Gizmodo enjoys the view from Flederhaus, a hammock-filled, 5-story public "hangout spot" from Viennese architects Heri & Salli. As many news outlets have noted, the eye-catching installation — that's it pictured above — is located next to an equally hard-to-miss sculptural tribute to mammaries. 

The Wall Street Journal cools off in the company of a few high-performance, energy-efficient fans "to get you through these dog days of summer—and many summers to come." I'm pretty much in love with Black & Blum's Propello, a cage-less model that "creates some serious wind with an ultra-quiet ball-bearing motor." 

TreeHugger partakes in some potty talk with "The History of The Bathroom Part 1: Before the Flush," the first in a series of commode-centric posts from Lloyd Alter that "look at how we got the bathrooms we have, what's wrong with them, and what we have to do to fix them."

Re-Nest shares "25 Helpful Hot Tips For Your Home." You know, things like removing rust with a potato, eliminating outdoor odors with oats, and stripping wallpaper with vinegar. 
The New York Times admires the work of straw bale starchitect Clark Sanders. Writes Penelope Green: "Since 1989, Mr. Sanders, 58, a quietly intense former veterinarian, has made 11 straw-bale structures in this rural, arts-focused community in the northern Catskills, a part-time home to many in Manhattan’s creative classes. Meticulously and gorgeously wrought, the structures are calling cards for the man and the material, a renewable and inexpensive resource that produces a tight dwelling that stays cool in the summer and warm in the winter."

Jetson Green digs Musician's Dwelling, an eco-friendly Portland, Ore. abode that the owner/architect envisions as "a place to make music and share art." Despite the somewhat pretentious moniker, the home boasts some interesting design features like exterior wood cladding salvaged from an old barn on the grounds of the Oregon State Mental Hospital (aka the hospital from "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.")

The Los Angeles Times rides out Carmgeddon with "10 summer garden projects for the freeway-averse this weekend." Some ideas for the 405 shutdown nightmare: Prune sages, clip poppies, save your tomato seeds, and finally, "do nothing. Or at least work toward a garden that requires you to do less. The benefits of a less-manicured, more natural landscape include more time to stop, smell the roses and be thankful you're not on the freeways." reports that IKEA plans to open a special, scaled-down store in the Japanese city of Sendai in order to "help victims of the March 11 earthquake rebuild their lives." Around 600 houseware items will be sold at the 2,000-square meter location.

Design Milk likes the looks of Containers of Hope, an "attractive and affordable" shipping home from Costa Rican architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe that's comprised of two staggered shipping containers and a recycled metal roof. 

The San Francisco Chronicle ditches the front lawn for a beautiful, bountiful vegetable garden (an activity that's gotten this Oak Park, Mich. resident in a bit of hot water). Writes front yard gardener Corrine Asturias: "The truth is, we've never loved our lawn or the concept of lawns. They permeate the American dream and dominate our midcentury, suburban development in San Jose. Space hogs, water suckers and giant leaf collectors that have to be blown, mown and doused in chemicals with a great ruckus to look good, what is the point of a lawn other than to say: we have land, time and money to waste?"

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

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