Smart architecture app lets you turn almost anything into a digital stencil

September 12, 2016 by  
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Stencil was recently unveiled as the latest pro feature of Trace , Morpholio’s popular smartphone app that makes digital drawing a cinch with tools that allow users to draw on top of imported images, layer comments, and seamlessly collaborate on digital sketches with a global team. Stencil builds upon those features and lets you capture a real-life texture, pattern, or shape with your smartphone camera or tablet and turn it into a stencil for a multilayered drawing. “Creating stencils sits perfectly between the architect’s sketch and the quick photo,” explains Mark Collins, Co-creator. “You’re trying to capture something – a texture, pattern, or detail that you want to use. Sketching is great, but slow. Taking a photo buries it in the photo album. Generating a stencil automatically creates an incredible tool that you can utilize in various ways. The stencil is the quickest path to distill an image into an actionable idea.” Related: See How This Handy New App Lets You Create Design Concepts Right on Your Smartphone Custom digital stencils in the Trace app can be used with a full color palette and different drawing textures and types, including pencil, charcoal, marker, and brush. Final drawings can be exported to scale as PDF or uploaded to the cloud or social media. The Stencil feature and the Trace app are currently only available for iOS and can be downloaded for free with purchasable pro features in the App Store. + Morpholio + Morpholio Trace App Images via Morpholio

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Architect transforms scrap yard materials into a vibrant discotheque

July 4, 2016 by  
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Architect Manoj Patel transformed materials sourced from a scrap yard into a 2,101-square-foot discotheque. Made from mostly reclaimed materials , the project was created with the aim of creating a vibrant space that minimized its impact to the environment. Recycling is celebrated in the design and prominently featured in the discotheque’s entrance area, which is decorated with recycled tin lids. Recycled beer bottles and recycled paper line the foyer, while reclaimed barrels can be found at the mocktail bar. Other salvaged materials can be found throughout the space. + Manoj Patel 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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How to protect your family from mosquitoes without using harsh chemicals

July 1, 2016 by  
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Summer is here and with it comes barbecues and other outdoor activities that we can enjoy in the warm weather. Unfortunately, the warming weather also brings mosquitoes and the diseases that they carry. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) , mosquitoes are the most prevalent carrier of insect borne diseases, carrying things like dengue fever, malaria, yellow fever and the Zika virus . These diseases are responsible for several million deaths every year, when counted together, and hundreds of millions of cases across the globe. For most, protecting yourself from mosquito bites means covering yourself in harsh chemicals like DEET (diethyltoluamide) , the major active ingredient in most commercially available bug repellant. If coating yourself in skin-irritating chemicals doesn’t appeal to you or you have young children who cannot use chemical-based pest repellant, here are a few natural alternatives that are as effective as their harsher counterparts. 1. Citronella You’ve probably seen citronella candles or tiki torch oil that advertises its mosquito repelling qualities — you can also use citronella essential oil, or essential oil made from similar plants (lemon balm, lemon grass, etc) as a natural repellant. It does evaporate quickly from the skin, so you may need to either mix it with other materials in order to make it last long enough to be truly effective as a mosquito repellant. Citronella has been known to cause allergic reactions, so make sure to do a small spot test to check for any allergies before using. 2. Lemon Eucalyptus Oil This oil is a natural mosquito repellant that has been used since the 1940s and has been approved by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as an effective alternative to chemical-based repellants. It can provide up to 95 percent protection for two to three hours, which is nearly as long as many of the harsher products available on the market today. 3. Catnip Yes, the little member of the mint family that drives your cat wild is also an effective mosquito repellant. Believe it or not, in 2001 Iowa State University actually found catnip oil to be up to ten times more effective than DEET and other similar chemicals. Specifically, the essential oil put out by the plant called nepetalactone is what repels the mosquitoes. 4. Lavender Lavender is a great-smelling plant that produces small purple or white flowers, and is a great way to ward off mosquitoes from yourself and from your yard. You can turn lavender into an effective mosquito repellant in a variety of ways, but just having it in your yard can discourage mosquitoes from hanging around. Related: DIY: Homemade Insect Repellent Sprays and Lotions 5. Other Tricks If you’re still concerned about mosquitoes, you can take these actions to help protect your family: • Remove mosquito breeding grounds — mosquitoes breed in stagnant or standing water, so don’t leave anything for them to breed in like empty buckets, old tires or anything that might hold water. Change the water in bird baths and other standing water fixtures once or twice a week. • Cover up — wearing pants and long-sleeved clothing can be a way to protect yourself from mosquito bites. Additionally, if you’re sensitive to bug sprays on your skin, you can wear longer sleeves or pants, and spray the essential oils or other repellants directly onto your clothing instead. • Buy a Mosquito Magnet Trap : Traps use carbon dioxide to attract mosquitoes and lure them into the trap to die. • Avoid dawn and dusk — these are prime mosquito feeding times. Sometimes going out is unavoidable, but if you can stay inside during dawn and dusk, it’s a good way to avoid mosquitoes. It’s important to remember that natural repellants don’t last as long as their chemical-based counterparts so, like sunscreen, they should be reapplied every two to three hours or as soon as you notice their effectiveness waning. 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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Revamped NYC rooftop is brought to life with tinted resin panels

July 1, 2016 by  
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Evan C. Lai Landscape Design (ECLLD) designed this green rooftop above a gritty East Village townhouse in Manhattan. The 400sf space was maximized with an extensive green roof, neutral stone, and tinted resin panels. In the lounge the green resin transforms a skylight into a glow-in-the-dark daybed; in the foyer it casts a semi-translucent shade over an exterior shower and sauna; by the bar it adds a concentrated brushstroke across walls and benches. The design is topped off with a green roof above the sauna that improves insulation and water runoff. + Evan C. Lai Landscape Design 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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INFOGRAPHIC: The worlds greatest sports stadiums and the architects behind them

June 29, 2016 by  
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With UEFA underway and the Rio Olympics just around the corner, it’s a fitting time to take a look at some of the world’s greatest stadiums ever built. RubberBond created an infographic that explores the best stadiums from around the world, from football and rugby to national and Olympic stadiums. You’ll find information on when the stadiums were built, the main designers and architects behind the stadium designs, and even interesting trivia and background information. + RubberBond

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Momentum brings a psychedelic show of light and color to Vivid Sydney

June 6, 2016 by  
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A dynamic show of light and color has touched down in the land Down Under. As part of Vivid Sydney , the city’s annual light, music, and ideas festival, Australian artists Stephanie Shehata and Erin Slaviero created Momentum , a collection of three vertical freestanding portals that explore the relationship between light, material, form and speed. Viewers can interact with each portal by spinning a wheel that transforms the installation into a moving kaleidoscope of color and reflection. The installation is on view from 6PM onwards every day in Walsh Bay until the end of Vivid Sydney on Saturday, June 18. https://vimeo.com/168824671 + Momentum 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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INFOGRAPHIC: How You Can Save Money and the Environment by Changing Your Font

June 4, 2016 by  
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Did you know that printer ink costs up to thousands of dollars per liter? This pricey commodity is said to be one of the most expensive commercially produced liquids in the world and can cost double or more than high-end luxury perfumes like Chanel No. 5. But if you can’t swap your printer for good ol’ pencil and paper, you can still make a difference in your ink usage and the amount of printer paper used by changing your font and your spelling. Click through to learn more in this infographic by pixartprinting . + pixartprinting 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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12 creative ways to reuse shipping containers

June 1, 2016 by  
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If you’re looking for a new project to work out your creative muscles, take a gander at cargotecture . Shipping containers have been converted into new exciting structures all around the world and can be easily purchased from warehouses, port terminals, or even eBay. Market Inspector created an infographic that explores a dozen different ways to repurpose shipping containers , from food trucks to hotels. Keep reading to see all the ways you can transform an old container into a beautiful, affordable, and sustainable new structure. + Market Inspector

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Tree Vase promotes tree health with an adaptable support system made from bamboo

May 25, 2016 by  
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Trees add much more than a spot of shade and a leafy green canopy to our cities. A healthy urban canopy can help our cities thrive with benefits from reducing the heat island effect to raising property values wherever they’re planted. Unfortunately, many tree guards and grates can compromise the health of the trees and pedestrian safety, which is why National Taipei University of Technology student Wen-Hsien Kuo designed the Tree Vase, a recyclable tree support system constructed from bamboo that can change in size as the tree grows. Winner of a 2016 Young Pin Design Award Mark , the adaptable Tree Vase is a stylish and cost-effective solution to protecting trees from damage, while minimizing waste. + World Design Capital Taipei 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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Shoeblox is a modern shoe storage remedy for small spaces

May 19, 2016 by  
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We all have our favorite shoes, yet for some reason they end up cluttered in front entryways, thrown into closets or placed in shoe boxes unable to be seen. Shoeblo x solves these problems by giving you additional storage space on your walls. Rather than searching for your favorite shoes, you’ll find them beautifully displayed and yet still out of the way. Using magnetic force, the Shoeblox enables you to adjust to any size of shoe. Placing your shoe onto the lower bracket, the Shoeblox is engaged by drawing the upper bracket towards the toe section of the shoe. The metal panels are extracted using a CAD-based plasma table to ensure consistent sizing and quality of cut, and the shoe brackets are made from sustainable cedar, crosscut to exhibit the natural beauty and texture of the wood. Shoeblox has been created by a Dynamis Innovation, a product design startup that focuses our energy on creating unique, high quality products that are engineered and designed well. 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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