Building Covered in Grass Kicks Ass

Building Covered in Grass

Architects Minsuk Cho and Kisu Park of Mass Studies designed this flora-clothed multi-level building to house Belgian fashion designer Ann Demeulemeester’s store in Seoul, South Korea. The building was completed in October 2007 and takes green roofs and living walls to another level, using foliage to cover both the external and internal wall surfaces.”

[more photos and info @ inhabitat]

The Story Of Stuff – MUST WATCH

The Story Of Stuff

What is the Story of Stuff?

From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It’ll teach you something, it’ll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.”

[The Story Of Stuff | Direct Link to 54 MB quicktime version]

Walk Score – How walkable is your hood?

Walk Score
My current residence scores a 90% w00t!

What is Walk Score?

We help homebuyers, renters, and real estate agents find houses and apartments in great neighborhoods. Walk Score shows you a map of what’s nearby and calculates a Walk Score for any property. Buying a house in a walkable neighborhood is good for your health and good for the environment.

[Walk Score | via Duncan Davidson | via swissmiss]

“You don’t have to predict the future when you live in it”

Bruce Sterling
Photo by janbrasna

Bruce Sterling writes:

In 1998, I had it figured that the dot-com boom would become a dot-green boom. It took a while for others to get it. Some still don’t. They think I’m joking. They are still used to thinking of greenness as being “counter” and “alternative” — they don’t understand that 21st-century green is and must be about everything — the works. Sustainability is comprehensive. That which is not sustainable doesn’t go on. Glamorous green. I preached that stuff for years. I don’t have to preach it anymore, because it couldn’t be any louder. Green will never get any sexier than it is in 2007. Because, after this, brown will start going away.

Full Washington Post piece
Printable (aka readable) version
Bruce Sterling’s Blog: Beyond the Beyond

Get your Solar on

Solar Panels
photo by clownfish

One of the problems with running a photo voltaic solar array on your house is the prohibitive initial cost to get the system running. It seems there may now be a solution to this problem! A new company called CitizenrÄ“ is going to be ‘renting’ solar systems soon! The most awesome folks at World Changing have all the details. This is like signing up for a new cell phone plan and getting the phone free…

Are you a Depletist ?

Depletist
1. An individual or group demonstrating apparent negligent or reckless disregard for the environmental consequences of their actions.
2. An individual or group that exhausts non-renewable resources and rejects positive environmental strategies.