Rammed earth and bamboo cultural center keeps naturally cool in Senegal

January 30, 2017 by  
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In the remote Senegalese village of Sinthian rises a culture center that twists and turns like a sinuous sculpture. New York-based Toshiko Mori Architect designed this eye-catching building, called Thread, as an artists’ residency and cultural center commissioned by the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation . Constructed from local materials, the building’s rammed earth and large thatched openings help promote natural cooling. Winner of a 2017 AIA Honor Award , the Thread Artist Residency & Cultural Center comprises two artists’ dwellings and studio spaces for local and visiting international artists, but also serves as a greater community hub for Sinthian and the surrounding villages. Shared between twelve local tribes, the socio-cultural center provides agricultural training as well as an exhibition space, kindergarten , children’s play area, library, performance space, and a center for charging mobile homes. “It is a hub for Sinthian and surrounding villages, providing agricultural training on the area’s fertile land and a meeting place for social organisation which is, in rural Senegal, the crucial mechanism for sustainable development,” says a statement from the Aga Khan Award for Architecture about the project. “The success of its atypical plurality proves why art and architecture should be the right of all people.” Related: Off-grid earthen abode in Senegal gets all its energy from wind and solar Constructed with a team of 35 local workers over the course of a year, Thread is topped by an undulating thatched roof designed to facilitate rainwater collection, provide shade, and promote natural ventilation. The building structure was built from a bamboo framework fitted with rammed earth bricks that help absorb heat during the day and dissipates warmth at night. Site-specific solar conditions were taken into consideration when orienting the building spaces to minimize glare and unwanted solar heat gain. + Toshiko Mori Architect Via Dezeen Photographs © Iwan Baan

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Is giraffe milk the latest superfood?

January 30, 2017 by  
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Call us crazy, but it seems like you can’t sling an acai quinoa bowl these days without slamming into some healthful new “superfood” we should all be eating. Never mind that actual scientific corroboration tends to be scant, or that a balanced diet, chock full of fruits and vegetables, will outperform even the most faddish of nutritional panaceas on the best of days. The ability to reduce the complexities of calorie counting, ingredient-label translating, and consistent clean living to a trite “eat this, not that” has undeniable appeal. Bonus points if it adds a dash of exoticism or mystery to our otherwise quotidian existence. The latest bandwagon-in-making, according to Metro ? Giraffe milk. By way of evidence, the British rag pointed to a 1962 study that claimed that giraffe milk has almost four times the fat content of full-fat cow’s milk and 12 times that of skim. Giraffe milk contains comparable amounts of riboflavin, thiamine, and vitamin B6 as cow’s milk, the study continued, but higher levels of vitamins A and B12. It’s the excess fat that we desire, Metro insists. A Tufts University study that followed some 3,000 people over two decades found that people who had the most dairy fat in their diets had a 46 percent lower risk of diabetes that those who ate the least. Related: Giraffes are on the verge of going extinct While it was “too early to call whole-fat dairy the healthiest choice,” Dariush Mozaffarian, dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and the study’s author, also called for a national policy that was more neutral on dairy fat until additional data presented itself. But even Metro admitted that the idea of giraffe milk on supermarket shelves would be unlikely. “When it comes to a giraffe, it would be almost impossible to get one to stand still long enough to be milked—let alone enough to set up a profitable business,” it wrote. “The giraffes that have been milked have been milked under controlled conditions by scientists.” There’s also the fact that giraffes are on the brink of extinction . The IUCN Red List reported a 38 percent decline in the giraffe population since 1985, plus a “high risk of extinction” in the wild if the trend continues. The culprit, of course, is humans. Illegal hunting, habitat loss through agriculture and mining, and growing human-wildlife conflict could soon spell the irretrievable loss of the world’s tallest land mammal. The last thing giraffes need is someone chasing after them with a bucket and a stool. Photos by Pixabay and Andrew Magill

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Here are the 7 most creative recycled fashions of 2015

December 27, 2015 by  
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  We saw some incredibly creative developments in the world of fashion this year: dresses made from the trash littering Senegal’s landscape, “Sheltersuits” that convert into sleeping bags for the homeless, even sneakers made from old couches. Which was your favorite? Click through to cast your vote! READ MORE >

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Designer Fabien Capello Transforms Unwanted Christmas Trees Into Beautiful Furniture

December 27, 2015 by  
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It may only be the 3rd of January, but if you’ve been circling the block, you may notice that the sidewalks are already littered with last year’s Christmas trees. A terribly sad and wasteful end for one of winter’s most revered symbols, you’ll be relieved to know that designer Fabien Capello is offering the yule tree a new life as beautiful furniture . Read the rest of Designer Fabien Capello Transforms Unwanted Christmas Trees Into Beautiful Furniture

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Tom Hatfield Upcycles Christmas Trees into Sleds for Winter Fun

December 27, 2015 by  
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While the excitement of the holidays are long over, we’re still left stuck in the thick of winter. But there’s no escaping this wintry mix, so we might as well enjoy it with some old-fashioned winter fun : sledding! Designer Tom Hatfield has created gorgeous and functional sleds using  found branches from Christmas trees brought to the curb around his native London. The purposeful rough-hewn effect is achieved with “bodging,” a traditional (if not primitive) woodworking technique where branches are used as is, and left untreated as “green” wood. Read the rest of Tom Hatfield Upcycles Christmas Trees into Sleds for Winter Fun

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UNICEF’s wearable Kid Power fitness bands empower children to save lives

December 27, 2015 by  
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The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has teamed up with Target to launch the Kid Power Band , a fitness wearable that encourages kids to become more active with the incentive of feeding undernourished children around the world. The Kid Power Band works like a pedometer to record the kids’ activity. Once the wearable reaches a certain number of steps, kids can complete “missions” that let them unlock parcels of food for undernourished kids in the developing world. READ MORE>

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Unsettling tableaus capture the devastating environmental issues troubling Senegal

September 24, 2015 by  
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Senegal has a serious environmental crisis on its hands. Between devastating deforestation, slash-and-burn agricultural practices, encroaching desertification, massive industrial waste and overgrazing, the country has a fight ahead if they want to tackle the issues. Photographer Fabrice Monteiro captured the situation in a series of dramatic tableaus titled The Prophecy . Click on to see them all. READ MORE >

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Terracotta-Colored High School in Senegal Only Needs A/C 2 Months a Year

May 18, 2012 by  
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Read the rest of Terracotta-Colored High School in Senegal Only Needs A/C 2 Months a Year Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Dakar , dayligting , eco design , green design , high thermal inertia , Jean Mermoz High School , local craftsmen , local materials , passive design , rainwater harvesting , Senegal , sustainable design

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Mosquitos In Senegal Develop Resistance to Anti-Malarial Bed Netting

August 18, 2011 by  
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Some potential discouraging news in the worldwide battle against malaria : A report from Senegal shows that mosquitos can rapidly develop resistance to insecticide used to impregnate bed nets. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Treehugger in Senegal: This Is the World’s Biggest Tree Planting Project: 60 Million Mangroves

September 28, 2010 by  
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The mangrove tree is quite simply an ecological superhero. It not only makes up highly productive ecosystems in tropical and sub-tropical tidal zones, but it serves as a vital renewable natural resource. It’s a natural habitat for fauna and a spawning area for numerous species of fish.

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