Recycled bricks add rugged contrast to this contemporary Sydney home

September 5, 2016 by  
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Juxtaposition is at the core of the Llewellyn House design. “The conceptual starting point was contrasting tones of light and dark, knitting together old and new,” write the architects. “This is expressed through the specific combination of elements, forming an interior which is both rustic and slick, thin yet massive, dark and bright.” A beautiful example of this contrast can be seen in the extension built with aged recycled bricks set against a very thin and glossy black steel awning . Related: Renovated Jakarta home fights sultry summers with ventilation, green space and shade The new extension is set within the rear garden and comprises an open-plan kitchen and living area. To balance out the dark color palette of timber, steel, and porcelain, the Llewellyn House extension features bright white walls that reflect the natural light that streams in through glazing on both sides. The renovated home also includes restored Federation-style interiors painted white. + studioplusthree Via Dezeen Images via studioplusthree

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World’s longest car-free trail stretching 15,000 miles to open next year in Canada

September 5, 2016 by  
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Canada started work on a huge cross-country network of trails for cyclists, hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts back in 1992, and the project is finally nearing completion. To date, over 20,000 kilometers or 12,906 miles of car-free trails have been connected, 26 percent of which are on water. According to The Great Trail website , 80 percent of Canada’s population lives within 30 minutes of what is said to be the largest recreational trail in the world. Which means Canucks have no excuse – save an angry moose or miserable weather – to waste away indoors. Apart from its impending completion sometime next year, a slew of headlines about bicycle ” superhighways ” in Europe has drawn new attention to the ambitious Great Trail project. Over two decades in the making, the extraordinary trail starts in Newfoundland, or “Kilometre Zero”, according to the website, and stretches west across the great white north to British Columbia. When it is completed, it will comprise 14,913 miles of mixed-use trails. While great emphasis has been placed in European cities on cycling as a form of green transportation , The Great Trail gives Canadians the opportunity to not only commute, but also enjoy a variety of other activities amid the country’s diverse landscapes and cityscapes. Walking or hiking, cycling, paddling, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling are top recommended pastimes. Albeit a boon for recreation, the Great Trail project has also boosted communities across the country. Related: New bike “greenway” stretching from Florida to Maine is 31% complete “Trail sections are owned, operated and maintained by local organizations, provincial authorities, national agencies and municipalities across Canada,” according to the website. The “Trans Canada Trail is represented by provincial and territorial organizations that is [sic] responsible for championing the cause of the Trail in their region. These provincial and territorial partners, together with local trail-building organizations, are an integral part of Trans Canada Trail and are the driving force behind its development.” Germany opened the first few miles of a 60-mile highway earlier this year, and the United States is planning its own bike greenway up the east coast, but neither compares with The Great Trail, a singular unifying project with benefits for all Canadian residents. + The Great Trail Via MTLBlog Images via Wikipedia and screenshot

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Is Sustainable Food "Bourgeois"? No, Not If You Know What It Means

August 8, 2011 by  
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Shopping at the CSA. Image credit Lloyd Alter Llewellyn Hinkes-Jones asks in the Atlantic: “Is it possible for gluttony, purity, and morality to coexist with affordability? Or is this utopian vision a myth?” It’s in a post titled The Folly of Bourgeois Sustainable Food , he begins by describing his personal conversion to organic food: … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Robert Llewellyn Compares the Nemesis EV to the Tesla (Video)

November 17, 2010 by  
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Image credit: Fully Charged “Can you remember the exact moment you decided you would build an electric car that scares people…?” Another classic question from the inimitable Robert Llewellyn. With the ‘ wind-powered’ Nemesis electric car finally hitting the road , I was delighted to see that Llewellyn—whose shows on everything from the Mitsubishi MiEV t..

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Robert Llewellyn’s Gearless Update: Reviewing the MiEV and Much More (Video)

March 12, 2010 by  
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Image credit: Gearless I was quite excited the other day to learn about Robert Llewellyn’s Gearless show in which he will be driving and reviewing a Mitsubishi MiEV over the course of an entire year. (Robert previously filmed a test drive of the MiEV for his carpool show.) But I wasn’t entirely clear on what exactly he will be doing to fill up the entire year

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