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
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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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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CO2 Levels Pass 400 Parts Per Million for First Time in Human History

CO2 Levels Pass 400 Parts Per Million for First Time in Human History

Photo via Shutterstock We broke a record this week -- but not the good kind. On Thursday, scientists at a research facility on top of the Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii reported that average

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Lamacek Brings Colorful Rolled Felt Trivets to BKLYN Designs

Lamacek Brings Colorful Rolled Felt Trivets to BKLYN Designs

It all started three years ago with a funky felt lounger featuring a cushion made from rolled felt that Brooklyn-based design studio Lamacek unveiled at BLKYN Designs 2010. Then, last year,

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Spire Installed on One World Trade Center, Making it the Tallest Building in the Western Hemisphere

Spire Installed on One World Trade Center, Making it the Tallest Building in the Western Hemisphere

A 408-foot silver spire was installed on top of One World Trade Center in downtown Manhattan on Friday, bringing its official height to 1,776 feet and making it the tallest building in the

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Bower Shows Off Geometric Polaris Lamp at Brooklyn Design Show

Bower Shows Off Geometric Polaris Lamp at Brooklyn Design Show

One of the most interesting designs on display at BKLYN Designs this week is Bower's Polaris lamp, and yesterday Inhabitat's New York correspondents were able to view it in person. According

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Vote for Your Favorite Furnishings in Inhabitat’s BKLYN Designs Awards

Vote for Your Favorite Furnishings in Inhabitat’s BKLYN Designs Awards

This week, Inhabitat's New York editors have been reporting from BKLYN Designs, a showcase of home furnishings designed and made in Brooklyn. The show is a feast for the eyes, with lots of

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More than 1 Million People Sign Petitions Calling on Bangladesh to Improve Safety

More than 1 Million People Sign Petitions Calling on Bangladesh to Improve Safety

As the death toll Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh surpasses 1,100, people around the world are calling on the fashion industry to prevent a similar tragedy from occurring  More

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