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Tactical urbanism in Caracas – rebuilding the city with art and culture

A city of extreme contrasts, the capital of Venezuela is quite literally getting a new lick of paint and a whole lot more to bring communities …

HOW TO: Make a $5 wind-powered phone charger for your bike

A clever 16-year-old named Thomas combined his two passions, cycling and electronics, into one very useful DIY gadget. Using a tired CPU fan, an old …

Arduino

20 Shipping Container Home Floor Plans

<i>by Tom Woods</i><p>Today we’ve got something perfect for anyone looking to build their own tiny shipping container home.<p>As most of you probably know the …

Scientists Are Turning Salt Water Into Drinking Water Using Solar Power

The world needs this.<p>By inexpensively turning salt water into drinking water using sustainable solar power, a team from MIT in the US has not only …

Water

As MakerBot Struggles, Desktop Milling Machines Are On The Rise

The maker community is embracing affordable mini-mills designed to machine wood and metal.<p>MakerBot’s 3-D printers will soon be able to produce items that <i>look</i> like bronze, limestone, and wood, thanks to a new line of plastic-based composite materials shipping later this year. But the launch may be …

3D Printing

A & D

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Solar power will soon be as cheap as coal

<i>This post originally appeared at Ensia.</i><p>Inside a sprawling single-story office building in Bedford, Massachusetts, in a secret room known as the Growth Hall, the future of solar power is cooking at more than 2,500 °F. Behind closed doors and downturned blinds, custom-built ovens with ambitious names …

Renewable Energy
Houseplants

How to Use Plastic Bottles to Make Concrete Pendant Lamps

Let’s face it, designer lighting can cost a pretty penny. Instead of spending your tax refund on a brand new ceiling lamp, make yourself an entire set of stylish concrete pendant lights with a single bag of concrete mix and some old plastic bottles. Concrete is affordable, modern, and you can make …

Home Depot

PlantLab: Urban Farms 40 Times More Productive than Open Fields

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ]A Dutch firm on the cutting edge of indoor agriculture estimates that producing food for the …

Urbanism

Finland's Latest Educational Move Will Produce a Generation of Entrepreneurs

Last Friday marked the fifth anniversary of the iPad, a device heralded for triggering the broad adoption of tablet computers and for further …

Articles about 7 tiny backyards big style on Dwell.com - Dwell

In coastal Massachusetts, a resourceful couple and their equally enterprising children use reclaimed materials to create a...<p>It is not easy to design the interior of a tiny house without making compromises in style or functionality.<p>The alphabet is as easy as ABC, but for typographer Peter Bil’ak, …

Architecture
San Francisco

Sustainably feeding cities with aquaponics | Environment| All topics from climate change to conservation | DW | 19.03.2015

Tucked away behind a furniture store, a hardware store and a post office, you'll find what could be the future of urban farming: What once was a …

What 'Tactical Urbanism' Can (and Can't) Do for Your City

It's not going to solve poverty, for instance. But that doesn't mean it's not worth doing.<p>The phrase “tactical urbanism” came into use just a few short years ago, coined by a group of young planners and activists and popularized by an online guide to phenomena such as guerrilla wayfinding, pop-up …

Articles about 6 homes done shades green on Dwell.com - Dwell

Seaside or lakeside, waterfront houses evoke a sense of peace. Here are 6 of our favorites.<p>In 1892, when John Muir founded the Sierra Club, the only "web" he knew about was the kind spun by spiders, and social...<p>Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs suggests that we only think about fancy needs like …

Logging

Hackaball for Little Programmers

Hackaball is an interactive educational toy that teaches kids the basics of programming through play. Kids can “hack” the ball on a free iPad app …

iPad Apps

Autodesk's new app lets kids design their own toys

3D printers can build anything from prosthetics and musical instruments to Hershey chocolates. But, even as the technology continues to make strides with materials (metal, concrete, etc.) and takes on full-fledged architectural projects, it seems to move further away from the reach of children. …

San Francisco

Articles about brooklyn home keeps its historic bones while getting much needed interior update on Dwell.com - Dwell

A creative couple flips the script on their family home, a former workman’s cottage on the northern edge of Brooklyn.<p>A relaxed interior and radical roof make a home more sociable and energy-efficient.<p>More than ever, this renovated Eichler in Palo Alto, California, brings the outside in.<p>A home …

Home Tours

Palm Beach Pop: Lisa Perry's Florida Home

Fashion designer Lisa Perry stripped her family's Florida getaway to its pure white essence, then filled it with the bright colors and bold artworks she loves<p>Fashion designer Lisa Perry stripped her family's Florida getaway to its pure white essence, then filled it with the bright colors and bold …

Interior Design

How to build a Portable 420 watt Solar Power Generator . Very Detailed Video Instructions,perfect for beginners

This 2 part series shows you how to build 240,420W Solar Power Generators .The first video outlines detailed step-by-step instructions on how to …

Beautiful Houses: East Village Studio

Today we will show you a stylish studio in NYC, a project by Jordan Parnass Architecture. This is a great example that you can get really creative …

Small Spaces

Design Detail - Random Railings

This home designed by Monoloko Design, features custom railings on the stairs and the top floor, made from randomly placed steel supports that have …

Steel

Movable Shelving System Transforms a Single Room into Separate Spaces

As cities continue to grow in population, there's always the challenge of doing more with less – especially when it comes to housing. How do we make a small space feel and act like a larger one? The Madrid-based firm PKMN Architectures came up with the <i>All I Own House</i> as a solution to this …

Storage Ideas

DIY Canned Food Organizer Tutorial

I built this DIY Canned Food Organizer and it’s basically changed my life. Let’s start by saying, have you see my little kitchen?<p>It’s totally tiny …

Architizer

littleBits: Easy Electronics For Rocket Engineers To-Be

<i>Don't tell me how to live.</i><p>File Under: Real Reasons to Have Kids. If you're not already familiar, littleBits is a source for super simple …