SilenceAir: Noise Blocking Bricks

SilenceAir looks like a transparent brick, and uses “passive resonators” to allow fresh air into buildings while leaving 85% of the noise behind. “Cities are noisy. When we block the noise from our offices and homes, we usually reduce the ventilation…the result is sick buildings and people,” says the inventor Chris Field. Chris developed the […]

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MetaOptimal Bass: Tactile Transducers

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You may have heard of subwoofers, which provide very low-level bass frequencies. Tactile transducer go beyond that range because they vibrate solid objects rather than air. The Buttkicker uses a “suspended magnetic system” to reproduce soundwaves that are not air dependent, and can reproduce frequencies down to 5HZ (below human hearing). Variations of the Buttkicker […]

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Book Review: Portable Houses

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When some people vacation, they take their homes with them. Those are the people Irene Rawlings and Mary Abel write about in Portable Houses, a book devoted to all sorts of movable shelters and the people who created or renovated them. The examples featured in the book range in elaborateness from a canvas miner’s tent […]

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Danko Persing: Gotham Stackable Chair and Lounge Chair

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These chairs are made from bent maple plywood, using a technique that consumes 1/8 of the wood normally used in construction. The seats are webbed with recycled automobile seatbelt material. As you might expect, this material is extremely strong and does not sag. Danko produces a range of similarly designed furniture in their Pennsylvania workshop. […]

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