Julien Berthier’s Experimental Pop-Up Balconies Provide Escape from Being Cooped Up Indoors

December 14, 2012 by  
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The project involves the use of a small crane that lifts the balcony unit into place. Made out of resin and steel, these rentable balconies are permanently attached to the truck, eliminating the risk of dropping you hundreds of feet to the ground. They can be quickly fitted and removed, giving residents a chance to experience life with a balcony, while not offering them a permanent solution. It is designed to mimic a Haussmann-style balcony found in Paris, and it’s placed against buildings of all different architectural styles. The Balcon Additionnel can’t be separated from its boom-truck base, and it is merely placed close to a series of building facades in order to be photographed, and not actually attached for use. However, the project proposes an alternative future of housing typologies , one that may become reality in a matter of years. + Julien Berthier Via Architizer

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The Scrubba is a Lightweight, Virtually-Waterless Washing Machine in a Sack!

December 14, 2012 by  
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As Eric Clapton says, “travelin’ light, it’s the only way to fly.” Whether it’s a weekend business trip or a month-long trek into the jungle, the less stuff you have to carry the better. Finding a washing machine can be quite difficult on the road, especially if that road is a long way from civilization. The Scrubba , a crowdfunded product out of the UK, aims to put clean, fresh-smelling clothes into the hands of every nomad, whether they’ve got electricity or not. Scrubba is a portable wash bag made of lightweight material that can be folded and fitted into a large pocket or average backpack. Add just a little bit of water, laundry soap, and some elbow grease, and clean clothes are shake-and-bake away! Click here to view the embedded video. Before every home had an electrically-powered automatic washing machine, most people used a washboard to scrub the scum from their dirty clothes. It was backbreaking work, but washboards were effective. The Scrubba is a 21st-century variation on this age-old technique. Simply unfold the bag and place soiled garments inside. Add 2-4 litres of water (far less than a conventional washing machine) and a few drops of washing liquid (according to the designer even shampoo or body wash works well). Seal up the Scrubba, and rub the outside of the device for around 20 or 30 seconds. Special nodules inside simulate the grooves of a washboard and help to separate your clothes from the dirt. Wring them dry and voila! You’re ready for the clothes line. Although the Scrubba was designed with space-savvy travelers in mind, it’s easy to see that this device could be a blessing for those living in remote off-grid areas, or without power due to storms like Hurricane Sandy . + The Scrubba via Springwise

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AZC Unveils Plans for a Giant Inflatable Trampoline Bridge in Paris

October 17, 2012 by  
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There are plenty of beautiful bridges that carry cars and pedestrians across the Seine River in Paris, so awesome design firm AZC has another idea in store. Why not create a bridge dedicated to fun? Their inflatable crosswalk features enormous trampolines in the center of each of the three rings for people to bounce and flip their way over the water. With their eyes set on a strip near the Bir-Hakeim bridge, AZC wants their blow-up bridge to be a place where anyone can engage with their surroundings, and experience Paris like never before. Read the rest of AZC Unveils Plans for a Giant Inflatable Trampoline Bridge in Paris Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: azc , azc bridge , azc design , Eco Bridge , eco design , eco design paris , french design , Green Bridge , green design , green design paris , inflatable bridge , Paris , paris bridge , paris design , seine river bridge , seine river design , seine river paris , sustainable bridge , sustainable design , sustainable design paris , trampoline bridge

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PHOTOS: Les Docks Design Center is Topped by a Luscious Green Roof Terrace in Paris

October 5, 2012 by  
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Read the rest of PHOTOS: Les Docks Design Center is Topped by a Luscious Green Roof Terrace in Paris Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Air quality , Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat , Architecture , bars , Brendan Macfarlane , Cité de la Mode et du Design , club , Dominique Jakob , green renovation , green roof , Kristian Gavoille , Landscape Architecture , Les Docks , Now!Le Off , Paris , Paris Design Week , Valerie Garcia

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Berto Aussems’ Awesome DIY Bike Toolbox is a Mobile Workbench on Wheels

October 5, 2012 by  
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How can you carry a toolbox and a workspace on the luggage carrier of a bike ? That’s the question Berto Aussems was confronted with when he sought to take his work as an electronics repairer on the road. In the past he kept a toolbox in the trunk of his car, but then he came up with a more environmentally friendly solution – a DIY mobile toolbox and workbench that folds up to fit on a bike rack! The portable workbench is able to transport all the tools needed for light repairs using only a bike, and the toolbox top folds out with the help of a piano hinge and a few brackets. The workbench is removable from the bike rack and is able to stand on its own (stowable) legs made of aluminum tubes. Even though the portable workbench only weighs about 10kg, it’s able to support Aussem’s body weight. It’s a wonderful addition to any maker’s bicycle and a great solution to work on projects in the field. You can find a complete, step-by-step, project plan over at Instructables . The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Read the rest of Berto Aussems’ Awesome DIY Bike Toolbox is a Mobile Workbench on Wheels Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , berto aussems , bicycle , bicycle toolbox , bike , Bike Rack , bike rack toolbox , DIY , diy workbench , do it yourself , green design , green hardware , multifunctional furniture , sustainable design , sustainable tools

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Project Cycling Bus is Powered By Passengers On Board

October 5, 2012 by  
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Project Cycling Bus is a concept by Rever Design Studio  for a cycling double decker bus. On the second level, there are 24-27 active passenger cycles to assist in generating the power reserve of the electric bus. The lower level of the bus is for passive passengers and a bus driver. The double decker bus also comes with a back room for more than 30 folding or non-folding bicycles. + Project Cycling Bus The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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