TAG: Nature

Hundertwasser’s Inspiring Architecture

Hundertwasser’s Inspiring Architecture

Artist and architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser is often referred to as the father of green roof designs. Born in 1928, his given name was Friedrich Stowasser, which he later changed. His architecture is widely celebrated for its unexpected appearance and original designs. He was drawn to the sea and nature, and this is reflected in his paintings and buildings. The unusual use of lines in his architectural works does not conform to rigid styles or rules. Taking notes from the perfect irregularities found in natural landscapes, he created visually marvelous spaces that are full of color and character. This snippet from… read more

Steampunk Jewelry Displays A Refined Form Of Reuse

Steampunk Jewelry Displays A Refined Form Of Reuse

Steampunk jewelry pieces often utilize discarded and vintage materials to create intricate and distinctive new designs. Many steampunk styles incorporate findings from castoff jewelry and parts of other objects. These handmade items feature upcyled pieces and reused objects to produce unique, durable jewelry. Repurposed watch gears are often used to create stylish signature timepieces. Vintage lockets, pendants and pocket watches can be updated and revived with a crafty hand. This old pocket watch was given some inspiration from Mother Nature and turned into a biomechanically inspired Kafka Clock. This homage to Victorian era nature pieces actually contains an insect specimen, though this one… read more

A Moldy Home Could Be A Good Thing

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Traditionally, it is considered dirty and unwanted to have mold on your home. We create paints and varnishes that repel moisture and seedlings from plants, vines, and other naturally growing “things”. However, researchers at Barcelona Tech (UPC) decided that mold should be a featured piece on homes and buildings. They created a wall that promotes the growth of fungi and lichens. It begins with a structured layer of cement protected by waterproof materials. The biological layer comes next, which allows water to accumulate inside of it for colonisation. Instead of repelling moss and lichens, it helps with the development of… read more

Use Color Psychology To Change Your Mood

Use Color Psychology To Change Your Mood

Color psychology may not be an exact science, but research does suggest that colors can evoke certain emotions. Colors affect people differently, so though there are really no set and rigid rules there are suggested guidelines for incorporating colors in a space to achieve an overall mood. Color psychology takes many environmental factors into consideration, and is more complex than simply picking a happy hue. The fields of design and marketing both employ the tricks of using color to maximize the intended effect of a space. Places like restaurants, retail venues and hospitals often use color psychology principles in selecting… read more

Eagle Cam Shares Bird’s Eye View over Chamonix

Eagle Cam Shares Bird's Eye View over Chamonix (video)

What’s it like to fly like an eagle over one of the most beautiful places on Earth? That might seem like a silly question, because we’ll probably never fly like an eagle, but now you can find out what the view looks like from up there, thanks to YouTuber Srachi, who uploaded this video of the Mer De Glace area of Chamonix,  taken with a GoPro camera mounted onto the back of one.

The Living Room Project

The Living Room Project

Growing, living things are all around us. Industrial design students Merjan Tara Sisman and Brian McClellan have taken note of this, and fused the scientific laboratory with furniture design creating an experiment with an interesting outcome. Their brainchild, The Living Room Project, shows how living organisms can be manipulated and engineered into specific shapes. While they were looking into different organisms for their thesis project, they stumbled upon the unique rooting structure of mushrooms. Forming mycelium, or mushroom roots, into various shapes may sound complicated and a little peculiar, but the completely natural process is actually fairly simple. Looking into the way… read more

Teaching Children About Biomimicry

Teaching Children About Biomimicry

Children love to learn more about the world around them. Feed their curious minds with age appropriate, free activities and lesson plans that revolve around biomimicry so they can further relate their outer surroundings to areas in their own lives. Teach Engineering has a hands-on activity for kids with a suggested age of around 3 through 5, though it can be altered to suit other ages. Provided from the College of Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder, the focus is on natural design and how engineers apply it to making products. Learners are asked to think about solutions… read more

Unusually Green: Out Of The Ordinary Homes Part 3

Nautilus House - Part 3

The last home featured on our series of uncommon green constructions takes the prize for beautiful colors, and a unique biomimic design. The Nautilus comes from organic architect Javier Senosiain, and this shell shaped wonder speaks for itself. Located in Naucalpan, Mexico, this home is a creative combination of art, sculpture and modern dwelling space. Molded after the shape of the nautilus shell, the layout is both futuristic and rooted in organic oceanic astonishment. The home utilizes ferrocement building methods, which is a process that includes a reinforced steel frame constructed with chicken wire. After the complex shape was formed it… read more

Interior Design For The Mind

Interior Design For The Mind

Designers see interior spaces as a whole, though there are fragments that make up the complete design. Psychology understands that many aspects of living can affect the entire mental state and human emotions. When these 2 fields combine, spaces can be smartly designed to facilitate a desired feeling and enhanced mood, creating an alluring and functional place. Good interior designers know this and will listen and spend time with their clients in order to get a feel for what they want to accomplish in an area. In an article, Frames of Mind, the importance of emotional intelligence in interior design… read more

The Soundtracker Wants You To Hear This

The Soundtracker Wants You To Hear This

Earth is a Solar Powered Juke Box – Gordon Hempton Capturing the sounds of nature, acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton has been recording wildlife noises for decades. Referred to as the Soundtracker, Hempton has traveled the globe in order to catch glimpses of nature sounds that may otherwise go unheard. Getting an exclusive sound in the outdoor elements is just another day at the office for this audio adventurer. Sometimes placing himself in dangerous positions to collect the noises or the naturally quiet, his live nature recordings are done using customized equipment with tried and tested methods. For instance, placing sandpaper over… read more