Green-roofed San Francisco townhouse features an indoor swing

December 27, 2017 by  
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Feldman Architecture completed Fitty Wun, a luxury townhouse in San Francisco that embraces the clients’ “work hard, play hard” approach to life. Built for a family with three energetic young boys, the spacious light-filled abode is undeniably stylish yet still offers plenty of room for play—and a fantastic indoor swing. But one of our favorite features of the three-story home is actually an escape from all that excitement: the green-roofed terrace with sweeping neighborhood views. An airy atrium flanked by metal-screened stairs occupies the heart of Fitty Wun, filling the narrow building with abundant natural light . The large, light-filled central spaces were a key component to realizing the clients’ desire for a warm and welcoming “panopticon,” a type of surveillance architecture designed by the English philosopher and social theorist Jeremy Bentham. “[It] allows the boys the freedom to be boys while the parents are strategically within ear, if not always eyeshot, to arbitrate, adjudicate and apply basic medical direction,” said the clients. Related: Stunning solar Butterfly House masters resource conservation in California The bedrooms are stacked above the communal areas spread out across the first and second floors. Small nooks, like the desk, play, and computer nooks, are inserted throughout the home in contrast to the spacious family-oriented areas. The living room feels roomier still with its connection to the deck and the backyard. The green-roofed terrace, accessible via a diagonal stair atop the atrium, offers respite from the activities below. An acoustically separated office “pod” is also located on the roof. + Feldman Architecture Images by Joe Fletcher

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Beautiful Japanese cat tree for design-conscious pet owners costs 1 million yen

December 27, 2017 by  
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Beautiful architecture isn’t limited to humans— architects and designers are creating stunning structures for animals too , including this sculptural piece for the design-conscious cat owner. Designer Yoh Komiyama collaborated with Japanese cat product company RINN to craft the Neko Cat Tree, a beautiful tubular cat tree that’s a far cry from the ugly cat furnishings most are familiar with. Made with quality materials sourced from around the globe, the stylish and functional Neko Cat Tree makes for a beautiful addition to any home, but as Spoon Tamago reports, it isn’t cheap—pricing for the high-end cat playground starts at 1 million yen, approximately $8,830 USD. The presumed goal of the sculptural Neko Cat Tree is to offer a private play space for cats without offending the owners’ design sensibilities. Its minimalist shape and earthy materials palette of timber, hemp , and marble help the object blend into almost any surrounding. Circular rods made of timber sourced from Japan’s Hida region clad the tree and are evenly spaced to allow for light and glimpses of the cat. Related: Architects design incredible cat shelters to raise money for LA’s strays “The spaces in between each cylindrical post provide glimpses, and thus convey the mutual presence, of both cat and human, maintaining a furtive connection between the two for a greater intimacy,” says a statement on Yoh Komiyama’s website. “As the axis of rotation is built in the outer structure, it can be opened like a door for easy maintenance.” Functionality was also built into the tree. The designer says the Greek marble base not only stabilizes the structure, but can also help regulate the cat’s body temperature. The tightly wound hemp at the base of the tree serves as a scratching post. + Yoh Komiyama Via Spoon Tamago Images by Tomooki Kengaku

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Hillary Clinton and Al Gore connect Hurricane Matthew with climate change in Florida

October 12, 2016 by  
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Was Hurricane Matthew worse because of climate change ? Hillary Clinton and Al Gore appear to think so. The two spoke at Miami-Dade College in the swing state of Florida to a crowd of 1,600, and called for America to take a lead in the global battle against climate change. Clinton spoke of her goal to install 500 million solar panels by the end of her first four-year term, and Gore called for America to take a leadership role in the climate change fight by electing Clinton. In her speech, Clinton said Hurricane Matthew “was likely more destructive because of climate change.” Higher sea levels and greater sea temperatures only exacerbated the storm, she said. Gore said, “[Hurricane Matthew] spun up from a tropical storm to a category 5 hurricane in just 36 hours. That’s extremely unusual.” Related: What does Hillary Clinton need to do to win over climate hawk voters? The Washington Post reached out to atmospheric scientist Michael Mann of Penn State University, who said Clinton’s remarks were “absolutely” correct. Clinton reminded voters Trump is a “climate change denier” who “denies science.” Gore spoke of the “stark” decision America now faces, embodied in the choice of whom to elect president, as one candidate promises to continue Obama’s fight against climate change and the other has denied global warming exists and referred to it as an ” expensive hoax .” Gore said, “The world is on the cusp of either building on the progress of solving the climate crisis, or stepping back, washing our hands of America’s traditional role as a leader in the world.” It could be said Gore lost the 2000 presidential election in Florida, where he lost by around 500 votes. Clinton spoke out to the swing state about the daily realities they face as proof of climate change, such as ocean water “bubbling up through the sewer system.” More on her climate change policy proposals can be found on her website . Via The Guardian and The Washington Post Images via screenshot , Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons , and Al Gore Facebook

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Floating ‘space nation’ Asgardia promises to guard Earth from asteroids

October 12, 2016 by  
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Although this headline sounds as though it’s been ripped from a science fiction film script, we can assure you it’s real. Announced this morning in Paris, a new project will launch a satellite launch later this year, marking the first step toward the establishment of a ‘space nation’ dubbed Asgardia . The outlandish project calls for a floating, independent nation comprised of expat Earthlings who would work together to protect this green planet from asteroids, space junk, solar flares, and other threats floating around in space. Asgardia is now accepting volunteers to be among its first citizens. Asgardia takes its name from Norse mythology, specifically from the land ruled by Odin. Comic book fans will also recognize the project’s name, because it has a long history in Marvel lore . The project’s logo image features a rendering of a spaceship and while there is no telling whether the image represents any actual designs, it does suggest a number of things about the venture. The spaceship sports the Eye of Horus , an ancient Egyptian symbol of protection, reinforcing Asgardia’s mission to protect Earth from asteroids and other threats. Related: Elon Musk reveals his big plans for colonizing Mars The project is operating on a first-come, first-served basis, granting citizenship to the first 100,000 people who sign up on the Asgardia website. It’s not clear at this point what that would entail, or when human volunteers would have an opportunity to take up residence on a floating spaceship nation . Who is behind this mysterious and incredibly ambitious project? The effort is an international one, backed by the Aerospace International Research Center and the center’s online space magazine, Room . The team is led by Dr Igor Ashurbeyli, a leading member of the Russian Federal Space Agency, who founded AIRC in Vienna in 2013 and is editor-in-chief of the online magazine. He was recently named chair of UNESCO’s Science of Space committee, and has launched Asgardia amid a swarm of criticism, skepticism, and even laughter. But, yes, in case you’re wondering, I am waiting to find out whether my citizenship request made it in under the wire. Via DailyMail Images via James Vaughn and Asgardia

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World’s highest glass bridge in China to include three crazy swings

May 25, 2016 by  
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http://inhabitat.com/worlds-longest-and-highest-glass-bottom-bridge-expected-in-china-next-spring/ http://inhabitat.com/haim-dotan-unveil-design-for-the-extreme-zhangjiajie-grand-canyon-glass-bottom-bridge/ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3598945/Is-world-s-terrifying-attraction-China-s-2-6-million-glass-bottomed-bridge-built-980ft-valley-bungee-platform-SWING.html Related: World’s longest and highest glass bridge to open next spring in China Via…

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Beautiful Steam-Bent Hertfordshire Hammocks are Made From Sustainably Sourced Wood

May 30, 2013 by  
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Designer/maker Richard Foxcroft recently brought together ancient barrel making and boat building techniques to create a beautiful line of wooden hammocks . Foxcroft’s Hertfordshire Hammocks are made of English oak from a sustainably managed woodland, and they’re designed to look good, feel good and last for many years. The wood is steam-bent to create comfortable curved shapes, and a stand is available in case there aren’t any trees nearby. + Hertfordshire Hammocks 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: “green furniture” , green design , Hertfordshire Hammocks , oak hammock , Richard Foxcroft , sustainable design , sustainably sourced wood , swing , wood furniture , wood hammock , woodworking        

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Swing is a Low Tech Energy-Generating Public Art Installation in Portugal

November 14, 2012 by  
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Oporto and Berlin-based design collective Moradavaga recently built Swing – an awesome low tech energy-generating public art installation in Portugal. Simply by swinging on the swings made with rudimentary materials such as wooden pallets and hemp rope, users generate energy that is then used to power lighting under the floor. Read the rest of Swing is a Low Tech Energy-Generating Public Art Installation in Portugal Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2012 , eco design , energy-generating swing , European Capital of Culture , green design , Guimarães , low tech , Moradavaga , Pop Up Culture , portugal , public art , renewable energy , sustainable design , swing , Urban design

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The Original Tree Swing’s Latest Pied Piper Craft DIY Treasures for Kids

August 4, 2012 by  
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The Original Tree Swing’s Pied Piper Crafts bring parents several new Waldorf-inspired DIY kits for kids (mostly six and up).  With the Pied Piper kits, kids and parents have all the basic ingredients to let their imaginations go nuts.  Kits make magical fairy houses (with planks of wood, bits of moss and more), impressively authentic treasure maps and several other projects sure to promote creativity, planning and follow-through for your little one (and you). READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: DIY Kids Toy , Fairy House , Inhabitots , Kids Crafts , kids knitting , kids learning games , kids toys , Original Tree House , Pied Piper Crafts , Pirate Map , toys , Waldorf-inspired

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Ida-Marie Corell’s Ikea Sack Gown at the The Gewerbemuseum Winterthur

August 4, 2012 by  
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While  Ikea Hackers  have done some innovative takes on Ikea products, Berlin-based artist Ida-Marie Corell might have taken the cake.  Corell’s ID(E)A, part of Oh Plastiksack! a co-curated show at The Gewerbemuseum Winterthur   in Switzerland, features the artist playing a keyboard in an expansive blue gown…constructed from 555 sturdy Ikea shopping bags.  At .59 cents a pop, Corell’s massive blue ball gown isn’t quite the deal some Ikea shoppers might be used to. READ MORE >   Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Berlin Artists , ecouterre , Fashion , Ida-Marie Corell , idea , ikea , Ikea Shopping Bag , Luzinterruptus Recycled Plastiksack! Installation , oh , PlastikSack! , recycled fashion design , Repurposed Shopping bag , Switzerland art museum , The Gewerbemuseum Winterthur

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