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

Playing With Architecture

Playing With Architecture

We can’t all be pros in the fields of architecture and design. But we can play around with architecturally inspired worlds. Check out the following for some inspiration, fun and a good excuse to get your inner creativity on. Designed for both iPhone and iPad, AutoCAD 360 is a free app that lets users draw, draft, edit, share sketches and more. This is a great resource applicable in the field with additional subscription based capabilities, and there is also a web version. MagicPlan is a free iTunes download that provides a platform for drawing out floor plans. Users take pictures and are then provided… read more

The Street Art Connection

The Street Art Connection

Street artists interact with their environment in a way that is reality based; not producing art to be kept locked up behind pristine museum doors, but left exposed, open for interpretation and interaction. Google’s somewhat controversial Street View has made it easier than ever to check out artists and their works that are swirling around the web with their Street Art Project. The project captures street art with its custom built cameras, making it possible to discover works from all over the world. Currently, there are more than 5,000 images in high resolution available. The Street Art Project was developed by the… read more

Energy Neutral Home With Shou Sugi Ban Technique

Energy Neutral Home With Shou-Sugi-Ban Technique

Energy neutral homes focus on sustainable features, but this home located in Amsterdam, Netherlands also has an artistic element. Designed and orchestrated by Pieter Weijnen of Faro architects, Steigereiland 2.0 is a home with an interesting exterior look. Sometimes townhouses or row homes can all blend together, but this one subtly stands out among its stylish neighbors with its own distinct and inventive expression. It is a cradle to cradle construction, as all materials that were used are recyclable or compostable. The design team researched ways to optimize energy and material use to produce a fully efficient building. Reportedly, it is the first construction in the Netherlands to include… read more

Planting Hope

Planting Hope

For residents in Bil’in, Palestine, planting flowers means more than just gardening lately. As a statement for peace, many residents in the area have planted flowers inside of used tear gas grenades left behind from wars between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers. Vast flower gardens have been planted in the last year as a memorial for protestor Bassem Abu Rahmeh and the many others who have died. The gardens are near the state’s capital, stretching across a 430 mile wall that was regained by Palestinians in the war. Unfortunately, the supply of containers seems never-ending. Luckily, neither is the ability to try and triumph… read more

Is It Recyclable?

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Of course recycling is a must, but sometimes it can be a time consuming venture. Drawers become stockpiled with cells, chargers and empty ink cartridges because we aren’t sure what to do with them. Things that don’t go into the regular recycling bin usually are put aside with good intention, but often get forgotten about in the daily bustle. Properly recycling used up or no longer wanted gadgets may take a bit more effort than just tossing them into a bin, but once you figure out what to do with them it can make the next time around easier. Check… read more

Rethinking The Walls

Rethinking The Walls

Walls have more options than to be covered only in coats of paint. Designing a wall space around lifestyle needs can be done to fit any budget. The following are neat ideas that take flat, dull surfaces and bring them to life. One concept design called Kids Interactive fills a wall surface with tiles meant for tactile play and motor skill development. The tiles are easy to care for, plus it brightens up the wall. If you want to try your hand at tiling, check out this tutorial for DIY mosaic tiles. Anything that will adhere to the walls can… read more

Putting It In Perspective

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Artists who put waste in perspective in a tactile way can really open our eyes. Trash is an unusual inspiration for art, but the following artists have used it as a medium to express a poignant message. Gregg Segal is a photographer and artist that literally captures our waste output, and it isn’t at all pretty. Taking snapshots of people lying picnic style in their refuse in a truth driven series called 7 Days of Garbage, Segal forces us to look at the reality of our lifestyles. From the artist: “7 Days of Garbage is a series of portraits of… read more

A Cathedral-Like Home That Will Relax The Eyes

A Cathedral-Like Home That Will Relax The Eyes

Architect and designer Paola Navone is known for her breathtaking and well organized renovations and designs. Several of her interior spaces use elegant whites, presenting them in a non-formal and draped, fresh way. However, her spaces do not look anything like just white rooms. They are overlaid with warm tones and relaxed pieces that are not at all stuck up or untouchable. One example of her divine transformations can be seen in a project that turned an unused, old warehouse into a refreshing and flowing home in Umbria, Italy. Forget the vast, empty warehouse feel that probably existed before Navone got ahold of… read more