More Green Architecture

Not much happening this week ‘cept for the Book Festival which I mentioned in my last blog.  My neighbors are volunteering, and a friend just signed up.  My feathery cassia hedge is one third yellow; will take a picture when it’s completely in bloom.  Made a delicious cottage cheese dill bread yesterday; no kneading.

A friend sent me this link to Stefano Boeri’s Vertical Forest, twin apartment towers in Milan with cantilevered balconies boasting pollution-trapping, energy-saving lush trees and other vegetation. 

That link referred to  the Flower Tower, a Parisian apartment block boasting an exterior clad with 380 potted bamboo plants that help residents reduce energy costs while providing a bit of visual va-va-voom.

That reminded me of a friend’s condo in New York, on the edge of Soho.  She had a top floor flat in an old manufacturing building, and the architect added a spiral staircase to the roof and huge pots overhanging the edge with full-grown trees in them.  (The roof itself wouldn’t have held that weight.)  She had redwood slats over the roof fabric, smaller pots with herbs and veggies, and an outdoor table and chairs.

Love the green architecture.  On a similar note, in one of my blogs a couple of years ago I had mentioned the trendy vertical gardens.

Anyway, I was on duty in the math lab from 7:30 am and no students had appeared yet so I kept checking out links.  The You might also like at the bottom of the page had an intriguing photo with the caption Artist creates beautiful indoor clouds.

The clouds are generated using a smoke machine, but Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde must carefully monitor a room’s humidity and atmosphere in order to get the smoke to hang so elegantly, and with such life-like form. Backlighting is used to bring out shadows from within the cloud, to give it that look of a looming and ominous rain cloud.

And I guess another You might also like at the bottom of the page had me looking at interesting design.  Liked this bookmark dripping blood –

Then there was a sculpture for the Burning Man Festival.

I thought I had written a blog about the Festival but maybe it was just an email to friends before I got into blogging.  One of our IT guys had told me about it back in Fluor’s Tucson office, and the office closed in 2005, so I’ve known about it for many years, but never really wanted to go to the middle of the Nevada Desert in the heat of the late summer.  Am somewhat tempted now because the artwork is awesome.  Anyone want to go with me?  This link has some great photos –

This from Wikipedia –

Burning Man is a week-long annual event held in the Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada, in the United States.  The event starts on the Monday before the American Labor Day holiday, and ends on the holiday itself. It takes its name from the ritual burning of a large wooden effigy on Saturday evening. The event is described by many participants as an experiment in community, radical self-expression, and radical self-reliance.

The annual event now known as Burning Man began as a bonfire ritual on the summer solstice in 1986 when a few friends met on Baker Beach in San Francisco and burned a 9-foot wooden man.  In 1990 the beach burn was interrupted by the park police for not having a permit so [the event was moved to] the remote and largely unknown dry lake known as Black Rock Desert, about 110 miles north of Reno.

In 1995 there were 4,000 people paying $35 for a ticket.  By 1997 there were 10,000 participants.  In 2000 over 25,000 people paid $200 each.  In 2010 51,515 people paid up to $360 each.  2011 sold out, capped at 50,000 people in this semicircular campgrounds.  Pretty awesome for word-of mouth (and by now lots of photos and videos online).

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2 Responses to “More Green Architecture”

  1. Stella Miles Says:


    I’m ready for a road trip to Nevada! Indoor clouds are intriguing too.


  2. Jim Says:

    Labor intensive green housing – but beautiful to see? A passing fad, to soon be eclipsed by all-solar housing?

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