Atlanta makes rainbow crosswalks permanent as a symbol of unity

June 15, 2017 by  
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A vibrant visual symbol of pride will remain a permanent part of the urban fabric in Atlanta , Georgia. For Atlanta Pride Week 2015, rainbow crosswalks were installed at the intersection of 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue, and this week on the anniversary of the Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting, Mayor Kasim Reed made the colorful crosswalks permanent. The intersection of Piedmont Avenue and 10th Street in Atlanta’s Midtown is considered a hub for the LGBTQ community in the city, so Reed said it was fitting the location should feature the rainbow flag. He announced the decision one year after the shooting in Orlando, Florida in which 49 people lost their lives. Related: 12 comfort dogs dispatched to grief-stricken Orlando Reed said in a statement, “For the past year, Atlanta has grieved alongside Orlando . Our city has rallied around our LGBT community, and we have not shied from demonstrating our unity and solidarity. And with this spirit, I cannot think of a more important time to reaffirm our unwavering and unqualified support for our LGBTQ residents…We must never forget that love defeats hate, and light defeats the darkness.” Over 22,200 people to date have signed a petition requesting the city make the rainbow crosswalks permanent. Advocate Sarah Rose, who started the petition, said the community has been vocal about their desire to keep the rainbow crosswalks in place. Reed said symbols of unity matter, and he would keep the crosswalks year-round “in recognition of the outstanding and ongoing contributions of Atlanta’s LGBTQ community to our city.” Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell , who’s currently campaigning for the role of mayor in the 2017 election, told local channel WSB-TV in May, “I believe this is a model for what we can do for the entire city. There are neighborhoods that may want to show their neighborhood spirit at a particular intersection and this can be the model.” Via HuffPost and the City of Atlanta Images via screenshot

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Reflective arrow-shaped studio is a futuristic space for displaying art

June 15, 2017 by  
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When Mr. White retired, he had an unusual building request: he wanted a studio where he could work and display his art that had few windows but provided plenty of natural light – all while enhancing his garden. The result looks like a futuristic space dwelling fell out of the sky and into Victoria. Australian architects Nervegna Reed Architecture and PH Architects teamed up to create the Arrow Studio, a private art gallery that provides a secure space for a local art connoisseur to safely display his private collection. Located in the outskirts of Hanging Rock, Victoria, the small art gallery was created for an art collector who wanted to securely display his private collection and have room for a studio space. The client requested that the structure have minimal windows for not only security reasons, but also to create sufficient wall space to hang the artwork. He also requested that the few windows that were installed be framed in such a way that would impede intruders from breaking in. Related: Century-old packing shed brought back to life as a contemporary art gallery According to the architects, these specific criteria led them to create a unique arrow-shaped design by starting with a rectangular volume whose interior was pushed inwards from one end, jutting out from the other. Curiously, this shape allowed the designers take advantage of the arrow’s indentation to create a formidable timber-slated screen that provides security as well as subtle natural light for the interior. The jutted screen also provides nice lighting for entertaining in the backyard area, beautifully illuminating the surrounding green space. The architects used plywood to create the structure’s frame, which as then coverd with large sheets of galvanized metal. This cladding provides the building with a second skin to properly insulate the structure and the artwork from harsh weather. The metal sheeting also gave the structure a fun reflective exterior that adds to the whimsical character of the building. + Nervegna Reed Architecture + PH Architects Via Arch Daily Photography by Sam Reed and Toby Reed

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How To Find A Truly All-Natural Shampoo

October 20, 2016 by  
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Wading through the shampoo options at your local big-box store can be an exhausting endeavor. Among the bottles in every shade of the rainbow lurk ingredients that could potentially cause harm to you or your family. But how do you know which ones…

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AskNature: How do you make energy?

June 10, 2016 by  
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Here’s how an olive tree, the rainbow trout and a wallaby all provide inspiration for sustainable energy systems.

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The rise of green retirement plans

June 10, 2016 by  
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A new federal policy change opens the door to more environmentally minded nest eggs.

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Episode 33: Can Interface "take back" the climate? Meet our 30 under 30

June 9, 2016 by  
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This week on the GreenBiz 350 podcast: Sustainability trailblazer Interface shoots higher, plus thoughts from some of the young leaders shaping green business.

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This pallet-based patio proves that even renters can have stylishly-remodeled spaces

April 2, 2015 by  
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When it comes to architectural style, rental apartments can be bland and lifeless, with little room for creative design expression. So what’s the renter with a dream of having a beautiful outdoor space to do? Here’s an inspiring story of how two renters turned a bland outdoor patio into a gorgeous tropical-style outdoor retreat using pallets . Because they were renting, the creative husband and wife team at A Piece of Rainbow couldn’t do any drilling into or attaching to existing walls. They also couldn’t paint existing surfaces, including the floor, walls or ceiling. But they wanted to achieve a built-in look while keeping everything easy to take apart when it’s time to move. Almost the entire project was done with thrown away pallets – the living wall, the furniture and stenciled pallet wood floors – just to prove that not only can one have a magazine worthy “remodel” as renters and it can be done with minimal cost as well. Check out the pictures of the final project and then head over to A Piece of Rainbow for tutorials on how to make everything – from the pallet furniture to the tropical living wall. + A Piece of Rainbow Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: A Piece of Rainbow , building pallet furniture , DIY , DIY pallet , DIY pallet garden , DIY pallet patio , DIY pallet patio furniture , DIY patio furniture , pallet furniture , pallet furniture ideas , patio furniture , reader submission , recycled design , reused design

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DIY: How to create a vertical garden with upcycled wood pallets

April 2, 2015 by  
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If you were wondering how to turn your balcony or a small backyard into a green oasis, look no further:  a pallet garden is an ideal solution that gives you the chance to plant a whole bunch of flowers and herbs into a space that’s only several square feet in size. These simple wooden structures are now one of the most popular foundations for building furniture, gardens, and art pieces. In this article, we will go through the process of building a pallet garden step by step. Read the rest of DIY: How to create a vertical garden with upcycled wood pallets Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: city garden , DIY pallet garden , diy vertical garden , food garden , how to make a pallet garden , pallet garden , recycled pallet , recycled pallet garden , recycled pallets , upcycled pallets , Urban Farming , urban garden , urban gardening , vertical food garden , vertical garden , vertical pallet garden

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Aspen Mays’ Rainbow Spectrum Book Sculpture Is Inspired by Einstein’s Theories

December 3, 2011 by  
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We’ve seen a lot of artwork created from books , but not all of them have such a quirky focus on science. Aspen Mays created this unusual mini-library installation with her colorful rainbow sculpture ‘Every Book’. Paying homage to Albert Einstein ‘s theories, Mays’ piece incorporates each of Einstein’s books available for lending at the Illinois Collegiate Inter-Library . May organized each book according to the color spectrum to create the rainbow formation, and then documented the sculpture through a series of photographs. + Aspen Mays Images courtesy of Aspen Mays Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aspen mays , book art , color spectrum sculpture , einstein books , every book , illinois collegiate library services , library artwork , phyisics art , rainbow sculpture

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Eye-Popping SRES 2 Rainbow School Brightens Up a Rundown Community in Los Angeles

October 17, 2011 by  
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This technicolored school, aptly named the Rainbow School, has done more than brighten up the LA neighborhood it calls home – it’s actually making lives there better. DLR Group hosted several outreach meetings with members of a downtrodden community in order to gather their input on how to transform the South Region Elementary School Number 2 (SRES 2) into an invigorating space for a colorful student body. The outcome of these discussions is an extraordinary, brightly-hued school that is not only energy and resource efficient, but inspires oodles of creativity in the children it serves. Read the rest of Eye-Popping SRES 2 Rainbow School Brightens Up a Rundown Community in Los Angeles Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , California , CHPS , Collaborative for High Performance Schools , color , creativity , Daylighting , DLR , DLR Group , LA Unified School District , Los Angeles , resource efficiency , South Region Elementary School Number 2 , The Rainbow School

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