What We Know About the New Google Glass Sunglasses Patent

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Nowadays, it feels that elements of science-fiction are becoming real in respect of wearable technology like smartwatches, smart lights, smart patches and other great and strange wearable devices. Smart glasses once seemed to be joining the fray, but they’ve become pretty absent after the disappearance of both the Snapchat Glasses and Google Glass (the consumer version, anyway). Now with other companies aiming to get into the market (i.e., Apple is rumored to be looking into it), it seems that Google is looking to get back into the game — at least based on a new patent — and here’s what interesting about them so far… Continue reading “What We Know About the New Google Glass Sunglasses Patent”

The Paris Courthouse, with Green Roof Landscapes, by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop

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The new, slim, transparent Tribunal de Paris, located in the north-central part of the Paris located in the country of France (rather than the Paris in the state of Texas in the United States)  will round-up the varied facilities currently dispersed around the capital like Voltron to become Europe’s largest law courts complex. The 525-foot-high by 115-foot-wide tower building is composed of four stacked superimposed volumes of decreasing size — similar to that of a staircase — that are carefully planned and designed for the best and efficient ease of use. The tiered level system (with each tier containing about ten stories) also allows large roof terraces that will be landscaped and planted with some 500 trees. This would soften the building’s sharp glass motif to create more comfortable spaces for solitary and group activities.

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Herzog & de Meuron’s “Triangle Tower” Receives Approval from Paris

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The City of Paris has approved to move forward with the construction of its first tower in over 40 years. The city council recently agreed to allow the construction of Herzog & de Meuron’s 180-meter-tall “Triangle Tower” — also known as the “Tour Triangle” — after originally rejecting the proposal in 2014. The controversial plans for the skyscraper have been the center of an intense debate since its first unveiling in 2008 on the basis of whether or not Paris should preserve its 19-century-era skyline.  Continue reading “Herzog & de Meuron’s “Triangle Tower” Receives Approval from Paris”

The Conservative Conservatory by Lorenzo Alvarez Arquitectos

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This structure by Lorenzo Alvarez Arquitectos is a conservatory for plants and people, including a lookout onto the garden and the night sky while being sheltered from the elements. It serves as an extension to a rural retreat, providing space for a growing family with a living room and special space for growing and enjoying plants from other climates. The building is light and transparent, organized into five glass-panelled rooms, and finished with utility areas in two Stone volumes. Continue reading “The Conservative Conservatory by Lorenzo Alvarez Arquitectos”

Wine-Boat AmazonDash De-Zelda WXO – WIRed #96


It’s time for Episode 96 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses a Mexican winery made of boats and glass, the new Amazon Dash, the Atari 2600-esque demake of The Legend of Zelda and whether or not anyone remembers the WXO! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading “Wine-Boat AmazonDash De-Zelda WXO – WIRed #96”

Six Building Materials & The Six Architects That Luv ‘Em!

It’s almost romantic. Almost. No, no it’s really not; but they are kind of a match made in design and science.  Musicians have their favorite instrument (and brand), video game enthusiasts have their favorite games, chefs have their favorite foods and spices to create their delicacies, and architects have their favorite material to utilized in the designs of their buildings. It seem’s appropriate to talk about the materials the these design professionals seem to love since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, so….here we go! Continue reading “Six Building Materials & The Six Architects That Luv ‘Em!”

Amazon’s New HQ are Biospheres; Like ‘BioDome’, but ALL the Way Around

Man, Pauly Shore and Stephen Baldwin would be proud.

NBBJ’s proposed design for the Seattle campus for internet retail giant Amazon (which you can shop for whatever you want through the PractitioNERD Amazon Store) has three interlocking biospheres that intend on housing around 65,000 square feet of floor space, including trees — yes, TREES —  in the double height spaces.  The use of biospheres obviously refers to the company’s name “Amazon,” while showing strong environmental awareness, as well as connecting the philosophies of the Whole Earth Catalog publication, architect Buckminster Fuller and anthropologist Gregory Bateson of the linking of cybernetic discourse and architecture.  Think of it as finally becoming an example of the actual (or soon-to-be actual) manifestation on the merging of 1960s-1970s hippie culture and counterculture architecture. Whew— I may need to sit down.   Continue reading “Amazon’s New HQ are Biospheres; Like ‘BioDome’, but ALL the Way Around”

D.I.Y. Paper-Thin, Cheap AND Super-Powerful HDTV Antenna

While you can buy any HDTV antenna from the plentiful options available at your local electronic and/or department store, you could always build your own.  Here’s the kicker: this do-it-yourself project actually looks nice enough that you would want to hang it in a window, PLUS it’s powerful enough to pick up over-the-air HD channels in your area. The best thing about this option is, of all things, it’s really cheap to make.

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Behold this Beautiful Brazilian Bungalow

Have you ever dreamed of having a house with a private pond?  That way, when you felt like it, you could walk onto your patio, down toward the pond and just enjoy the nice, cool water.  Sounds great, right?  Well, allow me to proposition you with this: how about having your patio located directly OVER your private pond!  Yup, you can go from living room, to patio, and as your look down….YOUR OWN POND!!   Continue reading “Behold this Beautiful Brazilian Bungalow”