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Dec 03, 2012

Happy December! Below you’ll find a round-up of links to some of the more eye-catching articles we found in the last bit of November:

UK Plans to Retrofit Shipping Containers from Amsterdam Into Housing to Help Fight Homelessness

Photo credit: Inhabitat (Shipping container photo from Shutterstock)

UK Plans to Retrofit Shipping Containers from Amsterdam Into Housing to Help Fight Homelessness (Inhabitat)
Shipping containers offer a surprisingly versatile foundation for small-scale, sturdy homes – they’re readily available, relatively inexpensive, and easy to retrofit. Now the UK is planning to capitalize on cargotecture by transforming recycled shipping containers from Amsterdam into housing to help fight homelessness.

A Genius Dad Made a Flying Quadrocopter to Walk His Kid to the Bus Stop (Gizmodo)
A genius dad invented something to make dad life easier: a flying, camera-equipped quadrocopter that could follow his kids to the school bus stop.

Behold, the Single Family Skyscraper (The Atlantic Cities)
Like a downsized multifamily residence, Dutch architect Hans van Heeswijk’s concept for a minimalist prefab dwelling reimagines the single-family home as a compact tower-villa. Each floor is dedicated to a specific activity (eating, sleeping, lounging, working), and levels can be added or subtracted to accommodate more or fewer functions.

Artist Recycles 65,000 CDs as Shiny, Floating “Water Lilies” (TreeHugger)
British artist Bruce Munro’s “Waterlilies”– done for Longwoods Garden in Pennsylvania — was Munro’s first work in the US. Comprising of 100 6-ft foam lilies and 100 8-ft foam lilies topped with 65,000 recycled CDs, the waterborne artworks are giant lightcatchers meant to catch and reflect patterns of light.

Your Office Is On Your Bike (TreeHugger)
The concept combines a mobile workspace with the Dutch cargo bike. This means that ‘urban nomads’ no longer have to use their bike to get to their favorite workplace, but their bike becomes a workplace in itself.

The Rise of ‘Urban Ecology’ (The Atlantic Cities)
Earlier this year a trio of ecologists analyzed where other ecologists conducted their research and discovered that, by and large, it wasn’t in cities. The group categorized some 2,500 studies published in ten influential ecology journals between 2004 and 2009 and found that only 4 percent targeted “densely settled” areas.