Build your own indoor garden with modular LEGO-like blocks

April 26, 2017 by  
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Humans are spending more of their lives inside, missing out on the health benefits and beauty of plants . Winmart Design from Singapore decided to bring nature indoors with LeGrow, a creative indoor garden users can design themselves with LEGO -like pieces. The gardens can be equipped with LED lights , allowing plants to thrive year-round, or with a humidifier to improve the atmosphere of interior spaces. Chinese designer Haobin Lin decided to create LeGrow after he realized his daughter, growing up in a city, might not have the nature-filled childhood he’d loved. Inspired by her favorite toys, building blocks, he came up with the sleek, clean indoor garden system. Related: 7 indoor plants that purify the air around you naturally A LeGrow system can include planter pots, Power Pots, a humidifier, and an LED grow lamp. The stackable planter pots incorporate internal water reservoirs to reduce mess. A two-bulb LED grow lamp can provide light in six-hour increments for multiple plants, with a maximum output of 50,000 lumens. A diffusing mist humidifier helps create an atmosphere conducive for growing plants indoors, an area that tends to be dry due to heating and air conditioning; but the humidity can also improve human health by reducing eye strain and softening skin. LeGrow’s Power Pots are specifically targeted towards home office use; they can power the system’s humidifier and lights but can also charge a smartphone or tablet via four USB ports. Winmart Design is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter ; with over 20 days to go they’ve already raised around $45,000 of their $30,138 goal. They offer several options, starting with one LeGrow Power Pot with an early bird price of $34 all the way up to a limited edition package with 36 standard pots, four dual-LED lamps, one humidifier, and two Power Pots for $392. You can find out more here . + Winmart Design Images courtesy of Winmart Design

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Dubai’s craziest tower yet is the world’s largest picture frame

April 26, 2017 by  
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Dubai is building its craziest tower yet – and it’s set to open at the end of this year. The “picturesque” skyscraper is essentially a gigantic gold-plated picture frame with an observatory that offers stunning views Dubai’s skyline . The 492-foot-tall Dubai Frame is nearly complete, however its design is mired in controversy. The Dubai Frame will be located in the city’s beloved Zabeel Park , and it’s expected to attract nearly 2 million tourists annually. Construction is currently underway, however the unique skyscraper has been struck by a massive lawsuit. Architect Fernando Donis has filed an Intellectual Property claim against Dubai Municipality stating that the city stole his design. Related: Dubai’s crazy rotating wind-powered skyscraper is actually being built After beating out 900 other concepts, Donis’ design was chosen as the winner of an international design competition , which was hosted by Dubai Municipality and ThyssenKrupp Elevator in 1998. After winning the competition, however, the architect and the city failed to agree on contractual terms to construct the building. Apparently that didn’t stop the city from taking the design as its own and forging ahead with construction. Work on the Dubai Frame began in 2014. Although the current design is notably flashier, the building is extremely similar to Donis’ prize-winning concept. Donis explained to CNN that the picture frame structure is “the same height, it’s very much the same width, the location is exactly the same and the name is even mine.” So far, the Dubai Municipality has not yet responded to claims that it has breached intellectual property laws. + Fernando Donis Via CNN Images via Donis Architecture

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Texas EZGro Garden allows anyone, anywhere to grow crops vertically

June 12, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. Larry Johnson used to be a computer guy in Texas, but then he decided he wanted to work outside instead. Although he didn’t know much about plants at the time, Johnson got into vertical farming and designed a growing system much in the way he approached computer software—essentially, building up. EzGro Garden is the result of that effort: a modular, scalable vertical container garden that can be used by anyone, almost anywhere, to grow just about anything. Read the rest of Texas EZGro Garden allows anyone, anywhere to grow crops vertically Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: easy way to farm , easy way to garden , easy way to grow vegetables , ezgro garden , high-density garden system , high-yield garden , hydroponics kit , larry johnson , modular garden system , recycled garden containers , vertical container garden , vertical farm , vertical hydroponic system

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