This swanky desert guesthouse was fashioned out of a former horse barn

November 9, 2017 by  
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This stunning modernist guest home bears little similarity to its previous form: an old concrete barn for horses. Design-build firm The Construction Zone led the adaptive reuse project, the Barn Guest House, transforming the old horse stalls into room dividers. Full-height north-facing glass gives the guesthouse an indoor-outdoor character that embraces a desert garden In Phoenix. Topped with a flat overhanging roof, the 750-square-foot guest home contains a master suite, kitchen, and living area separated by concrete walls. Timber, seen in the Douglas fir -clad roof and furnishings and cabinetry, imbue the home with much needed warmth in a predominately cool-toned palette of concrete, glass, and black steel. Related: Atelier Data Transforms an Old Horse Stable into a Simple but Stunning Home in Portugal The interior decor is kept minimal to maintain the home’s sense of lightness in the landscape, while a few pops of red hues and natural timber tones break up the gray color scheme. The Barn Guest House looks out over an outdoor entertaining patio , bocce ball court, jacuzzi, and cacti-studded gardens. + The Construction Zone Via Dezeen Images by Bill Timmerman

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Climate change art illustrates sea level rise in Venice during COP 23

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Artist Andreco has unveiled his latest art installation, Climate 04-Sea Level Rise in Venice, to raise awareness of the climate change conference COP 23 currently underway in Bonn, Germany. Introduced as a project promoting dialogue between the arts and sciences, the climate change-inspired installation calls attention to the effects of potential sea level rise in Venice. The site-specific project consists of three parts: a wall mural, a sculpture, and an academic conference. Climate 04-Sea Level Rise is the fourth iteration of Andreco’s ongoing Climate project, started in Paris in November 2015 during COP 21 . For each conference since, the artist has realized various site-specific installations that take inspiration from recent scientific research and estimates in climate studies. From the introduction of the new installation: “Andreco’s aim for this project is to underline the weaknesses of the territory where his interventions will take place. While in Bari the main theme was the accelerating desertification caused by the rising temperatures, in Venice the artist’s focus is the sea level rise.” Related: Almost 200 countries gather at COP23 to accelerate climate action Andreco’s interventions in Venice begins with a giant mural , located next to Canal Grande in Fondamenta Santa Lucia, that represents his artistic interpretation about estimates and data regarding sea level rise in the Italian city. The mural is made of long curvaceous blue lines, punctuated by equations and mathematical symbols, mimicking waves that rise high above a person’s height. A crystalline steel sculpture to the side contains native coastal plants that speak to the importance of the landscape in combating storm surges. The last part of the intervention was a series of talks by international researchers held to stimulate public discussion about climate change. + Andreco

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A Backstage Pass to Climate Reality

September 20, 2011 by  
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Photo credit: Katie Carpenter, Everwild Media This guest post was written by Katie Carpenter. The best seat in the house for the “24 Hours of Reality” show that Al Gore and his peeps put on last week was backstage, where the most surprising—and sometimes most controversial—action went down. Turned out the event was less about science than it was about communications—and the challenges of communicating about climate change were never more visible, or more daunting…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Why Massive Food Waste is Cause for Global Concern

May 27, 2011 by  
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Photo credit: sporkist / Creative Commons This guest post was written by Andrea Thomas, Walmart senior vice president of sustainability.

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Cancer is the Leading Cause of Death in China but What Does That Mean?

May 26, 2011 by  
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Photo credit: / Creative Commons This guest post was written by Janet Larsen, Director of Research for the Earth Policy Institute . Cancer is now the leading cause of death in China . Chinese Ministry of Health data implicate cancer in close to a quarter of all deaths countrywide.

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Mark Zuckerberg Only Eats Animals He Kills

May 26, 2011 by  
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A cousin of Zuckerberg’s first kill. Image by Louisiana Sea Grant College Program Louisiana State University via Flickr CC Fortune Magazine is reporting that Mark Zuckerberg has challenged himself to only eat animals that he kills by his own hands. As an ex-vegan omnivore who has never killed my own dinner I commend his personal challenge.

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Star Chef Barton Seaver’s Sustainable Marinated Clams With Minted Lemon Marinade and Pine Nuts

April 29, 2011 by  
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Photo credit: Katie Stoops This guest post was written by Barton Seaver , chef and author of For Cod and Country . I am in love with clams . It started in fourth grade when my father took me on a trip to the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia.

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Researchers May Have Found a Way to Predict Ecosystem Collapse

April 29, 2011 by  
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According to Science Daily , “Researchers have found that models used to assess catastrophic changes in economic and medical systems can also predict environmental collapse.” The same sort of models that can be used to predict a drop in the stock market or an epileptic seizure can be employed to assess whether an ecosystem is on the brink of destruction, they argue. As a case study, they’ve looked at the habitat around Wisconsin lake — and deemed that it is indeed sounding a hitherto undetected ‘death knell’. ..

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Companies: If You’re Going to Kill a Product, Open Source It!

April 29, 2011 by  
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The Make blog has a great post bringing up the idea that if a company is going to discontinue a product, such as what Cisco recently did with the FlipCam, then they should at least open source it so that makers can hack, modify, upgrade, or at the very least repair the products that they own.

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Is Chocolate the Tastiest Natural Cough Medicine of All?

April 19, 2011 by  
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Photo credit: CoCreatr / Creative Commons This guest post was written by Robin Marty , a writer for Care2 Causes . As if we needed another excuse to have some chocolate, new research shows that it may be an effective cough suppressant, too…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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