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10 significant concrete buildings featured in Chinese Brutalism Today

10 Apr 2020, 1:00 am | Dezeen

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Alberto Bologna spotlights 10 key buildings from his book Chinese Brutalism Today, which examines the enduring trend of concrete architecture in China. Read more

Escobedo Soliz wraps brick house for retired teacher around a patio

9 Apr 2020, 8:00 pm | Dezeen

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Mexican studio Escobedo Soliz has completed a simple house in Mexico City comprising two brick arms that flank a central patio. Read more

Orca Running offers a Social Distance Run

9 Apr 2020, 6:30 pm | INHABITAT

Since putting on its first race in 2014, Orca Running has grown to organize 25 road and trail races per year in Washington State. But coronavirus decimated this thriving business — known for its green practices and dedication to partnering with nonprofits — in mere weeks. Owner Porter Bratten had to think fast to keep paying his employees and his own mortgage as well as to motivate the thousands of runners who participate in Orca Running events. So he dreamed up the Social Distance Run.[...]

Dezeen Weekly features 10 architecture films to stave off boredom

9 Apr 2020, 6:00 pm | Dezeen

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The latest edition of Dezeen Weekly includes our pick of 10 architecture films to stave off boredom and the porch of an Italian villa which has been converted into a micro-home for isolation. Subscribe to Dezeen Weekly ›

Architects propose produce markets designed for social distancing

9 Apr 2020, 5:30 pm | INHABITAT

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, making a trip to the grocery store has become a stressful experience for many people around the world. To help minimize risk, Rotterdam-based design studio Shift architecture urbanism has developed self-initiated designs for hyper-local micro markets to make shopping for food faster, safer and more accessible. Designed with a 16-square grid and three market stalls, the open-air proposal emphasizes flexibility and mobility as well as social distancing.[...]

Here's What Running CAD on a Mac Looked Like in 1989

9 Apr 2020, 5:10 pm | Core77

Thanks to the Internet Archive, we came across this VHS-recorded gem: "Design and Modeling on the Macintosh, July 1989."

I'll never complain about the size of my monitor again!


The University of Hawaii's Circular Dorms

9 Apr 2020, 4:48 pm | Core77

Earlier we looked at floorplans of round houses, which don't seem to make a lot of sense. However, I subsequently came across these floorplans for round dorm buildings, which seem practical enough.

The University of Hawai'i at Manoa's four Hale Aloha dorms are 13-storey cylindrical towers.

Built from 1970-71 and renovated roughly ten years ago, the buildings have 14 double-occupancy rooms per floor--by the floorplans, it looks like the R.A. gets a little Juliet balcony in his or her room--and communal bathrooms including ADA-compliant ones.

The diameter of the circle is large enough that the rooms at the periphery are close enough to rectangular.

Every floor features a communal balcony (or lanai in the local vernacular), and every other floor's got a lounge midway between two levels.

The top floors of the towers have no residences, but feature wraparound balconies, a large lounge, a communal kitchen and the laundry facilities.

So yeah, while I think round houses are lame, these round dorms look pretty cool. Interestingly enough, they're for freshmen only.


Interactive maps show top 10 states for off-grid lifestyles

9 Apr 2020, 4:30 pm | INHABITAT

Homesteading was a way of life for generations while the world developed industrialization and created cities of infrastructure. Over time, modern conveniences and the fast pace of business encouraged an increasing number of people to move into urban areas and/or reduce self-reliance in favor of easily accessible supermarkets and mail-order food. But in recent years, a resurgence of homesteading has shown that uncertain times have resulted in people returning to the basics of gardening, farming, food preservation and finding ways to be off-grid. [...]

Reader Submitted: Template for printing a paper mask at home

9 Apr 2020, 3:42 pm | Core77

Because COVID-19 can live up to 7 days on our masks... what if we were able to print disposable masks with our home printer? Making them accessible globally, free, disposable (less risk of contamination), quick to make and easy to share physically and virtually.

https://www.printyourmask.online/ is an idea to make this possible.

This effort is purely empathetic. Let's spread masks faster than the virus!

Please share this idea widely.

View the full project here

Snazzy garden shed doubles as rainwater runoff solution

9 Apr 2020, 3:30 pm | INHABITAT

When most people think of a garden shed, they more than likely conjure up simple images of utilitarian boxes stored with barely-used tools and oodles of clutter. However, when Maryland-based practice Gardner Architects was tasked with installing a small garden shed for homeowners in the community of Bethesda, they came up with a gorgeous 100-square-foot shed that not only blends in harmoniously with the main home, but actively helps manage stormwater runoff to be re-used as irrigation for the native plants found on the property.[...]

Italy's design brands "hopeful" as coronavirus lockdown end nears

9 Apr 2020, 3:04 pm | Dezeen

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Design brands in Italy are hoping to reopen factories and restart production lines next week, when coronavirus restrictions are due to be eased. Read more

Dairy farmers forced to dump milk

9 Apr 2020, 2:30 pm | INHABITAT

Dairy farmers are suffering from pandemic-related kinks in the supply chain. Even as consumers face limits on how many dairy products they can buy at their local stores, farmers are dumping thousands of gallons of milk, which can also contaminate groundwater.[...]

Process Porn: TRUMPF's TruBend Ergonomic Bending Machines

9 Apr 2020, 2:30 pm | Core77

You don't typically think of factory machines as being particularly ergonomic. But German manufacturer TRUMPF, a company that's nearly 100 years old, designs their production machinery to be as comfortable as possible for the user. Check out this demo of their TruBend 7036, which starts with the operator dialing in the ergo before bending up some funky parts:

Here's the machine's bigger brother, the TruBend 7050:

And even bigger TruBend 8400. Check out the crazy thing the machine does around 1:40 in the vid:

If you want to see more of their machines, they've got a YouTube channel called--what else?--TRUMPFtube.


Weston Williamson + Partners proposes turning container ships into floating coronavirus hospitals

9 Apr 2020, 2:10 pm | Dezeen

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Container ships could be converted into giant hospitals that could sail to cities most impacted by coronavirus, under a proposal by UK architecture studio Weston Williamson + Partners. Read more

Flotspotting: Julia Behm's Medical Cart Designs

9 Apr 2020, 1:33 pm | Core77

Industrial designer Julia Behm has been designing medical equipment since 2007. On Coroflot, we spotted her portfolio of medical cart designs, which are crucial and unsung pieces of kit these days. Check out the sheer range of forms Behm's worked on over the years:



Behm currently runs Design Between, a design consultancy based in Wisconsin.


30 Weird And Unusual Bathroom Designs

9 Apr 2020, 12:41 pm | DeMilked

Columns, stained glass and oil paintings probably aren't the first things that come to mind when you're thinking about bathrooms. Well, believe it or not, not everyone's bathrooms are as utilitarian as yours.

The post 30 Weird And Unusual Bathroom Designs appeared first on DeMilked.

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Eight home offices with stylish set-ups for remote working

9 Apr 2020, 11:27 am | Dezeen

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The rise of coronavirus means a growing number of people are required to work remotely from their homes. Dezeen has selected eight inspiring home offices, including one that's lined entirely with plywood and another that's hidden inside an artichoke-shaped room. Read more

Five ways architects and designers are helping the fight against coronavirus

9 Apr 2020, 11:20 am | Dezeen

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From designing face shields and flat-pack intensive care units to 3D-printing hands-free door levers and converting buildings to hospitals, architects and designers are tackling the coronavirus pandemic. Here are five ways they are helping. Read more

Daily coronavirus architecture and design briefing: 9 April

9 Apr 2020, 11:00 am | Dezeen

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Daily coronavirus briefing: today's architecture and design coronavirus briefing includes magazine covers and movie posters that reflect the pandemic, as well as face shields by Nike, Adidas and Apple. Read more

10 magazine covers that offer creative takes on the coronavirus crisis

9 Apr 2020, 9:00 am | Dezeen

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As the coronavirus pandemic continues its spread across the globe, art directors and artists are using magazine covers as a visual commentary on the crisis. Read more

Apple reveals its coronavirus face shield design

9 Apr 2020, 7:00 am | Dezeen

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Apple has unveiled its design for a face shield to protect health workers fighting coronavirus, which it is producing in the millions. Read more

How to make Easter eggs using natural dyes

8 Apr 2020, 6:30 pm | INHABITAT

With Easter right around the corner and many activities canceled because of COVID-19, there’s no better time to roll up your sleeves and have a fun afternoon dying eggs with the family (or with roommates or alone!). It’s not safe to make a trip to the store just for an egg-dying kit, not to mention these kits are often filled with artificial dyes or harmful glitter. Luckily, it's easy to make your own natural dyes with pantry and produce staples. Here are several ways to make natural dyes for your Easter eggs.[...]

How Etsy Moms Are Making the Most of Mother’s Day

8 Apr 2020, 6:00 pm | Etsy Journal

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Virtual dance parties with grandma and grandpa. Living room campouts with stovetop s’mores. All around the world, people are getting creative about putting the “special” in special occasions. And though our family festivities may look somewhat different of late, the heartfelt feelings that inspire them? Those will never change. In preparation for Mother’s Day, we asked a few of the multitasking mamas who work at Etsy how they’re hoping to celebrate. Turns out, a bit of ingenuity and an appreciation for the little things might be all it takes to have a joy-filled holiday. Read on to discover the at-home activities they have planned and browse the one-of-a-kind Etsy finds we’ve recommended to help make their days complete. 

A backyard picnic

A portrait of Etsy's Chief Product Officer Kruti Patel Goyal and her twins

For Chief Product Officer and twin mom Kruti Patel Goyal, there’ll be comfort in kicking off Mother’s Day in the usual way: with a big pancake breakfast she makes together with her family. And what better way to enjoy it than paired with some good old-fashioned vitamin D? “I’m hoping we get to spend some time outside in the sunshine—even if we just pack a little picnic and some games and spread out a blanket in the backyard,” she says.

Our picks for Kruti:  

Reusable canvas culinary tote from Aplat Tote
Reusable canvas culinary tote from Aplat Tote, $52; shop more picnic bags
A desert landscape quilt from Kindred Quilting Co.
Desert landscape quilt from Kindred Quilting Co., from $302; shop more picnic blankets

A multi-generational meal

A portrait of Etsy Internal Events Specialist Sheyenne Brown and her two sons

There’s more than one reason to be grateful this Mother’s Day for Internal Events Specialist Sheyenne Brown. “This year, I’m fortunate to have my children and my parents living under one roof,” she says. “So we’re going to celebrate our matriarch! I’m going to have my boys help me make breakfast for their mima.” 

Our picks for Sheyenne:

Engraved wooden spoons from A Few Spare Moments
Engraved wooden spoons from A Few Spare Moments, $15; shop more cooking utensils
A wooden breakfast tray from Peg and Awl
Wooden breakfast tray from Peg and Awl, from $160; shop more serving trays

A soothing soak

A portrait of Etsy Product Manager Jackie Do and her daughter

For Staff Product Manager Jackie Do, it’s all about creating her own traditions. “I get a kick out of being over-the-top,” she explains. “Maybe we can fill our living room up with sand and build a castle. Or we could make a mold of our daughter’s hand, and I’ll put it on my nightstand as a ring holder.” At the end of a long day making wonderfully messy magic? “You can’t go wrong with a nice long bath,” Jackie says. “It’s a luxury every mom can enjoy without leaving the house. Light a candle and voila.”

Our picks for Jackie:

Sculpted ceramic candle holders from Clay by Dannah
Sculpted ceramic candle holders from Clay by Dannah, from $69 for set of 2; shop more candle holders
 Tub tea set from Cee Cee & Bee
Tub tea set from Cee Cee & Bee, $28 for set of 3; shop more tub tea

A creative escape

A portrait of Etsy Vetting Team Lead  Amber-Rae Rowley and her daughter

“I’m the kind of person who has to keep busy,” says Vetting Team Lead Amber-Rae Rowley, who hopes to dedicate part of her day to doing what she loves most: crafting. “I sew, make my own furniture, and I’ve even dabbled in macrame, but my one true love has always been crochet. If I got a new yarn holder, a beautiful hook, or a fun pattern to work on, I’d love to end my night crocheting next to the kids on the couch while we watch a movie!”

Our picks for Amber-Rae:

Crochet knot pillow DIY pattern from Midknits
Crochet knot pillow DIY pattern from Midknits, $5.50; shop more crotchet patterns
Knitting bag from Jésabelle B
Knitting bag from Jésabelle B, $25; shop more yarn holders

A serious snuggle-fest

A portrait of Etsy's Head of Diversity and Inclusion Elizabeth Spector Louden and her 2 children

Staying connected with all her fellow mamas is top priority for Head of Diversity and Inclusion Elizabeth Spector Louden. “I ordered a set of special markers and pulpy paper cards on Etsy. I’m going to mail out some love, and will enlist our kids to help!” she says. On Mother’s Day itself, she and her wife will be cuddled up with their kiddos at home, making video calls and staying cozy. “We’ll make it special by lighting candles, wearing our matching family jammies, and chatting with all the wonderful moms, aunts, and grandmothers in our lives.”

Our picks for Elizabeth: 

Stone fruit candle from Convivial Production
Stone fruit candle from Convivial Production, $28; shop more scented candles
Matching mommy-and-me linen pajamas from BelEcoFlax
Matching mommy-and-me linen pajamas from BelEcoFlax, $164 for set; shop more matching family pajamas

A delightful DIY

A portrait of Etsy VP of Global Public Policy and Impact Althea Erickson with her 3 children

“Focusing on making can really ground me after a frenzied day,” says VP of Global Public Policy and Impact and mother of three Althea Erickson. “Lately we’ve been having fun creating in the kitchen together, so maybe we’ll try to make our own play dough. I’ve heard it’s pretty easy and super fun. I’d also love to find time for some kind of grown-up craft kit—maybe at night, after the kids go to bed.” 

Our picks for Althea:

Jungle patterned rolling pin from Make & Bake
Patterned rolling pin from Make & Bake, $29; shop more baking supplies
Cherry blossom needle felting kit from Felted Sky
Cherry blossom needle felting kit from Felted Sky, from $35; shop more DIY kits

Shop Mother’s Day gift ideas

Jackie Buddie is a writer and wilderness explorer working full-time as a content producer at Etsy HQ in Brooklyn.

The post How Etsy Moms Are Making the Most of Mother’s Day appeared first on Etsy Journal.

"FORGO" plastic packaging with powder to liquid hand wash

8 Apr 2020, 5:30 pm | INHABITAT

Plastic containers line nearly every shelf of any health and beauty aisle. To tackle this earth-endangering practice, Stockholm-based design studio Form Us With Love set out to make personal care more sustainable with their first product in this endeavor, FORGO powdered hand soap. Although the design company has launched other product campaigns, including furniture in conjunction with notable icon IKEA, FORGO targets making an impactful change to the personal care industry. [...]

Eco Gloves: Disposable, Compostable, Plant-Based Anti-Germ Gloves

8 Apr 2020, 4:38 pm | Core77



Eco Gloves are a sustainable and convenient alternative to disposable latex gloves (like the kind I've been using at the gas station and supermarket). They're individually wrapped (by pair), made of plant-based materials like cornstarch, and both the gloves and the packaging they come in--which is also plant-based--are compostable.


The individual packages, which come 24 to a bag, are roughly condom-package-sized, so you can tuck these into pockets and wallets.

Here's the part of the FAQ you're probably curious about:

Q: What is the permeability? Will viruses be able to penetrate through your gloves? Do cleaning chemicals compromise the material?
A: Our gloves are made from premium based cornstarches and are durable enough to withstand the toughest of jobs. At a thickness of 60 microns, they will not leak, break or easily tear under normal use. As long as the integrity of the gloves are maintained (i.e. gloves are not used if soiled or torn), viruses will not be able to penetrate through our gloves. Similarly, cleaning chemicals will not compromise the material of the gloves because the gloves are strong enough. The material is designed to only degrade or break-down in a compost environment and will not degrade under normal use.

At press time Eco Gloves had been successfully Kickstarted, and there were still 49 hours left to pledge.

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How to make milk alternatives at home

8 Apr 2020, 4:30 pm | INHABITAT

Milk alternatives have become a booming industry. More and more people are choosing plant-based milk alternatives because they can be healthier. These options are also cruelty-free and better for the planet. Plus, in these times when grocery store offerings are sparse, non-dairy milks — or at least the ingredients to make them — are often more readily available and shelf-stable. Here are some tips for making your own milk alternatives, such as oat milk, almond milk, coconut milk and more.[...]

The Strangest Commercial I've Ever Seen: "Preparations for the Next Season & Bonus Trick for the Underwear!"

8 Apr 2020, 3:53 pm | Core77

Varusteleka is the name of a military surplus and outdoor gear retailer in Finland. Lately they've been running ads on YouTube, in that typically annoying space right before the video you want to see starts. I usually can't hit "Skip Ad" fast enough, but this one, er, drew me in:

It gets funnier: They're using the video to flog the seen-on-screen clothes, like this Finnish M62 Camouflage Jacket, and when you click the link you see the (incredibly low) USD price, along with a helpful conversion:


And the copy for the "Russian fur hat with Soviet cockade, fake fur (Used without the cockade in this video)" provides this information:


The rest of the copy on the site is pretty funny (to me), but veers into some things I cannot print here, for fear of being attacked by SJW's.

The Nature Conservancys Oregon HQ gets a green renovation

8 Apr 2020, 3:30 pm | INHABITAT

Portland-based LEVER Architecture has breathed new life into The Nature Conservancy’s Oregon headquarters with a LEED Gold-targeted renovation. Completed in 2019, the refreshed headquarters has received a much-needed facelift constructed from sustainably harvested materials as well as a new addition topped with a roof garden. Beautiful and sustainable, the addition is also one of the first buildings in the nation to be built of domestically fabricated cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.[...]

Solar-powered innovation center targets LEED Gold in Toronto

8 Apr 2020, 2:30 pm | INHABITAT

Sustainability, indigenous culture and contemporary design come together in Perkins and Will’s design for the new $85 million Centre for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) at Seneca College’s Newnham Campus. Created in collaboration with the First [email protected] Office, the LEED Gold-targeted building features indigenous-led design and services, such as counseling and financial aid, as part of Seneca’s commitment to the Indigenous Education Protocol. In addition to cultural responsiveness, CITE is home to state-of-the-art engineering and robotics labs as well as an entrepreneurial incubator for students and industry leaders.[...]

Tesla Engineers Reveal Their Ventilator Prototype, Made from Car Parts

8 Apr 2020, 1:43 pm | Core77

James Dyson may have designed his ventilator the fastest, but Tesla's engineers are getting there, too. Just weeks after Elon Musk volunteered Tesla's services, here are the company's engineers showing you their prototype. They're making good use of already-on-hand automotive parts and even the infotainment system for the Model 3, here repurposed as a controller:


The Design Differences Between Quickly-Evolving Face Shields

8 Apr 2020, 11:58 am | Core77

Face shield donations are coming fast and furious these days. Ford, Apple, Prusa Research and Foster + Partners are just a few of the organizations pitching in with different designs, which have by necessity evolved rather quickly. Let's look at the design changes.

First off, what's needed with a face shield is a curved, transparent sheet that stands off of the face. All designs accomplish this by incorporating a forehead band that serves as both a spacer and, in concert with an elastic band, the thing that holds it onto the user's head.

The designs diverge depending on the production method and materials used. The classic face shield design (from just a few weeks ago, when these could be produced at a leisurely pace) uses a thick strip of foam as the forehead band:

Now that we need many of these in a hurry, the design has quickly been evolved depending on what volunteer producers have on hand. 3D-printed designs like this one by Prusa Research, replace the foam with this two-arch design for the forehead band:

Prusa's initial design, RC1 in the photo below, was printed in the compressed shape you see in the photo. That allows you to fit more units onto the bed, but a trade-off revealed in testing was that the built-in springiness produced a lot of pressure on the user's temples. Updated design RC2 takes up more space on the bed, but it removes the temple pressure, and the design update also moves the facemask out further to accommodate goggles.

Adding holes to the forehead band confers a materials savings.

Printable plastic is what they have, so that's what they use. One downside is that 3D printing takes a long time; deep-pocketed Ford reportedly started out 3D printing the forehead bands, then switched to expensive-but-faster injection molding.

Apple's laser-cut design, which I struggled to make out in Tim Cook's Twitter video, is comprehensible now that Foster + Partners has released clear photos of their design, which appears to be similar.

The innovation here is production speed. Both the face shield and the forehead band can be laser-cut "in under 30 seconds and the elements can be assembled in under a minute," F+P writes. "With a single cutting machine, we were able to cut and assemble components for 1,000 visor masks in a day, representing a reduction of days in the time taken to produce 3D-printed alternatives."

The band is silicone rubber. Initially I'd thought the face shield and forehead band were the same material, which would save on sourcing, but F+P is using 0.5mm PET-G for the shields and polypropylene for the forehead band. They describe the latter material as "soft," though I'm not sure how comfortable it would be to wear for long stretches; unfortunately some sacrifices have to be made, as this is an emergency. Perhaps people could donate those self-adhering window insulation foam strips from a hardware store? If the foam were notched to accommodate the bend, perhaps they could quickly be added to the forehead bands on-site by a volunteer.

Then again, adding foam might obviate a key benefit of the F+P design: "An important advantage is that the visor can be easily disassembled, cleaned, sanitised and reused, addressing the growing shortage of raw materials for visor production," F+P explains.

As dismal as these times are, it's pretty exciting to see so many people pitching in and using what they've got to help out. I'm looking forward to seeing more of this improvisational innovation.

Apple to Make One Million Face Shields Per Week

7 Apr 2020, 3:59 pm | Core77

This week Apple CEO Tim Cook took to Twitter to announce the company is making face shields, at a production target of one million per week, for healthcare professionals. (This is on top of the 20 million facemasks that supply-chain wiz Cook managed to summon up for donation.)

Like many of you, I screenshotted the crap out of the video, hoping to get a definitive look at the design:

Alas, it's not possible to see much detail:

It does look like they've done away with the bulkier forehead strip of the incumbent design, which makes me quite curious. I'm also wondering whether what you see above is the finished object, or if they will be adding some type of foam on the forehead strip. Any guesses?