Lego-like Bricks for Building REAL Structures

(Video link HERE.) In addition to plastic snap together grownup legos we could make real things out of, we’ve long dreamed of big concrete Lego-like bricks we could build serious structures out of.  So we were thrilled to find this video of Kite Bricks, a patent-pending, production-imminent component brick that is very much like big…

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house tour: brilliant urban shipping container home

(Video link here.)  When this very resourceful couple found that they didn’t have the money to build even the traditional brick envelope of their 20’x40′ lot in Brooklyn, they used 5 shipping containers and went from there. It’s a totally inspiring and charming story of perserverence and outside-the-box (!!!!!) thinking, as well as a swell…

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transmaterial: books + website for big imaginings

Transmaterial: A Catalog of Materials That Redefine Our Physical Environment is a series of books – with a companion website – about intriguing materials for building and designing. Browsing spurs endless ideas and imaginings of what you could do with some of the more accessible materials like… Paper Softwall,  lightweight, freestanding honeycombed paperwalls that can be arranged in almost…

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