We’ve seen cardboard bikes, surfboards and a huge amount of cardboard furniture, but in what must be a world-first, Lue Nuwame—better known as Homemade Game Guru—has created a cardboard treadmill. And it works! Sort of. Built for a fraction of the cost of a regular motorized treadmill, the cardboard version is fully able to withstand the weight of adult human foot fall, and its tread does—somewhat—spin with the runner.
Klopf Architecture recently remodeled a classic Eichler mid-century home, honoring the iconic home’s style while expanding it to suit the needs of the new homeowner. Working alongside Arterra Landscape Architects and Flegel’s Construction, Klopf opened the home to the surrounding landscape. The airy pavilion-like renovation provides the best of indoor and outdoor living, and allows the home to be naturally cooled by California’s breezes.
ARCHITECT Magazine is now accepting architecture submissions to its ninth annual R+D Awards, a competition that celebrates the most innovative building research, materials, and technologies at every scale. Open to students and professionals, the program accepts entries from all design disciplines and their design strategies, building systems, must-have products, and digital tools. The submission process is digital and each entry requires a 500-word abstract and can include up to 20 supporting images. Winning projects will be published in the print and online versions of the July 2015 issue of ARCHITECT. The submission deadline is April 17.
Did you know that Feng Shui practitioners were some of the first environmentalists in the world? Many people are unaware that the basis of Feng Shui is synonymous with green design, as its essence is centered around mastering a connection with the natural world. So, when exactly does a green home become a sanctuary? We had the opportunity to review Feng Shui expert and LEED accredited Architect Anjie Cho‘s latest book for a true how-to on the subject: 108 Ways to Create Holistic Spaces: Feng Shui and Green Design for Healing Organic Homes. Read on for our review, and a glimpse inside this practical, DIY guide to creating a truly holistic space.
The American Society of Landscape Architects recently announced the winners of their 2015 Design Awards, and Edmund Hollander Landscape Architects' ecological restoration of the landscape around an elegant Long Island home nabbed a spot among the honorees. The firm was recognized for breathing new life into sand dunes around the understated and sophisticated Flying Point home in Sag Harbor, NY. The project revitalized the site's gentle mounds and natural vegetation, which had been damaged by rising ocean tides over the years.
How do you design an outdoor music festival which leaves no trace? That was the goal of Pickathon founder Zale Schoenborn when he and his team envisioned an eco roots music festival in the outskirts of Portland Oregon. Since it was launched in 1999, Pickathon Music Festival has been the only waste-free and plastic-free outdoor music festival in the US, featuring solar-powered structures and an outdoor stage designed to be dismantled and recycled at the end of the concert. When students from Portland State University were tasked with designing a recyclable stage for the 2014 concert, they rose to the challenge with an incredible structure built entirely out of recycled shipping pallets. Check out this exclusive behind-the-scenes video that documents the development of this portable stage, which will help to ensure that the wild concert experience will leave no trace on the surrounding environment.
Looking for some inspiration to get your home spruced up for spring? Over the past few days, New York design fans flocked to Manhattan's West Side for the 2015 Architectural Digest Home Design Show, an immersive interior design experience akin to seeing your favorite Pinterest boards come to life in one of NYC's most expansive spaces. Inhabitat scoured the show floor to see what green designs we could pick out of this year's 400+ exhibitors, and we were excited to see a healthy selection ranging from solar-powered skylights to convertible furniture to seats made out of fallen Hurricane Sandy trees. Explore our gallery below for the full scoop!
Samoo Architects & Engineers won the design competition for the Ulju Government Complex in South Korea with their Ulju Maru project which utilizes the height difference of the site and sports sustainable design principles such as cross ventilation and a high degree of accessibility.
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.
Do you remember eating Fruit Roll-Ups and Fruit by the Foot as a kid? They were some of the most coveted lunch snacks, but they were also packed with sugar and other artificial ingredients. In fact, did you know that Strawberry Fruit by the Foot contained no actual strawberries? If you want to feed your kids (or yourself) real fruit in the same fun-to-eat format but without the unhealthy additives, here's an easy DIY way to make your own homemade fruit leather with just one ingredient - actual fruit! Read on for the simple video tutorial.
Spanish architects Jose Selgas and Lucia Cano of SelgasCano just unveiled designs for the 2015 Serpentine Pavilion, a temporary summer structure to be built in London’s Kensington Gardens. Commissioned by the Serpentine Galleries, SelgasCano’s colorful chrysalis-like design is characteristic of their other playful nature-inspired works. The bold structure will be made from layers of plastic fabric and multicolored webbing to create the effect of a kaleidoscope of stained glass from the inside.
Want to watch Jurassic Park with your kids but afraid it’s too gory? Try this new, LEGO-ized version. A father and daughter team has recreated the best scenes from Jurassic Park using stop-action video and over $100,000-worth of LEGOs.
This isn’t the first time that we’ve seen videos of the TeslaModel Xon the road, but this is the first time we’ve seen it this close. YouTube user nbkagzw13 recently caught a prototype of the Tesla Model X SUV driving on a freeway in Palo Alto, California. He called the electric car “sick” before the slick white SUV pulled ahead of him on the road.
Summer is coming and we can’t wait to go camping! However, those freezing nights and hot mornings can suck the fun out of the experience and make the most adventurous people grumpy. Irish firm Thermo Tent designs well-insulated camping tents that maintain constant internal temperatures and muffle noise transfer from the outside, as well as the inside. The technology they use reduces the spikes in temperature which usually occur with regular tents, making the camping experience more fun for everyone.