Archive for the 'green' Category

Procrastination Friday: The Spinal Tap Reunion with Video

May 4, 2007

Spinal Tap

Spinal Tap is reuniting and a brand new 15 minute documentary has been released. Nigel Tufnel, David St. Hubbins and Derek Smalls are back and continuing their legacy. This new Spinal Tap documentary is a must see for all the hardcore Tap fans out there.

The band will be playing for the benefit concert, Live Earth, in London on 07.07.07 to raise awareness about Global Warming. Rob Reiner spoke on their behalf:

“They’re not that environmentally conscious, but they’ve heard of global warming. Nigel thought it was just because he was wearing too much clothing – that if he just took his jacket off it would be cooler.”

Watch the brand new video and learn more about their reunion.

Have a great weekend!

– chris

(via Treehugger )

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A Big Green Roof

April 16, 2007

Green It

I was doing some afternoon browsing and came across some impressive images of the ACROS Fukuoka Prefectural International Hall in Japan. It’s a combination office, atrium, and symphony hall, housed underneath a gorgeous “green roof”. Built on the last remaining green patch in Fukuoka City’s downtown area, the building features terraced roof gardens on the south side with a traditional glass front facing the street to the north.

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The ACROS Fukuoka building was constructed in 1995 and is now covered with a healthy level of vegetation. According to a giant list put together by greenroofs.com, there are currently 539 buildings featuring a veggie exterior, including the Rhode Island Department of Highways, boasting an impressive 100 square foot plot! Wowsers!- chris

Green Design: The Wind-Powered Lamp

April 10, 2007

Demakersvan

Dutch-based design house DEMARKERSVAN has just released Light Wind: the wonderful wind-powered lamp. Taking inspiration from the windmills of their native lands, the boys (and girls) of DEMAKERSVAN have created an elegant, green product. Why shouldn’t outdoor lights have props attached to them?

Light Wind makes a great addition to your backyard, or as DEMAKERSVAN subtly suggests, to a deserted shipping yard. Head to their official site to scope out some of the other quirky designs they have brewing.

– chris

Sky Farming

April 4, 2007

Sky Farm

Dr. Dickson Despommier of Columbia University is pioneering concepts for integrating vertical farms into sky scrapers. Vertical farming is indoor farming in high-rise format. Say goodbye to traditional ‘horizontal’ farms — Despommier is stacking his wunder-farms right on top of your apartment building. These farms promise year-round food growth and even generate their own power. New York Magazine has a great article featuring a pictorial walk-through of the Vertical Farm. For more info, check out the official site.

Although I’m not convinced these farms are economically feasible, they look ridiculously sweet. And if nothing else, their team of CAD designers have succeeded in creating renderings that give me the warm fuzzies.

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– chris