When you explore Paris, you probably see Uritrottoir outside the Fare de Lyon train station. It’s a urinal planter, yes, urinal, a place where you can pee, legally. Public restrooms can be gross but it is also illegal to pee on the wall or public places. Uritrottoir can be translated as “pavement urinal”, an eco-friendly spot to pee. It’s not a container, it consists of two boxes that hold plants, completed with fertilized soil, the main area of the urinal sends your pee down to the odor-fighting dry straw that fills the lower box. Basically two boxes which are stacked on one another, the top for the plants and the bottom to contain your pee. There’s a sensor that tells when the lower compartment needs to be sent to composting facility. Your waste is then composed and used as fertilizer for gardens, parks or even those plants that grow out of the top urinal.
Butterply Desk, yes, you read that right, it’s not a typo, it’s not Butterfly, it’s Butterply. Designed by an award winning design studio, UPSOP, Butterply Desk offers a practical desk that you can assemble without the need of screws or tools. It comes with several functional modules to meet user’s needs, the height can be personalized, this is an elegant crafted furniture for your home or office.
Constructed out of sustainable plywood (hence the name), the innovative design allows the frame’s height to be adjusted, thanks to in-house developed smart joinery system. This desk is weather resistant as well as moisture-fluctuations resistant.
Ootro eStudio has created Helix Shelter, a temporary habitat for outdoor made out of recycled cardboard. This tiny shelter can be handy when you need temporary place on your outdoor adventures, these laser-cut cardboard pyramids are designed with holes in their corners to allow you to peek from the inside. It’s not just drawing or rendered images, the company has built a prototype for testing, it can be used as a space for rest and contemplation. The company claims that this structure can be easily installed by a single person.
Born as independent initiative, Helix Shelter aims to create a relationship between individual and the landscape. This compact structure or you can say a micro architecture can be installed without destructing its natural surroundings, it can be an intermediary between observer and the observed. However, we don’t think it is meant for location with extreme weathers.
Mountain Forest Hotel is a prestigious and ambitious project from Stefano Boeri Architetti. Located in Wanfeng Valley, Guizhou, China, this project features a masterplan of 400 acres where an inspired hotel project will be built with 250 rooms. The location is known as 10 thousand peaks area, even New York Times has named it as one of best destinations in 2016.
Stefano Boeri Architetti attracted public attention with their two popular vertical forest projects, the company takes green design to the next level. Inspired by nature this hotel would be so green that actually can improve the air around it. For the interior, the company will work together with local artist Simon Ma.
Green Penthouse project has been designed as part of New Vision of the Loft design competition, organized by Fakro in cooperation with the international magazine for architects A10. This green project provides a new solution for a limited living space, especially in the middle of urban environment. It takes advantage of forgotten roofs which can be re-adapted to create a comfortable living space. This design proposal uses tilted windows to form a perfect circle, providing a 360-degree view upon the city. These windows are connected by a gently curved green roof. This roof is not just function as protection, it also absorbs rainwater, giving insulation for the apartment as well as reducing overall urban air temperature, it can be a great habitat for wild birds in the city.
This penthouse is composed of pre-fabricated concrete slab, waterproofing membrane, drainage layer, growing medium, living plants, and smart self-irrigation system. Inside, there’s enough space for 3 different areas: relax, eat, and sleep. There are diving walls that can be used to separate the room such as storage, restroom, kitchen, or shafts. Dwellers can access this penthouse using the extension of the core from pre-existing building.
Designed by Jude D’Souza, Walkabike is a concept bicycle for urban commuter. It’s lightweight, foldable bike that simulates natural motion of human foot when walking, thanks to an elliptical motion of the main crank. Just like an elliptical bike, it offers a form of mobility which is natural to us and it doesn’t require specialized clothing.
Walkabike features an instant start as it takes advantage of the weight of its rider to case the main crank to slide. The elliptical motion powers larger rear wheel of this bike through an internal gear drive. This mechanism allows for easy and simple service.
GreenChamp Bikes, a new and dynamic start-up, makes balance bikes for children from as young as 18+ months to 5 years, out of bamboo! GreenChamp Bikes came about because of the founders’ belief that children’s toys should be made from eco-friendly, sustainable materials, to encourage parents to educate their children on the environment from a young age, in the hope that this will go a long way in providing them with a greener future. Besides its eco-friendliness, GreenChamp Bikes are lightweight and super durable, ensuring easy manoeuvring for young kids who are learning to ride a bike.
Plastex#9 is an environmentally friendly handmade fabric which can be transformed into different objects. This project started in order to reduce major problem that Egypt currently has, waste. The design company has done great research to find out that reusing is actually much better than recycling, it helps to save a lot of resources. For this project, the company chose to re-use plastic bags, also, this material is the second most discarded product in the country and is not collected for recycling.
All these plastic bags are collected, sterilized, and cut into different thin stripes which later are interwoven on a handloom, creating strong and durable fabric that tolerates sun rays. This project aims to raise environmental awareness and what can we do to help, reviving the weaving craft also empowers local communities. Thanks to Egyptian craftsmen, the weaving industry can start the production process, any other highly technology machinery are avoided to ensure a simple sustainable process in the making of each product.
Made of compressed wood pulp and 100-percent recyclable material, YoYo bench is a weather resistant and eco-friendly bench. The name itself describes Yo Yo call which in this generation promotes individually, a creative abbreviation of the word YOU. This bench is shaped by unique form of the letters: Y O Y O, it’s a homage to our youth culture through modern salute of teenagers. It kinds of remind me “Breaking Bad” where the world “Yo” is used almost in every Jesse’s sentences. This bench aims to open a dialogue through expression and communication.
Planet Without “E”, this is a project from Yu Hiraoka, a Milan based product designer, that was born out of the interest in green and sustainable products for your home. It’s a set of mini planter that you can place anywhere in the house, if you have small space, you can break down the parts and play around to construct and build smaller unit. There’s a transparent bowl with diameter of 80mm and height of 42mm while the frame dimensions are 80mm (W) x 62mm (H) x 80mm (D). It’s a minimalist, modular product, just in case, you want to place something green in your house, you might want to check this product.
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