While Studio Ghibli had actually built a real-life version of the house from My Neighbor Totoro in Aichi Prefecture, you weren’t allowed to spend the night in it. It turns out ANOTHER replica existed in Nagasaki Prefecture that patrons could spend the night for $45 USD (or 5,000 yen) a night. That doesn’t seem to be the case now, as this replica of Satsuki and Mei’s house is now managed by a local nursery school. Continue reading “The Real-Life “My Neighbor Totoro” House People Used to be Able to Sleep In…”
Design collective I STIFFEN THEE (yes, that IS their name) designed the Kerplunk House to bridge the gap between built space and existing space but having architecture play the role of nature, rather than merely resembling it. Part of this 224 square foot building’s focus on playing off of nature is the fact that the pattern of organization is not readily apparent. The house was built as a multipurpose living and working space that would also act as the initial structure for a desert propagation center, as a mini-forest of desert flora was planted and transplanted over time in its surrounding area. Continue reading “Remember “KerPlunk”? Here’s the Kerplunk House. It kind of resembles the Board Game “KerPlunk”. There You Go…”
How many of you out there have endured the horror of a long layover at an airport and somehow didn’t lose your mind running mad thru said airport and/or sitting inside one longer than on your flight? But it’s OK, as most airports come with distractions and features like phone charging areas (don’t use them, just saying), WELL-overpriced food and snacks, and pricey books/magazines. OK, true, none of those things are THAT inviting, but I’m sure a perfect solution could be headed toward you, and that solution: nap pods! Continue reading “You’ll Might Start Seeing These AirPOD Nap Pods at an Airport Near You…”
For their upcoming June 11, 2018 issue, TIME magazine created a very spectacular, expertly-coordinated exhibition by using 958 illuminated quadcopters (or “drones,” which is what the cool kids are calling them) hovering along the evening sky and framed resemble TIME’s traditional cover layout. Enjoy the above “so THAT’S how they did that” video that showcases the process, as well as the full write-up and photos … Continue reading So, HOW Did TIME Magazine Create Their New Cover with 958 Quadcopters?
Scientists at Harvard University have created a soft, tube-like robot with silicone rubber acting as its artificial skin. The laser-cut rubber used is a thin, stretchable plastic sheet, with the cuts, shaped like triangles or circles, look similar to the scales on the skin of snakes. The robot is able to move as air is pumped into the tube, which allows the robot to expand and contract, resulting in the scales to pop up and anchor against the ground, pulling the robot in a forward motion. As for moving backwards; the researchers are still trying to figure that out. Continue reading “Harvard University Develops Robot That Crawls Like a Snake; You Won’t Want These in Your Boots…”
I recall in my days in the world of architecture as an intern where I’d go to job sites to document existing features, take measurements, and make changes to exiting construction documents on paper and digitally in AutoCAD — or even searching and finding the original construction documents in the school district archives because the school claimed to have lost them; I’m looking at you Alamo Heights ISD. Anyway, more times than not you’d be on a project site and find a problem that needed immediate attention. The problem is that once the project heads to the Construction Administration phase is NOT the best time for big design changes, new field conditions, client changes, errors, etc., etc…. Thankfully, Morpholio has updated their TracePro iPhone app, allowing users to alter job sites by simply “importing key components of the design process into the Construction Administration phase.” Continue reading “The “Trace” App by Morpholio Lets You Update Construction Design Changes On The Fly!”
Japanese company Triad created this unique set of memo pads, called Omoshiro Blocks (or “fun blocks”), which slowly reveals an architectural sculpture as you remove each page from the pad. It’s almost like you’re excavating a historical structure while making daily reminders to yourself! SCORE! Thanks to the precision of laser-cutting, these Omoshiro Blocks let it users make notes on over 100 appealing sheets of colored paper, while at the same time unveil amazingly detailed 3D architectural treasures distinctive to each note pad. The pads contain tiny paper replicas of historic sites, ranging from the Tokyo Tower, to Sensō-ji, to the Buddhist Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto, and more. Continue reading “The More You Use This Memo Pad, More Architectural Sculptures Are Revealed…”