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architecture goes back to its roots
‘Baubotanik’ is a botanical architecture office in Germany that creates buildings and objects such as pavilions or animal watching platforms. Baubotanik’s unusual approach is that they organically grow buildings by mending artificial components e.g. steel with living plants or trees.
Why it matters
This living architecture shows just how respectful we can be to the environment when building new structures. Will we see these techniques being used for larger projects, will the first living flagship store be just around the corner?
Dutch online concept store Zold specialises in selling both new and used designer items as a service in which the entire handling of the sales process is provided. The company professionally photographs items to be sold, lists them on eBay, handles all bidder enquiries, payment collections, packing and shipping. In return, Zold take a 30 per cent commission. Items currently up for sale include designer clothes, furniture, high tech gym equipment and even art.
This is a “haptic” floor tiling system that has a “deformable plate suspended on a platform”, which means when a user steps on the plate they can get different tactile sensations as if they are stepping on different surfaces. There is even top-down projection and speakers to use the visual and audio feedback. This means you get the crunch of snow and the rustle of leaves.