Category Archives: Eco Design

Japan’s Underground Bike Parking Towers

In Japan, though, the authorities have come up with a solution, in the form of a new system of underground bicycle parking. Users set up an account with Eco Cycle, the system’s operator, and are issued a chip which is attached to the bike’s frame. When the cyclists wheel their bike towards the entrance to the parking, the system recognises the bike, grips the front wheel and whizzes it underground to an available parking space.

via Video: Japan’s amazing underground bike parking towers | CityMetric.

Creative way to build a chicken coop

Creative Way To Build A Coop

Cart Coop | SpontaneousInterventions.

Sun Ovens Can Be Mobile Too

I met with one of the more interesting early-stage startups I’ve ran across this morning in East Austin. They’re nestled in a heavily wooded lot that’s a maker’s paradise.  More to come on that, but here’s one of the more creative schematics: a sun oven mounted on a bicycle.

A Shipping Container Makes A Good Bike Corral



The Eco Toilet Recycles Water From The Washbasin

We’ve been exploring options for toilets for a while. We’ll probably do a composting toilet for our backyard space, but incorporating a design like  this could also work in an outhouse-ish design.


Eco Toilet:

Leap Adaptive Shows What You Can Do With Less Than 500 Sq. Ft.

Our Austin Fence Made From Salvage, Reclaimed, and Locally Sourced Materials

We’ll probably cut the jagged edges off the top and frame with more
metal. I think I’ll miss the jaggedness though. Let us know if you’re interested in some of the details. We’re working with a really good designer on the East side of Austin.