Monday, May 2nd, 2022

World’s Largest Wildlife Crossing Is Finally Under Way in Los Angeles

When completed in 2025, the nearly one-acre bridge will be the largest of its kind anywhere in the world and the most ambitious in such a densely populated region.

The Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing will stretch 200 ft (or 10 lanes of traffic) over Highway 101 to help animals pass freely and safely whenever they chose.

(via Curbed)

Tuesday, April 19th, 2022

Tokyo’s World-Renowned Capsule Tower Will Be Demolished

After years of disrepair, Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa’s iconic building in Ginza District, The Nakagin Capsule Tower, built in 1972, will be disassembled one capsule at a time this coming month.

Kurokawa envisioned a modular housing block formed of two interconnected concrete towers made of 140 prefabricated steel modules. The compact units, measuring roughly 8’ x 13’, would be outfitted with built-in furniture, cabinets, and kitchen essentials, making them ideally suited for single, white-collar workers seeking no-frills accommodations. The building is a key example of Metabolism architecture that emerged during the country’s postwar cultural resurgence. 

(via Surface Mag)

Monday, March 28th, 2022

A Guide To Getting Rid of Almost Everything

Once you’ve thanked and said goodbye to the items that do not spark joy, what can you do with them?

(via The New Yorker)

Tuesday, February 1st, 2022

Bee Bricks: Multi-Purpose Bricks With Tiny Holes Provide Shelter For Solitary Bees

UK-based design studio Green&Blue released their latest innovation, an architectural feature that offer mini-homes for solitary bees. Dubbed ‘bee brick’, the creation features openings of various sizes, generating a cozy nesting site for the buzzers, while adding a pleasant touch to any exterior wall or garden.

The primary goal is to help save the bees, whose population is declining due to disease, habitat loss, and climate change. Bees pollinate almost 1/3 of the food we eat and are a vital part of our ecosystem.

Read more about the bricks’ pros and cons according to scientists and the various shapes and sizes!

(via Dezeen)

Friday, December 31st, 2021

Sadly, we need to talk about gas stoves and how they affect our health and climate change.

People love their gas stoves. It’s a romance fueled by a decades-old stories of cooking. The details have changed over time, but the message is the same: Using a gas stove makes you a better cook.

But the beloved gas stove has become a focal point in a fight over whether gas should even exist in the 35% of U.S. homes that cook with it.

(via NPR)

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)