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
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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Singapore’s Bishan Park Wins Landscape of the Year Award at the World Architecture Festival

Singapore’s Bishan Park Wins Landscape of the Year Award at the World Architecture Festival

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.

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With “Bio-Trimmings” Hoyan Ip Transforms Food Waste into Stylish Buttons and Buckles

With “Bio-Trimmings” Hoyan Ip Transforms Food Waste into Stylish Buttons and Buckles

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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Adam Niklewicz’s Charter Oak Tree Mural in Hartford is Activated by Water

Adam Niklewicz’s Charter Oak Tree Mural in Hartford is Activated by Water

Although the mural is water-activated, most rain storms wouldn't do the trick -- unless it was falling at just the right angle. So to ensure that the mural is visible, Hartford installed

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Swiss Researchers Develop a Roof that “Sweats” to Passively Cool Buildings

Swiss Researchers Develop a Roof that “Sweats” to Passively Cool Buildings

Mammals have the unique ability to moderate their body temperature through perspiration— evaporation on the surface of our skin that helps to keep us from overheating. But if sweating works so

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Blom & Blom Rescues and Restores Industrial Lamps from Abandoned East German Factories

Blom & Blom Rescues and Restores Industrial Lamps from Abandoned East German Factories

Sparked by a passion for "authentic items with a story to tell," the Blom brothers launched a web store last month where they sell refurbished lamps. Most of the factories they mine

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‘Smart’ Curtains Trigger an Alarm When they Detect Intruders

‘Smart’ Curtains Trigger an Alarm When they Detect Intruders

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM in Berlin have developed an amazing new type of intruder-detecting 'smart' curtains that can sense when someone

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Debunked: 10 of the Most Common Excuses for Not Paying a Living Wage

Debunked: 10 of the Most Common Excuses for Not Paying a Living Wage

Fast fashion companies have plenty of excuses for not paying workers a fair living wage. Consumers don't want to pay more for clothes, they argue, and they insist that they're helping create

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Lauren Dicioccio’s Embroidered Tote Bags Are Perfect Replicas of Banned Plastic Bags

Lauren Dicioccio’s Embroidered Tote Bags Are Perfect Replicas of Banned Plastic Bags

In 2007 San Francisco banned the use of non-compostable plastic bags by large supermarkets and pharmacies. On October 1, that ban will be extended to all retail stores, and on January 1 it will

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Foster + Partners Breaks Ground on Green-Roofed Hongqiao Vantone SunnyWorld Centre in Shanghai

Foster + Partners Breaks Ground on Green-Roofed Hongqiao Vantone SunnyWorld Centre in Shanghai

Construction is officially underway on Foster + Partners' sustainable masterplan for the Hongqiao Vantone SunnyWorld Centre, a sustainable mixed-use development in the heart of the Shanghai

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Tristan Roland’s Music Box Transforms a Discarded Chair and Record Player into a Multi-Functional Piece of Furniture

Tristan Roland’s Music Box Transforms a Discarded Chair and Record Player into a Multi-Functional Piece of Furniture

Designer Tristan Roland's Music Box is a generic dining chair that was rescued from the trash and repurposed, with a record player built into the seat. Appropriated, morphed and recreated,

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Scoot Launches Electric Scooter-Sharing Program in San Francisco!

Scoot Launches Electric Scooter-Sharing Program in San Francisco!

Bike sharing programs are great, but pedaling up San Francisco's steep hills can be a pain. And car sharing is cool, but finding a parking space in the city can be tough. Enter Scoot Networks,

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Headlands Art Center’s Caravanniversary Show Filled with Interactive Installations and Recycled Pods

Headlands Art Center’s Caravanniversary Show Filled with Interactive Installations and Recycled Pods

Perhaps the most eye-catching installation on display at the Caravanniversary show is Suzanne Husky's Sleeper Cell, which is part of her larger Sleeper Cell Hotel exhibit, which was on display

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Sky City: China’s BSB to Break Ground on World’s Tallest Skyscraper in November

Sky City: China’s BSB to Break Ground on World’s Tallest Skyscraper in November

Modular, prefabricated buildings have been catching on in design communities around the world in recent years, but the building techniques are typically limited to low-rise buildings. Chinese

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Lab-Grown Leather Could Hit Runways Within Five Years

Lab-Grown Leather Could Hit Runways Within Five Years

Why use living animals to produce leather when you can produce it in the lab? Modern Meadow, a Missouri-based startup that  seeks to combine regenerative medicine with three-dimensional

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Gwyneth Paltrow To Collaborate Fashion Label Chinti and Parker on Ethical Knitwear

Gwyneth Paltrow To Collaborate Fashion Label Chinti and Parker on Ethical Knitwear

Is there anything Gwyneth Paltrow can't do? The actress-turned-lifestyle-guru-turned-food-expert is now trying her hand at fashion design. This week, Paltrow announced that she is teaming up

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8 Organic School Lunches That Can Be Prepared The Night Before

8 Organic School Lunches That Can Be Prepared The Night Before

Photo via Shutterstock Let's face it: school day mornings can be pretty chaotic, and preparing a well-balanced lunch for your kid can add to the stress. The best way to ensure that you're

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Three Legged Pig’s Eddie House is a Green Renovation of an Edwardian Era Home in San Francisco

Three Legged Pig’s Eddie House is a Green Renovation of an Edwardian Era Home in San Francisco

Photo by Mark Andrew Boyer We toured the Eddie House this weekend as part of AIA SF's 10th annual San Francisco Living: Homes Tours, and came away impressed with Three Legged Pig's

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San Francisco Exploratorium Announces Move to New Net-Zero Energy Facility at Pier 15

San Francisco Exploratorium Announces Move to New Net-Zero Energy Facility at Pier 15

The Exploratorium is a museum of “science, art and human perception" that features hands-on, interactive exhibits. It was the first of its kind when it opened in 1969, and it has had a

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“Pink Slime” Company Hits ABC News with $1.2 Billion Defamation Suit

“Pink Slime” Company Hits ABC News with $1.2 Billion Defamation Suit

Photo via Shutterstock Beef Products Inc., a South Dakota beef producer that produces what the industry calls "lean, finely textured beef" -- a substance the rest of the world has taken to

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Guerrilla Grafters Secretly Graft Fruit-Bearing Branches onto San Francisco Trees

Guerrilla Grafters Secretly Graft Fruit-Bearing Branches onto San Francisco Trees

We've heard of guerrilla gardening, and we've heard of grafting plants -- but guerrilla grafting? That's new to us. For the past two years, a group that calls themselves Guerrilla Grafters have

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EDUN’s Military Chic Spring 2013 Collection Debuts at New York Fashion Week

EDUN’s Military Chic Spring 2013 Collection Debuts at New York Fashion Week

U2′s Bono and his wife, Ali Hewson, are the founders of the African-focused fashion label EDUN, and true to its rocker heritage, EDUN's Spring/Summer 2013 show at New York Fashion Week was

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Samantha Pleet Takes Us Back To the Fertile Crescent with ‘Sands of Time’ Collection at New York Fashion Week

Samantha Pleet Takes Us Back To the Fertile Crescent with ‘Sands of Time’ Collection at New York Fashion Week

Samantha Pleet’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection is epic -- literally. Pleet's new "Sands of Time" collection, which was presented at the Wolverine store on Manhattan's Lower East Side at New

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Lands End Lookout in San Francisco Aiming for LEED Platinum

Lands End Lookout in San Francisco Aiming for LEED Platinum

Set upon a site overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the ruins of the Sutro Baths in the cove below, Lands End Outlook was designed as a space for visitors to quickly step into to get a map, grab a

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Mara Hoffman’s Colorful, Polynesian-Inspired Collection Debuts at NY Fashion Week

Mara Hoffman’s Colorful, Polynesian-Inspired Collection Debuts at NY Fashion Week

With a collection that included colorful prints and pastel-colored swimsuits, fashion designer Mara Hoffman brought a taste of Polynesia to the runway at New York Fashion Week on Saturday.

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Google’s Augmented-Reality Glasses Make an Appearance on the Runway at New York Fashion Week

Google’s Augmented-Reality Glasses Make an Appearance on the Runway at New York Fashion Week

Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg shared spotlight at New York Fashion Week  with an unlikely collaborator this week: Google. Von Furstenberg sent Google’s new augmented-reality

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Organic by John Patrick Draws Inspiration from the “Urban Commune” at New York Fashion Week

Organic by John Patrick Draws Inspiration from the “Urban Commune” at New York Fashion Week

With a parade of linen trouser suits, translucent drop-waist shirtdresses, puff-sleeve bonded-cotton sweaters, floral lace shorts, and giant flatform rope sandals, John Patrick brought

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