This week: Standout holiday gift guides for DIYers, designers, bicyclists, neat-freaks and the insufferably trendy. Plus, cargotecture gets the luxury treatment with a new residential project in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Naturally, Texas is home to what the Guinness World Records has deemed as the world's largest gingerbread house. And although the plus-sized structure may scream 'excessive waste' to some, it's not without a big, charity-minded heart.
Take a moment to escape from the pre-holiday madness for a tour of Vertical Horizons Treehouse Paradise in Josephine County, Ore. where the lofted arboreal lodgings come complete with WiFi and modern plumbing (and giant locusts, apparently).
Acknowledging that 'any place that people will receive emergency water, they will be in need of shelter too,' a student team unveils a prototype shelter constructed from one item that's in anything but short supply at disaster relief sites: empty plastic water bottles.
No, this isn't one of Michael Bloomberg's overreaching health crusades but an awareness campaign launched by the Department of Environmental Protection to prevent sewage blockages caused by the oily remnants of deep-fried poultry and potato pancakes.
This week: Amsterdam's urine-recycling scheme, the perils of flame retardant-treated furniture, and a chicken coop crafted from a vintage French police car. Plus, Vancouver moves to ban doorknobs in new buildings.
The scrappy, scavenge-happy folks at Fireclay Tile launch a Kickstarter campaign to help assist in the transformation of old cathode ray tube box TVs and computer monitors into stunning handmade glass tiles for the home.
After helping bring national attention to the tiny house movement, builder and dedicated garden pee-er Jay Shafer turns his attention to a planned village of micro-homes (it will be zoned as a RV park) in Sonoma, Calif. dubbed Napoleon Complex.