Thursday, April 24, 2014

Columbian Octavio Mendoza's House Called Casa Terracotta Is Created Entirely From Clay Baked In The Sun...

Columbian architect Octavio Mendoza reckons his five thousand four hundred square foot house is the biggest piece of pottery in the world.
His Casa Terracotta or Casa Barro in Spanish was built exclusively by hand using clay that baked itself in the sun.
The locals in the mountain village of Villa de Leyva where the house is located call it
Casa de Flintstone.
The amazing sun baked terracotta structure has the appearance of a large mound of clay thrown together to resemble a house. The rooms merge and flow into each other as though cast in a single mold. And the rustic house is not without amenities, solar hot water, toilets, sinks and much use of mosaic tiles.
Octavio calls his house his 'project for life' and it may well be. It's taken fourteen years so far...

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Annie Ling's Images Show People Living In 64 Sq Ft At Chinatown's 81 Bowery In New York...

While the thought of living in small spaces is a big idea for some there are many for whom tiny living is much less of a lifestyle choice and in fact no choice at all.
Annie Ling captured this reality in a series of images taken at New York's 81 Bowery in Chinatown before it was closed down in 2013.
The Chinese immigrant workers were housed in 64sq ft cubicle apartments.
But even those are luxury compared to these folk in Hong Kong living in a miniscule 40sq ft.
The folk at the Bowery had at least a tight knit community and a crucial support system.
Now having been evicted the bewildered tenants have even less.
In this instance, less is definitely not more...

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Finally. A Major World Crisis Has Been Averted.

Everyone can now relax.
Yes people in general and cyclists around the globe in particular can breathe a collective sigh of relief (except if you're in Beijing) right now as one of the major world problems, a problem that has kept the anxious universe in a state of high anticipation is finally resolved.
An international team of scientists, psychologists, designers and engineers have cracked one of the major dilemmas that's been troubling the world for millenia.
The word is out. The world now has a damned good leather banana holder.
We can all sleep easy tonight...

Monday, April 21, 2014

Beijing Artist Liang Kegang Sells A Small Jar Of Mountain Fresh Air For $860 But There Are Other Choices For The Polluted City's Population...

The smog and pollution problems that beset many major world cities and Beijing in particular aren't going to go away anytime soon.
Beijing artist Liang Kegang, traveling in southern France and wanting to make a statement about the problem, brought home a small jar filled with mountain fresh air from the Provence area.
He made his statement to a worldwide audience by selling the jar of air for 5,250 Yuan or $860.
And for those at home who don't have the option of travel and wish to breathe, there's a novel solution. And why not. It's a perfectly reasonable thing to want and expect to breathe fresh unpolluted air.
Many cities like Zhengzhou in China's Henan Province have created Fresh Air Stations where people can go and breathe fresh air that comes from the Laojunshan Mountain National Park.
Imagine a city importing clean air in bags for people to breathe for god's sake!
Another option is to continue breathing smog.
Which is what most of the city's population and visitors breathe.
And that says the World Health Organisation is the world's biggest health risk that kills more than seven million people a year.
Are individual fresh air bags really the future...

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Move Over In The Bed Darling, The Train's Coming...

The trick to living a long, happy and accident free life in the old residential district in Vietnam's Hanoi is to have the train schedule well and truly imprinted on your DNA.
That way you'll know when to stop sitting having a drink on the tracks, you'll know instinctively when to move your moped, stop preparing a meal or move the awning attached to your street market out of the way.
This remarkable up close and very personal railway system cuts through the old town to Long Bien Bridge and while you're dreaming between the sheets, the train is meandering it's way through the streets.
It's all right darling, it's safe to roll over now...