Frank Howarth by john cheng

Frank Howarth is someone with some serious design thinking skills. He took his closet that wasn't utilizing space very well, and came up with a solution that goes far beyond what most people would do when faced with the same issue. Check out his entire step by step process in the video below!

We have a broom closet just off of our kitchen. It was not cluttered, but it needed a makeover. We wanted to use the space of the closet more efficiently. I built a French cleat system for the closet which consists of a wood wall panel system of cleats on which various storage devices could be hung.

Toranomon Hills by john cheng

Toranomon Hills (虎ノ門ヒルズ) is a new landmark building between Roppongi and Shimbashi in Tokyo, Japan built by Mori Building Co. Ltd. The mascot for this new landmark is Toranomon (トラのもん), that looks very familiar don't you think? That is because Manga production company Fujiko Pro, creator of Doraemon, is also the creator of Toranomon. How fun! I hope they have a toy made of Toranomon, I'll pick one up the next time I go to Japan if they do!

Adam Savage One Day Build by john cheng

One of my most favorite things to do is building things myself. I don't mean building Ikea furniture (although that is also fun in it's own right), I mean building an object from concept to finished product. Be it a prop, a box, a toy, a prototype, pretty much anything that can be crafted with my own two hands. I've been watching Tested on youtube and hanging on to every word of Adam Savage and keeping mental notes of different materials and techniques that he employs on his projects.

Plastic Bottles Ending Homelessness? by john cheng

You know all the plastic bottles you see on store shelves, being thrown out everyday, littered in the streets and pretty much a part of our everyday lives? I sure don't give these bottles much as a second look because they're more or less just a part of my environment. The most I do with them is recycle them but I think the average person just throws them out.

The United States uses 129.6 Million plastic bottles per day which is 47.3 Billion plastic bottles per year. About 80% of those plastic bottles end up in a landfill!

But did you know that you can built a 1,200 square foot home with 14,000 bottles? That would equal 9,257 two bedroom homes per day that the United States throws out which equals the number of homeless in America.

Many countries like Africa and Asia have been innovative enough to use bottles as a resource and not see them as just trash.

Watch the video to see the entire process of how seemingly useless bottles are turned into resources.


For more information: CONSTRUCTION WITH BOTTLES Do you remember the last time you bought a drink in a plastic bottle? Chances are that you threw away the bottle, without a second thought, when you were done. That's what most of us do. Plastic is one of the most disposable materials in the modern world.