Do you ever look at designers and think, wow, I wish I could do that? Well, there’s a way for you to try out your lighting design skills without having to do all the hard work thanks to Jason Krugman and Scott Leinweber, who teamed up in Brooklyn to create a line of interactive lighting systems that are both simple and affordable. We ran into the duo at the ICFF furniture fair, a giant candy store for design aficionados. Hit the jump for a closer look at the Splyt lights and learn how you can create your own.
Architecture firm Arcgency transformed used shipping containers into Unionkul, an energy-efficient office “made to be moved.” Located in the Nordhavnen area in Copenhagen, the contemporary cargotecture project minimizes energy usage and is built to withstand the Scandinavian climate’s harsh extremes. The architects describe the cost-effective project as “an experiment in prefab architecture that challenges universal waste issues and traditional building techniques.”
What design do you think would represent the planet Earth best if we ever got in contact with other civilizations? Designer Oskar Pernefeldt has an idea. He created a white flower-like geometric shape and placed it on a blue background, offering up an emblem that could potentially become our planet’s flag design.
Originally designed by Denys Lasdun in 1976, London's National Theatre is considered one of the finest examples of brutalist architecture in the public sector. Comprised of three auditoriums and a suite of cafes, bars, restaurants, workshop and educational facilities, the mammoth structure is located on the South Bank of the River Thames. And now, after 8 years of hard work, its $1.2 billion renovation is complete. Haworth Tompkins began the refurbishment in 2007, taking care throughout to pay respects to the existing design while modernizing the facility to blend in with what has become an increasingly popular hotspot among locals.
Australia’s humid subtropical climate is no match for the breezy Christian Street House. Designed by James Russell Architect, the two-story family house is carefully oriented for protection against the harsh sun and storms in Clearfield, an inner north suburb of Brisbane. The energy-efficient home is powered by solar energy and constructed with locally sourced materials including clay and concrete.
Secluded in the forested Poltova region of the Ukraine, Relax Park Verholy is a modernist escape, offering sleek new guest houses designed by YOD Design Lab. The simple, prefabricated structures provide comfortable living quarters amid the trees, without disrupting the beauty of the landscape. Clad in timber, the guest houses feature floor-to-ceiling windows that mirror the forest around them, creating a blur of trees when approaching each respite.
The CIA will no longer allow climate change scientists to access data from spy satellites and submarines in order to study global warming. Prior to the announcement, scientists could study global warming data in extreme detail thanks to a program, called MEDEA — Measurement of Earth Data for Environmental Analysis. Now the CIA is shutting down the program, saying that there is no longer a need to study the implications of climate change.
An old cockfighting arena received a makeover in Lima, Peru recently. 2.8x Architects have transformed the space so that one wouldn’t guess it had such a dark history. Lush, green foliage and beautiful stone walls now invoke feelings of peace and tranquility.
It’s been a long winter, people, but Jack Frost went packing to the North Pole and the summer sun is back in the lifeguard seat. Summer’s always been the best time to be outside for barbecues, nighttime guitar jamming on porches, and bonfires that last until three in the morning when dad passes out with a beer in his hand. But now that climate change effects are on the rise with all the dinosaurs we’re burning, summer’s a great time to shrink your carbon footprint, eat healthy, and build up that beach bod. Here are 5 ways you can reduce fossil fuel use this summer and give a break to your girl Mother Earth.
It’s summertime, which means people are trusting sunscreen to protect them from the sun during outdoor activities. But the 9th annual sunscreen guide released by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) reveals that 80 percent of 1,700 sunscreens on the market are not only ineffective, they also contain chemicals that are harmful to human health. Using a scoring system of 1-8 that measures everything from cost to toxicity, with one being the most benign and eight being the most harmful, the EWG rates the best and worst sunscreens available today. The most egregious products were nominated for EWG’s Hall of Shame. Hit the jump to find out why Neutrogena is considered the most shameful of all brands, and which products you can trust.
In an effort to tackle the dual problems of food waste and poverty, France has passed a groundbreaking law that requires supermarkets to donate unsold food to charity, give it away as animal feed, or face fines of up to €75,000 ($82,324) and two years in jail. The law, which was passed unanimously by the French National Assembly, is part of a greater drive to halve the 7.1 million tons of food wasted in the nation each year—some of which is intentionally destroyed by retailers to prevent ‘dumpster diving’ by those in need.
The Paleisbrug pedestrian and cycle bridge is a 250-meter-long connection between the historic center and the Paleiskwartier neighborhood in 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands. But what sets this bridge apart is that it also doubles as a raised park. If that weren't enough, the bridge, designed by Benthem Crouwel Architects, will not only act as a link between different parts of the city, but will also supply the surrounding area with energy generated by its large solar panels.
Florist Lisa Waud is transforming a long-forgotten home in Detroit into a spectacular display of flower blossoms and growth. The Flower House will serve as a testament to the home’s memories and to the future possibilities for other local abandoned properties. Waud recently gave a preview of the exhibit, which is set to take place the third weekend in October, and the results of the 48 hour makeover are stunning.
If you were still on the fence about whether to get a drone camera for personal use, this video might just change your mind. A newbie user captured HD footage of the new Tesla Gigafactory in Storey County, Nevada, where Tesla plans to roll out enough batteries per year to power 500,000 cars. The video shows the staggering size of the factory, which will span 10 million square feet once complete.