Cleverly layered compact dirt walls mimic ice cream cakes in this Tokyo patisserie

June 21, 2017 by  
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Dirt may seem an odd material choice for an upscale patisserie in Tokyo , but design studio nendo playfully pulls it off with style. The Japanese designers layered compacted soils of varying colors to mimic the layers of an ice cream cake. The earth walls lend the “à tes souhaits!” shop a sense of warmth and contrast beautifully with the glass-and-steel facade. Located in the trendy Kichijoji neighborhood in Tokyo, à tes souhaits! is a small and elegant shop specializing in ice cream and chocolates . The earth walls comprise stacked soils of varying shades arranged in a staggered pattern to look like cut slices of ice cream cake with different flavors. “The wall guides people into the shop by the soft curvature from the outer wall, and then creates a gentle all-enveloping effect, like melted ice cream, all the way into the back of the shop,” writes nendo. “This created a relaxing ambience, taking advantage of the compactness of the space.” Related: Ancient Japanese tombs inspire nendo’s first public space design Since the new patisserie is the second location of à tes souhaits!, Nendo wanted to differentiate the two shops. The flagship uses bright lighting with mostly white surfaces and hard materials like marble and metal. In contrast, the new location uses a subdued color palette and softer lighting to complement the dominant use of wood and soil . + Nendo Images by Takumi Ota

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It’s time to make soil great again

May 6, 2017 by  
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Restoring soil fertility is one of humanity’s best options for making progress on three daunting challenges: Feeding everyone, weathering climate change and conserving biodiversity.

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How soil sparked a new sustainable ag movement

April 28, 2017 by  
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As word gets around that soil is alive, farmers have adopted a whole new attitude toward their land.

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Here’s how cities in developing countries can tap green bonds

April 28, 2017 by  
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Many city leaders already are working to finance resilience projects through green bonds.

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Why food production doesn’t need to double by 2050

March 21, 2017 by  
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An agronomist’s straight talk on what it will really take for agriculture to sustain a growing global population.

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A week inside Al Gore’s climate reality

March 21, 2017 by  
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It could have been angry and defiant. It could have been despondent and fatalistic. Or worse, it could have been rosy and effervescent.

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The business case for holistic management

February 17, 2017 by  
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Agriculture is the “most destructive industry” in history, but Allan Savory reveals ancient practices that can enrich the future.

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3 circular principles for healthy agriculture

February 11, 2017 by  
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Agriculture contributes to a quarter of the climate crisis. Here is how to replenish the soil, nature’s regenerative capital.

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Keep calm, we’re experiencing a paradigm shift

November 7, 2016 by  
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It’s time to stop demonizing carbon. Imagine 52 nations, more than 2 billion people, coming onboard to “bring carbon home.”

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Why General Mills aims to harvest the $50 billion benefits of healthy soil

November 7, 2016 by  
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The food giant is teaming up with the Nature Conservancy and the Soil Health Institute.

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