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Whole Earth Catalog: The Counterculture Catalogue, Bible and Encyclopedia 

The Whole Earth Catalog, founded in 1968 by Stewart Brand, was a breed of its own: an encyclopedic, grass-roots meeting-place in print where a variety of tools were made accessible to newly dispersed counterculture communities and innovators in the fields of technology, design, and architecture.


Estranged Fruit

The Dumpster Project: Creating One of the Most Sustainable Tiny Homes

Jeff Wilson, an environmental professor at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas, has been living in a dumpster on campus for the past four months. The 33-sq-ft space, only 1% the size of the average American home, is in the first phase of a project to test the possibilities of sustainable and “tiny” living. Currently outfitted to match the poor energy performance of a typical American house, it will soon be retrofitted with all sustainable features, including solar panels and a “cutting-edge eco toilet.” The project is currently seeking additional funding through Kickstarter

Chanel’s Eco-Couture: Wind Turbines and Solar Panels at the Grand Palais

The Chanel show at Paris Fashion Week, anticipated as much for its extravagant runway sets as its clothing, made an unusual nod to sustainability for its spring/summer 2013 collection. Rotating wind turbines lined a runway covered with a solar panel-like grid under the airy, glass-vaulted Grand Palais. Models, dressed in gossamer shifts, brightly-hued tweeds, and oversized fake pearls, weaved between the giant white columns. According to Chanel’s creative director and head designer Karl Lagerfeld, the show was meant to capture a certain optimism, freedom, and buoyancy. By associating renewables with luxury, fashion, and aspirational glamour—not to mention the famed Chanel label—Lagerfeld placed a powerful cultural stake in sustainability. Though the excess of high fashion has historically been at odds with this sentiment, the Chanel show still contributed a significant cultural message. Indeed, even the so-called tsar of the fashion world noted that “energy is the most important thing in life—the rest comes later.” If Lagerfeld takes his statement to heart, perhaps the next Chanel collection will be produced sustainably as well. 


How to compost a building. Read more.

@natgeo has been sharing photos that never made the magazine, and like any great album, the b-sides rival the cuts that made the grade. 


delightful future predicted by @crfashionbook:


Let this weekend be only about fun!



Sanquan Headquarters: China’s Frozen Food Mega-Complex

100,000 dumplings are produced ever hour at the headquarters of Sanquan in Zhengzhou, one of the largest frozen food companies in China. According to Edible Geography's Nicola Twilley, its founder, Chen Zemin, is the “official Father of Frozen Food” in the rapidly modernizing country. In fact, thanks to Zemin, Zhenghou has become China’s frozen food capital and is home to five of the 10 biggest Chinese-owned companies in the industry. Sales in frozen food have doubled in the past five years and are expected to double again within the next five. In a country where only 7 percent of families owned refrigerators in 1995, the industry has grown with shocking speed. By 2007, domestic refrigerator-ownership had jumped to 95 percent, and refrigerated storage capacity had ballooned to 250 million cubic feet. The country is on track to have 20 times that by 2017—and the Chinese refrigeration boom is still only just beginning. Given that cooling already accounts for 15 percent of global electricity consumption, the transformation is increasingly becoming an alarming new factor in climate change. As Twilley notes, “Of all the shifts in lifestyle that threaten the planet right now, perhaps not one is as important as the changing way that Chinese people eat.”


Don’t miss a special segment on Robin Rhode: Animating the Everyday this week on NYC-ARTS. The segment will air on Thirteen Thursday, July 31 at 8 pm, and again Sunday, August 3 at noon.

Robin Rhode: Animating the Everyday is on view through August 10th at the Neuberger Museum of Art.

Piles for Miles 

I’m definitely going in there

Gansu Wind Farm is the World’s Largest

Though the project will not be fully completed until 2020, Gansu Wind Farm in the northwest province of Gansu in China is already the world’s largest. Begun in 2009, the farm has a capacity of 5,160 MW, five times greater than that of the next two largest wind farms, Jaisalmer Wind Farm in India and Alta Wind Energy Center in California. By the time of completion, it is expected to have grow to 20,000 megawatts at an estimated cost of 120 billion Chinese yuan ($17.5 billion). The project, which is being built by more than 20 developers, is one of six national wind power megaprojects approved by the Chinese government. Gansu reflects a larger move to invest heavily in renewables, a surprising turn for a country often associated with pollution, rapid industrialization, and short-sighted planning. In fact, though China, likely to surpass the United States as the world’s largest oil importer, accounted for one-third of the world’s growth in oil consumption in 2013, it is also the leader in renewable energy investment. As Jack Perkowski notes in Forbes, China spent a total of $56.3 billion on wind, solar and other renewable projects last year and is now home to about 24 percent of the world’s renewable power capacity.

OfficeUS is seeking 90 full or part-time architects worldwide to become members of a global architectural office.

 OfficeUS is an architecture collective that aims to redefine the terms of design and production of architecture on the global scale. Participation in OfficeUS is an act of architectural generosity towards the production of ideas and projects beyond current social, economical, pedagogical and disciplinary constraints.

 Eligible applicants are highly skilled, speculative and visionary architects. Applicants must have a professional degree in architecture or a demonstrated ability within the field of architecture, design, urban planning, engineering and/or city planning. They could be working within corporate offices, small firms, government agencies, universities or independently.

 OfficeUS Outpost Architects will participate from their local base in the development and implementation of 25 projects in collaboration with the 6 OfficeUS Partners in residence at the OfficeUS Headquarters: the U.S. Pavilion at the 2014 Biennale Architettura.

 Throughout the 25 weeks of the Biennale, a series of 25 OfficeUS Issues (ranging from Public Housing to Smart Materials) will provide the framework of OfficeUS inquiry.

 Powered by an on line platform, and under the direction of OfficeUS Partners, the OfficeUS Outpost Architects will provide key expertise, skills, production capabilities and strategic local knowledge for the development of projects. The work will be ultimately compiled in the OfficeUS New World book and exhibit in the spring of 2015 at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York.

 The network will be organized and managed by Therrien-Barley working under the guidance of Storefront for Art and Architecture and curators Eva Franch i Gilabert, Ana Miljački and Ashley Schafer.

 Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. The application fee is $15.

Click here to apply.


What we talk about when we talk about Chris Burden feels inevitable. The bodily violence and confrontation of his early, conceptual works—which involved the artist being willfully shot in the arm, crucified to an automobile, and crawling on his belly using no hands through broken glass—dominate any conversation about him, despite the fact that he stopped staging these provocations nearly 40 years ago.

Renovating Barns As Spaces For Living

From the Architects “The farm is located in the countryside outside Oslo, on a ridge overlooking the surrounding hills in all directions…The almost endless view in the distinctive rolling countryside north and south was motivating for the position of the annex. The building is carried out in site casted concrete in the interior, and is located on the site’s highest point, an extension of the old main building, connected by a glass corridor, and is designed with a simple roof and large sliding doors on the side facades.”

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