Hand-forged jewelry pays tribute to Gulf Coast fishermen

December 4, 2016 by  
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Though many may not realize it, the oyster industry in parts of the Gulf Coast has all but collapsed in recent years due to drought, oil spills, and a water rights struggle that spans three states. That’s why New Orleans-based designer Ashley Lyons is crafting a handmade line of jewelry that pays tribute to traditional fishing communities and hopes to help preserve their way of life.

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Hand-forged jewelry pays tribute to Gulf Coast fishermen

December 4, 2016 by  
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Though many may not realize it, the oyster industry in parts of the Gulf Coast has all but collapsed in recent years due to drought, oil spills, and a water rights struggle that spans three states. That’s why New Orleans-based designer Ashley Lyons is crafting a handmade line of jewelry that pays tribute to traditional fishing communities and hopes to help preserve their way of life.

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Pine needle eyelashes, petal lipstick and other beauty tools from nature

September 2, 2016 by  
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In addition to flower plant petals, Murphy’s series includes an icicle beard, a thorn “grill”, pine needle eyelashes, and some mushroom body parts. Some images draw straightforward, satirical parallels between beauty products and natural materials, others blur the line between plant/human hybrid, and a mushroom augmentation suggests that if we really take in our consideration for nature, we acknowledge an expanded spectrum of gender, as well. Related: Amazing tree grows 40 different kinds of fruit The photos are fun and funky, celebrating natural forms while ironically commenting on beauty products (hopefully in a cruelty-free manner ). Check out the images for some truly perishable natural cosmetics.

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Renovated Jakarta home fights sultry summers with ventilation, green space and shade

September 2, 2016 by  
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Located in a surprisingly quiet neighborhood in midtown Jakarta, the existing L-shaped building presented a great starting point for creating an airy courtyard residence. The architects designed a transparent living room, dining area and kitchen on the first floor which offer views of the outdoor garden and the existing trees. The second floor houses a semi-public office space accessible via an outdoor spiral staircase. Built with reused materials , a see-through wooden surface is installed diagonally to create shade and accentuate the form of the house. Related: Curious Slanted House in Jakarta critiques establishment architecture In order to respond to the tropical weather conditions, the house features cross-ventilation and a large number of windows and doors that stay open throughout the day, while a vertical garden and wooden shade structure regulate thermal gain. + Wahana Architects Via Plataforma Arquitectura Photos by Fernando Gomulya

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New solar-powered Massachusetts college center is as green as a building can be

September 2, 2016 by  
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Kern Center functions as a hub for student life with a “community living room” and cafe, and it also serves as a welcome center for parents and staff. Floor-to-ceiling windows connect those inside with the trees and wildflower meadow outside. Two wings clad with stone add natural beauty to the center. The stone and wood utilized were sourced locally. According to Bruner/Cott, all the building materials are “Red List compliant” and they avoided products containing toxic chemicals. The building materials aren’t the only green aspects of the Kern Center. A rainwater harvesting system allows for net-zero water , and the roof is decked out with large solar arrays. Related: Pittsburgh’s net-zero Frick Environmental Center is designed to meet the world’s toughest green standards Kern Center also functions as a “learning and teaching laboratory.” Signs and tours allow those interested to learn more about the center’s sustainability features. According to Bruner/Cott’s statement on the project, “New classes are built around the teaching opportunities the living building makes available, inspiring the kind of inquiry and stewardship embodied in Hampshire’s philosophy of contributing to knowledge, justice, and positive change in the world.” In the words of Hampshire College, the Living Building Challenge is the ” world’s most advanced green building standard .” Should the Kern Center be certified, it will move Hampshire closer to its goal of going carbon-neutral in the next four years or less. + Bruner/Cott & Associates Images via Bruner/Cott & Associates

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Floral designer puts a wearable spin on succulents with incredible jewelry

February 29, 2016 by  
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Groundbreaking new solar cell solves vexing high temperature issue

February 29, 2016 by  
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In our quest to replace fossil fuels with solar power, we have to first fix the solar cell , which typically stops working at temperatures above 100°C. Luckily, researchers at TU Wien may have just discovered a way to solve this issue with a solar cell that can work at 400°C. Read the rest of Groundbreaking new solar cell solves vexing high temperature issue

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Sew Much Style upcycles vintage men’s suits into stylin’ messenger bags

February 25, 2015 by  
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Designer Terry Lischka’s innovative bags transform thrift store men’s items into fashion-forward unisex messenger bags . Designing under the name Sew Much Style , Lichska scours thrift stores for disused suits and ties, then gives them a new life as part of a line of accessories. Fashions may come and go, but Sew Much Style loves upcycling quality fabrics into modern bags , purses and laptop cases, and reworking old suits into modern style in a line adorably called Finnegan. Read the rest of Sew Much Style upcycles vintage men’s suits into stylin’ messenger bags Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , green design , recycled fashion. Terry Lischka , recycled messenger bags , Sew Much Style , sustainable design , upcycled men’s suits

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Octopus Teach Us About Touch Screens, Wallpaper, and Invisibility Cloaks?

May 2, 2014 by  
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Cephalopods are the undisputed masters of camouflage. While their relatives, the clams , stayed brainless and safe on the seabeds-of-old, the ancient nautilus (think squid-in-a-shell) made a daring foray into the world of mobile hunting. Today’s cunning stalkers instantly morph into seaweed and rocks, shifting color, pattern, texture, or thermal profile. They become transparent, bioluminescent, or iridescent. How do they do it? Will they teach us? Let’s take a closer look at this remarkable feat of engineering in today’s issue of The Biomimicry Manual . Read the rest of The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Octopus Teach Us About Touch Screens, Wallpaper, and Invisibility Cloaks? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Ben-10 , bioluminescence , biomimicry manual , camouflage , cephalopod , cephalopods , cuttlefish , e-ink touchscreen , invisibility cloak , iridescent color , kindle , light-sensitive wallpaper , mantis shrimp , mimic , mimic octopus , octopi , Octopus , octopuses , pyjama squid , Roger Hanlon , Scripps Institute of Oceanography , smart clothing , smart materials , smart textiles , squid , squids , synthetic squid-skin , touch-screen , touchscreen , wallpaper

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