Selgascano designs plant-filled creative office campus for Second Home Hollywood

June 26, 2019 by  
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London-based creative business Second Home is opening its first U.S. location that’ll deliver bold designs and a lush, jungle-like environment to Los Angeles. Set to open in September 2019, Second Home Hollywood will transform the historic site of the Anne Banning Community House in East Hollywood into an inspiring, 90,000-square-foot urban campus for creatives and entrepreneurs. Designed by Madrid-based firm Selgascano , the adaptive reuse campus was conceived as an “indoor/outdoor wonderland” with bold and brightly colored spaces that draw inspiration from Southern California’s architectural legacy. Second Home Hollywood marks Second Home’s sixth site created in partnership with Selgascano and will host 250 diverse organizations and teams in a dynamic, plant-filled environment that’s a contemporary interpretation of L.A.’s early 20th century bungalow court residences. The campus will include the first U.S. branch of Second Home’s critically acclaimed bookshop Libreria; a 200-person auditorium; post-production facilities; a publicly accessible restaurant and roof deck; outdoor terraces; 30 interior studios and offices; and 60 single-story, oval-shaped garden studios unified under a sinuous yellow roof plane. As with Second Home’s creative workspaces in London and Lisbon, Second Home Hollywood will also feature unconventional materials, bold furnishings and an abundance of foliage — the L.A. campus will include 6,500 plants and trees that will transform the existing 50,000-square-foot parking lot into an urban woodland. The plantings selected will include 112 different drought-tolerant species native to Southern California. ‘Smart Controller’ technology will be used to optimize irrigation strategies and save water. Other environmentally friendly aspects include the use of cross-laminated timber in the workspaces, reclaimed bricks and materials and the semi-subterranean placement of studios to help reduce the need for heating and cooling. Related: Striking London workspace wraps offices in bubble-like acrylic walls To celebrate the opening of Second Home Hollywood in September, Second Home is partnering with the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County to temporarily install the Second Home Serpentine Pavilion by Selgascano at La Brea Tar Pits, where it will be on display from the end of June to November. The five-month installation will be accompanied with cultural programming open to the public. + Selgascano Images via Second Home

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Goldee: The World’s Smartest Light Switch

November 27, 2013 by  
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Goldee has leaped aboard the smart home bandwagon with new technology that promises to revolutionize our relationship with light. Dubbed the “world’s smartest light switch,” the minimalist black square offers a touch-free, gesture controlled experience. With plans to retail their new product at $249 for the solo pack, the Goldee Light Controller officially launched their $100,000 crowdfunding campaign yesterday. Read the rest of Goldee: The World’s Smartest Light Switch Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: automated home , body clock , crowdfunding campaign , gesture controlled , goldee , LEDs , light controller , light switch , lighting system , motion activated , philips hue , smart home        

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Seven ways to recycle old NES controllers

October 21, 2011 by  
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SARASWATI DEVI: NES MP3 player NES controllers recycled to MP3 players Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) is an icon of gaming world. NES controllers made all the game lovers crazy as it provided the platform for the early popular games like Super Mario and Contra. NES controllers entered the market in 1980s and it traveled for almost 30 years now but its existence has not been faded as gamers have incorporated creative thoughts and recycled NES controllers to keep them always closer to their heart. Let’s have a look at the seven ways to recycle old NES controllers: 1. NES PC card reader NES card reader NES controller recycled into PC card reader. Ryan McFarland has designed an amazing PC card readers by recycling old NES controllers. It can be created at your home itself by employing a card reader, an NES controller and a tool box having screw driver and glue. For making your own NES card reader, unscrew the NES controller and card reader then fit the circuit board of the card reader into an empty NES controller. After fitting the card reader’s circuit board into the NES controller, screw it up. This finalizes your NES PC card reader. NES PC card readers are fully functional and are also break resistant. 2. NES belt buckle NES belt buckle NES controller recycled into belt buckle with sound effects. NES controllers can also be recycled into belt buckles with sound effects making it a fantastic option for party wearing. To prepare an NES belt buckle, you just need to merge a sound key chain’s circuit board into an empty NES controller. After gluing the sound key chain’s circuit board in the NES controller, screw it up. This finalizes your NES belt buckle. You can choose a sound key chain of your own choice and incorporate it into the NES controller. It is a fantastic product to enhance your occasional wearing. 3. NES USB controller NES USB controller NES controller recycled into USB device. NES controllers can also be recycled into a USB device offering plug and play features. You just need to fit the USB controller’s circuit board into the NES controller after dissembling them. These USB controllers are fully compatible with all version of operating systems and they don’t require the installation of software after plunging it into the PC as they are plug and play devices. It also gives an extra dimension to the design of your tech products. 4. NES controller wallet NES Wallet NES controllers recycled into a wallet A wallet designed from old NES controller is a unique concept. For designing your own NES controller wallet, you need a NES controller, wire snippier, long zip and glue. For designing it, dissemble the NES controller and then glue the rubber buttons to ensure that it don’t fall. After fixing the rubber buttons, glue a long zip covering all the sides of the controller to finalize your wallet. NES controller wallets apart from having sporty look also offer durability. 5. NES controller mouse NES Mouse NES controller recycled to a mouse. NES controllers can also be recycled into a fully functional mouse. For structuring your own NES controller mouse, disassemble an NES controller and a mouse. After disassembling them, incorporate the circuit board of mouse into the NES controller. Don’t forget to open a hole for mouse sensor. After soldering all the wires, screw the NES controller which finalizes your NES controller mouse. It is a great design for those who want to experiment with their PC accessories. 6. NES controller storage box NES Storage Box Nintendo controller recycled into a nifty storage box. A storage box can also be designed by recycling an NES controller. To create your own NES controller storage box, you just need to disassemble the NES controller and glue the rubber buttons to ensure that they are fixed at their place. This finalizes your NES controller storage box which has enough space to store push pins, paper clips, keys, etc. It is a great idea for gamers. 7. NES controller MP3 player NES MP3 player NES controllers recycled to MP3 players NES controllers can also be recycled into an MP3 player. For designing your own NES MP3 player, modify your controller in accordance to the shape of the MP3 player and solder the disassembled parts of the player into the empty NES controller. It is a concept design for those who are passionate for both NES controllers and music.

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Hybrid Electric Kinetic Photovoltaic Vehicle is One Green Machine

November 3, 2010 by  
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This Hybrid Electric-Kinetic Photovoltaic Vehicle packs some serious alternative energy punch – and it was built pretty much from the ground up by one man! It features a generator that charges a capacitor bank with a flip of a switch mounted on the handlebars beside the throttle grip. The generated solar power can charge any 2 cells/caps at one time via 4 rocker switches. Each of the booster packs are turned on/off via another group of rockers switches mounted on the handle bars opposite the throttle, and when turned on power the motor directly combined with the throttle output from the controller

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New Danube River Sewage Treatment Plant Will Have Green Roof

November 3, 2010 by  
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The Danube River is the longest river in Europe, and it will soon receive a new environmentally sensitive sewage treatment plant set on cleaning up its waters. Known as “The Living Danube” , the plant is set to be the most advanced wastewater treatment plant project in Budapest, Hungary, and it will also boast a beautiful green roof. Read the rest of New Danube River Sewage Treatment Plant Will Have Green Roof http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: danube river sewage plant , danube river sewage treatment plant , danube sewage plant green roof , green roof , living danube green roof , living danube sewage plant

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Volvo Developing the World’s Fastest Hybrid Truck

November 3, 2010 by  
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This is one competition we never thought we’d see: Volvo Trucks is reportedly developing a diesel-electric hybrid truck dubbed the “Mean Green.” Going forward in a green way, the famed car manufacturer is hoping that the truck will claim the title of World’s Fastest Hybrid Truck.

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15 smart products that make bathrooms water efficient

April 13, 2010 by  
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According to recent reports about 1 billion people in the world lack access to clean drinking water and there are millions of people who succumb to water-related diseases annually. These figures aren’t only surprising, but also make the privileged think about that the hundreds of liters of water that is wasted each day in their bathrooms.

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