In a future world without oil, we’d end up with thousands of unusable massive oil tankers, some as long as 40-story buildings. Instead of sending them to scrapyards, a team of architects wants to turn them into floating neighborhoods. …

After carving out the internal structure of a megatanker, the designers propose turning it into an airy public space for events, a museum, shops, and even housing, with a park-like area on the top deck. At over 1,300 feet long, some tankers could easily accommodate an entire neighborhood.

More: These Beautiful Floating Villages Are Made From Old Oil Tankers | Co.Exist | ideas + impact

— rw


Bulletproof, fireproof, environmentally friendly homes are being made from plastic bottles

The streets of downtown Toronto are vibrant and busy at all times of the day. During the day business women rapidly click their heels and talk a mile a minute into their cellphones. Students hustle off to school, their backpacks swaying from side to side and men with ties and briefcases flood the subway. It’s hard to notice anything besides the flashes of color that blur together in your peripherals. At night the streets are calmer – people walk more slowly and everything is in focus. The sides of the road are piled with garbage bags, full of coffee cups and plastic water bottles, waiting to be picked up and taken to the landfill. In between the bags lay the city’s homeless – wrapped up in sleeping bags, boxes and whatever else they have scrounged for warmth.

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Lisbon's Junk Gets a Second Life as Gorgeous 3D Animal Street Art
Artur 'Bordalo II' upcycles old bumpers and steering wheels to make Portugal's capital city even more magical.

 Arturo “Bordalo II” uses materials like old tires, scrap metal, steering wheels, oil paint, and bumpers to form impressive, larger-than-life 3D murals on walls and back alleys throughout [Lisbon].

The stars of these murals are almost always animals, and the art itself is a mix of Banksy and a more colorful Tim Burton. In Bordalo’s Lisbon, scissor-like beaks protrude from the sides of buildings and a wall becomes a crouching raccoon. Bordalo’s output has been prodigious over the last few months, and Beautiful/Decay was recently able to document them all in one place. Many more can also be seen on Facebook.

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— rw


Emergency Shelters Made From Earthquake Rubble:

When large-scale, whole-region-engulfing tragedy hits, humanity is lucky to have an architect like Shigeru Ban. In the past, his disaster relief designs and inventive use of eco-friendly materials, like water-proof and fire-proof paper tubes, have helped countries like his native Japan bounce back from catastrophe.

For his newest project [in Nepal], the former winner of the prestigious Pritzker Prize has funneled his formidable talent into the creation of an ambitious plan: a way to turn salvaged brick from earthquakes into temporary relief shelters. …

It’s expected that the first transitional house will be constructed by the end of August.

More here.

— d.n.