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Bali’s Bamboo Village

Bali’s Bamboo Village

Bali, Indonesia is known for its natural outdoor beauty, but it holds another attraction that is also gaining a lot of recognition. It is the location of Green Village, a private eco-community. This expanse of exclusive custom built homes has a distinctive appearance. Constructed mainly of bamboo, the resort community currently comprises several completed housing structures and more are said to be in the planning stages. Designed by Ibuku, the Green Village utilizes sustainably derived bamboo as the feature building material, and along with skilled local crafters, the advanced engineering and architectural techniques used to lay out the bamboo pattern… read more

These 2 Educational Centers Make The Grade

These 2 Educational Centers Make The Grade

Schools are fundamental places that house creativity, knowledge and social interaction. Designing for educational venues can often be a challenge, as there are many considerations to be addressed. Given their proactive approaches to education, but also in promoting environmental awareness and global citizenship, the following are designs to be modeled after. The Green School, located in Kfar Saba, Israel, has built sustainability into the curriculum. Designed by Knafo Klimor Architects, there is a focus on the environment and fostering a sense of community. Accommodating children in the 1st through 6th grades, the layout includes laboratories and a library in addition… read more

Fun and Free Early Literacy Activities

Fun and Free Early Literacy Activities

Reading is a powerful skill, and though we largely possess the innate capability to learn it, the majority of us have to be instructed on how to do it. Without guidance and learning basic principles, reading mastery becomes much harder and more less likely. Helping children with their reading and providing them with resources is a great way to add some quality to their downtime. It also offers a way for them to explore new places, learn about life lessons and ecological concepts, all of which help them understand more about the world around them. The following are a few… read more

Masdar City Development Promises Eco-Metropolis

Masdar City Development Promises Eco-Metropolis

Many examples of sustainable communities can be found across the globe, however there is one currently in the construction and development phase that is breaking the blueprint mold. Called Masdar City, the sprawling multifaceted area is located in the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi. Masdar literally means ‘the source’, and it is planned to be an efficient, environmentally designed metropolitan expanse. The project actually began many years ago and had hoped for a finalization date sometime soon, but now developers are looking at a completion date of 2015 for Phase 1 of the design. It assures an upgraded lifestyle… read more

Surprise On Trash Day

Surprise On Trash Day

What if you awoke on trash collection day to find that the normally littered about garbage bags were gone and had been replaced with more colorful versions? This is what happened in New York one unsuspecting morning in 2008. It wasn’t a crazy mix up at the garbage bag production factory, but it was actually a living art installation to bring attention to waste. Called the TRASH Project, artist Adrian Kondratowicz thought of the interactive, functional art display that involved the help of the surrounding community. He had specialty TRASH Project bags made that were composed of biodegradable plastic and with the assistance… read more

Will Fast Food Serve Up A Fair Wage?

Will Fast Food Serve Up A Fair Wage?

Recent strikes have been occurring over the past few months and probably more are in the works for the restaurant industry. Fair wages are on the itinerary, and low wage workers are tired of waiting. If you have ever been employed in fast food production or know someone who has, this is a pertinent subject. Long hours, no benefits, and often irregular schedules can also come with a side of low pay for many food service workers. Fast food is no stranger to criticism over rising obesity levels and poor nutrition. However, healthy options offered or not, current society is… read more

There’s A Secret In Ann Arbor, Michigan

There’s A Secret In Ann Arbor, Michigan

Actually lots of them – and they are not meant for adults. These secrets are intended for kids. Sometimes children can be unintentionally left out of things; for instance, the design process revolving around constructions like buildings, parking lots or even homes. One children’s writer and artist in the city of Ann Arbor has made it his mission to include the younger crew in an unusually inviting way, and in the most unsuspecting places. If you look close enough at nearby elementary schools, inside tea shops, markets, on shelves, hidden in fireplaces or even curbside amidst a normally lackluster parking… read more

Education Outside

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Imagine a gray schoolyard paved with asphalt being transformed into a flourishing ecosystem; with footpaths meandering from bursts of native flora to vegetable patches teeming with in-season crops. Education Outside is an organization that strives to incorporate environmental enlightenment into school curricula; doing so by transforming traditional schoolyards into green havens where kids can help build a sustainable ecosystem. Based in San Francisco, Education Outside has sprouted green classrooms in the schoolyards of dozens of schools in the San Francisco area. In addition, they provide environmentally concerned curricula and training for teachers. In these natural sanctuaries, students not only learn… read more

The Future Of Food Security

Food Security for the Future

Across the world, communities face a diverse range of sustainability challenges. Access to adequate food, water, education, health and housing are just the beginning. Irrespective of whether people live in the richest or poorest of nations, the problems that beset our communities seldom arise from a single source. Almost all our sustainability issues, however, rely on the power of education to help ameliorate their impacts and change the social behaviours that led to these problems in the first place. Consider food security, for example. Beyond the urgent challenge of global poverty, the long-term provision of food throughout the world is… read more

Is The Green Drinks Movement At Your Local?

Green Drinks International

Green Drinks International is a not for profit organisation which attracts like minded people to meet once a month and share their views about environmental issues over a couple of drinks. The brainchild behind the concept is Edwin Datschefski. In 1989 he was at a pub in North London with his green design colleagues Yorick Benjamin and Paul Scott. At the table next to him was another eco-conscious friend so they joined the tables together and the Green Drinks movement was born. It is now a global phenomenon in more than 700 cities around the world. Here’s how it works. Each… read more