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…”
Look, robotic remote-controlled cars are awesome and they always have been. Even last fall, Anki released an adorable, palm-sized robot companion names Cozmo for sale in the US. Plus, it didn’t just rolls on its tank treads, it also uses its arm to interact with its surroundings, AND has a built-in camera to recognize you AND your pets. Starting in July, Anki will put the Cozmo on sale in the Great White North (a.k.a., Canada) for $250 CA, and in September, it will be available for purchase in the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Nordic countries. Continue reading “Cozmo, Anki’s adorable RC Robot, will spread its cuteness to Canada in July”
It’s time for Episode 125 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses the rise of micro-housing in the United States, turn that working laptop screen into an external monitor, the awesome absurdity of Fist of Jesus, and remembering the WWF Forceable Entry album! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading “Micro-Homes & Fist of Jesus! – WIRed #125”
There’s a growing trend in the United States’ more popular cities that involves “living smaller” in dwellings known as micro-housing, i.e., apartments and other livable units that are smaller than 300 square feet. The U.S. may not be leading globally in the micro-housing movement; Japan and Hong Kong DEFINITELY has those top positions locked down, with much of Europe not far behind. However, the United States is culturally maneuvering in that direction as 28% of all American households were made up of single people (according to the 2010 Census, which YOURS TRULY participated as an enumerator, going house-to-house and meeting some, “colorful” individuals…). The question is exactly where in this country can you find the (legally) smallest examples of this growing (heh, play on words) trend? Continue reading “The US Cities With the Tiniest Micro-Apartments; It MIGHT Surprise You…”
It’s time for Episode 124 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses a Habitat house that surpasses design and sustainability standards, Google throws its cap on the USB Security Key hat-rack, a portable laptop version of the PlayStation 4, and SCIENCE reveals why people love pro wrestling! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling.
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What you see above is an example of Public Architecture’s “1% for Habitat Initiative,” which involved the work of architectural firm el dorado inc with Heartland Habitat for Humanity to design and build a home that could surpass the organization’s strict design and sustainability standards. The result is this recently-completed prototype home in Kansas City, Missouri that features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a flexible/modifiable layout (for both front-loaded and rear-loaded sites), and a slab-on-grade foundation that allows full ADA accessibility.
Oh, The Sun; Britain’s sad excuse of a tabloid, rumor-mongering news-rag; calling it a “newspaper is disrespectful to actual, legitimate newspapers. It’s kinda like the Onion; except that it’s not satirical , not funny, and The Sun expects you to take them seriously. Sure, whatever. a couple of weeks ago, The Sun reported that the United States technology firm Sarif Industries was developing cybernetic eyeball for human implantation that could give us 20/20 vision and allow us to be monitored by any government agency our our choice. Even with the uproar about the NSA and everything that came along with it, THIS had to a hit the “too-stupid-too-be-true” level to most sensible human beings. Oh wait, I’m talking about The Sun. Continue reading “British “Newspaper” (read: Rag) Mistakes ‘Deus Ex’ Game For Real-Life Tech”
Howdy, Hey There And Hello! This week on WIRed, I show you the winners of the World Architecture Festival, how Chrome OS got into Windows 8, the eerie and frightening soundtracks to the Silent Hill games, and how Hacksaw Jim Duggan won the WCW US title! Also, my PlayStation 4 preorder changed like many other people, so thank you Ubisoft for the ten dollars of Amazon credit!