Leslie Smith

Could You Spend 10 Days In A Wheel With Someone?

Could You Spend 10 Days In A Wheel With Someone?

An experiment that would test the patience in most, spending 10 days in an open Ferris wheel like environment is probably not something the majority would be lining up to do. Ward Shelley and Alex Schweder have created an installation titled In Orbit that makes observers see architecture in an interesting way. It is a performance art installation with a curious and in depth look into how our living situations, surroundings and those we live with affect us. It is a 25 foot structure that is composed of 2 units, one on the interior and the other outside of the… read more

Recycle Your Leftover Paint

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Paint projects often end before all of the paint in the can is used up. Improper storage, aging and waste contribute to excess leftover paints, which is where recycling operations come into play. Paint must be properly disposed of and it is unlawful to just throw it away due to its toxic compounds. It can be recycled, and paint is one of the main collected items at household hazardous waste facilities. As pointed out by Earth911, prior to 1978 paints were readily made with mercury, a neurological toxin. Oil-based paints produce volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) in the air, and are… read more

3D Printing Gets Even More Intricate

3D Printing Gets Even More Intricate

The world of 3D printing has taken off, and one area that has seen an increase in the details and variety is with furniture and even larger products. One newer 3D printer allows plastic materials to be printed however; a process called fused deposition modeling (FDM) also makes it capable of utilizing blends of wood fibers, nylons and even polymers. Called the BigRep One, it is making quite a buzz in the ever developing printing arena. First shown at a 3D print showing in New York, it is now available on the consumer market. For a suggested retail price tag… read more

The Thesis Project Turned Mobile Living Space

The Thesis Project Turned Mobile Living Space

People have long held a love of being able to travel with their homes. Last year, a graduate student in architecture, Hank Butitta, reported that he was growing tired of school projects which were seemingly not useful in the real world of architecture. Evaluating the learning process in architectural application, he wanted to employ a full scale development instead of a project on paper for his thesis. A self-reported hands-on student, his proactive nature led him to an interesting purchase and renovation idea. Wanting to do more than a drawing assignments that would never leave the conceptual board or constructing… read more

If You’re Stuck In An Office Read This

If You’re Stuck In An Office Read This

If you’ve been there – then you are with me on this one. Stuck behind a slab of concrete starkness or a carpeted cubicle, a drab working environment can completely drain you. If your surroundings are repeatedly uninspiring, chances are that over time you may feel a decrease in motivation and will be less productive. Architectural team Jose Selgas and Lucia Cano from Selgascano obviously thought of this with their open office space. Though the building may seem somewhat restricted in terms of size and shape, they have been able to create a sense of openness and availability to a beautiful… read more

Stress And The Body

The Effects of Stress On The Body

Stress doesn’t always announce itself. Though we all know what it’s like to occasionally feel stressed out, ongoing stress can actually store in the body and present itself in an array of symptoms. An inability to concentrate, recurrent headaches and insomnia can all be signs of stress, but sometimes they are not recognized as stress induced. Letting symptoms repeatedly continue without intervention can lead to other issues, like heart disease, high blood pressure and a host of other health problems. This infographic from HeartMath provides a summary of how stress can irritate the body: Many health studies have looked into how stress affects… read more

Retro Refrigerator Redo

Retro Refrigerator Redo

Refrigerators are not normally an eye-catching appliance, usually more beloved for their contents than their appearance. The following designs, however, are stylish replicas of vintage refrigerators that hold true to their eras but have updated efficient features. EU Energy Label and US Energy Star ratings provide guides and suggestions to consider when purchasing appliances that will have an increased energy efficiency capacity. Colorful in lime green, red or toned down in cream, Oranier has a line of free standing refrigerators, which unlike older appliances, these have an A+ energy efficiency rating. This model features a cooling system and fan that… read more

Plastic Toy Clutter Beware

Plastic Toy Clutter Beware

Those with young children around, in particular, can have a tendency to hate plastic toy clutter. Poor quality plastic toys and trinkets can invade a space, quickly taking up room, and it can also be a reminder of wasteful consumerism. As someone who has loathed my share of I will break in an hour or less plastic toys, the following artists with a strange approach to recycling them is sort of captivating to me. Oh Barbie. She has taken an abstract turn with these jewelry designs from Margaux Lange. An early love of the Barbie doll and all her infinite and imaginative adventures… read more

Beatrix*JAR Mixes Music, Recycling and Good Vibes

Beatrix*JAR Mixes Music, Recycling and Good Vibes

Capturing and creating sounds, Beatrix*JAR is a band comprised of 2 interesting musical artists. Bianca Pettis, also known as Beatrix, and Jacob Aaron Roske, or JAR, have combined music and recycling to come up with an inventive collection of sounds turned into songs. The sound performance artists collect and customize recycled children’s toys and musical instruments and turn them into circuit bent mechanisms that produce unique sounds. Circuit bending is the process of altering the circuit board system of a battery operated instrument or keyboard, causing it to emit various experimental sounds. In addition to live concerts, they offer workshops… read more

Medicine and Ecology: A Natural Balance

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Ecological medicine is becoming increasingly important. Although it has been around for a while, it‘s practice is needed now more than ever. The human impression on the earth and its ecosystems has been severe, even eradicating some once natural processes. Sustainable medicine acknowledges that people and the environment are interconnected. When exposed to unnatural elements, it can no doubt influence how our bodies and minds work. This approach takes into account the impact of contaminant issues along with other factors regarding one’s health, instead of just looking at the outside to see what shows up, like illnesses and disease. Humans… read more