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
GIVEAWAY: Win a 40-Piece Tegu Magnetic Wooden Building Block Explorer Set Worth $125!

GIVEAWAY: Win a 40-Piece Tegu Magnetic Wooden Building Block Explorer Set Worth $125!

Tegu blocks are some of the coolest toys around. The gorgeous, eco-friendly building blocks are magnetic, making them snap together as if by magic, expanding the range of shapes you can make

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Prenatal Exposure to Household Chemicals Increases Risk for Childhood Eczema

Prenatal Exposure to Household Chemicals Increases Risk for Childhood Eczema

Eczema is a type of skin inflammation characterized by itchy rashes that can cause extreme discomfort for both kids and adults. A new study from the Columbia Center for Children’s

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ExxonMobil CEO: Climate Change Overblown By “Lazy” Press and “Illiterate” Public

ExxonMobil CEO: Climate Change Overblown By “Lazy” Press and “Illiterate” Public

ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson made headlines around the world this week when the boss of the world's biggest oil company acknowledged that climate change exists while giving a speech at the

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Toronto’s PwC Tower is a Smart Office Building with an 8,000-Square-Foot Urban Forest

Toronto’s PwC Tower is a Smart Office Building with an 8,000-Square-Foot Urban Forest

The urban forest is essentially a large-scale intensive green roof that helps to reduce the building's heating and cooling needs while preventing excess stormwater runoff. Additionally, the

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Transit Experts Present a Prototype for Driverless Vehicles at Move: The Transportation Expo in Toronto

Transit Experts Present a Prototype for Driverless Vehicles at Move: The Transportation Expo in Toronto

The P.A.T. is an adaptable cube-shaped pod that would hold up to two people. A network of driverless vehicles would communicate with each other and a smart grid, eliminating congestion,

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Cisco’s Toronto Innovation Center is a Laboratory for Green Technology

Cisco’s Toronto Innovation Center is a Laboratory for Green Technology

This week Cisco Systems cut the ribbon on its Toronto Innovation Center -- a place where developers and tech professionals can come together to integrate different building technologies in

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Toronto’s Corus Quay Building Boasts a 5-Story Living Wall and Indoor Slide!

Toronto’s Corus Quay Building Boasts a 5-Story Living Wall and Indoor Slide!

There are plenty of reasons we'd love to work at the Corus Quay building -- especially the three-story indoor slide! The convenient mode of green transportation whisks workers from a third-story

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Ferruccio Sardella’s Flourishing Green Watershed Wall is a Living Map of Toronto’s Waterways

Ferruccio Sardella’s Flourishing Green Watershed Wall is a Living Map of Toronto’s Waterways

Toronto's ravines are one of the city's most distinctive geographical features; the network fans out across the city, and most of them have remained as undeveloped green space. Toronto residents

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PHOTOS: Inhabitat Tours George Brown College’s New High-Tech Campus in Toronto

PHOTOS: Inhabitat Tours George Brown College’s New High-Tech Campus in Toronto

The most exciting element of the new building is its automation system, which was developed with help from Cisco; because of those energy and atmosphere monitoring systems, the new building will

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PHOTOS: Daniel Libeskind’s Knife-Like L Tower Rises in Toronto

PHOTOS: Daniel Libeskind’s Knife-Like L Tower Rises in Toronto

Toronto has its own Green Development Standard for buildings, but as LEED has grown in popularity in the US, it has also been catching on in Canadian cities. According to a recent report in the

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Antibacterials in Care Products Linked to Higher Allergy Risk for Children

Antibacterials in Care Products Linked to Higher Allergy Risk for Children

Allergies are a tough nut to crack for scientists, because there are so many variables involved, but according to new research from Johns Hopkins Children’s Center common antibacterial

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10 Mobile Apps That Will Make Your Commute Fly By

10 Mobile Apps That Will Make Your Commute Fly By

We tend to think of the daily commute as time wasted. According to the US Census, more than 32 percent of Americans have a daily commute that takes longer than 30 minutes (2009), and that

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DIY: Make Dad an 8-Bit Pop-Up Card This Father’s Day Card!

DIY: Make Dad an 8-Bit Pop-Up Card This Father’s Day Card!

Forget store-bought cards, and embrace your inner geek by making Dad an awesome retro pop-up card this Father's Day! Crafty designer Kate Lilley, the blogger behind Minieco, came up with these

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Asymptote Architecture’s Prefab Velo Towers are Topped With Green Roofs and a Soaring Skybridge

Asymptote Architecture’s Prefab Velo Towers are Topped With Green Roofs and a Soaring Skybridge

Asymptote Architecture's round, offset Velo Towers offer an interesting alternative to typical skyscraper designs, resembling rotating parts on a machine. Both the interior residential units and

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Watch as 30 Volunteers Help Transform their Neighbor’s Lawn into an Edible Garden in One Day!

Watch as 30 Volunteers Help Transform their Neighbor’s Lawn into an Edible Garden in One Day!

Conventional lawns aren't just a symbol of conformity -- they require regular maintenance and gobble up water. In places like California, where water is scarce and it almost never rains in the

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Ubicuo Diseño + Deriva Colectivo’s Architecture Pavilion Features a Platform Made of Recycled Bottles

Ubicuo Diseño + Deriva Colectivo’s Architecture Pavilion Features a Platform Made of Recycled Bottles

With the intention of creating a versatile architecture pavilion that could be set up in a variety of different configurations, Mexican designers Ubicuo Diseño and Deriva Colectivo have

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The Holonic Streetlamp is an Off-Grid Streetlight that’s Powered by the Sun and Wind

The Holonic Streetlamp is an Off-Grid Streetlight that’s Powered by the Sun and Wind

Streetlights are fixture of cities and towns across the world -- they literally guide us through the night. But even new LED streetlights require a large amount of energy, because they run all

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6 Awesome and Unique Green Father’s Day Gifts for Your Dad

6 Awesome and Unique Green Father’s Day Gifts for Your Dad

Looking for a special way to remind pops that he's tops on Father's Day? We've got you covered. The great thing about Father's Day gifts is that there isn't much pressure; he's pretty much

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New Pee-Powered Plasma Thruster Could Allow Astronauts to Travel Farther Into Deep Space

New Pee-Powered Plasma Thruster Could Allow Astronauts to Travel Farther Into Deep Space

A new type of plasma thruster, currently in development at the Australian National University, could be a game-changer for deep space missions. Researchers at ANU believe that the new plasma

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Turn Your Houseplants into a Work of Art with MDC Interiors’ Indoor Concrete Wall Planter

Turn Your Houseplants into a Work of Art with MDC Interiors’ Indoor Concrete Wall Planter

From furniture made using reclaimed wood to a living table that doubles as a bonsai tree planter, Michael Carpenter of MDC Interiors has been developing a wide range of innovative green interior

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Biomimicry: 10 Eco-Friendly Fashions That Are Inspired by Nature

Biomimicry: 10 Eco-Friendly Fashions That Are Inspired by Nature

With millions of years of testing and refining her creations, Mother Nature is the best designer there is. But that doesn't mean we can't cherry-pick and copy some of nature's best

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Energy Field: Enormous Field of LED Lights Springs Up at Expo 2012 in Yeosu, South Korea

Energy Field: Enormous Field of LED Lights Springs Up at Expo 2012 in Yeosu, South Korea

Each of the 380 blades in the Energy Field is 59 feet tall, and they tower over pedestrians and traffic on the adjacent street. The blades are made of artificial bamboo fiber, and they sway

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Himalayan Village: A Charming Mountain Resort Made of Local Materials in Northern India

Himalayan Village: A Charming Mountain Resort Made of Local Materials in Northern India

The Himalayan Village is located in northern India's Parvati Valley, which has become a destination for backpackers, rock climbers and nature lovers in recent years because of the area's

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Herzog & de Meuron’s Zurich Children’s Hospital Will Be Built Around a Series of Courtyards

Herzog & de Meuron’s Zurich Children’s Hospital Will Be Built Around a Series of Courtyards

The board of Kinderspital Zürich announced that Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron has been selected to design a new children's hospital in Zurich. The plan calls for two

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HOK Selected To Lead Design of New Medical School in Downtown Buffalo

HOK Selected To Lead Design of New Medical School in Downtown Buffalo

Buffalo, NY was once known for its architectural riches. The Rust Belt city boasts several structures designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan and Daniel Burnham -- but most of them were

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Win a Stylish Green Messenger Bag From Plaid Doctrine (Worth $129)!

Win a Stylish Green Messenger Bag From Plaid Doctrine (Worth $129)!

School's out for summer and Father's Day is just around the bend, so this year why not give your dad or grad a gift he can actually use - like Plaid Doctrine’s Belltown messenger bag.

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How To Make Refreshing Vegetable and Fruit Infused Water

How To Make Refreshing Vegetable and Fruit Infused Water

Summer is here at last, and whether you're entertaining guests or just trying to keep your kids hydrated, homemade fruit- or vegetable-infused water is one of the most refreshing beverages you

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H&M’s New Hawaiian-Inspired Collection To Benefit Water Aid

H&M’s New Hawaiian-Inspired Collection To Benefit Water Aid

With its new "H&M for Water" collection, Swedish retailer H&M is rolling out a whole new line of Hawaiian-themed dresses, shirts, swimsuits, board shorts, and accessories that are

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Rayfish Footwear Pioneers Genetically Engineered Stingray-Leather Sneakers

Rayfish Footwear Pioneers Genetically Engineered Stingray-Leather Sneakers

Think wearing leather is inhumane? Then try this on for size: Thailand-based shoe company Rayfish Footwear actually breeds live bespoke stingrays, harvesting them for their leather to make

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Light&Contrast’s Adorable Ikebana LED Flower Lamps Use Innovative Lighting Technology

Light&Contrast’s Adorable Ikebana LED Flower Lamps Use Innovative Lighting Technology

While making the rounds at NY Design week this week we spotted these cool LED flower lights by California-based design studio Light&Contrast. Inspired by the Japanese art of flower

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