The Weekly Rundown 4

Riley —  June 3, 2012 — Leave a comment

I’ve been busy with other things for a while now, so these are all older sightings (sorry, we can’t always be cutting edge!). Don’t worry though, they’re still worth checking out.

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1. Wood Casting – Designer Hilla Shamia is making some amazing furniture with wood and aluminum. The work uses whole wooden logs, seared and cast in molten aluminum. It’s a great way of synthesizing organic and industrial qualities, and creating a beautiful object that remains true to its basic materials. Check it out over on Archetizer.

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2. What It Means That Urban Hipsters Like Staring At Pictures Of Cabins – A great essay from the Atlantic that looks explores the significance of the rise of the popular blog, Cabin Porn. It’s full of ideas relevant to modern design, urban planning, and environmentalism, and expresses a point of view similar to the one in our past post, The Trouble With Wilderness.

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3. Tree City – A surprising look at the way tree cover has actually increased in some major metropolitan areas since the spot was first colonized. Tim de Chant raises some interesting questions about the nature of the urban ecosystem and the role cities play in the environment.

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4. Gardening Outside the Apartment Window – Urban gardening is becoming all the rage, but finding space to garden is a difficult obstacle to overcome. French design collective Barreau & Charbonnet have released a design concept for a drawbridge style garden that would extend out from the window of an apartment. You can see more of the concept media here.

That’s all for now, hopefully I’ll have more stuff coming up soon!

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Riley MacPhee is a recent graduate of Pomona College with a B.A. in Environmental Design and a minor in Philosophy, and has been writing for the JA blog for the last 3 years. He is passionate about architecture and design, and will be applying to M.Arch programs in the fall.

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