Environment: Recycling & Creative Architecture
There's an architect in Texas who is known as the Dr. Seuss of architecture. Instead of suburbs with cookie cutter houses, creative architecture offers an opportunity for individuality.
Sometimes, admit it, traveling in the United States can become boring with so many places along the Interstate, suburbs and buildings looking the same.
In Huntsville, Texas - watch out! People with jobs that don't pay enough for housing are learning to build their own homes. This is not trickle down home ownership, this is - do-it-yourself with objects that may have otherwise been thrown into the landfill.
Lacy-designed pickle serving plates become fancy windows, excess stock corks make flooring sturdy and sample picture frames line a ceiling. And that is just the beginning of the imaginative way building and design meet recycling.
The architect Dan Phillips is helping his neighbors learn to build their own homes. Each house is made from at least 85% 'throw away' materials.
Al Jazeera offers an interview of Dan Phillips and a peek into his home. Find the interview at this youtube link.
If you are interested in finding out more please check www.PhoenixCommotion.com. Perhaps you would like to join in the building revolution.
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The Oxfam report prompted Anand Giridharadas to tweet: "Don't be Pinkered into everything's-getting-better complacency."
- A new report by Oxfam argues that wealth inequality is causing poverty and misery around the world.
- In the last year, the world's billionaires saw their wealth increase by 12%, while the poorest 3.8 billion people on the planet lost 11% of their wealth.
- The report prompted Anand Giridharadas to tweet: "Don't be Pinkered into everything's-getting-better complacency." We explain what Steven Pinker's got to do with it.
Evolution doesn't clean up after itself very well.
- An evolutionary biologist got people swapping ideas about our lingering vestigia.
- Basically, this is the stuff that served some evolutionary purpose at some point, but now is kind of, well, extra.
- Here are the six traits that inaugurated the fun.
- Facebook and Google began as companies with supposedly noble purposes.
- Creating a more connected world and indexing the world's information: what could be better than that?
- But pressure to return value to shareholders came at the expense of their own users.
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