the 387 houses of peter fritz at the venice art biennale.

In 1993, while browsing in a junk shop, artist Oliver Croy discovered 387 model buildings, each neatly wrapped in its own garbage bag–the architectural creations of Austrian insurance clerk Peter Fritz. There is little known about the life of Fritz, he nevertheless left behind a substantial body of work that stands as an intriguing testament to his imagination and passion.

 

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Itty Bitty Farm.

with Q&A

A family turns a concrete swimming pool in Arizona into an aquaponics success. Now with goat.

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Heineken WOBO, A Beer Bottle Brick For Building Eco-Homes.

Great idea circa 1963. Didn’t make it very far, though.

Another write-up here at Now I Know (a fun newsletter, by the way).

UPDATE: Andrew Mowbray makes building blocks out of gourds (shaped in acrylic molds)

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Cool Materials/Production Method Video: Can a Glass Snowboard be Done? – Core77.

Apparently, yes. Watch the video of how they made it and took it for a ride. Crazy.

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It’s Nice That : Dutch creative Wies Preijde’s thread screens provide a magnificent alternative to walls.

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Student project that converts rocking motion into knitting. Extra points for putting the beanie right over the sitter’s head.

MAKE | A Rocking Chair That Knits You a Beanie.

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This looks like it could be a great app: draw a picture, color it in, print, fold and play.

Foldify for iPad – Create, Print, Fold!.

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I found this great collection of projected maps while explaining the shape of the Earth to my five-year-old. Print, cut, fold and glue multiple polyhedrons, including a rhombicuboctahedron.

Map Projections: Polyhedron Maps.

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