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Friday, September 24th, 2021

Richard Neutra’s Architectural Vanishing Act

The Austrian-born designer perfected a signature Los Angeles look: houses that erase the boundary between inside and outside.

(via The New Yorker)

Saturday, August 14th, 2021

Why We Don’t Recommend Artificial Grass for Most People

If you have a dead, desolate stretch of property that’s so hideous you can hardly stand to look at it, smothering it in rolls of fake grass might actually be an upgrade. But don’t make such an investment thinking it’s a low-cost, zero-maintenance, long-term solution for a problematic patch of yard. The fix won’t last forever—although some tiny pieces of it might. And complications related to the disposal of synthetic turf, not to mention its impact along the course of its useful lifespan, raise serious questions about its long-term sustainability.

(via Wirecutter)

Friday, June 25th, 2021

Natural-Pool Owners Are Kissing Chlorine and Other Chemicals Goodbye

Intense demand during Covid and a shortage of chlorine tabs have homeowners hopping from chemical-treated pools to greener alternatives.

(via The Wall Street Journal)

Wednesday, May 26th, 2021

The Curious World of NFT Real Estate and Design

People are selling and buying art, furniture and even houses and land that exist only virtually.

It’s not uncommon for people to buy vacation homes they may only visit a few times a year. What about a home you never visit? And that doesn’t actually exist?

(via The New York Times)

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021

ZAV architects builds colorful village of rammed earth domes on Iran’s Hormuz Island

“Presence In Hormuz” was completed in 2020, and comprised of a series of small-scale domes developed by Iranian-born architect, Nader Khalili. The colorful nature of the project references the topography of Hormuz Island as a former Persian Gulf port that controlled the shipment of petroleum across the Middle East. The small scale of the domes themselves makes them compatible with the building capabilities of local craftsmen and unskilled workers. 

The rounded structures are capable of accommodating a variety of programs, with the majority of them providing living accommodation. other domes contain communal areas with space for residents to do laundry or dine in an on-site café. there are also rooms dedicated to crafts, prayer, and even a tourist information area.

(via designboom)

Saturday, February 13th, 2021

Transparent wood just got even better, moving us a step closer to windows that are far better than glass ones

In a bid to make wood stronger and lighter than glass to move towards an energy-efficient future, a team of researchers has found a new way to make wood completely transparent which they believe to be better than the previous techniques.

(via New Scientist)

Wednesday, January 13th, 2021

New York Governor Cuomo: Empty offices should become housing

Like many cities around the world, New York has seen life drained from its commercial core, as offices have been sitting nearly empty for months. These unoccupied spaces raise questions about the future of work, cities, and whether buildings built to hold offices will even make sense in a world after a pandemic. But they may also be offering some solutions…

“The housing problem in our cities has gotten worse. But the crisis of growing vacancies in our commercial property provides an opportunity,” Cuomo said. “We should convert vacant commercial space to supportive and affordable housing, and we should do it now.”

(via Fast Company)