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Modern Architecture « iamkoream The best architectural designs don’t need to look overcomplicated, they just need to be effective. This sleek pair of 17-story office buildings in Seoul by South Korean firm BCHO architects is a perfect example. The architects took inspiration from an old Korean birch tree trunk, organic and sculpted as if molded by flowing water. With a heavy amount of pedestrian activity in the area, a space was intentionally placed between the buildings to minimize above-ground disruptions. Kitchens And Appliances Of The Future - Announcing The Top 25 Entries of Electrolux Design Lab 2010 The Top 25 Entries of Electrolux Design Lab 2010 It’s not always easy to predict the future. For its 2010 competition, Electrolux Design Lab went with the theme: The 2nd Space Age; this essentially translating to designing a home environment for the year 2050, when 74% of the global population are predicted to live in urban areas. Student designers had to predict how people will prepare and store food, wash clothes, and do dishes. Quite a task but plenty of surprises from across the globe! 25) A- Laundry: Community Laundry Concept by Kai Wai Lee A communal laundry for the entire apartment block! 24) Bio Robot Refrigerator by Yuriy Dmitriev The Bio Robot fridge cools biopolymer gel through luminescence and uses non sticky, odorless gel to envelope stored food as individual pods. 23) Bio Tank, Robotic ‘FishWasher’ by Akifusa Nakazawa The Bio Tank does the dishes, is a pet and a composter…all-in-one! 22) Bx7 Preparation Unit by Losif Mihailo 20) In-home Clothing Printer by Joshua Harris

secret hideout Posted by victoria //// 50 Comments after my little crash and burn last week, i took some of your much needed good advice and spent some time outdoors this weekend. i am very lucky to have a secret garden, which when not engulfed in knee-high weeds, is a lovely little spot to hide out in the big bad city. robyn pope gardens transformed the weeds into a happy oasis of green a while ago, replacing them with river rock, minted moss, lavender, rosemary and mexican sage. and then this weekend, i finally put together this teepee that had been sitting in a box in the garage forever! 5 Easy to Grow Mosquito-Repelling Plants As the outdoor season approaches, many homeowners and outdoor enthusiasts look for ways to control mosquitoes. With all the publicity about the West Nile virus, mosquito repelling products are gaining in popularity. But many commercial insect repellents contain from 5% to 25% DEET. There are concerns about the potential toxic effects of DEET, especially when used by children. Children who absorb high amounts of DEET through insect repellents have developed seizures, slurred speech, hypotension and bradycardia. There are new DEET-free mosquito repellents on the market today which offer some relief to those venturing outdoors in mosquito season. Here are five of the most effective mosquito repelling plants which are easy to grow in most regions of the US: 1. Citronella is the most common natural ingredient used in formulating mosquito repellents. Citronella is a perennial ‘clumping’ grass which grows to a height of 5 – 6 feet. 2. Horsemint leaves can be dried and used to make herbal tea.

INTERVIEW: Genslers Chris Chan on the Sustainable Shanghai Tower, Asias Tallest Skyscraper In 2008 Gensler broke ground on the sustainable Shanghai Tower in the Pudong district of Shanghai, China. The tower is currently in construction and it’s one of three supertall buildings in Pudong, including the Jin Mao Tower and the Shanghai World Financial Center. The elegant structure spirals up to the sky, and once it is completed in 2014 it will become the second tallest tower in the world — only second to the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The 632 meter tall structure is a testament to both modern architecture and the potential of engineering, and it also sets a precedent for sustainable super structures. This interview is brought to you by Autodesk – Removing the barriers to better business. INHABITAT: How did your and Gensler’s involvement in the Shanghai Tower come about? CHRIS: Gensler participated in an international design competition in 2007 with nine firms from around the world. INHABITAT: What is your favorite part of the Shanghai Tower design? + Gensler

Voronoi - Yacht by Hyun-Seok Kim Yacht for Entertaining Yet another intriguing concept from yacht enthusiast Hyun-Seok Kim. The Voronoi mega-yacht is named after the voronoi pattern of the irregular honeycomb lattice structure that encases it’s upper levels. This yacht was made to entertain. Hot tubs and golfing green occupy the upper deck and within the lattice on the bridge deck lies an indoor garden and luxurious pool area. The interior has all the creature comforts of home and then some. Designer: Hyun-Seok Kim Teeny Tiny Terrarium Tools from Terrain By Nicole Balch | I recently made my first terrarium after having put it off for way too long, and I loved the result so much that now I want to make a million more. Or you know, at least one more. So I’ve been looking at containers, and while browsing the terrarium supplies at Terrain (of which there are many), I stumbled upon the cutest miniature gardening tools. Take a peek… nggallery id=’122615′ Wood and Steel Terrarium Tools Hellooooo, Barbie gardening props. Terrarium Tweezers OH my gosh, don't tell me you were considering using standard tweezers. Plant Mister Well, aren't I embarrassed. Terrarium Rake Sure, turn your nose up at the zen garden as a passé 90s fad. Steel Snips I mean, sure, you could use scissors, but these are special little snips with their irresistible minimal design and fancy Japanese design. • Nicole Balch is the founder of Making it Lovely, a design blog about living a stylish life and transforming the so-so. More on Babble About Nicole Balch Nicole Balch

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