If you’ve been considering donating money to help intergovernmental organizations make the necessary changes to stop global warming, the time to give is now. According to UN emergency relief coordinator, Sir John Holmes, all of the major storms this year amount to a “climate change mega disaster.” Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
Envision rusting metal mesh, glass boxes, steel frames and wide open blue skies, and you may just start to see The Xeros house in your mind. This building design fully embraces the idea of recycled materials. And while I love recycled materials, I’m completely giddy about the idea of recycling a neighborhood — which was one of the major objectives in choosing the Sunnyslope area of Phoenix, Arizona as the home’s location. “We feel the most important thing we did was to go into a place like Sunnyslope that had not only economic depression but also some social questionability. It needed a second life. A residence like Xeros can turn that around,” says architect Matthew Trzebiatowski in a Dwell magazine interview.
Nick Foley, a New York industrial design student, has added another artistic light fixture to his portfolio. His latest design is an artistic hand-forged hollow steel tree that serves as the charging station for three urethane pear-shaped lights. He states, “Each pear contains ten ultra bright white LEDs, an autonomous charging circuit, and rare-earth magnets that allow it to be ‘picked’ from the tree and remain fully illuminated for over an hour.”
The design and concept are quite innovative and unique. I’m not sure of the practicality of plucking glowing bulbs from the tree rather than grabbing a flashlight, but I have to admit it would make quite a conversation piece. In addition, anytime you have the opportunity to use an art piece as a functional accessory, it gives you the best of both worlds.
I’m a Brad Pitt fan. Have been ever since I saw “Kalifornia”, while not a movie for everyone is my version of a modern classic. Throw in “Twelve Monkeys”, “Fight Club” and stir, and you’ve got an unparalleled cinematic resume.
I even had a brief encounter with Brad. I was on the Fox lot, where he was shooting “Mr. & Mrs. Smith”. I was walking down a long hallway and I saw him coming toward me. I’m not usually starstruck, but there’s something undeniably magical about seeing The Brad in person. So much so that I stopped in my tracks. Literally. Like a huge dork.
But apparently this sort of reaction was nothing new for Brad, who continued walking toward me, completely unfazed. As he passed, he smiled understandingly, looked me straight in the eye, and said “Hey, man. How’s it going?” Not a pivotal moment in history, but it concretized my impression of Brad as the coolest movie star on the planet.
Ever wondered what worms do all day? I recently discovered that some worms are making a profit for a small fertilizer company based in New Jersey. The company is called Terracycle and they put worms to work. Terracycle employs them to Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
Bentley, the mega-luxury British carmaker owned by Volkswagen, announced at the Geneva Auto Show this month that it will phase it its all-gas engines by 2012. This marks the first luxury auto line – and one of few overall – to switch to bio- and flex- fuel engines.
The first of these flex-fuel engines is due out in 2009, and by 2012 Bentley will be using a new powertrain that’s expected to include hybrid technologies. If you’re a Bentley fan — and chances are you’re not, because these are some of the most expensive cars on the market — you won’t have to sacrifice power or luxury; Bentley remains dedicated to providing its customers with excellent performance.
If these 11th Hour images make you want to Obey, there’s a reason for that. Street artist Shepard Fairey, creator of the “André the Giant Has a Posse” sticker campaign (which evolved into “Obey Giant”), has contributed his paradigm-shifting, guerilla art style to the 11th Hour Campaign. The Charleston, South Carolina native was recently asked to be a partner by the organization and even designed a limited run series to sell on his website in order to raise money to create massive quantities of his 11th Hour stickers.
There’s nothing an ecological scientist likes better than to walk into her office on a hot day and not turn on the air conditioning. So, when it was time to create a new facility for the Department of Global Ecology at the Carnegie Institution of Washington located at Stanford University in California, their scientists answered the age-old question, “What better way to study the environment than in a revolutionary green building?”
The Department of Global Ecology is the oracle of environmental studies, divining the future of the Earth’s systems based on responses to future changes. It’s not magic; it’s the study of biodiversity and global climate change with a heavy focus on water issues. Because their crystal ball is a little smoggy at the moment, the Global Ecology Center, in collaboration with the San Francisco-based architectural firm EHDD, decided to take matters into its own hands and insist on a four million dollar new sustainable building that exceeds many LEED environmental standards. The Global Ecology Research Center is a pioneering building that employs innovative solutions and sleek architecture to create a healthy and beautiful research facility for their scientists and students, all the while reducing its carbon emissions by 72%. Yes, 72%. Seem like a lot? Here are a few simple guidelines they used to create their super-green building:
If yurts intrigue you but you’re not ready to be a canvass dweller, the Wall home by Chilean-based FAR architects might be for you. The design is based on the idea that homes should not draw such distinct lines between inside and outside; instead there should be a gentle transition. To create this transition, the house is built in layers — four layers to be exact.
Pretty cool idea, huh? Here’s how it works…
The first layer forms the core. Made from concrete, the “Cave” is home to two bathrooms, which are covered completely in ceramic tiles. The second layer is made from engineered wood and plywood, forming stacked shelves that surround the home’s traditional rooms. The third layer is a translucent shell made from high-strength plastic panels that let in plenty of light and wrap the house in sunshine. The layer four is made of fabric that both filters solar energy and keeps out nasty flying pests.
Blue is my favorite color and I’ve often been criticized for the lack of diversity in my wardrobe, so when I saw this building I was immediately intrigued. The Blue Tower by Bernard Tschumi opened in New York City late last year, housing 32 apartments and a 3rd floor commercial space. If you’re an architectural traditionalist, don’t read any further.
It sticks out like a sore thumb in the neighborhood of old, brick buildings and it rises high above the current landscape. I’m not convinced that the shape is really what people want either; it looks like an unfinished headquarters for Planet Hollywood.
It’s good to have goals. And Jake Gyllenhaal, who my sources say is a wannabe chef trapped in the body of an acclaimed actor, has long vowed to open a restaurant before reaching the big three-oh. And, if all goes according to plan, that goal will soon become a reality.
The 27-year-old star of “Brokeback Mountain” and “Zodiac” is in the planning stages of launching an all-natural organic eatery in Los Angeles with his childhood friend, Babbo sous chef Chris Fischer.
Jake, who has twice guested on The Food Network’s Molto Mario, is a long time foodie who as a teenager washed dishes for well known chef Marco Canora at Tom Colicchio’s Craft in New York.
In a country where commercialization and ever-expanding profits often triumph over basic necessities like food and health, it’s nice to find a world where human spirit and well-being still thrives… even in a place where separation of church and state is still… um… up for grabs.
I happened to stumble across such a place in Salt Lake City, One World Everybody Eats, where eating and building community have uniquely come together. An organization whose vision includes the elimination of both world hunger and waste in the food industry. Pretty “G”, if you ask me.