"One of the oldest space-saving tricks in the interior design handbook involves making use of that leftover area underneath the stairs, the awkward extra space that does not always lend itself to cheap or easy storage solutions. These designs, however, show just how creative one can be with what seems like the hardest space to deal with in a house." http://bit.ly/aroja
This is a really nice movie of construction of a demonstration strawbale ecohouse on the terrace of the US Botanic Gardens, across from the Capitol Building in Washington DC. Organized by Builders Without Borders.
The technique here is called a "green facade. A living wall can cool a house by blocking direct sun rays, provide moisture, and be a haven for birds. Vines or climbing plants are trained to grow along either welded wire fencing or stainless steel cables. The plants grow away from the wall, not on it.
Channel-bridge over the River Elbe joins the former East and West Germany; this amazing feat of engineering took six years, 500 million euros, and is 918 meters long. It is located at Magdeburg, near Berlin. The photo was taken on the day of inauguration in October, 2003.
A unique thing about the Purple Skunk Skate shop in San Francisco is that they have maybe 15 longboards that you can take out and test ride. If you're into hills and carving—and in the San Francisco area—check it out. At 5820 Geary Blvd. (23d Ave or so).