Porsche Design Tower In Miami: Condo With A Glass Car Elevator For 1% Of The 1%.

Gil Dezer:  Porsche Design TowerDeveloper Gil Dezer wants to build a new 57-story high rise, The Porsche Design Tower, and this one will let your car experience the same beautiful Miami beach view that you get to enjoy. How will your car get there? By being elevated up to your condo and parked so you never have to leave your vehicle. Because walking on and riding an elevator to your zillion dollar condo is for the 99% of the 1%; taking your car up is for the 0.01%.

The Porsche Design Tower looks like another wasteful idea, misguided by the assumption that if you can afford it, you can consume it. [Core77]


Mini Electric Hummer Is Maxi Unnecessary.

Mini Electric Hummer by Prindiville.Who would purchase an electric powered, $40,000 mini-Hummer? I think I know – a person with $40k burning a hole in their pocket who wants their full-sized Hummer to have a soon-to-be neglected sibling. I guess it could also become a beast golf cart. [Wired]


Built-in Espresso Machine Is Available In New FIAT 500L. Part Of The “Unnecessary And Wasteful” Options Package.

Earth RIPThe built-in espresso machine in new FIAT 500L may not be the tipping point for the end of the planet but it sure seems like another example of dum, wasteful consumption. [Treehugger]


Crazy Truck-Car Hybrid For Sale On Craigslist

Truck-Car-LadonProbably not the hybrid vehicle you were looking for. This truck-car hybrid takes the worst features of both and puts them into one vehicle but the reuse/recycle factor is very high. For sale on Craigslist at $3k (firm). [Boing Boing]


PG Elektrus EV – Inspired By The Lotus Elise Or Was It Toothless From “How To Train Your Dragon”?

How To Train Your Dragon's Toothless and PG Elektrus

Kid Appeal: Did Toothless from How To Train Your Dragon inspire PG's Elektrus EV?

Another electric vehicle, another cartoon character lookalike.
Lotus Elise

Or Lotus Elise?

Berlin based electric vehicle maker PG has just launched their $367,000 Elektrus that has a max speed of 155 mph and an expected range of 215 miles on one charge. Toothless, aka Night Fury, from “How To Train Your Dragon” has a max speed of “very very fast” and an unknown range. So what’s the inspiration: Lotus or Toothless? [Inhabitat]

Related article: Michelin Challenge Design: The Look Of Electric Vehicles In The Future Will Be Inspired By Comic Book And Pokemon Characters


Home Built From Junkyard Car Parts And Poplar Tree Bark.

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Thanks again Faircompanies.com for posting another Macgyver inspired video. This one is about a couple in Berkeley that built a house out of old cart parts and furniture factory waste tree bark. The builders/designers, Karl Wanaselja and Cate Leger, spent months searching their local junkyards for the right parts including the side windows of Dodge Caravans which became the awnings for their home. Car roof sections and Poplar tree bark was used as siding in this shining example of junkyard Jubbling.

Cate Leger and Karl Wanaselja designed their home in their backyard office that was built out of an old shipping container. Their goal was to use precycled material before it went through the energy intensive recycling process of getting melted down.

Watching the video of their completed house reminded me of a local home [pictured below] that had Cate and Karl duplicated, might’ve saved them quite a bit of time.

Boat House Washington