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George Nez: Habitat Pioneer Who Builds the Roof First

Walking a backyard in northwest Denver, visitors will encounter an unorthodox-looking roof that has been coated and strengthened using thin-shell concrete. The roof takes on the sculptural shape of a hyperbolic paraboloid. Called a hypar roof, this beautiful form is the creation of George Nez, an 91-year old international habitat and resettlement pioneer who long ago (1958) served as the planning director for this city.

March 1st

Recycling’s Highway Heritage

An acquaintance tells me he one unearthed a 1957 Chevy in a wooded junk heap. Sites like this car graveyard are still abundant. Seems as if there are still plentiful sustainable ingredients left in this stew.

February 25th

Feature Photo: Adobe Beauty in South Africa

Adobe House Somerset West, South Africa Photo:  Jan Tik What we eat at breakfast makes a difference. (in body mass).(Consumables) Chain Drug Review November 24, 2003 NEW YORK — People who eat ready-to-eat cereal (RTEC) for breakfast have significantly lower body mass indices (BMI) than those who skip breakfast or eat meat and eggs for breakfast, […]

February 23rd

Gabion Walls Make Beautiful Landmarks

What are the distinctive elements that bring you back to a place, that spark your imagination, and help you remember place? A landscaped retaining wall can sometimes be a thing of remarkable beauty, as seen by this example of a gabion wall.

February 13th

From Plywood Scrap to Sculpture: the Art of Henrique Oliveira

I happened upon a remarkable discovery today on the website of treehugger – the art of Brazilian artist and sculptor, Henrique Oliveira. He has fashioned exhilarating artifacts from the remains of plywood shavings. Take a look at some of this remarkable work on his website and read an enjoyable story from Kimberly Mok at treehugger.

January 30th

Repurposed Parts for a Repurposed Berkley, CA House

Designed by husband and wife team Karl Wanaselja and Cate Leger of Leger Wanaselja Architecture, the upper outside walls of the house are made from over 100 salvaged car roofs. According to the architects, the roofs were sawed out of grey cars left for parts in local junkyards. The lower walls are clad in poplar bark, a waste product from the furniture industry of North Carolina. And the awnings are fabricated from junked Dodge Caravan side windows.

January 25th

EPA Factoid: 2010 Recovery of Municipal Solid Waste

In 2010, Americans recovered almost 65 million tons of MSW (excluding composting) through recycling. Composting recovered over 20 million tons of waste. We combusted about 29 million tons for energy recovery (about 12 percent). Subtracting out what we recycled and composted, we combusted (with energy recovery) or discarded 2.9 pounds per person per day.   Source: US Environmental Protection Agency

January 18th