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
Vodafone’s New Energy-Generating Sleeping Bag Charges Your Phone as You Sleep

Vodafone’s New Energy-Generating Sleeping Bag Charges Your Phone as You Sleep

Last summer, British telecommunications company Vodafone deployed a recharging truck to music festivals to enable festival-goers to charge their gadgets. Now, the company is rolling out a new

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Snøhetta Designs New Daylit Metro Station for Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Snøhetta Designs New Daylit Metro Station for Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia's largest city, is home to some pretty impressive modern architecture - and it's about to get another icon. Oslo-based architecture firm Snøhetta has been selected to

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Corning’s Gorilla Glass Could Make Cars Lighter and More Fuel Efficient

Corning’s Gorilla Glass Could Make Cars Lighter and More Fuel Efficient

Corning's Gorilla Glass is used in the screens of about 1.5 billion mobile devices around the world -- you might even be reading these words on a device made from the material. It's scratch

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Crowdsourced Project Uses Kites to Monitor Air Quality in Beijing

Crowdsourced Project Uses Kites to Monitor Air Quality in Beijing

Beijing has some of the worst air quality in the world; conditions were so bad earlier this year that levels soared beyond the range of the US embassy’s air quality index. In an effort to

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The Lepsis is a Terrarium for Growing Edible Bugs at Home!

The Lepsis is a Terrarium for Growing Edible Bugs at Home!

Ourasanah collaborated with KitchenAid to develop the Lepsis, a small, decorative unit that can rest on a kitchen counter. The unit addresses the question of how to produce large amounts of

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New Window Skins Block Sunlight in Summer and Let it Through in Winter

New Window Skins Block Sunlight in Summer and Let it Through in Winter

Photo via Shutterstock Windows have one basic limitation: They let light in, but if you want to keep light out you have to use blinds or a curtain. Researchers at Japan's National Institute

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Researchers Create Cheaper, Greener OLED Lights Using Inkjet Printers

Researchers Create Cheaper, Greener OLED Lights Using Inkjet Printers

Photo via Shutterstock Organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) aren't quite as energy efficient as normal LEDs, but they're still far more efficient than traditional light bulbs - and new

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Devastating Floods Across Central Europe Cause Thousands to Evacuate

Devastating Floods Across Central Europe Cause Thousands to Evacuate

This week heavy rainfall in Central Europe caused some of the worst flooding in centuries as rivers across Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic breached their banks. At least 16 people have

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The Cardboard Collective Releases Detailed Instructions for Creating Children’s Furniture from Reclaimed Cardboard

The Cardboard Collective Releases Detailed Instructions for Creating Children’s Furniture from Reclaimed Cardboard

The Cardboard Collective just released a new pattern for making a set of stacking cardboard boxes that convert into a nightstand, an ottoman, a stool or a tiny table with chairs. They were

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This is the Most Haunting Photo of the Rubble at the Bangladesh Building Collapse

This is the Most Haunting Photo of the Rubble at the Bangladesh Building Collapse

Photo by Taslima Akhter In the May 8, 2013 edition of Time Taslima Akhter, the photographer who took one of the most haunting photos of the tragic Rana Plaza building collapse, explained

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Snøhetta-Designed SFMOMA Expansion Breaks Ground Today

Snøhetta-Designed SFMOMA Expansion Breaks Ground Today

The 235,000-square-foot expansion will include seven stories devoted to new art exhibition and programming spaces. But those experiences won't be limited to paying customers; about 15,000

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Intel’s New Haswell Chips Will Boost Laptop Battery Life by 50 Percent

Intel’s New Haswell Chips Will Boost Laptop Battery Life by 50 Percent

Photo via Shutterstock Laptop technology has come a long way in the past decade or so, but sales of mobile phones and tablets are leaving PCs in the dust. Part of that has to do with battery

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Dominican Sisters House of Formation in San Rafael Becomes the First LEED-Certified Convent in the US

Dominican Sisters House of Formation in San Rafael Becomes the First LEED-Certified Convent in the US

During the planning stage, the Dominican sisters studied the Earth Charter, an international document outlining the principles needed to create a just and environmentally sustainable world in

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HGA Architects’ West Valley Campus at College of the Desert Will Produce More Energy than it Consumes

HGA Architects’ West Valley Campus at College of the Desert Will Produce More Energy than it Consumes

College of the Desert is a two-year community college with about 3,400 full-time students that is located in the Coachella Valley. Renewable energy production will be a major focus of

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David Spurgeon’s Passive Solar Houseboat Conserves Energy in Sausalito

David Spurgeon’s Passive Solar Houseboat Conserves Energy in Sausalito

The history of Sausalito's houseboat community dates back to the late 19th century, when wealthy San Franciscans would keep floating holiday homes in Marin County. But after the devastating 1906

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Chicago Announces Plans to Roll Out “Divvy” Bike-Sharing Program in June

Chicago Announces Plans to Roll Out “Divvy” Bike-Sharing Program in June

Hot on the heels of the launch of New York City's new bike-sharing program, Chicago officials announced this weekend that the Windy City will kick off a bike-sharing program of its own by the

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Israeli Electric Car Company Better Place Files for Bankruptcy

Israeli Electric Car Company Better Place Files for Bankruptcy

The once-promising electric car company Better Place has filed for bankruptcy. The company sought to put in place a large and innovative electric vehicle network with interchangable batteries,

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Walmart and Gap Still Refuse to Sign Bangladesh Workers’ Safety Accord

Walmart and Gap Still Refuse to Sign Bangladesh Workers’ Safety Accord

In the weeks following the horrific Rana Plaza building collapse that killed 1,127 workers -- one of the worst tragedies in the history of the garment industry -- more than 30 of the world's

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Koji Tsutsui’s Multicellular House Cascades Down a Steep Slope in Mill Valley, CA

Koji Tsutsui’s Multicellular House Cascades Down a Steep Slope in Mill Valley, CA

The Multicellular House is located at the top of a winding road in the secluded hills of Mill Valley. Because of the somewhat remote location, the event organizers chartered shuttle buses to

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The Shack: Marin County Retreat Restored to Reveal Old-Growth Timber Features

The Shack: Marin County Retreat Restored to Reveal Old-Growth Timber Features

The Shack was included in the slate of homes that were opened to the public as part of the 2013 Marin Living: Home Tours, which was hosted by AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture +

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Andrea Ponsi’s Sprawling House on the Bay is Powered Entirely by Renewable Energy

Andrea Ponsi’s Sprawling House on the Bay is Powered Entirely by Renewable Energy

This year's slate of homes that were chosen for the Marin: Living Home Tours was impressive, but Andrea Ponsi's House on the Bay managed to stand out from the pack. The house is located on a

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The Patch is a Self-Watering Planter for Herbs and Greens

The Patch is a Self-Watering Planter for Herbs and Greens

A new generation of gardeners are interested in growing their own food, and The Patch, a new self-watering planter, helps guide newbies through the process. The planter, which is designed for

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James Corner Unveils New Design Scheme for Overhaul of Chicago’s Navy Pier

James Corner Unveils New Design Scheme for Overhaul of Chicago’s Navy Pier

The initial plan, which won the international design competition last year, called for the addition of a large swimming pool with a sand beach on the south side of the pier. That feature and a

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The Baker Stove is a Safer, Energy-Efficient Cookstove for the Developing World

The Baker Stove is a Safer, Energy-Efficient Cookstove for the Developing World

The majority of women in the developing world do their cooking on what is called a "three-stone fire": three stones supporting a pot with a fire beneath it. That type of fire is both

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Cambodian Shoe Factory Collapse Kills Two Workers

Cambodian Shoe Factory Collapse Kills Two Workers

The ceiling of a shoe factory in Cambodia that makes Asics athletic shoes collapsed on Thursday, killing two workers and injuring at least a dozen. The tragedy, which took place less than a

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Tour Some of Marin County’s Best Homes at AIA SF’s Marin Living: Home Tours

Tour Some of Marin County’s Best Homes at AIA SF’s Marin Living: Home Tours

Heads up San Francisco Bay Area architecture fans - AIA SF's 2013 Marin Living:Home Tours is back again! For the past three years, the owners of some of Marin County's most impressive homes have

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The World’s First Flat-Pack Truck Can Be Assembled in Just 12 Hours

The World’s First Flat-Pack Truck Can Be Assembled in Just 12 Hours

Flat-pack goods typically make more efficient use of materials and have lower shipping costs, and in recent years companies have designed everything from flat-pack beds and dressers to flat-pack

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World’s First Floating Wind-Current Turbine to be Installed Off Japanese Coast

World’s First Floating Wind-Current Turbine to be Installed Off Japanese Coast

Offshore wind farms and tidal energy facilities harness the power of the wind and the ocean - but why should we have separate turbines for each task? Offshore technology company Mitsui is

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MIT and Harvard’s 3D-Printed Inchworm Robot Can Assemble Itself

MIT and Harvard’s 3D-Printed Inchworm Robot Can Assemble Itself

The first sure sign of a robot uprising will be when robots gain self-awareness and begin acting autonomously - and if this self-assembling robot is any indication, we're well on our way to the

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Buffalo’s Grain Elevators to Be Used in Large-Scale Narrative Lighting Dislpay

Buffalo’s Grain Elevators to Be Used in Large-Scale Narrative Lighting Dislpay

The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp., which oversees the development of the Buffalo waterfront, has come up with the plan, and they've enlisted Ambiances Design Production to do the lighting

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