Glowing Maggies Center by Steven Holl Architects opens in London

December 28, 2017 by  
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Just in time for the holidays, Steven Holl Architects completed the latest Maggie’s Center, a building the U.S. firm describes as having “a new joyful, glowing presence.” The luminous building at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London is one in a network of drop-in centers with the charitable purpose of helping anyone who has been affected by cancer. Filled with natural light during the day and lit from within at night, this new Maggie’s Center is a sculptural beauty that takes inspiration from the church’s medieval heritage. Founded by Maggie Keswick Jencks and Charles Jencks in 1995, the Maggie Keswick Jencks Cancer Caring Trust and the network of Maggie’s Centers seek to help those affected by cancer with free support, information, and advice. Located on the grounds of NHS hospitals, the buildings that house Maggie’s Centers also double as uplifting design destinations, having been designed by leading architects such as Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, and Snøhetta. At the Maggie’s Center at St. Barts, Steven Holl Architects fashioned a curved three-story building—one of the few centers with a more vertical rather than horizontal profile—that draws the eye with its glowing matte glass facade decorated with colored glass fragments that evoke the “neume notation” of 13th century Medieval music. The glass facade is also organized in horizontal bands like a musical staff. “Interior lighting will be organized to allow the colored lenses together with the translucent white glass of the facade to present a new, joyful, glowing presence on this corner of the great square of St. Barts Hospital,” wrote the architects. Related: Light-filled cancer center harnesses the healing power of nature The architects continue to say that the building was envisioned as a “vessel within a vessel within a vessel,” referring to the glass cladding as the outer layer on a branching concrete frame that holds an inner layer of perforated bamboo . The inner bamboo shell wraps around an open curved staircase and is bathed in colored light that changes over time and by season. The ground floor welcomes visitors with a rest area, counseling room, kitchen, and dining area. The first floor comprises a library and two additional rooms, while the topmost floor opens up to a public roof garden with flowering trees and a multipurpose space for yoga, Tai Chi, meetings and more. + Steven Holl Architects Images by Iwan Baan

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Eco-Friendly Ways to Spruce Up Your Home for the Holidays

December 20, 2017 by  
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By Mike Fitzgerald With less than a week to go … The post Eco-Friendly Ways to Spruce Up Your Home for the Holidays appeared first on Earth911.com.

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Top Eco-Friendly Toy Brands for the Holidays

December 5, 2017 by  
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5 Easy EEK-o-Friendly Halloween Decorations

October 26, 2017 by  
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Unfortunately, many of our holidays have become an opportunity to … The post 5 Easy EEK-o-Friendly Halloween Decorations appeared first on Earth911.com.

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This Christmas Sweater Is Guaranteed to Last 30 Years

December 12, 2016 by  
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As fun and festive as the holidays are, there’s no denying that this is a wasteful season — this time of year, trash accumulates faster, greenhouse gas emissions rise, and we spend a whole lot of time buying stuff that won’t even last…

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Instead of Black Friday, clean up the planet with ‘Blue Friday’

November 20, 2016 by  
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It’s become a shameful annual tradition in the US to flock to retail stores the day after Thanksgiving. Instead of fighting with fellow shoppers over the last half-price sweater, why not do something to help the planet instead? Retailer United By Blue is encouraging customers to do something new this year: go out into nature and pick up litter. They’ll even give you a free kit to help you get started.

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7 Thank-worthy DIY Thanksgiving Decoration Projects

November 25, 2015 by  
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The theme of Thanksgiving is gratitude. Living in a state of gratitude for the natural world is what has given many of us a yearning to protect our planet. And, what better way to protect our planet than by reducing waste through repurposing common…

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Creative ways to recycle last year’s gift wrapping paper and cards for the holidays

December 3, 2014 by  
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Photo: GardenTherapy Giving gifts is wonderful, but the aftermath of crumpled wrapping paper and greeting cards can put a real damper on holiday festivities. Used gift wrap and shopping bags add up to millions of tons of waste in the US – and most of that amount is amassed during the holiday season. Luckily, there are plenty of ways you can gift wisely by putting your repurposing and upcycling skills to the test and DIYing your own wrapping paper to get all the “WOW” while avoiding all the waste. Check out this Hometalk clipboard full of repurposed card and gift wrap ideas for some great ways to stay as green as a Christmas tree this holiday season! REPURPOSED GIFT WRAP IDEAS > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: diy gift wrap , eco gift wrap , gift wrap ideas , holiday gift wrap , hometalk , recycled gift wrap , recycling gift wrap , repurpose wrapping paper

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Maria Leijerstam Becomes the First Person to Cycle to the South Pole

December 30, 2013 by  
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Many choose to spend the holidays relaxing at home, but not British adventurist Maria Leijerstam –this 35 year-old former management consultant just broke two world records by becoming the first person to cycle to the South Pole in record time. Leijerstam, who battled freezing Antarctic temperatures and whiteouts, beat out her two male rivals on a modified three-wheeled recumbent trike . She completed her grueling 500 mile ride from the edge of the Antarctic continent in just 10 days. Read the rest of Maria Leijerstam Becomes the First Person to Cycle to the South Pole Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Antarctic , Daniel Burton , first person to reach the south pole on a bicycle , Inspired Cycle Engineering , Juan Menendez Granados , Marathon des Sables , Maria Leijerstam , Novo Russian air force base , recumbent trike , Roald Amundsen , south pole        

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Happy Holidays from All of Us at Inhabitat!

December 25, 2013 by  
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HAPPY HOLIDAYS, EVERYONE! It’s hard to believe how quickly we whipped through 2013, and here we are again getting jolly over another round of holidays! Inhabitat’s team has grown to span the globe, and this year we wanted to share how we plan on spending our holiday break. From hot and sweaty Buenos Aires to the snowy corners of Quebec, keep reading for all the fun festivities our team will find themsleves ho ho ho-ing!  over this year. And don’t forget to share your own plans with us in the comments below—we want to hear from  you too! Jill Fehrenbacher, Founder and Editor in Chief Happy Holidays Inhabireaders! This year, per usual, I will be laying low in NYC, doing the Santa thing and baking with my kids.  This year we have two mischief-makers instead of one, so it’s double-trouble for me.  We’re hoping it snows so we can go outside and build snowmen.  Thanks to the Inhabiteam for a great year and thanks to our readers for reading.  Merry Christmas! Mike Chino, Managing Editor Celebrating the holidays is pretty straightforward in my family – it’s all about the food! This year I’m whipping up an adaptation of one of favorite salads served up by GreenSalads.org at the fantastic Linea Caffe , which just opened on my block in San Francisco. It’s a kale winter salad with a guacamole twist that pairs well with a wide range of dishes. Here’s how you make it: 2 bunches fresh baby kale 2 medium avocados 1 lime 4-6 clementines 1 cup pecans Grated parmesan Salt and pepper to taste 1. Wash the baby kale, dry it, and then chop it into fine shreds. (If you’re working with fully grown kale you may need to “ massage ” it a bit.) 2. Mash the avocados in a big bowl then add the juice of 1/2 lime and salt and pepper to taste. 3. Toast the pecans in a skillet over low heat until they are aromatic. Peel the clementines and chop the sections into halves. 4. Combine everything and adjust seasoning to taste – you may need more lime juice, salt and/or pepper. Top with a bit of grated parmesan and enjoy! Yuka Yoneda, Managing Editor, Inhabitat NYC All of my family members live in tiny apartments, so this year, we decided to cut the crap (literally) by not buying presents. Instead, we’ll be feasting on a potluck dinner and donating what we would have spent on gifts to Typhoon Haiyan relief. Click  here  if you’d like to do the same (it also makes a really meaningful last minute gift). Diane Pham, Senior Editor This year I will be spending the holidays with my family in my hometown of Chino Hills, CA. I plan on feasting, watching movies, and cross-stitching between sips of wine. It’s nothing too crazy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! Merry Christmas, Inhabitat readers! Timon Singh, News Writer Merry Christmas from the UK! I hope all our Inhabitat readers enjoy the festive break and will eat, drink and be merry as much as I hope to do! See you in 2014! Ana Lisa Alperovich, Design and Architecture Writer This X-mas I am staying in looking after kitten G@tita, as she won’t love the pyrotechnics. Two close mates are coming over for dinner and we’ll probably make something quick and raw, over some bubbles (It’s super hot over here in Buenos Aires). Then I am off with some friends for a week. We rented some cabins on the beach at Pepe Mujica’s wonderland. I can’t wait! Have a happy and healthy 2014! Lea Stewart, Design Writer A very happy holiday to all of the Inhabitat readers, from the snowy Midwest. This will be my first winter season living in Michigan, as well as the first time living in a rural area of the US. So my family will be enjoying the perks—like having a yard and a gorgeous frozen lake front view. It can be a challenge this time of year to find down time, so here’s wishing that all our readers have the opportunity to pause and take in the beauty of nature around them! Lana Winter Herbert, DIY and Features Writer My husband and I celebrated the Winter Solstice with an amazing vegan dinner, and we will be spending Christmas with our extended family. Great company, amazing traditional Quebecois food, deer-watching, and curling up by the fire are all on the menu for this year’s festivities, and if we’re feeling brave enough to venture out in -30C weather, maybe some cross-country skiing. Happiest holiday wishes to all!        

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