The ABC of Architects [VIDEO] What do you get when you take 26 of the most important architects and mix it with animation? The quirky ABC of Architects animated video by Federico Gonzalez and Andrea Stinga, of course. The video is an alphabetical list of notable architects with their most well-known building. They tried to feature a range of nationalities in the lot, but they had to leave a lot of great architects out since the list had to be narrowed to the number of letters in the alphabet. Concept and Animation: Federico Gonzalez and Andrea StingaArt Direction: Federico GonzalezMusic: The Butterfly by Eugene C. Rose and George Ruble (Creative Commons)
Thermal Mass & Energy Efficient Design: How Much is Enough? by guest author, Ashley Lubyk Thermal Mass Defined When it comes to building an energy efficient home the discussion often rests on how much insulation should be in the walls, in the ceiling, under the slab, etc. But as I’ve written about before, energy efficiency is about more than just R-values.
The Home Ranch The Home Ranch The Home Ranch is a rustic guest ranch where we showcase exceptional guest experiences and fine cuisine all amidst a spectacular setting in the Elk River Valley. Twenty miles north of the Steamboat Springs Ski Area, off and on-ranch activities are many and we welcome those that wish to make the most of their time in the area. INFOGRAPHIC: Meet the Ultra-Efficient Homes of the Future Resources are dwindling, prices are rising, and energy efficiency has never been more important. Commercial buildings have long been designed with conservation in mind: Taiwan’s national stadium is covered almost entirely with solar panels, and the CaixaForum Museum in Madrid boasts a living wall of 15,000 plants. However, with the world’s population predicted to exceed 8 billion by 2050, architects are turning their green design skills to residential homes. Potential structures range from ancient mudbrick domes, to space-age Earthships. Some designs are more viable than others, but the Big Deal team have identified five of the most promising candidates. For a glimpse of the future, check out their infographic below.
Growing and Rediscovering Hedgerows By Carol Ekarius Hedgerows have long played an important role in agriculture. Since Bronze Age people first used them to divide fields, mark property boundaries and control livestock in Europe more than 5,000 years ago, farmers around the world have appreciated the benefits hedgerows provide. Unfortunately, many hedgerows (some of them centuries old) were destroyed over the last 50 years both abroad and in the United States as agriculture moved into the Industrial Age. But in the United States today, Eastern farmers who have historic hedgerows are becoming interested in revitalizing them, and farmers in the West, a place without a real hedgerow tradition, are leading the hedgerow renaissance with new plantings.
Soaring Treetop Adventures Soaring Treetop Adventures Soaring Treetop Adventures is the world’s largest zipline adventure of its kind, and has been rated the #1 Tour in the U.S. on TripAdvisor for multiple years! Providing a full-day zip line adventure in the pristine San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado. The course is remotely located on 180 private acres of the former five-star Tall Timber Resort, in the heart of the San Juan National Forest. Inspiring and Innovative Response to Urban Rooftop Mandela Park, by Karres en Brands Landscape, Almere, The Netherlands. Almere in The Netherlands is the perfect example of a low-density city constructed from zero. Architects had a great opportunity here to demonstrate to the world how innovative and contemporary design works. Mandela Park, which opened in 2011, was designed by
How to get rid of wasps naturally In my last post, I shared two reasons you may want to leave a wasp nest up in your yard or garden. However, there are a variety of reasons you may not want to do that, For us, our small backyard means that any wasp nest is easily disturbed — making for angry wasps, which can lead to stings. You should first figure out if you have honeybees, or a type of wasp or yellow jacket in your yard (you can use this helpful tutorial to figure out what you are dealing with). If you do find that you have honeybees, and they are not in a location that is safe for you (or them), you can try to call local beekeepers who may even remove them for free or for a small fee. Since our bee populations are in an alarming decline, doing what we can to protect them is a high priority.