Soninke Buffet: Wings Made of Recycled Slats and Inspired by the Tribal Patterns of Africa

July 25, 2014 by  
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Soninke by Davide G Aquini is a buffet with wings that are entirely covered with slats that are used to shield furniture during the lacquering process. After being used several times, these slats, which assume a characteristic striped pattern, are normally discarded. Upcycling is the starting point of the project, but the end result is a layered-reading furniture. The colorful geometric pattern created by the woods that cover the wings call to mind the typical African decorative motifs used to paint the walls of the houses. Soninke is the name of a major African language. Besides, looking at the violent colors of the slats, we notice that they are often poured, sprayed, splattered, suggesting a much more visual world, close to urban street art. The different thicknesses of the slats add a three-dimensional component to the texture: an important detail, which increases the artistic dimension of an object that was carefully crafted and designed with precision in matching color and thickness. Soninke is self-produced by David G Aquini , who decided to shorten the long path that the contemporary project must go through if offered to a company. Self-production allows the designer to treat each piece personally. + David G Aquini 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! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: african art , Davide G Aquini , eco design , green design , reader submitted content , recycled buffet , Recycled Materials , Soninke , sustainable design , tribal patterns africa

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Shipping Container Apartments Cause a Stir in Brookland, DC

July 25, 2014 by  
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Shipping container homes aren’t exactly unique—they’ve been used as dwellings all over the world for decades—but they’re gaining popularity across the USA and causing quite a stir in this established DC neighborhood. The apartment buildings in this Brookland area are being created with stacked grey and blue shipping containers , which stand out in sharp contrast to the quaint homes all around it. Brookland Equity Group recently received permits to demolish an old house and build four shipping block containers in its place, and some of the neighbors are undoubtedly concerned about how the buildings fit in with the area’s aesthetic. The apartments have yet to be decorated, so perhaps once they’ve been painted and gentrified a bit, there will be less hesitation about welcoming them to the neighborhood. 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! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Brookland , Brookland DC , Brookland neighborhood , containers , dc , shipping , shipping container apartments , shipping containers , washington

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A Toxic Tour: Violations, Lies, and Dangers of the Shale Gas Industry

July 25, 2014 by  
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“They say I’m not to be trusted,” said Vera Scroggins, a local fracking activist from Montrose, PA. Vera has recently been targeted by the industry for speaking out against shale gas extraction . She often leads groups through Dimock and Montrose on a ‘Toxic Tour,” explaining the history of drilling and fracking in the County. Since drilling began in Northeast PA, negative health and environmental effects have been increasing, and although it’s hard to find statistics for some of the resulting problems , Vera Scroggins is the best primary source. Read the rest of A Toxic Tour: Violations, Lies, and Dangers of the Shale Gas Industry Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , Atlantic Sunrise , Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Project , Cabot , cabot oil and gas , careers , Climate Change , climate chaos , climate justice , corporations , Cove Point , destruction , dirty energy , drilling violations , earth , energy industry , Energy Justice Network , Energy Justice Summer , engineering , Environment , environmental engineering , environmental justice , extraction , FERC , Fossil Free , fossil fuels , fracking , fracking well violations , gag orders , government , green jobs , industry , inhabitat , lng , methane , natural gas , pennsylvania , pipelines , politics , renewable energy , renewables , Susquehanna , susquehanna county , tesla , toxic , Vera Scroggins , Williams , Williams companies

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