Plant-In City

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Wow. Awesome. Go see this in NYC.

Plant-in City is a collaboration between architects, designers, and technologists who are building new ways of interacting with nature. Our 21st century sculptural terrariums combine modular architecture, basic laws of physics, embedded technologies, and mobile computing to construct a “Plant City” where the aesthetic meets the pragmatic.

Each frame is made with cedar wood and copper piping, with digital sensors and integrated lighting controlled by smartphone app. The plants live in an artful structure that’s nearly self-sustaining. After all, plants improve our quality of life and nurture us on an everyday basis; we think it’s only fair to nurture them in return.

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My Year In Cities: 2012

A yearly activity I love to do to wrap up one year and head into the next.

London, England*
Geneva, Switzerland
Davos, Switzerland
New York, NY*
Long Beach, CA
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Los Angeles, CA*
Myokonos, Greece
Dubai, UAE*
Mudsandam Peninsula, Oman
Doha, Qatar
Seattle, WA
Paris, France
Denver, CO
San Francisco, CA*
Palo Alto, CA
Beijing, China
Tianjin, China
Matsumoto, Japan
Sapporo, Japan
Tokyo, Japan*
Nova Scotia, Canada
Portland, Maine
Boston, MA
Toronto, Canada
New Haven, CT
Turks and Caicos Islands
Palm Springs, CA
San Diego, CA

Related: 2011 Year in Cities and 2009 Year in Cities. Still can’t figure out what happened to 2010.

McBess Coffee Table

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Designer Lars Amhoff of The Substain sent this awesome piece over.

The tabletop is made from a massive piece of acorn wood, crafted out of a full plank. The wood is finished smoothly and coated with a clear protective coating, to protect the wood and art against fluids and scratches. Topped off by a hand-screen-printed piece of art, done by McBess. Held is the table by four heavy duty legs, hand bent and welded from rough steel. Finished with a clear coating to prevent rust. The legs are bolted into the wood by 2 thick 8mm screws. They can be taken on and off for transport and shipping. The size of the table is 90x55x45cm, which is the size of a coffeetable. “

Solitaire.exe

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These are totally fun. Via BB

A simple piece of software got us through the dark ages of computing before the Internet allowed us to waste company time more effectively. Now you can reconnect with this old friend on the other side of the computer screen. Solitaire.exe is a physical pixel-for-pixel recreation of the popular computer card game included in the Windows 98 operating system.

They were made in an edition of 500 for The Cooper-Hewitt, now sold out.

The original Microsoft Solitaire card faces were designed by Susan Kare for Windows 3.0 in 1990. The beach scene card back was designed by Leslie Kooy. The original developer of the game itself (called Sol.exe) is Wes Cherry. Used with permission from Microsoft.

Where The Road Ends

Where The Road Ends is a documentary in development on by one of my high school friends, Zeb Smith. Growing up, I had always heard stories of his fathers adventures but never had a chance to see anything first hand. It seems after decades of watching his father on the front lines, it was time for Zeb to step up and help support his mission of documenting and protecting the natural world. Admirable and inspiring, but he needs our help.

Watch the trailer above to learn more about what Zeb and his father are doing to protect one of the last truly wild, natural and diverse places in the world.

In southeastern Panama, the world’s longest road comes to an abrupt halt as it crashes up against North America’s last untouched tropical rainforest. As industrialists, land barons, and drug cartels battle to raze the last hundred miles to Columbia, the jungle and all of its inhabitants are treated as collateral damage as the road is pushed on through. Since those without a voice cannot speak, and those without an audience cannot be heard, we must travel beyond that road and inside that jungle to learn the voices of the indigenous tribes and species within.

Check it out and do your best to support the project- with 27 days to go, they’re $2,615 towards the $43,000 goal.

I Still Love New York

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I’m back in the office after nearly a week in the dark. I’ve been speechless, moved, and inspired watching New Yorkers come together to help each other the past few days. Do whatever you can to pitch in. Support local businesses, restaurants, artists. Eat out, tip big, and check on your neighbors.

Big fan of this one: I Still Love NY. 100% of the profit from these Sebastian Errazuriz shirts go to Hurricane Sandy relief programs.

Swifty Scooters

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Fun! Scooters are not just for kids.

Swifty Scooters’ aim is simply to produce the best, folding adult kick scooters in the world. Through the power of design innovation and British engineering Swifty Scooters demonstrates a 21st century relevance to urban mobility.

In celebration of its first anniversary, Swifty Scooters will unveil its autumn / winter colour collection and announce further collaborations with The Conran Shop and Paul Smith. Swifty Scooters was founded in Manchester by husband and wife team Jason and Camilla Iftakhar who met whilst studying at the Royal College of Art.

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