Archive for the ‘DIY’ Category

Stereo systems and speakers, 1960s & 70s style

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Why don’t we do this kind of thing anymore? You saw it a lot in the 1960s and 70s—speakers embedded in display shelves or on a wall, as part of the decor. Maybe it’s partly that components were better looking then, in general, but you could still do this now.

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A house with a grass roof

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Above: Farm house in Keldur, Iceland. These are “earth sheltered” houses, an ancient form of passive solar, sustainable architecture. It’s the practice of “packing earth against building walls for external thermal mass, to reduce heat loss and maintain steady indoor temperature.”

From Wikipedia: “A sod roof or turf roof is a traditional Scandinavian type of green roof covered with sod on top of several layers of birch bark on gently sloping wooden roof boards.

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Stump house, Vancouver

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

“This would have been a great heritage rescue! The “3-Room Stump”—from top-left to bottom-right: Bedroom, Living Room, Kitchen—was located at what is now 26th & Prince Edward before 1910.”

Via the Vancouver Heritage Foundation

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Generation Sell – critique of hipster culture by critic William Deresiewicz

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

New York Times graphic by Josh Cochran and Mike Perry

William Deresiewicz is an essayist, book critic and former professor of  English at Columbia and Yale. He recently gave an entertaining but eviscerating talk at Creative Mornings in Portland on the topic of hipsters and the social meaning of the hipster aesthetic.

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Karl Mattson’s sour gas escape pod, Rolla B.C.

Monday, July 23rd, 2012


Pod at Sweetwater 905 Festival 2012. 

Karl Mattson, an artist and filmmaker from the town of Rolla in Northern B.C., produced this “escape pod” artwork last year.  I saw it a few weeks ago on the concert grounds of the Sweetwater 905 Festival. It may look like a space capsule playhouse for kids, and sometimes it is, but it was actually built as shelter from the very real danger of highly toxic sour gas leaks, as well as a protest against the inadequately regulated gas industry in Northern BC.

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Wooden chandelier, Northern Rockies Lodge

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Chandelier at Northern Rockies Lodge on Muncho Lake, Northern BC. Wooden rounds each hole-sawn to house a pot light. It was really quite beautiful.

The lodge is on the Alaska Highway that stretches from Dawson Creek BC to Alaska. It was built in 1942 at the request of the US government, worried about Russia during World War II.

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