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Bike Lanes Above Traffic In Our Future?

Imagine a world where cyclist could freely ride their bikes without worry about the danger of city streets and crazy drivers. Imagine a world where they can ride safely high above the traffic. Can't picture it? That's okay. Martin Angelov has imagined it with steel wires up in the air, but it isn't a circus stunt.

Why Design Now? Social Transformation In Medellìn, Colombia

We don't generally think about the sociological impact of design.  But in the poorest areas of Medellìn, Colombia, design is changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of its inhabitants with a strong message of education, jobs, and inclusion in the culture of a city with a very proud history. 


Real Books Are Reborn In David Garcia's Archive Series

The old fashioned kind of books with the hard backs and the paper pages one turns, generally by hand, are still important to Danish architect David Garcia, at least as subject matter.  In his Archive Series, Garcia gives books new life by placing them in different surroundings - four vastly different Archives that strike us as three-dimensional poems.  Fortunately, we have all the photos, even those representing the mysterious Archive III.

 

Micello & Point Inside, Mobile Location-Based Services Navigating Indoors

Foursquare and Gowalla have literally put location-based social networks on the maps and Twitter's acquisition of GeoAPI is diligently working on making the microblogging platform a communication center for followers that are within close proximity of each other. With the assistance of GPS devices and satellites, maneuvering outdoors is no longer a difficult task. However when trying to access a similar experience indoors, the necessary geo-location technology is just beginning to emerge.

Smithsonian's Lemelson Center Launches 'Tech Virtual' Design Challenge

The Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation today launched a collaborative design project with The Tech Virtual at the The Tech Museum in San Jose, Calif. With a series of design challenges hosted by The Tech Virtual, the Lemelson Center invites the public to develop and prototype design concepts for the center’s next exhibition, tentatively titled "Places of Invention."

 

Water Tank Becomes 'Spaceship' On The Streets Of Madrid: Infomab 2010

.... The Infomab project began as an experiment by the Kawamura Ganjavian Studio to see how the water tank's material - glass fiber reinforced polyester - could be repurposed.  Not a bad outcome!

Joshua Tree's Awesome Mirage: A Gold Hotel In The California Desert

Architect Robert Stone is not shy about pushing the envelope, or in this case, about designing a hotel that does not look or feel like any other hotel in the world.  He's designed and built the Acido Durado out of gold, inside and out.  And he's built it at the end of a dirt road in Joshua Tree, CA, where it appears in its dramatic desert surroundings as a glittering mirage.

 

 


PlanetReuse Makes Searching Salvaged Material Easier

Tracking down salvaged material for a project can prove to be difficult and time consuming. At least it used to be. Today PlanetReuse, one of the 14 new technologies, selected as Popular Mechanics Smart Home Green Design Award winners, has made the process much easier.

Fictional Schrute Farms B&B Gets 4 Stars From TripAdvisor

Promoted as the 'lifeblood of agrotourism,' by Dwight Schrute, the eccentric paper salesman played by Rainn Wilson on the award-winning NBC series, "The Office," Trip Advisor gets free publicity for a B&B that doesn't even exist -- to the tune of over 633 reviews (and counting). There's very few hotels in Manhattan that can garner that kind of attention.

Unforgettable Eco-Egg Hunting For Grown-Ups

I went on an early eco-egg hunt online this month. Guess what I found? I found a giant egg skyscraper eco-resort, a fair trade chicken, a solar powered rabbit building, an egg "tie" dying kit, and an innovative egg shaped eco-washing machine. Take a look.

Solar Roadways Prototype Built and Could Win an Award

Last year, in September, I wrote an article about Solar Roadways and their $100,000 grant, by the Department of Transportation, to build a solar powered road prototype. They did exactly what they set out to do and they built a prototype. Now they are finalist for an award.

10 Iconic Designs From Ron Arad's "Restless" London Retrospective

.... Arad is afraid of nothing; no medium, no size, no notion that is unconventional.  He experiments.  He plays... and you get to relive his pleasure through his work.  Restless is a 30-year retrospective of Arad's greatness... and he is still young.

Innovative Rubber Sidewalk Saves Trees and More

Concrete sidewalks can make a walk around the neighborhood a pleasant experience, unless the sidewalks are cracked, broken and lifted by tree roots. Then they become dangerous to walk on. Sidewalk repairs require intensive labor, money and sometimes the removal of trees and their invasive roots, but with Terrewalks trees, money and labor are saved.

Tea Room Heated By Compost

If you have ever turned a compost pile you understand how hot it can get inside the pile as it decomposes. You can feel and sometimes see the heat rise as you turn the pile. A Japanese design firm called Bakoko has taken note of this heat, which can reach up to temperatures of 120 degrees F, and come up with a way to capture that heat to warm up a room.

Upside Down Restaurant Turns The Tables On Customers

Foreign food flipping you out? The Sakasa Resuto (Upside Down Restaurant) in Nagano, Japan, bends over backwards to ensure your meal goes down - or up - easy.

Design For The Moon! NASA's 2010 Art Contest For High School & College Students

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is holding a moon-sized art contest for high-school and college students.  The challenge is to submit an original work on the theme: Life and Work on the Moon. 

TripAdvisor & Social Media Expose Top Ten Dirtiest Hotels

TripAdvisor®, the world’s most trusted source of travel advice, announced recently the top 10 dirtiest hotels for 2010, based on TripAdvisor® traveler ratings for cleanliness. For the fifth consecutive year, TripAdvisor® reveals the truth about hotels around the world, and it ain't pretty!

The Green Seamless Solution To Solar Panels Is Blue: Solé Power Tiles

I was just waiting  for an invention like SRS Energy's new Solé Power Tiles that can be seamlessly integrated with a tile roof.  Solé Power Tiles are a beautiful green solution, but they're blue.  

Biking the Friendly Skies

Where there's not enough room to craft traditional bike lanes, one architect envisions bike lanes in the air up above the city street.

Innovative, Elegant and Eco-friendly Fireplaces

Just because it's a new year doesn't mean the winter is over. For some of us winter is putting up a fight and we must fight back in mittens. Is it time for a fireplace? EcoSmart Fire has an innovative and very elegant line of eco-friendly open fireplaces.