Posts tagged "Metro hippie"
Smart Design Trends for 2011

Smart Design Trends for 2011

Greets y’all!  So I’m hanging out in Milwaukee right now, gearing up for my second speaking gig of the day at the NARI Home Improvement Show… I am excited to share my new presentation of the year, Smart Design Trends for 2011.  I cover a lot of ground in it, from ambitious projects in Hawaii...
Minnesota Nice, Ride

Minnesota Nice, Ride

If you’re dialed into the transit scene here in America, you’d probably know that Minneapolis is where it’s at for bikers.  Bicycling magazine recently named the City of Lakes the #1 bike-friendly city in the country, dethroning the strong bike scene in Portland, Oregon.  Portland still maintains the highest percentage of commuters that ride, but...
Jungle Life

Jungle Life

I had the pleasure of spending my holidays this past year in New Zealand soaking in a whole lotta beauty… fjords, glaciers, monster Kaori trees, gorgeous beaches and believe it or not, some pretty rockin’ architecture!  Scattered throughout both the North and South islands were some really sleek minimalist structures with plenty of glass to...
Steel City Infill

Steel City Infill

Pittsburgh is building itself a nice little reputation as one of America’s hippest cities.  Once engulfed in deadly fog of pollution from industrial steel mills, the Pennsylvania metropolis has since undergone a dramatic environmental transformation.  A collective drive to clean up rivers, air, and brownfields and the creation of greener buildings has helped to revive...
Macroscope

Macroscope

“Oh my God! Look at that picture over there! Isn’t that something?” were the exact words uttered back in December 1968 by an astronaut on board the Apollo 8 spacecraft. This mission would be the first to bring humans into space, and the words above would correspond to the moment man first laid eyes upon...
Log Cabin Melodies

Log Cabin Melodies

Hans Liberg has got himself one of the coolest recording studios on planet Earth!  Take a look at this woody gem of a cabin, located in the town of Hilversum, The Netherlands.  Put together by his pal, an established furniture designer by the name of Piet Hein Eek, the structure features an absolutely fabulous facade...
WE ADD UP

WE ADD UP

According to WE ADD UP, showering together is the preferred way to beat global warming…. nice, tell me more!  So you’re probably not going to find a whole lot of data backing up this statement, but what you will find is a top selling T-shirt!  WE ADD UP is a global awareness campaign that happens...
Belzyeah, Belzberg

Belzyeah, Belzberg

I’ve noticed a trend of super cool projects popping up Santa Monica, California.  My guess is there is something in the water that allows its residents to become uber-creative and build fresh modern buildings within its city limits.  Another theory is that someone, perhaps the mayor, planted some dark matter in the Santa Monica city...
20 Feet in Toronto

20 Feet in Toronto

Check out this eco-gem of an abode in downtown Toronto!  Designed by Levitt Goodman Architects, the Euclid Avenue House squeezed every bit of cool into a 20 foot wide urban infill lot.  The project is a flawless example of how to take life’s lemons (tiny lot) and make some tasty, tasty lemonade (gorgeous home!).  And...
Ode to Joy

Ode to Joy

So there’s a lot of wheelin’ and dealin’ going on in Copenhagen right now.  Countries from all over the world have been meeting for the past week, and will continue through the end of this one to hammer out a vision for a low-carbon future.  The COP15 UN Climate Change conference is what it’s all...
VW L1 is Gr8

VW L1 is Gr8

When I was wee lad, I went through a phase where I wanted nothing more than to become a car designer.  I wasn’t looking to toy around with the mediocre crap that was already on the road… I wanted the glory, the creative jackpot of designing really innovative, futuristic concepts.  I would spend hours a...
Oh, Inverted Quarantine!

Oh, Inverted Quarantine!

I just pounded out another solid read from the good ol’ Minneapolis public library… this book was called Shopping Our Way to Safety by Andrew Szasz and some really interesting and relevant ideas were laid on the table.  The key concept was centered around a term Szasz himself coined, ‘inverted quarantine.’ We’re all aware of...
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