Jason Severs, via(via stoweboyd)
One of the most important things we can do to build a sustainable, resilient society is to design communities where most people can make most of their daily trips under their own power – on foot or by bicycle. It eliminates a huge amount of carbon emissions. It opens up enormous quantities of land to new possibilities other than roads and parking, which right now take up half or more of the land…
From Squalor to Shiitakes: the World’s First Biocellar
“Mansfield Frazier couldn’t wait to tear down his house. That’s because he’s turning it into what could be the world’s first “biocellar.”
A biocellar is essentially a greenhouse made from the remains of a demolished home. Cleveland, like many Rust Belt cities hit hard by the foreclosure crisis, is speckled with abandoned homes and vacant lots. Many of the properties are beyond repair. A biocellar is a way to salvage the foundation of a house and put it to productive reuse.”
Watch the video and learn more at QUEST Ohio.
'The frontiers of the future are the ruins of the unsustainable' - Bruce Sterling
Julia Cameron on how to get out of your own way and unblock the “spiritual electricity” of creative flow – a timelessly wonderful read from 1992
Vancouver’s thought-provoking response to other cities’ anti-homeless architecture: a public bench that doubles as a temporary shelter from rain.
Location: Odense, Denmark
- We propose a space that challenges the visitor, serving as a gate to the imaginary and spirit of the writer universe, materialized through architecture. We present a living experience into H. C. Andersen’s tales. An experience totally inspired by the author, one that inspires the visitor to feel the values, moral and sensations offered by his stories. The concept is a garden that grew into a deep forest, transforming the public space into a magical experience. The theme of the forest is a regular appearance with a significant role, in fairytales and folklore. It represents mystery and dangers, being also a place of opportunity and transformation. This Fairytale Forest merges the public and private domain, in a coherent and unified whole, made of momentums that gently connect the outdoor with the indoor spaces.
Master Planting Plan by Dan Kiley
This blue line drawing is of the Miller House & Garden master planting plan by Dan Kiley. The photo from the Indianapolis Museum of Art shows one of the garden’s most noted features: the Honey Locust allée (Allée is French for, “a walkway lined with trees or tall shurbs.”) on the west side of the house. You can see the allée illustrated as a line of dots and overlapping circles, indicating where trees were to be planted, on the left side of the drawing.
Revised blueline (29 5/8 x 30 3/8 in.) of Miller House Landscape Master Planting plan by the Office of Dan Kiley, 26 November 1957, FF56, Miller House and Garden Collection, IMA Archives, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana. (MHG_IIIb_FF056_005)