Ladies, are you jealous of your man’s time in his stinky old man cave? If so, it might be time to get your own “She Shed”! According to NBC TODAY, more and more women have been embracing the trend of building their own special getaway cottages. Sandra Foster, who built her own sassy She Shed in New York’s Catskills Mountains, says she uses the tiny space to escape the pressures of work and to have some peaceful personal time.
There are many plausible reasons to believe that self-driving cars are safer than those operated exclusively by humans. One is Google’s recent announcement that the 11 incidents its autonomous autos have been involved in can all be attributed solely to human interaction. Another is a newly released video of a group of besuited journalists testing out Volvo’s fancy new self-parking feature: the car gently reverses itself, waits, and then accelerates somewhat rapidly into two soon-to-be-bruised men. The reason for this alarming event? The XC60 in question was does not appear to be equipped with the “Pedestrian Detection” feature—that option requires an extra fee.
Many of us are completely unaware of the delicious edible plants that surround us, especially in urban environments, but did you know that there are a multitude of tasty plant species right in your own neighborhood park? No matter where you live, foraging is a free, fun culinary activity which requires only a keen eye, some plastic bags and a sense of adventure! It’s easier than one might think to uncover nutritious natural edibles, from medicinal herbs, to edible flowers, brain-boosting nuts and exotic salads. We followed NYC’s famed foraging experts Wildman Steve Brill and his daughter Violet Brill to discover six abundant and delicious plants nestled within the urban forestry of Prospect Park, right in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. Watch the video and read on to learn how to identify these forageable plants, from field garlic and ginkgo biloba to black walnuts and sassafras. Some of them could even be growing in your own backyard!
You can learn more about foraging for these delectable plants (and many more) with Wildman Steve Brill’s new Master Foraging App, now available for iPhone, iPad, and Android systems.
Get ready for harvest season! In a few months, the trees will be overloaded with fruit and while you may be spending your hard-earned cash at the farmer’s market to get your hands on it, did you know that you can pick fruit from trees on publicly accessible land for free? To make things easy, nonprofit Falling Fruit has created a map that guides you to all of the delicious fruit out there just ready for the taking. With over 600,000 locations, there’s bound to be something in your neck of the woods. Plan ahead now to make the most out of your local harvest.
Plans by the Peruvian government, alongside a Brazilian firm, to build some 20 hydroelectric dams across the main truck of the River Marañón would cause the displacement of thousands of individuals, and contribute to the “eco-system collapse” of the Amazon basin, according Paul Little, a U.S.-based environmental anthropologist. Additionally, according to a detailed report on Mongabay, the dams would cause a significant uptick in methane emissions, and produce far more power than is needed for the entire Peruvian population—raising fears the ecologically and economically risky hydroelectric dams are being built to serve mining companies, or to generate power for export sale to neighboring nations.
Want to save energy and look good doing it? The new Nanoleaf Gem LED light bulb makes going green easy and stylish with its elegant origami-inspired design. Made from shatter-resistant glass, this energy-efficient bulb casts a warm and inviting light that’s literally easy on the eyes with or without a lampshade. We spotted the Nanoleaf Gem in our rounds at the ICFF furniture fair, where the beautiful bulb was displayed alongside its predecessors, the Red Dot Design Award-winning Nanoleaf One and Nanoleaf Bloom bulbs.
German architect Udo Heimermann subscribes to a vision of harmony between humankind and nature, where reverence of and responsibility to the natural world is at the center of design. The challenge of revitalizing older spaces is invited as a way to embrace the future-oriented duty of ensuring the sustainability of our population. Many of Heimermann’s designs embody this duty with splashes of his own unique, artistic flair.
On Tuesday of this week, SpaceX entered a new and very important phase of their operations. The U.S. Air Force certified Elon Musk’s space exploration company to launch satellites for the Pentagon, making it only the second company to be cleared to do so. This certification essentially means that SpaceX can now run with the big dogs on the frontlines of aerospace exploration, competing against United Launch Alliance (ULA) for contracts to launch national security satellites.
Moving house is hard. However, it’s even worse if you’re a student who’s forced to move constantly semester after semester. Wish you could break that costly and wasteful cycle? Check out Room in a Box, an all-one-in kit that packs everything a student needs to furnish their home—from a bed frame to shelving—into a compact box. Made from 100% recyclable and sturdy cardboard, Room in a Box can be assembled and disassembled in less than 30 minutes without the use of any tools.
No, that's not a planter box: Mill Ends Park in Portland, Oregon, is officially the world's smallest park. The Guinness Book of Records even confirmed this in 1971, so you know it must be true! The tiny urban green space is just two feet wide and was dedicated in 1948 by Portland resident Dick Fagan. Of Irish descent, Fagan claimed that there were leprechauns living in the park and the pint-sized city landmark remains the site of St. Patrick's Day celebrations. Read on for more details of the little park's larger-than-life history!
A family in France commissioned Ziegler Antonin to add a writer's nook and garage to an existing home in Senneville sur Fécamp, located in the Normandie region of northern France. Designed to nurture creativity and inspiration, this tiny observatory opens on three sides to a glorious view of wide open spaces. More about this mixed-use project right after the jump.
Artist Javier de Riba revives abandoned buildings with stunning illusory artworks. Using spray paint, stencils, and a lot of patience, de Riba paints gorgeous geometric floor patterns that seem indistinguishable from decorative ceramic tiles. The Barcelona-born designer is motivated by an “ongoing battle against stagnancy, in favor of versatility and innovation.”
On Miyako-jima, a Japanese island 250 miles off of the coast of Taiwan, typhoons are a very real threat. The Hanazono Kindergarten was designed with weather in mind, incorporating features to keep children safe and comfortable through extreme weather conditions. Design studios Hibino Sekkei and sister firm Youji no Shiro, which specializes in architecture for kids, used local materials, such as concrete blocks with holes and red wall tiles, to protect children from the lashing rains and flying debris that often accompany typhoons.