In Cateura, Paraguay, an impoverished town built on a landfill, a violin costs more than a house. So when ecological technician Favio Chavez started creating instruments out of recycled trash, the resulting “Recycled Orchestra” quickly had more students than instruments. This inspirational story is the basis of a documentary, out in 2014.
This incredible, dynamic house morphs with the seasons, altering its shape to let in more light or keep out the cold as temperatures change. The house can also rotate throughout the day to follow the sun, maximizing sunlight and natural heating.
Check out these images of abandoned swimming pools that have an eerie, almost otherworldly quality. It’s urban decay at its most photogenic.
What if you could get farm-fresh produce without leaving your home? Farmigo, an online platform that helps farms manage online subscriptions, has just launched a program to help communities set up their own virtual farmer’s markets. And it’s good for farmers, who get paid 80 cents to the dollar for every purchase, as compared to 20 cents to the dollar for wholesale.
Walk the streets of Berkeley, CA, and you might encounter one of the city’s many art-mobiles—buses, trucks, and cars that serve as 3-D canvases for street artists. The repurposing of gas-guzzling vehicles to create these billboards and residences (many are used as work and living spaces) calls into question the relationship between art, public space, consumption, and mobility.
German designer Philipp Stingl has created a series of “living containers” for the elderly homeless population. The lockable container home and bathtub are made from disposable trahsboxes and drinking water canisters complete with storage space and sewage systems.
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