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I’m a big fan of the blog There, I Fixed It, which covers “Epic Kludges and Jury Rigs,” according to their tag line. While most of the time, they’re posting about the bad and the ugly, every now and then a really good jury rig comes through my feed from them. This particular one caught my eye and one commenter tracked down the source. This drawbridge-style window garden, named Volet Végétal, comes to us from Paris-based design and architecture firm BarreauCharbonnet. As one of the selections from the “Jardin Jardin” design contest, they’ll be showing their prototype at le Jardin des Tuileries exhibition this summer. Check out this video for how they made it.

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson is a Brooklyn-based creative technologist, Contributing Editor at MAKE, and Resident Research Fellow at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). He’s the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone.



  1. Timothy Gray says:

    Scary safety issue there. One rope snap and it falls to the ground possibly hurting people. Now a window 3 tier planter that does not tip out, that is a great idea. it would be better secured and can add a window screen or even plexi so that it acts as a greenhouse to work in colder weather.

  2. mpilchfamily says:

    That is one very annoying GIF. Make it stop!

    1. miroslava von schlochbaum says:

      try pressing ..?

      1. miroslava von schlochbaum says:

        …the Esc key.

        (@#$! html parser ate my previous angled-bracketed key <Esc>)

  3. r says:

    what a terribly unsafe design!!
    I like the starting idea, but needs a serious redesign for safety!

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