Sunday, November 16, 2014

Silo City, Washington's Forgotten Water Treatment Facility

All you designers out there, get your thinking caps on!  The mysterious McMillan site in Washington DC (on Michigan Avenue between Howard University and The Catholic University of America) has been re-discovered and it's possible that there will be a future for it beyond being a large fenced-off silo city.

A carbon copy of an Albany, NY water treatment facility, this may be the last of its kind, though not functioning.  With 20 silos and underground vaults that are sand-filled to treat water.  Algae was grown purposefully to purify the water and the sand filtered out sediment to be pumped out to to the households and businesses of DC until it was replaced by chemical and mechanical treatment by the US Engineer Corp.

A fascinating space whose future is still unknown is a great source of fascination with what was, an interest in what is, and an inspiration for what could be!

Friday, November 14, 2014

What to do with your withering pumpkin...

(or you can just go out and buy puree...whatever works).

It's almost Thanksgiving, why not make the most out of these last few weeks of fall and try homemade pumpkin icecream: Easy and delicious!  


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Grand Design...

The Grand Design...

Sometimes a design needs to be turned inside out and upside-down.  It needs to be molded and crushed and added to and subtracted from.  It must be completely demolished and distorted so from its original self that it is almost completely foreign in order to become what it is capable of being.  

Don't believe me?  Ask nature...or Cynthia Occelli...or both.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Ever Wonder How You Look When You Dance?

Silly?  Flawless?  Usher-esque?

Well, there's a new invention out there that can show just how you dance...and I'll bet you'll find that your dancing is a lot more awesome than you could have imagined!

The invention is called an E-Trace.  It is a mechanism that you can attach to your shoes (in this case, your ballet slipper), where your movements are converted into lines, like paint on the canvas that is your world!

The images produced by ballet dancers have been compared to calligraphy and symbol-art.  I imagine you can paint with your feet, or just dance and see what happens!  Either way, this creation is truly a design worth discussing, and I'd suggest that you check out the original article to see the video of how it works, by clicking here!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Peaceful Pool...Pond...Pool-Pond!

I love DIY projects!

Here's one that you can do in your own backyard, with one idea, a bit of money, and a lot of time!  They completed their backyard haven over the course of about 2 or 3 years, but it looks like it was totally worth it.  Check out the article and the play-by-play with pictures.