vancouver floating houses, architecture, design squish blog

vancouver floating houses, architecture, design squish blog

CATEGORIES:   architecture,

October 13, 2014


grid house, carter williamson, design squish blog

Designed by award winning Australian architecture practice CarterWilliamson, GRID house can be built if necessary in 3 and a half hours flat.

CATEGORIES:   architecture,

October 11, 2014


design squish blog, architecture and nature

concrete planters, design squish blog

flowers on steps, design squish blog

August 29, 2013


patch sofa, affairs design studio, homestead, dacha nostalgia, design squish blog

dacha nostalgia, design squish blog

okra kitchen towel, patch design, design squish blog

Patch Sofa by Affairs Design Studio, dacha photograph by Моля Моля, woodblock hand printed Okra kitchen towel by Patch Design Studio.

July 07, 2013


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Rue de Meaux Housing is a low income social housing project. “Architect Renzo Piano teamed up with Desvigne and Dalnoky to design an amazing courtyard space for their project in Paris.  A modular architectural design establishes a background for the small forest of birch trees.  The thin birch canopy creates a diaphanous lighting condition while still obstructing views across the courtyard, thereby providing the inhabitants access to both privacy and light.” -


December 13, 2012


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“I don’t like concrete. A tree moves and also I’m silent. With a nail or a saw. you’d know I was there. I am like a raccoon” - Richard Greaves

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Home of artist and architect, Eugene Von Bruenchenhein.

miracle on the mountain, house by clarence schmidt, design squish blog

“Miracle on the Mountain” by Clarence Schmidt. Clarence Schmidt was locally and nationally renowned outsider artist -  an iconic pioneer of monumental environmental sculpture. His ongoing life’s work, the “Miracle on the Mountain,” was constructed of found objects and recycled materials between the years 1940-1972, which evolved on the back slope of Ohayo Mountain, in Woodstock NY.

grimes house boat, design squish blog

In 2009, Grimes (Canadian singer-songwriter Claire Boucher) and her then-boyfriend from Tennessee constructed a 20-foot houseboat, named the “Velvet Glove Cast in Iron,” with the intention to sail it down the Mississippi River from Minneapolis to New Orleans. The cargo included chickens, a typewriter, 20 pounds of potatoes and a gifted copy of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

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Due to engine trouble and subsequent harassment from the Minnesota police, the journey was cut short and the houseboat and chickens were impounded. Above: Grimes.

mississippi house boat, design squish blog

Mississippi house boat.

September 03, 2012


treehouse nest, design squish blog

“Weaver’s Nest” by Porky Hefer

treehouse nest, design squish blog

“The Nest” treehouse by Bertil Harström

Inside the human nest treehouse in Big Sur - The Human Nest Treehouse

bird fashion, design squish blog

Bird inspired fashion -

February 18, 2012


windows, contemporary architecture, design squish blog

roomroom, architecture, design squish blog

Roomroom by Takeshi Hosaka Architects

melnikov house, studio, design squish blog

melnikov house, studio, design squish blog

melnikov house, studio, design squish blog

Melnikov House

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February 09, 2012


reusing old windows, frames, design squish blog

upcycling old windows into greenhouse, design squish blog

I found these beautiful greenhouses made from upcycled old windows on HAUTE NATURE. I recently have seen a bunch of gorgeous old windows in the garbage. ...

October 29, 2010


greenhouse house

greenhouse house

greenhouse house

Camouflage House by Hiroshi Iguchi

CATEGORIES:   architecture, design,

November 23, 2009


Modern house from recycled windows, Christiania

Glass house made from recycled glass windows in Freetown Christiania, neighborhood/commune in Copenhagen, Denmark created during the hippie movement. Christiania has its own flag and its own set of rules independent from the Danish government. Within Christiania itself no cars are allowed, stealing is forbidden as well as violence, guns, knives, bulletproof vests, hard drugs and bikers’ colors.

July 19, 2009


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The High Line was built in the 1930s. It lifted freight traffic 30 feet in the air, removing dangerous trains from the streets of Manhattan. No trains have run on the High Line since 1980. Friends of the High Line, a community-based non-profit group, formed in 1999 when the historic structure was under threat of demolition. Friends of the High Line works in partnership with the City of New York to preserve and maintain the structure as an elevated public park.

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CATEGORIES:   architecture, NATURE,

July 18, 2009


cooper union new building

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cooper union new logo, design squish blog

Apparently, the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art now has The Institute for Sustainable Design. It was created in 2008, with support from philanthropist Jack Rudin, as a resource for education, research and public understanding of the principles and methods of sustainability in all design disciplines. “:Central to the mission of the Institute is the development of innovative pedagogies in architecture, art and engineering that will be models for the transformation of learning and practice for a sustainable future” The inagural lecture of Institute for Sustainable Design NEARLY TRAPPED:  DESIGN IN THE AGE OF CLIMATE CONSEQUENCES was held at Cooper a few days ago by Paul Sears, distinguished professor of environmental studies and politics. 

Also, now Cooper Union has a new logo and soon will have a new building with green features.  The building is designed for sustainability, energy efficiency and air quality:

1. Innovative heating and cooling technology
2. An outer layer of semi-transparent mesh screen will create coolness in the summer and warmth in the winter.
3. Carbon dioxide detectors throughout the building will automatically dim power and ventilation when rooms are unoccupied.
4.  A co-generation system will produce some power for both the new building and the Foundation building, reducing the need to tap into the outside electrical grid.
5. The deck surface of the green roof will be covered by a layer of low-maintenance plantings.
6. The low-flow plumbing devices and the green roof will save more than 600,000 gallons of water annually.

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March 03, 2009