Sustainable home in Cornwall is wrapped in steam-bent wood

October 25, 2016 by  
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Tom and his wife Danielle bought an existing lodge located in the woodland at Trevano near Heslton, and designed a timber-clad extension that blends seamlessly into the surrounding landscape. It is linked to the original cottage and outbuildings which the architects restored and modernized. Raffield translated his passion for sculptural design and sustainable materials  into his newest design-the biggest one to date-which promises to become his masterpiece. The timber-clad extension uses an innovative take on steam-bent furniture and lighting. Related: Students Construct a Dramatic 10-Meter-High Steam-Bent Lookout Tower at Helsinki Zoo “We wanted to build a house with the same consideration and attention to detail we put into our furniture and lighting,” said Raffield. “The experience of building your own space and creating pieces to put inside has been incredibly liberating. Then being able to share that experience is both nerve wrecking and incredibly exciting,” he added. The project recently appeared on the UK Channel 4 TV show “Grand Designs”. + Tom Raffield Via World Architecture News

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Toyota announces return of the stair-climbing iBOT wheelchair

May 24, 2016 by  
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This week Toyota revealed plans for its second generation iBOT prototype, a wheelchair so adaptable it allows people to climb stairs. The comeback is great news for people who feel limited by conventional wheelchair mobility and could usher in a whole new frontier for how balancing technologies are used to improve people’s lives. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBQvEJJBY-A The iBOT originally appeared on the scene in 2001, yet with the hefty price of $25,000 it was out of commission…

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Long Before Banksy, Guerilla Artist John Fekner Tagged Environmental Woes (Slideshow)

October 12, 2010 by  
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Image credit: John Fekner /Flickr In the 1970s, single words and short phrases began appearing on dilapidated buildings, highway overpasses, abandoned vehicles, and piles of refuse across New York City. Looking back today, the strong messages and style have a lot in common with street artist Banksy , who appeared on the scene a decade later.

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Traffic Can Be Good, Public Transit Can Be Bad: David Owen’s Unconventional Urban Wisdom (Video)

October 12, 2010 by  
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Writer David Owen makes the now uncontroversial argument that cities are the greenest places we can live, given their scalability, mobility, and density. He’s got a lot more unintuitive wisdom about cities, and how much better they can be: Traffic can be good, public transit can be bad, and our demand for new technologies doesn’t lead to a better planet; indeed, innova..

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With Plug-Ins and Hybrids Dominant, Is Diesel Dead in the U.S.? | Popular Mechanics

December 4, 2009 by  
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This year’s LA Auto Show is buzzing with real-life and concept hybrid and all- electric cars . But in the clean diesel corner, the crickets were chirping.

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