Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Home Work by Lloyd Kahn

A stunning sequel to the classic 1973 book Shelter, Home Work illustrates even more imaginative ways to put a roof over one’s head, some of which were inspired by Shelter itself. Home Work showcases the ultimate in human ingenuity, building construction, and an independent lifestyle.

Home Work describes homes around the globe built with soul, creativity, and designed with a solid understanding of natural materials, structure, and aesthetics.

Home Work contains over 1,000 photos and 300 line drawings, stories of real people building and living in their own homes, plus photos, stories, and feedback gathered over the thirty years since Shelter was first published.

Shelter Publications, Inc.
P.O. Box 279
Bolinas, CA, 94924
(415) 868-0280 Fax: (415) 868-9053

Greenhouse Britain: Losing Ground, Gaining Wisdom

An exhibition that addresses Global Warming in Britain from the artist’s perspective.

The Harrison Studio has available a travelling exhibition during the autumn of 2007 and spring of 2008 that addresses the Global Warming phenomenon from an artist’s perspective. The Harrison Studio proposes nothing less than an alternate narrative about how one might withdraw as waters rise, what new forms of settlement might look like and what the content, or properties that a new cultural landscape might have in response to Global Warming.

Chris Fremantle
Harrison Studio & Associates
Tel: +44 (0)7714 203016

Click here to read more about Helen Mayer and Newton Harrison.

Friday, December 21, 2007

There is no prevention, only prepardness

We have learned global warming is a myth, a cash cow for the greedy, but the current warming trend is real and extremely dangerous. This warming trend has very little to do with pollution, just as 9/11 had very little to do with Iraq. One of the great lies of the global warming regime is their claim so-called global warming is "preventable". This is a LIE. There is no prevention. However, there is hope and time for "preparedness".

"First of all, I don't think it's within the power of human beings to assure that the climate does not change, as millions of years of history have shown, and second of all, I guess I would ask which human beings - where and when - are to be accorded the privilege of deciding that this particular climate that we have right here today, right now is the best climate for all other human beings." (Michael Griffin - NASA's Chief Administrator)

As we also learned, mass migration is "imminent" and the IPCC knew this the whole time, yet continued attempting to convince you --- if you just cut back on your pollution all will be well.

This is just the tip of the iceberg all of which is in "Global Warming - A Convenient Disguise".

Given the fact that there is "no prevention", what about "preparedness"? In the book "Global Warming - A Convenient Disguise", you will see the hope which is still available to us all. I cover the many options which are available for preservation and sustainable communities.

I am hopeful this book will help ignite a new paradigm of thinking, and will stop the waste of billions of dollars to the lie of "prevention" which does nothing but line the pockets of the greedy.

We have the money and resources if we spend wisely and in the right direction. So let's make it happen.

Going... Going... Gone.

Read the Earth Observatory article here.

Sea Level 2100 attempts to alter and reinterpret urban space, so the impact of rising sea levels in New York City can be visualized through the amalgamation of digital technology and sea level data researched by institutions such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. This project has been conceived and implemented by Charles Yust and Chris Hennelly who are Master of Fine Arts students in the Design and Technology program at Parsons the New School for Design. (See video on their website)

The Lure of Sirens and Mermaids

As the oceans rise, the lure of the sea, its myths and legends, grows... no lesser than that of the voice of the feminine. I am always reminded of the image drawn by Milo Minara for Greenpeace, which I used as one of the first handouts to attract New Yorkers to the Eco-Saloon... glimses of Darryl Hannah... and look who she is now.

Seduction and the Secret Power of Women: The Lure of Sirens and Mermaids

Since antiquity, Sirens and their mermaid sisters have maintained an ongoing affair of the heart with humanity’s greatest writers and artists. Sirens play important roles in the classical writings of Homer and Euripides, as well as in the modern works of James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, W. B. Yeats, and many others. Matching these writings with vibrant work from such artists as Peter Paul Rubens, Hieronymous Bosch, Edvard Munch, and RenĂ© Magritte, Meri Lao has created a feast for the eye. Exploring our 3,000-year-old relationship with Sirens, Lao reveals the secret of the power in their song: it is the sound of the subversive, luring us from the orderly conscious world down to the depth of the world of dreams, and the harder we try to ignore that singing, the more we desperately want to hear it.

Meri Lao composed the music for Federico Fellini’s masterpiece City of Women. She lives in Rome.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

37 Places in Peril

Last night I was watching the French news on cable when they aired a segment on the receding coastline in Guiana, gobbling up beach front property all over the country... then this morning I discover this book about to be published... It's not 2100... it's happening NOW!

37 Places in Peril and What Can Be Done to Help Save Them
by Kimberly Lisagor & Heather Hansen

Visit their blog:

Trade Paperback, 400 pages $15.95
Coming in April 8th from Vintage Books

Travel is more than just a visit to a destination. It’s about heeding your wanderlust with heightened awareness and a new sense of urgency. Thee planet is actually filed with awe-inspiring but endangered places (from the phosphorescent bays of Puerto Rico to the Boreal forests of Finland), each of which are destined to undergo dramatic transformations in our lifetime. (From the press release)

Kimberly Lisagor is based in San Luis Obispo, CA, Lisagor teaches journalism at Cal Poly State University. She is a member of The International Ecotourism Society and the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and is president of the San Luis Obispo County Bicycle Coalition.

Sloane Crosley

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Bill Gates's Doomsday Seed Vault

Bill Gates is investing tens of his millions along with the Rockefeller Foundation, Monsanto Corporation, Syngenta Foundation and the Government of Norway, among others, in what is called the ‘doomsday seed bank.’ Officially the project is named the Svalbard Global Seed Vault on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, part of the Svalbard island group.

Read the entire article on Global Research

Friday, December 07, 2007

Lab Zero at BldgBlog

From: BldgBlog

The Gaia Thang!

What would happen to the world's coastlines if the West Antarctic Ice Sheet melted, raising global sea levels by as much as 20 feet?

The Gaia Thang!

The main ice covered landmass is Antarctica at the South Pole, with about 90 percent of the world's ice (and 70 percent of its fresh water). Antarctica is covered with ice an average of 2,133 metres (7,000 feet) thick, and in many places thickness exceeds 4,000 metres (13,123 feet), reaching a maximum of 4,800 metres(15,748 feet).

The British Antarctic Survey estimates the volume of the ice sheet to be 30 million cubic kilometres. If all this were to melt, sea levels would rise by 57 m (187 feet) and the interior of the continent would also rise.

This rebound would be caused by the huge weight redistribution of ice sheets as they change to water and enter the sea. The weight of the Antarctic ice is so great that in many areas it actually pushes the land below sea-level and if the ice cover was removed Antarctica would slowly rise up another 450 metres (1500 feet) above sea-level.

The average temperature is -37°C, so the ice should take an extended period of time to melt. In fact in most parts of the continent it never gets above freezing.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Design Like You Give a Damn

Design Like You Give a Damn: Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crises
by Architecture for Humanity (Author), Kate Stohr (Editor), Cameron Sinclair (Editor)

The greatest humanitarian challenge we face today is that of providing shelter. Currently one in seven people lives in a slum or refugee camp, and more than 3,000,000,000 people--nearly half the world's population--do not have access to clean water or adequate sanitation. The physical design of our homes, neighborhoods and communities shapes every aspect of our lives. Yet too often architects are desperately needed in the places where they can least be afforded. Design Like You Give a Damn is a compendium of innovative projects from around the world that demonstrate the power of design to improve lives. The first book to bring the best of humanitarian architecture and design to the printed page, Design Like You Give a Damn offers a history of the movement toward socially conscious design, and showcases more than 80 contemporary solutions to such urgent needs as basic shelter, healthcare, education and access to clean water, energy and sanitation. Design Like You Give a Damn is an indispensable resource for designers and humanitarian organizations charged with rebuilding after disaster and engaged in the search for sustainable development. It is also a call to action to anyone committed to building a better world.

Low Tech Balloon System... reused hemp sacks, in this case animal feed bags, are sewn together to form a dome-shaped structure.