A few weeks ago we posted about South Africa not wanting their Elephants and allowing them to be killed once again in mass. Well, now it’s our turn. The United State has officially removed the Gray Wolf from the Endangered Species Act in Idaho and Montana. Which is a very low key way of saying to the world, come shoot them. Yes, once again, you can kill yourself one of those big bad wolves. Jennifer Buonatony, a G Living writer wrote about this possibility last year, when the Bush Administration started the process to make the de-listing a reality. Lucky enough for the Wolves, President Bush was un-successful before leaving office earlier this year and when President Obama took office, one of his first acts was to suspend the plan to remove them from the Endangered list. By taking this action, President Obama protected an estimated two-thirds of the gray wolf population which would have been affected by the plan—meaning that 1,000 out of almost 1,500 wolves where saved. Now that is all gone and those wolves are once again walking targets. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
Bono, is trying out a new career as a journalist and has landed a gig interviewing his friend George Clooney on the CNN show Anderson Cooper 360. Bono reveals in the beginning of this in-depth conversation style interview, that he has recently started working for the New York Times in a featured editorial section and can see the power of journalism. Bono said “Journalist are protectors of our democracies”. It’s amazing to see these guys, with everything in life, going out and making a difference. I look forward to more Bono segments.
The major theme of the conversation revolved around both Clooney’s and Bono’s work in and for Africa. The full video is here on G Living, just after the jump.
One of my goals in the next few years is to build a new headquarters for G Living just outside of Portland Oregon. The idea in my head is something made out of shipping containers, that doesn’t look like shipping containers. Basically only using the steel beams to create a very airy building which becomes part of the landscape. Something like this place.
Description by UTZ-SANBY Architects
This new house is on a steep sloping block, facing due East toward Pittwater. The decision to locate the house at the top of the slope toward the rear of the block was made with the clients, early in the design phase, to ensure that the house took best advantage of the views, privacy and natural vegetation on the site.
The house sits amongst the trees and is supported on a series of concrete piles with treelike steel supports. The house has a simple linear plan and is softened by the addition of timber decks that meet the ground at the back of the house. The curved steel beams that frame the decks and floor plate, are reminiscent of a ships prow and hover above the ground. An angled steel stair leads to the front door, which is painted a bright red, in contrast to the lush green landscape.
As you might have guessed I subscribe to the Architectural Magazine Metropolis. Of course for all the right reasons, its cutting edge, they only do modern and the magazine constantly features green projects. I just received my May 2009 issue and this thing is packed with green. Maybe it’s their Earth Month issue or something. What ever the reason is, the first thing that stopped me in my tracks was the cover. Not because of the dull graphic, but because of the idea behind the graphic, which was harvesting wind power directly from the hundreds of thousands of POWER TOWERS already dotting the landscapes of the world. What a brilliant idea. Why build wind turbine towers. when you already have towers for power lines? It’s the kill two birds with one stone thing. (Of course I am a vegan, so I wouldn’t do that, but you get the idea) This was the winning concept of Metropolis’s 2009 Next Generation competition weds two common aspects of the landscape: electrical-transmission towers and wind turbines.
I am going to feature part of the article here, but to read the whole thing head over to metropolismag.com. Also, below, tell us what you think. Is this a good idea, or just crazy. Do you believe in wind power?
Los Angeles is really a playground for modern architecture. Architects like Whitney Sander and firms such as Lean Arch are free to live out their wildest architectural dreams, in this landscape of cracker shacks and mansions. The city has no defined architectural voice, so almost anything goes. Which in a city like L.A. with its plentiful deep pocket and creative home owners, can be a good thing.
The project: A counter-attack on the developer supplied housing stock where the norm for a single family residence is driven by the mentality that “bigger is better”, Kuhlhaus 01 redefines the prototype for housing in the Manhattan Beach area. Located on a half lot with a floor area of under 1800 SF, the three bedroom, three bath residence incorporates an open design with flexible living spaces to mitigate the smaller floor plates. Expanses of floor to ceiling glass provide breathtaking 270-degree views of the Pacific Ocean. The project also integrates a 2 KW array of photovoltaic modules that will supply 100% of the required electricity for the home.
I just wanted to post this video about Oscar Grimm, who passed away last year. I didn’t know Oscar personally, but I did exchange a few emails with him. He is the Co-Founder of Freshtopia, a fun online show about going green and eating a raw vegan diet. The show started up about the same time we started G Living. We took different approaches but we cared deeply about the same subject. The green movement needed a voice and Oscar and his partner in life Tanja Andrews, knew they had a voice to give. Over the next few years, Tanja and Oscar tirelessly created show after show for their fast growing internet audience. They showed a new generation, going green was not only the right thing to do, it could be life changing. Which you can clearly see, going green changed both of their lives for the better.
I am very sad Oscar is no longer with us. I wish I had taken the time to get to know him beyond the internet. Tanja seems to have stopped producing shows for now. I hope she is okay and finds the strength to go on. The world needs her and Freshtopia.
To see Oscar and Tanja’s work, visit Freshtopia.net. You can watch archived shows and read Oscars final post about his very brave battle with cancer.
A message from Tanja and Freshtopia Shows after the jump Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
What is happening to Obama, why is he tossing out the change message and sticking with more of the same hide the truth policy from the Bush years? Movie Star / Filmmaker John Cusack wrote an open Blackberry messages to President Obama, asking him to keep his promise of change. John and millions of other supporters are upset with Obama’s decision to block a court decision to finally release all of the photos taken by military members of abuse happening in Iraq and Afghanistan. Here is part of his letter from Huffington Post:
John Cusack: If I had the President’s Blackberry, I would send this.
On Wednesday you reversed your administration’s promise to finally release pictures of detainee abuse.
The release of the photos was won by ACLU lawyers who have fought to bring to light the full extent of the brutality and torture that U.S. Army and intelligence services have perpetrated against human beings in Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay and at CIA “black sites” around the world. Torture that was sanctioned and effectively legalized under the former administration, and that, if we are to be honest, most Americans knew — or should have known — was being carried out in our names. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
NAU reached out to its customers today in an effort to have an open honest conversation about the true cost of the clothing on our backs. We thought this would be great opportunity for NAU to speak directly to all consumers, not just their current customers. And yes, many staff members here at G Living are current customers. I myself own more than 30 NAU Clothing items and you will see me in a NAU shirt most days of the week. So, I guess you can say I am more than a little curious to hear what they have to say. I understand the issue of cost and find myself weighing cost vs usage. How many times will I really wear something and what does that cost workout to be. Most of the time it works out to be pennies, so it makes it worth the up front investment.
Tell us what you think about pricing of green clothing. If you have an opinion, please say something in the comments.
The following is from nau.com about us section: The post is titled, Our case for a new value equation.
In any economic climate, and particularly in one as difficult as this, it’s natural to consider the price of the products we buy, and whether their value justifies their cost. In recent months, we’ve received a number of comments on The Thought Kitchen regarding the prices for Nau products. One poster commented that “the clothing is great and unique but the pricing is outrageous,” while another wrote “You have to own the grid to afford those prices.” At Nau, we’re big believers in making considered choices, so we understand our customers’ desire to understand what value our prices reflect. So here’s a look at the true cost of producing Nau clothing.
Photography by Stefan Arni and his directing partner SIggi Kinski
This week we are lucky to have an exclusive interview with the founders of the fashion house SUST. With the seeds of their company planted in California, these two women, Marion McKee and Tristan Gribbin, have set out to make a mainstream fashion brand, with a green core. They are committed to designing desirable clothing, which looks and feels great, using only the finest 100% organicly grown cottons. They have even committed to having all their garments made in Northern California to ensure all workers are fairly treated, while receiving sustainable wages. Not your typical fashion company business model by a long shot. I guess they didn’t get the insiders handbook to creating a global brand on the cheap. You know the standard chemical / near slave labor production cycle. Isn’t that the right path to creating a main stream brand?
G Monkie: Tristan / Marion, your company is fairly new, only starting in 2008. When you jumped in to create this new fashion brand, what previous experience did you and how did you know what you wanted. to create?
Marion McKee, Co-Founder: I have fourteen years experience as an accessory designer with my own line Marion McKee Designs, which sells in specialty stores and boutiques across the nation. I also owned a skateboard/snowboard shop of street wear trends in the 1990’s in the heart of San Francisco’s Haight Street District. All my experience has stemmed from my love of fashion when I was in school and the merchandising and design classes I took in college.
Tristan Gribbin, Co-Founder: I have a background in theater and entertainment and have seen eye to eye with Marion on style since we’ve been friends in the seventh grade. When we were in junior high we were always sketching punk and new wave designs and passing them around in class! And then, when we were in high school we were Mods and that is still a heavy influence in our style and our designs for SUST today.
A James Bond Monkie wet dream of a car. Yes, Lexus knows how to put together a luxury car. We found that out first hand, last year. So, when they revealed the 2010 HS 250h, the world’s first dedicated luxury hybrid vehicle we where guessing it would be nice. But this thing is really beyond nice. It’s got everything. Camera’s, joysticks, ipod connectors, dedicated power plugs, plush seats (which might not be leather, cross your fingers), beautiful displays and beyond 40 miles per gallon range.
During the big introduction show, they wouldn’t give the official miles per gallon, but they claim it will be better than the micro size Smart Car. Which is pretty amazing for a full size luxury sedan. It also will be the first Lexus to utilize carbon-neutral Ecological Plastic materials in a new futuristic cockpit and interior design. Last year when we where given the Lexus LS 600h and GS 450 for a week to drive around, are only real complaint was all the leather. If they stripped the leather out and had eco-faux leather, the cars would have been amazing.
More videos and photos after the jump. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
If your feeling a bit handy and are lucky enough to have a large body of water near you. You might want to tackle building your very own modern green houseboat after seeing the German designed Schwimmhaus.
A young design co-op founded by Flo Florian and Sascha Akkerman, designed and built the Schwimmhaus using salvaged wood from a farm house and other sustainable materials. The clean modern lines and the grass roof, make this a one of a kind house boat.
Checkout these amazing photos of this little modern floating dream cabin.
This is a story about how I found the perfect bike wagon for my Electric A2B Bike. The wagon is made by the Canadian company Wike.
Okay, look I am an American and even worse I grew up in Texas. I am not saying being an American or even a Texan is a bad thing, I am just saying growing up in the land of over sized egos and pickup trucks makes an impact.
The impact for me was a strange desire to never be without a vehicle which could haul anything, any time to anywhere! The one odd twist, was also the vehicle has to have some kind of style. That definitly isn’t a Texas thing, so I don’t know where that slipped in. Maybe because I also lived in Europe as a kid. Anyways, back to my SUV obsession.
Throughout my life I have owned different types of trucks and Jeeps, but as soon as I was financially able, I put on my running shoes and dashed over to the Land Rover dealer and bought my first Land Rover, a Discovery 2. A stylish but practical vehicle. I was in SUV, go anywhere with style heaven. Well, relative heaven, because I was also stuck in the middle of a massive city, working non-stop, so I wasn’t really going anywhere and as soon as the gas prices shot up to $9000 a gallon, my heaven was starting to look a little like hell. The truth is, for the most part, I only use the Land Rover to go to Whole Foods and farmers market once a week, really. So I guess that is a wee bit over kill.