Architect Michael Jantzen Replacing Smoke Stacks With Power Towers

power tower turbine architecture 04 Architect Michael Jantzen Replacing Smoke Stacks With Power Towers

The question in my mind is, can something so beautiful really replace something so ugly? I can see you’re a little confused by the question. Your thinking, fugally looses every time, right? Fresh young, replaces old and tired. 19 year old Victoria Secret Super Model beats, 28 year old Victoria Secret Super Model, but of course. Yes, those rules apply in the world you and I live in, but they don’t see the light of day in the murky world of There Will Be Blood! The older and uglier it is, the more they desire it. And Coal and Oil are as old and ugly as you can get.

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G LIVING v2 | Our New Studio & A Sneak Peak At Our Future

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If you haven’t realized it yet, taking on a green or “G” lifestyle takes a bit more effort than pulling up to your favorite drive thru fine dining restaurant (McCrack). A newbie may even think, they’ve stepped right into hell. Seeing the world through a new lens is a bit shocking, everything seems to be toxic, bad for them, killing the planet, the animals and for some reason, just off limits. But hold on, it will get easier as the world wakes up to this green future that like it or not is rolling in like a train with no brakes. Believe me I know, I have been working on this for 10 years and I have to say, I am shocked at the speed at which things are now changing. When we started, I felt completely alone. Attempting to talk to people about living green, was like talking to them about being probed by aliens. Now thanks to the Global Warming shock and awe, everyone knows what green is and wants some.

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The Turbine Wind Tunnel Bridge

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Why did the chicken cross the wind tunnel footbridge? Because the steel and aluminum structure was so eye-catching he was drawn to it like a whale to water? Or because the electronic noises made by the wind turning the five enormous wheels reminded him of his favorite Wii adventure? Or because the energy created and stored by the wheels made him feel off-the-grid and sexy?

All that and more.

At first glance it looks like some sort of daunting, possibly life-ending Star Wars-ian trash compactor. But Michael Jantzen’s steel and aluminum wind tunnel bridge — an architectural attraction designed to create attention in public venues — does more than get you to the other side. It uses natural wind energy to turn the five wheels (three going one way, two going the other) that creates sound as you make your way across. It also produces and stores energy for future use the way a windmill does.

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Air Trees | Greening and Cooling Cities

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Why is Europe so far ahead of the US in their re-thinking of urban environments? Maybe it’s because most of our cities grew up in the automobile era while Europe’s major cities have been around for millennia. But even that difference can’t explain why the best new green ideas come from Europe – take Madrid’s air tree for example.

The “tree” looks a bit goofy, like a giant glass hollow Slinkie. But don’t let its looks fool you. It’s designed to be a heat sink for major cities, providing cool places on ordinarily heat-absorbing stretches of pavement. It provides shade, and the air temperature differential creates a light breeze. It also provides free electricity to the grid (from an array of solar panels) and the real trees enclosed in the glass structure absorb CO2 and produce oxygen.

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Barcode | 80s Vibe Nightclub in South London

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Who would have guessed I’d find myself back in the London club scene. Ah, I remember the ritual like it was yesterday. Leaving our cozy Soho apartment in the dead of winter, dressed in a thousand layers. Arriving at the club by midnight, disrobing (the outer layers), dancing til dawn, eventually re-robing and heading home as the piss weak sun struggled to radiate any warmth whatsoever. Thank god those days are over for me, but I’m more than happy to pass the lollypop to the next generation of clubbers. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

The Cool Micro Yurt For Your Prefab Mansion Pool Side

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They say anyplace you hang your hat is home. But what if you’re like me and you don’t wear hats? (Not all of us have the cheekbones, you know.) Does that mean you’re destined for homelessness? No. It means you should check out The Nomad Yurt.

As far as super-temporary housing goes, yurts are about the smartest choice you can make. Not only are they more unique-looking than tents, their name sounds cooler. And while they seem very Moroccan in design, I think their origin is actually Asian.

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The Metamorphosis Collection By Fashion Designer Carol Young

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You may think it’s easy for me – shielded away behind my macbook pro — to wax lyrical about being a socially responsible citizen. Sure, I talk the talk. But do I walk the walk? Oh yes, gentle reader, I do. Especially when ethical designer Carol Young’s Los Feliz boutique is literally around the corner from my abode. Not only am I walking the walk, I’m also buying it local, which more than justifies the non-essential purchase of a white moth microfiber cowl neck dress (which I had to get after I was informed by a sales assistant that I resembled “a post-apocalyptic Jacqueline Kennedy”).

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A Guy’s Ultimate Garage Wet Dream

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This garage is a guy’s dream: a place to do woodwork and to house a Mercedes 230SL. But Jim Sproull didn’t just demand the ultimate dude room; he had certain criteria and he wouldn’t settle for less.

The major feature is an American Hydrotech green roof, which is mainly used for commercial building. It’s a thin-planted roof that not only reduces heat island effect, but also provides a habitat for birds, insects and delicate plants. The roof had its share of troubles due to a misunderstanding with a housesitter, which left it dry and withered in 2003. It was replanted in 2004, but has yet to achieve the level of splendor it once had.

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iPAD Home Takes Simple Living To A New Level

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You’ve heard of the iPhone and the iPod, but what about the iPAD? It’s not some high tech mousepad from Mac — though I’m sure those are coming. It’s a lightweight kitset building from architect Andre Hodgskin. One thing these iTechnologies do have in common… they simplify your life without compromising style.

This New Zealand architect first become popular in the design world back in 2000 when he debuted the BACHKIT, a holiday home that featured a host of adjustable parts — including sliding walls, which allow the place to feel personal and blend the realm between outdoor and indoor living. In the architect’s second installment of portable homes, the iPAD takes simple living to a new level. The iPAD can be used as a one- bedroom holiday home, office, studio or resort unit, but it can also be grouped into a series of pavilions, allowing for larger accommodations. In addition, various external color options are available, as are external cladding like extendable decks to suit individual taste and needs.

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Barcode: Beats Boiling a Kettle

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Who would have guessed I’d find myself back in the London club scene. Ah, I remember the ritual like it was yesterday. Leaving our cozy Soho apartment in the dead of winter, dressed in a thousand layers. Arriving at the club by midnight, disrobing (the outer layers), dancing til dawn, eventually re-robing and heading home as the piss weak sun struggled to radiate any warmth whatsoever. Thank god those days are over for me, but I’m more than happy to pass the lollypop to the next generation of clubbers. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Arizona’s Lost Dog Wash Trail

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Lions and badgers and hawks, oh yes! Thanks to the Lost Dog Wash Trail Access Area, you’ll be seeing a lot of these animals in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve just outside of Scottsdale, Arizona.

What you won’t see are hoards of people washing their lost dogs. In fact, this is a simple access area with a picnic spot, an interpretive area, group rooms, a small amphitheater and an equestrian area. What’s unique about the Lost Dog Wash Access Area is that you might not even see it at all. One of the main goals of the Area was to blend the building — even the parking lot — as much as possible into the beautiful surrounding desert. Down to the color of the non-toxic paint, the Access Area is shockingly unobtrusive.

The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, according to their website, “is committed to preserving the Sonoran Desert and its Mountains for the benefit of this and all future generations.” Along these lines, the native plants and vegetation that lost their home due to the construction are being replanted and relocated to other parts of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.

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The Americana | What Every Kitchen Wants To Be When It Grows Up

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That the Italians know a thing or two about design is an understatement. After all, this is the nation that brought us Alessi, Prada and Ferrari. Italy is also at the forefront of gastronomic world. Where would we be without grilled eggplant, mushroom risotto and frothy soy cappuccinos? Not bulging out of our Prada pencil skirts probably, but that’s by the bye. Given the country’s two great loves, it comes as no surprise that the Italians have created the perfect kitchen…apparently just for us.

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