Quakebook – Stories from the Japan Earthquake

This is an amazing project! Quakebook: 2:46: Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake. In just over a week, a group of unpaid professional and citizen journalists who met on Twitter created a book to raise money for Japanese Red Cross earthquake and tsunami relief efforts. In addition to essays, artwork and photographs submitted by people around the world. Completely crowdsourced (writing/editing/design & layout) thru Twitter and then pitched to Amazon, who agreed to waive their usual cut so that all of the money made by the book & eBook/kindle version goes straight to Japan Red Cross. Countless people worked on it – completely volunteer. [MORE] READ MORE

Sommarnojen KS-30

Swedish Summer Cabin [my weekend cabin]

The fine folks at Somarnöjen [Summer Fun] in Sweden are building a line of pre-fab summer cottages. Designed by Kjellander + Sjöberg architects, these are beautiful, minimalist examples of Scandinavia architecture, and I want one. Well, actually I want to build my own version of it. The same “livable shed” concept I have been working on in my head now for some time. I have a dream of a backyard [or maybe some tiny spot of land] escapist cottage very similar to what these guys have dreamed up. [MORE]READ MORE

[my] Weekend Cabin

My fascination with cabins, their design, and the feeling that they convey continues. I can truly appreciate the simplicity of this structure. It’s quiet and un-assuming, and allows it’s in habitants to really feel like part of the enviroment instead of just something invading it. Leave it to the Scandinavians.

Design by Aas/Thaulow.

Witten up here, in Norwegian site Dagbladet.no