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Klein Bottle – Beautiful Home

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McBride Charles Ryan has designed a uniquely beautiful house. Yanko Design Blog has a writeup about it:

Anyway you look at this mind blowing wonder of math and the space-time continuum, the Klein Bottle House by architects McBride Charles Ryan, is stunning. For us right-brain thinkers; in Mathematics, the “Klein Bottle” is a non-orientable surface, i.e., a surface (a two-dimensionaltopological space) with no distinction between the “inside” and “outside” surfaces. That being said and hopefully understood, this vacation home located just a few clicks outside Melbourne, Australia beautifully reflects a deep desire to mess with both sides of our brains. By constantly challenging our sense of perception, depth, linear orientation, interior/exterior space and pretty much any notion of what a dwelling should look like, the architects have successfully created a space that is surprisingly inviting and warm.

I especially like how the energy of the home matches the personality of the surround landscape and vegetation.

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Via: Yanko Design

Bill McDonough (Cradle to Cradle) in NPR Interview

Dick Gordon interviewed Bill McDonough on The Story today. I caught about 1/4th of it while I was in the car today. What I caught was really excellent. Thankfully, WUNC archives shows of The Story, and you can download them as MP3 files.

Click here for the mp3 file

William McDonough has been designing for environmental sustainability since he was a college student – long before the environmental movement had coined the term “green design.” He has put grass on the roofs of corporate headquarters and consulted with the Chinese government. But what motivates him goes back even further – to experiences he had as a child in China and the United States.

Bill’s father worked internationally. When Bill was living in Hong Kong, he saw extreme suffering and scarcity. In the U.S., he saw extreme abundance and waste. Bill is now devoted to overturning those extremes – challenging fundamental notions about how we use the planet’s resources and re-invent them for the future.

He talks with Dick about his first encounter with Michael Braungart, his closest collaborator and friend, and the wild ideas the two have thought up together.

Read the article at thestory.org

Pixel Infused Concrete

This rock-hard display consists of not-so-average concrete with “embedded optical fibers, arranged as pixels, capable of transmitting natural as well as artificial light.” When light is projected from the rear, the pixels illuminate to display imagery

It’s a fairly simple concept, but a very solid execution. How could this be used in interior/exterior architecture to make surroundings more interactive, immersing, and representational?

More at innovationlab.net
Via: Engadget