Archive for the ‘green’ Category

Arhuaca mochila bags of Colombia

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

I first noticed these cylindrical handwoven bags on a couple of delegates at the UN World Urban Forum in Medellín, Colombia. They looked unusually sturdy, very finely handwoven in wool, and all had unique and beautiful geometric patterns. A week later in Bogotá I realized they are actually quite common. The bag is called an arhuaca mochila and is a traditional artisanal bag made by the Arhuaco people in Colombia’s …read more

Over 1000 dolphins escort ferry near Vancouver

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

Great video shot on Hallowe’en, October 31, 2013. Over 1000 dolphins swim alongside a BC Ferries vessel on its way to Vancouver through Georgia Strait. CBC report confirms they’re Pacific white-sided dolphins which usually congregate farther out to sea. Some have suggested that dwindling food supplies have driven them nearer to shore. I saw a pod of about 200 from a ferry in 2011. Ferry captain is a joker. “Ladies …read more

Why aren’t we using Aerblock when we build?

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Why aren’t we using building materials like Aerblock instead of wood? Habitat Forum 1976 alumni Michael Baron is involved in manufacturing this safe, lightweight, storm-proof, insulating, healthy-air concrete material that mimics ancient pumice building blocks. Aerblocks are so light they float, and yet they withstand major natural disasters. Their application is almost universal—from disaster reconstruction in Haiti and Jamaica to full-scale luxury housing and large building projects. Construction lobbies have helped thwart …read more

New York’s “greenest” skyscaper is actually its biggest energy hog: New Republic

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Must read: Bank of America’s Toxic Tower: New York’s “greenest” skyscaper is actually its biggest energy hog in New Republic. “According to data released by New York City last fall, the Bank of America Tower produces more greenhouse gases and uses more energy per square foot than any comparably sized office building in Manhattan. It uses more than twice as much energy per square foot as the 80-year-old Empire State Building. It …read more

Coffee

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Lying in bed at night thinking about the coffee I’ll have in the morning. Global warming will soon cause a massive decline in coffee production. Since coffee grows in hill areas at a specific altitude and with specific water needs, as conditions get hotter and drier, plantations can’t simply be moved uphill. They will become disused and yield will quickly fall. Will we be fighting over coffee?

What temperate rainforest looks like

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

This photo was taken by my colleague Ken Wu, an environmental advocate with BC’s Ancient Rainforest Alliance. The photo was actually taken in Washington State, not far from here. He says this is the Quinault Rainforest in Olympic National Park, “the mossiest temperate rainforest in existence with almost all the record-size trees of the region, just about my favourite place on the West Coast!” As part of my other design job with …read more