A New Rallying Cry: Occupy Green Building

October 17, 2011 by  
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Lloyd Alter/ CC BY 3.0 Along with 23,000 others, Jennifer Atlee of BuildingGreen was in Toronto for Greenbuild, discussing the future of green building. Like many thousands of others, she was part of the occupy movement this weekend. She writes that “this is no simple single-issue movement to be cordoned off as a faction.” She continues:… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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The Best of Greenbuild 2011: Innovative Green Building Products of the Future

October 13, 2011 by  
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Image credit Lloyd Alter What can one say about a show that attracts 23,000 green building professionals across the border to Toronto? It could only be Greenbuild , the grand spectacle put on by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) . This was its tenth year, the first outside the USA, and Toronto was sunny and warm and, I hope, welcoming. I spent three days there, taking in the lectures, exhibits and keynotes and report:

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At IIDEX Neocon: The CP Workspace Standing Convertible Desk

September 22, 2011 by  
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Image credit Lloyd Alter IIDEX Neocon is Canada’s big trade-only contract furniture show, where one usually finds the best new office furniture and design. The economy is clearly taking its toll, the show seemed to be a lot smaller than it used to be. However there was a lot of office design innovation to be found, particularly if you are following the standing desk trend. The German company C+P Möbelsysteme, new to these shores, presented one of the nicest I have ever seen. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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The History and Design of the Bathroom Part 8: Pulling It All Together

August 23, 2011 by  
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Images and drawings by Lloyd Alter Over the last few weeks I have tried to pull all of the disparate ideas for the bathroom together and come up with a functional and practical set of ideas. Here is a summary of them all, in one bathroom that you can’t have; the components don’t exist. But they could easily. 1) Separate the functions As noted in Part 3, Putting Plumbing Before People , our different bathroom functions require very different design responses, but because of the way the western bathroom evolved, everything ended … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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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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Best of New York Design Week and the International Contemporary Furniture Fair 2011 (Slideshow)

May 31, 2011 by  
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Image credit Lloyd Alter Every time I come to New York for Design Week and the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) , I learn so much, meet so many people, and get so energized. This is, of course, the big show, the largest furniture fair outside of Milan , but there are also ancillary events all over town. I toured the show along with TreeHugger managing editor Collin Dunn, in from Portland, looking for the compact, the green, the transf…

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Coming Soon: Shop Eco Fashion on Sale with New Invite-Only Online Store

May 31, 2011 by  
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Photo: courtesy LovingEco For anyone who likes shopping online–and on major discount–there’s an invitation only shopping site that will set eco fashion lovers’ hearts aflutter.

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London Expands its Electric Car Charging Points As Part of Transportation Plans

May 31, 2011 by  
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Photo: B> Alter London’s electric car charging points are in for a big boost . There are 250 publicly-accessible charge points now

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Bouquet Garni Recipes Inspired by a 1st Century Roman Herb Garden

May 31, 2011 by  
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A kitchen garden circa 79 AD replicated with parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. Photos by R.Cruger Since every home had a kitchen garden in ancient Rome, it’s a tradition worth keeping over the centuries. So when given the chance to pick sprigs from the replica of a Mediterranean garden at the Getty Villa , I wondered what ancient plants were growing

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Pratt Presents "Perpetual Motion" Furniture Designs

May 18, 2011 by  
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Image credit Lloyd Alter Students from Pratt Institute often steal the show at ICFF; two years ago you couldn’t get near their booth, clearly t he hit of the show. This year the work was a bit more subtle. The industrial design program partnered with Cappellini, the Italian furniture giant, to “create modern and innovative furniture design prototypes that remain rooted in boldly disruptive ideas, while keeping the dynamism of design moving into the future.” …

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