top 6 Incredible Artworks Made From Autumn Leaves!

Top 6 Incredible Artworks Made From Autumn Leaves!

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.

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Sou Fujimoto Unveils a Spiraling Cyclone-Shaped Waterfront Center for Belgrade

Sou Fujimoto Unveils a Spiraling Cyclone-Shaped Waterfront Center for Belgrade

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

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Retina Display MacBook Pro Included in EPEAT Green Electronics Registry

Retina Display MacBook Pro Included in EPEAT Green Electronics Registry

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

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Chicago Unveils the “Greenest Street in America” with Permeable, Smog-Eating Pavement

Chicago Unveils the “Greenest Street in America” with Permeable, Smog-Eating Pavement

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

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Cibicworkshop Showcases Green Building Techniques with “Cultivating a House”

Cibicworkshop Showcases Green Building Techniques with “Cultivating a House”

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,

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Melissa Kit Chow’s Like-A-Hug Vest Gives You a Squeeze for Every Facebook “Like” You Get

Melissa Kit Chow’s Like-A-Hug Vest Gives You a Squeeze for Every Facebook “Like” You Get

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

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Scalyfish Designs’ Bicymple is a Super-Compact, Chainless Bicycle That Can Travel Sideways

Scalyfish Designs’ Bicymple is a Super-Compact, Chainless Bicycle That Can Travel Sideways

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

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US To Place Higher Tariffs on Chinese Solar Panels

US To Place Higher Tariffs on Chinese Solar Panels

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

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EcoCool is a Water Filter that Waters Houseplants with Treated Greywater

EcoCool is a Water Filter that Waters Houseplants with Treated Greywater

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

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Rural Studio’s Lions Park Playscape in Alabama is Made from 2,000 Recycled Steel Drums

Rural Studio’s Lions Park Playscape in Alabama is Made from 2,000 Recycled Steel Drums

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

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Paul Testa Designs an Earth-Sheltered Home to Meet Passivehaus Standards in the UK

Paul Testa Designs an Earth-Sheltered Home to Meet Passivehaus Standards in the UK

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

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GIVEAWAY: Win a Vegan Matt & Nat Laptop-Diaper Bag (Worth $185)!

GIVEAWAY: Win a Vegan Matt & Nat Laptop-Diaper Bag (Worth $185)!

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

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Craig Henritzy’s SunHawk House in Mendocino County is an Off-Grid, Solar-Powered Home

Craig Henritzy’s SunHawk House in Mendocino County is an Off-Grid, Solar-Powered Home

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

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Chicago Unveils Ambitious Plan to Extend Riverwalk Park

Chicago Unveils Ambitious Plan to Extend Riverwalk Park

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

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Nikken Sekkei’s Evaporative Cooling Bioskin Building Wins Energy Award at World Architecture Festival

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

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Corkor’s Laptop Bag is a Sophisticated, Sustainable Bag Made of Cork

Corkor’s Laptop Bag is a Sophisticated, Sustainable Bag Made of Cork

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

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