Posts Tagged ‘green’

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.

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Beautiful re-usable Codd-neck soda bottles still in use in India

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

This is a poor photo of a very interesting bottle, despite the fact that the boy running this soda cart in Mysore was being super helpful. (Below, some clearer photos of this type of bottle, courtesy of Wikipedia.) This is known as the Codd-neck bottle and you can read a full history and explanation below, but in short, the bottle is sealed via the use of a glass marble held in place by the pressure of the aerated soda; pressing the marble down either with a thumb or wooden plunger releases the seal, dropping the marble into the curved cavity and allowing the soda to pour out.

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Ice Cube narrates Ray and Charles Eames in L.A.

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

“Charles and Ray Eames, husband and wife team… They were doing mashups before mashups even existed.”

Ice Cube studied architectural drafting before becoming a rapper.

Thanks, Krista Jahnke for finding this on archinect. Jahnke is a Vancouver-based architectural photographer – see her own photos of the house.

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Weekend Cabin by Mark Osburn of Osburn Clarke

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Beautiful simple cabin by my architect friend Mark Osburn and his firm Osburn Clarke. Via Adventure Journal.

I heard another architect say lately that the cabin form is the vernacular architecture of British Columbia, and that is probably true. Mark’s cabin approaches the Ur example of that form.

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Citroen Kar-a-Sutra

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Living room on wheels designed by Italian designer Mario Bellini in 1972 as a collaboration for Citroen and Pirelli. It’s a combination conversation pit/sleeping area. It was introduced to the US later that year in a show at MoMA – Italy: The New Domestic Landscape.

We’re so bloody sombre now.

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Cornelia Oberlander lecture on landscape architecture and biodiversity

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Renowned landscape architect Cornelia Oberlander will be giving a lecture Thursday November 18 at the University of British Columbia’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum. From the site:

The environment is not the same to a landscape architect as it is to a biologist. Cornelia Oberlander, Canada’s premier landscape architect according to the Governor General, joins us to define what the environment means to her.

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