Awkward Plot Success Story: A 594 Square Foot Japanese Home

Just for the sake of imagination and comparison, you could realistically walk pass or through this narrow lot by just taking two huge steps.  While that may make you think that a lot of this size wouldn’t seem ideal for any structure, much less a home for three (INCLUDING parking), however that’s exactly what this Japanese family got and it’s fantastic.  This house in Horinouchi, Japan comes to us from the design work of Mizuishi Architects, and it displays some very clever design choices.  If you look at that overhang in the picture above, it adds square footage to the inside of the home, AND provides weather protection for a parking spot. Continue reading “Awkward Plot Success Story: A 594 Square Foot Japanese Home”

Get Yourself a Tiny, Transforming A-Frame House for $1,200!

One of the things that strikes me the most about the Tiny House Movement, is the affordability, a varied shapes and sizes they come in, the freedom, and basically how resourceful and resource-friendly most of the dwellings are.  Of course, while style and function make a tiny house standout, this adorable A-Frame house is a standout on its affordability, as well. Relax Shacks offers this A-frame for just $1,200, which includes a translucent polycarbonate roof attached with hinges and props up on stakes to expand the space from 80 square feet to 110. Continue reading “Get Yourself a Tiny, Transforming A-Frame House for $1,200!”

Interior Huts Apple-Cycling DiabloGB MC Angle – WIRed #98

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It’s time for Episode 98 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses common area huts, Apple recycling, Diablo III on Game Boy, and Kurt Angle battle raps John Cena! Continue reading “Interior Huts Apple-Cycling DiabloGB MC Angle – WIRed #98”

Apple Extending Its Free Recycling Program to ALL Used Products

In an endeavor that is already in progress, all Apple company stores are accepting ANY Apple product for recycling at NO CHARGE, and if the product is resalable, they will offer you some store credit (i.e., Apple Gift Cards) to give customers more incentive to “trade-in”.  Apple CEO Tim Cook declared in a prior shareholder’s meeting that the company should “leave the world better than we found it”, and in an Associated Press interview, Lisa Jackson — Apple VP of Environmental Initiatives (and former EPA administrator) — stated that the company wants to “use all our innovation and all of our expertise to make the planet more secure and make the environment better.” Continue reading “Apple Extending Its Free Recycling Program to ALL Used Products”

This Winery In Mexico Is Made Of Recycled Boats & Eyeglass Lenses

Inspiration for any artist endeavor, or ANY endeavor for that matter, can come from the strangest and unlikeliest of places.  This is not lost on architects Alejandro D’Acosta and Claudia Turren, the Ensenada, Mexico-based team behind the Vena Cava winery in Baja’s Guadalupe Valley, often called the “Napa of Mexico”.  Why you ask; well, this winery is made almost entirely of old, recycled boats. This isn’t too much of a surprise from the same design team that most often find inspiration for they projects from random items in dumpsters, local factories, demolition sites and junkyards (much of it coming from the United States). Continue reading “This Winery In Mexico Is Made Of Recycled Boats & Eyeglass Lenses”

Indoor Farms Vampiric Vacuum Steam Controls TripleMania – WIRed #69

Welcome to Episode 69 of PractitioNERD WIRed, in which we lay the nitty-gritty, nerdy-geeky on indoor gardens in Japan, a vacuum used to suck out blood clots, the details on the Steam Controller, and the grand-papi of them all, TripleMania! Also, a little more slight hatin’ on Columbus Day… Continue reading “Indoor Farms Vampiric Vacuum Steam Controls TripleMania – WIRed #69”

Reflective Building Pi-Crowaves Stridering Battlegrounds – WIRed #59

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This week’s episode of WIRed discusses a reflective visitor’s centre in Australia, a Raspberry Pi-powered microwave, my memories of playing Strider on the Sega Genesis, The new WWE Battleground pay-per-view, and my NEW MONTHLY SERIES, “Doc’D”, which debuted this past Tuesday! HOORAY for NEW THINGS!! Continue reading “Reflective Building Pi-Crowaves Stridering Battlegrounds – WIRed #59”

Can You Live in The Exbury Egg for a Year?

Well? Can you? Anyway, The Exbury Egg is designed by the SPUD Group and PAD Studio, and inspired by artist Stephen Turner, who was studying the nesting instincts of seabirds on the shore.  The egg was designed for the incubation and hatching of the artist’s work, and the self-sufficient structure will serve as a residence, vantage point and studio for Turner along the River Beaulieu in England for a full year.  Turner stated:

“Raising awareness of the past and the unfolding present of a very special location will be the task, whist living in an ethical relationship with nature and treading as lightly as possible upon the land.” Continue reading “Can You Live in The Exbury Egg for a Year?”

Meet Hypercubus, a.k.a., An Interesting First Impression

After you either responded with “OOHs”‘, “AHHHs”, or “what? wait? I don’t even”,  I shall attempt to get you up to speed to give you an understanding of the Hypercubus house, designed by Studio WG3 in Styria, Austria.  The concept behind the  Hypercubus house is based on three fundamental concepts:

1) Utilizing open areas with available and self-sufficient infrastructure,
2) The construction and transportability of small modular living units, and finally
3) Creating a new regional tourism concept — the prepaid apartment — using a uniform design.
Continue reading “Meet Hypercubus, a.k.a., An Interesting First Impression”

Get Your Own New Home…Made From a Boeing 747!!

Have you ever wondered what  the afterlife of a Boeing 747 was like.  Do they go to heaven and see the old-timey propeller planes from childhood pasts or are they harvested for parts for repairing or building news planes, a’la “The Circle of Life?” Well, in this case, a particular 747 has been re-purposed into a luxury home.   Continue reading “Get Your Own New Home…Made From a Boeing 747!!”