Leslie Smith

An Animal-Friendly Common Sense Solution

An Animal-Friendly Common Sense Solution

Once you learn about the environmental costs of not recycling, it seems like common sense to try and recycle what you can, when you can. One company has figured out a way to help a city wide problem while taking care of recycling the large amounts of plastic water bottles that are used. Istanbul, Turkey reportedly has a huge concentration of stray animals. In attempts to raise awareness to the approximately 150,000 strays that roam the streets of the densely populated city, a company called Pugedon came up with the idea of installing outdoor machines that will dispense pet food and water. In… read more

Open And Airy Raven Street House

Open And Airy Raven Street House

Boat houses are normally known for more function than style. The Raven Street house from James Russell Architect is a boat house inspired design that offers both. Docked in Australia, it feels like a curbside vacation home. With its combination of gorgeous glass and wood, the exterior façade with its lively appearance is also carried inside. The colorful glass panels are not only pretty; they also let sunlight filter in while the color and textured walls retain privacy. When the sun rises and sets, the glass walls illuminate. The second level open deck is a delicious place to have a master suite. It… read more

Recycle, Revamp and Reuse

Recycle, Revamp and Reuse

Pretty much everyone has seen pieces of furniture or other unwanted items tossed out to the curb to be picked up and escorted to the landfill. Cleaning and periodically ridding your own space of unused things can be a needed renewal, but before you throw anything out you may want to think about giving it a second life. The Environmental Protection Agency stated that the amount of furniture that is tossed out annually in the U.S. alone is the equivalent of 3 million tons. In 2005, nearly 8.8 million tons of furniture relocated to U.S. landfills. The Environmental Resources Management claims that… read more

Playing With Architecture

Playing With Architecture

We can’t all be pros in the fields of architecture and design. But we can play around with architecturally inspired worlds. Check out the following for some inspiration, fun and a good excuse to get your inner creativity on. Designed for both iPhone and iPad, AutoCAD 360 is a free app that lets users draw, draft, edit, share sketches and more. This is a great resource applicable in the field with additional subscription based capabilities, and there is also a web version. MagicPlan is a free iTunes download that provides a platform for drawing out floor plans. Users take pictures and are then provided… read more

Year Round Uses Of Sunflower Gardens

Year Round Uses Of Sunflower Gardens

Planting a sunflower garden is great way to add height and color to a lackluster patch in the yard. Though nice to look at, their seeds also have a wide range of uses. Sunflower seeds can be turned into products that can be used all year around the home. Sunflowers have been grown for many 1000’s of years, as knowledge of their usefulness spread along with their seed crops. They were commonly used for seeds and oil, as well as for medicine and for their fibers, and are still an essential ingredient in these and many other items. Sunflower gardens need a space that… read more

New Zealand Home With Modern Spaces And 3 Styles

New Zealand Home With Modern Spaces And 3 Styles

Deciding between apartment, house or studio living can be a dilemma. Mitchell & Stout Architects have found a way to incorporate them all – under one roof. This home in Auckland, New Zealand is a unique construction. It is an inclusive design that allows a variety of spaces and can accommodate various living set-ups for families, friends or even renters. It has 3 different buildings that consist of an apartment, main house and a spacious studio. The zones are set up to each be a private quarter and there are also warm, common areas in the home. The interior is an assortment of a somewhat… read more

Paper Waste and What We Can Do About It

Paper waste

With the influx of heightened technology, long gone are the days where you have to constantly tote around a pen and pencil to jot down important details. Almost everything you could possibly need to write down can be done on a device, whether on your phone or mobile invention of choice. From calendars to reminder notes, you can just enter information to look at later. Not to mention the availability of online books, magazine subscriptions and virtual offices, most things that were once on paper are now additionally, or exclusively, online. Despite these technological conveniences, paper still remains a mass… read more

The Street Art Connection

The Street Art Connection

Street artists interact with their environment in a way that is reality based; not producing art to be kept locked up behind pristine museum doors, but left exposed, open for interpretation and interaction. Google’s somewhat controversial Street View has made it easier than ever to check out artists and their works that are swirling around the web with their Street Art Project. The project captures street art with its custom built cameras, making it possible to discover works from all over the world. Currently, there are more than 5,000 images in high resolution available. The Street Art Project was developed by the… read more

Recycled Phones And The Rainforest Connection

Recycled Phones And The Rainforest Connection

A nonprofit called Rainforest Connection has proposed a unique use for recycled smartphones. Just funded on Kickstarter, their campaign seeks to use old phones and turn them into live listening devices for rainforest areas. They take the secondhand phones and turn them into devices that can be used to detect the unlawful poaching activity and logging that occurs in the rainforest. Illegal deforestation and poaching is an issue that contributes to many other problems. Unlawful logging is responsible for reducing rainforest habitats and further endangering some species. The damages extend beyond the rainforest also. As much as 10% of greenhouse… read more

Energy Neutral Home With Shou Sugi Ban Technique

Energy Neutral Home With Shou-Sugi-Ban Technique

Energy neutral homes focus on sustainable features, but this home located in Amsterdam, Netherlands also has an artistic element. Designed and orchestrated by Pieter Weijnen of Faro architects, Steigereiland 2.0 is a home with an interesting exterior look. Sometimes townhouses or row homes can all blend together, but this one subtly stands out among its stylish neighbors with its own distinct and inventive expression. It is a cradle to cradle construction, as all materials that were used are recyclable or compostable. The design team researched ways to optimize energy and material use to produce a fully efficient building. Reportedly, it is the first construction in the Netherlands to include… read more