1000 Duany Shelters to be Donated to Haiti | Inhabitat

During his research, Duany says that his team was able to identify four separate classes of Haitians that live in very different ways, and that each home is tailored to their specific needs. To exemplify the model that will be donated, Duany’s revamped design for the since named “Le Cabanon,” home was prototyped and painted a pleasant aqua color for its unveiling last week at a press conference in Miami.

via 1000 Duany Shelters to be Donated to Haiti | Inhabitat.

Megacities Today, Rubble Tomorrow: Haiti, Chile as Architectural Wake-Up Call [UPDATE] | Architecture & Design | Fast Company

This week in The New York Times, Andrew Revkin published a wake-up call for megacities: Learn from Haiti; you might be next. And the problem is architecture. Earthquakes don’t kill people, he says. Buildings do. “In recent earthquakes, buildings have acted as weapons of mass destruction,” Roger Bilham, a seismologist who Revkin interviews, wrote in Nature. Most of the buildings in the world’s fastest-growing cities are “rubble in waiting.”

via Megacities Today, Rubble Tomorrow: Haiti, Chile as Architectural Wake-Up Call [UPDATE] | Architecture & Design | Fast Company.

Phillips Designs Solar Powered City Street Light | Inhabitat

Smart design meets city lights in these solar-powered LED street lights by Phillips. Inspired by how flowers open up to the sun to collect the sun’s energy, the Sustainable City Lights feature photovoltaic petals that open during the day to collect the sun’s rays and transform them into energy. Then at night, the light closes and LED lights turn on to brighten city streets.

Phillips Designs Solar Powered City Street Light | Inhabitat.

E House, Amazing Architecture and Design By Agraz Arquitectos

The team did a great job at covering the owner’s demands and below you have the fantastic results. The construction not only has an impressive and unusual exterior, built in a triangular shape and looking very dynamic, but the interior stands out as well. A spiral staircase is the centerpiece of the home and connects the levels.

E House, Amazing Architecture and Design By Agraz Arquitectos.

Beijing Hutong Bubble / MAD Beijing Hutong Bubble – MAD – ArchDaily

Beijing Hutong Bubble / MAD Beijing Hutong Bubble – MAD – ArchDaily.

Dezeen » Blog Archive » The Long Barn Studio by Nicolas Tye Architects

Dezeen » Blog Archive » The Long Barn Studio by Nicolas Tye Architects.

A History of Phones: 9 Telephone Transitions that Rocked the Industry | Design + Ideas on WU

A little oddball, but hey it’s Friday!

There are three things most people have on them at all times: keys, wallet, and phone. Considering how integral phones are to our lives, it’s strange to think how quickly they’ve risen from being only landlines, to the size of backpacks, to thinner than our wallet (and smarter than our old computer). Here’s a tour through the history of phones – a revealing look at the past and future of one of our most celebrated technological companions:

A History of Phones: 9 Telephone Transitions that Rocked the Industry | Design + Ideas on WU.