Socially Responsible Architecture

Socially Responsible Architecture

The role of architecture is often focused on for design and construction, important vehicles for enlarging and elevating our worlds. However, what place architecture has in humanitarian efforts can go either largely unnoticed – or largely absent. BUILDaCHANGE is one nonprofit organization that is attempting to merge the disciplines of architecture and philanthropy with their real life designs. FAREstudio architects started BUILDaCHANGE in 2012 with the clear goal of utilizing the design and building processes for a greater good. With the assistance of local workers when applicable, they create sustainable and functional facilities. FAREstudio has developed projects like women’s health… read more

Would You Spend Your Day Off Helping Others?

Would You Spend Your Day Off Helping Others?

Not many of us spend our days off from work thinking about the needs of complete strangers. Mark Bustos, however, doesn’t fall in this category. A hairstylist, Bustos works at Three Squares Studio in New York City. Most customers probably pay a nice price for an appointment but reportedly on Sundays, his day off, Bustos sees clients that aren’t necessarily his regulars. And they don’t pay the regular amount for a salon service. Traveling around the city he searches for those in need of a haircut. The homeless population are his targeted group for obtaining the service, and upon approaching… read more

Is Joining a Co-op For You?

Is Joining a Co-op For You?

If you have ever spent way too much on minimal and sub-par groceries, especially produce and beef, you might want to change the way you shop. Joining a food cooperative is an increasingly popular option for purchasing food. Co-ops help format sustainable relationships that are good for you, the community and the service providers that make our foods. Records state that cooperatives date back to as early as 1761 in Scotland with the organization of the Fenwick Weavers’ Society, and consumer co-op numbers worldwide are now perhaps in the millions. Local food is better in terms of freshness and nutrition, and… read more

The Concerns With BPA

BPA

Bisphenol A, or more commonly known as BPA, has been found to have extreme health consequences, and research has yet again caused loud alarms to ring which question the risks of the substance. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association conducted by New York University researchers suggested that exposure to increased BPA levels is a considerable factor in the progression of obesity in children and adolescents. Data which included measuring body mass and BPA levels concluded that American children with high exposure can have a 5 times greater chance of developing obesity, as compared to other children with lower… read more

These 3 Handy Tools Let You Be A Food Scientist

These 3 Handy Tools Let You Be A Food Scientist

Keeping track of everything in the food supply is nearly impossible. While label reading and careful consumption certainly helps, we all know what an extra effort it can be to try and uncover the potentially harmful and amplify the beneficial. The following resources are a few clever tools that are helpful and simple to use. Though no one wants yet another gadget to have to carry around, there is one on the table that promises to put you in the know regarding ingredients. The SCiO is a handheld molecular sensor available for preorder that can analyze nearly every component it comes… read more

A Twisted Prize No One Wants To Win

A Twisted Prize No One Wants To Win

Ever heard the phrase “learn from your mistakes”? Well one unique competition is on the table that architects, designers and engineers don’t want to win, as mistakes are what make the un-coveted award attainable. The Dead Prize, which stands for the Detrimental Engineering Architecture and Design Prize, is not quite the acknowledgment that is wanted by those in their respective fields. The provocative competition seeks to uncover the ways in which engineering, architectural and design processes can affect the environment, and will uncover those voted as the top adverse offenders. With an early interest in architecture and a longstanding career… read more

Cool Ways To Reuse Pizza Boxes For Educational Fun

Cool Ways To Reuse Pizza Boxes For Educational Fun

Back to school time often means hurried days and busy evenings, which can sometimes equal a dinner of one of the favorite go-to take out foods for hurried mealtimes – pizza. There are endless ideas for reusing pizza boxes. The following are a few for giving the pizza box a spotlight as the leftover that can be focused around educational activities for kids. A simple do it yourself pizza box solar oven is a fun weekend project to involve the whole family or to entertain sleepover guests. With just a few supplies and sunlight children can learn how the process of… read more

Back To School Cost Savers

Back to School

Every year across the world when campuses and classrooms start to fill up at the beginning of semesters, the costs for students and/or their parents mount up. And not just the financial cost, but the environmental cost of producing all those plastic items in immense. Here is a list of my top 5 eco-friendly solutions that will help your wallet and our world. Recycle What You Can The amount of paper students use every year is overwhelming.  There are notes, written papers, newspapers, graphs, instruction sheets and syllabi.  But, no matter how much of this paper we use, it will all end… read more

The Earthworm Advantage

The Earthworm Advantage

Forget high-tech machinery and farm implements. Earthworms themselves are the equivalent of countless inventories of agricultural equipment, compliments of Mother Nature. Vermiculture, or worm cultivation, uses sustainable farming techniques and efficient ways of turning waste into benefit, naturally. Worms eat up what we might consider waste, consuming much of what we just scrape off our dinner plates. They aerate the soil and compost waste organically, helping the soil afterwards. This effect is circular of course, since better soil equals healthier plants which lends to more nutritious meals, and so on. This do it yourself video shows simple steps for creating an… read more

An Animal-Friendly Common Sense Solution

An Animal-Friendly Common Sense Solution

Once you learn about the environmental costs of not recycling, it seems like common sense to try and recycle what you can, when you can. One company has figured out a way to help a city wide problem while taking care of recycling the large amounts of plastic water bottles that are used. Istanbul, Turkey reportedly has a huge concentration of stray animals. In attempts to raise awareness to the approximately 150,000 strays that roam the streets of the densely populated city, a company called Pugedon came up with the idea of installing outdoor machines that will dispense pet food and water. In… read more