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Container Housing in London

Developers Urban Space Management used a flexible, component-based container construction system to build this city in the London Docklands in 2001. The demand was so high for these homes made from 80% recycled materials that by 2002 they had built a second city right next to it. Rather than following the 1 container = 1 unit concept, architect Nicholas Lacey and partners and engineer Buro Happold used component pieces to create adaptable living and work spaces.
From www.environmentalgraffiti.com

All Whole Earth publications online

From http://boingboing.net/:
Kevin Kelly reports the exciting news that all the Whole Earth-related publications from the last 40 year are scanned and online at wholeearth.com.

"One could read back issues if you could find them. I had the privilege of producing many of the issues of CoEvolution Quarterly and some of the Catalogs, so I had my own personal library of them. (Therefore you should also discount my enthusiasm for them.) I can't tell you how many wonderful evenings I have spent sitting in my reading chair re-exploring the fantastic worlds captured in these back issues. It is impossible to pick one up and not be mesmerized, thrilled, amazed, and informed by at least two stories or reviews. There is a timeless nature to this work that is due to their anti-fashionable status. The Whole Earth Catalogs and CoEvolutions were idea-based journalism, rather than event-based. Instead of reporting on top of things, they liked to get to the bottom of things. These issues zagged while the rest of the culture zigged, only to zag later.
The good news is that all this goodness is now online. Danica Remy and the last holdouts of the old Point Foundation, publishers of the Catalogs and magazine until its last issue in 2002, have given a second life to this gold mine of material by arranging them to be scanned and posted online. The entire 35-year archive of Whole Earth Catalogs, Supplements, Reviews and CoEvolutions are all up and ready to be studied. You can read them for free, or download them for a fee."
-Kevin Kelly

The Whole Earth Catalog Archive

The Mind, After All, Resides in the Body

A message for you guys: at age 70, it's a different ball game. Harder to stay in shape. Excuses more finely honed. Too cold to get in the water. Too late to take a run. Not enough time to work out. There's also the fascination with my work right now, and the long hours at a keyboard/monitor necessary in putting together books and running a business. I've never been more excited with my work and consequently never had such a hard time breaking away to work the body.
Over the last year I lost a lot of ground. My last book was so time-consuming I got to a low in the physical activity department. My running dropped way off; less surfing and paddling meant loss of upper body strength. When the book was done I got a wake-up call. Use it or lose it. So true.
I'm pushing myself to get out there. Even if it's just running a mile or two. Or like earlier today I decided to go for a paddle and the lazy guy on my one shoulder said, the water is so cold, you can work at the Mac a while longer, then go in and sit by the fire. But the healthy guy on my other shoulder said get in the water dude, you know it'll make you feel better. Sure enough it did.
I find this again and again. Trying to push myself to do something physical, whatever form it takes. Maybe just walking around the block. Jumping in the creek. A run way scaled back from my serious training days. Don't neglect the body. As stretching guru Bob Anderson says, "You never hear anyone say, "I'm sorry I worked out.'" I guess I'm writing about it because at my age it's so easy to give up and every time I grab hold of myself and propel myself out into the physical world, my body and my mind feel infinitely better.

Treehouses in UK, Europe, and Africa

Blue Forest is an English company that designs and builds " …luxury tree houses and eco-lodge projects across the world.…The company’s founder, Mr Andy Payne, was born and brought up in East Africa where he spent much of his childhood enjoying the beauty and adventure of the great outdoors. Blue Forest was born from these experiences and from a desire to bring people closer to the natural world….With over 16 years combined industry know-how, the Blue Forest team has gained previous experience as far a field as Africa,…We are truly passionate about conserving the landscape, wildlife and cultural heritage of our woodlands and all our timber is specially sourced from managed forests."
http://www.blueforest.com/

Jon Brooks' Sculptural House

Jon Brooks is an artist, sculptor, furniture maker, and builder, living in New Hampshire. "A lot of what I do is to cooperate with chaos. It usually happens during the first hour of my working day when I am in the forest foraging or trail making, wandering, and meditating that I come upon them, the bent or wiggley tree forms which are loaded with suggestion. It's the conception of each new piece. In the studio the empty spaces of arms, legs, heads, or seats slowly and carefully become filled in with my interpretation and process. I love the carving, shaping, and constructing processes each piece requires as it develops and unfolds. History, allegory, metaphor, function and color are my allies on this creative journey."
http://www.jonbrooks.org/g-house.html

Dedie aux Animaux - Animal Photos of Arturo Medina


I am not sure who sent these to us, and I can't track down anything in English about the photographer, but these are a joy.

Timber Cove Inn Reborn

Beniamano Bufano's Peace statue at the newly refurbished Timber Cove Inn, about a 2-hour drive up the Pacific Coast from San Francisco. The Timber Cove Inn was built in 1960 by Richard Clements, on a beautiful stretch of the Mendocino coast. ( In the early '60s I had an agreement with Clements to cut redwood shakes out of windfall trees on his property.) The Inn was a destination place, but over the years it got worn down and worn out. I'd heard that it had new owners and had been fixed up, so I stopped in for a beer (oat stout on tap) and hamburger last Sunday on my way home. The place sparkles. It's a wonderful (2-1/2 million $) renovation. Bufano's statue is out on the rocks to the south. There are 50 rooms, all with ocean view. Food seems great. Rooms seem to start at $180.

The Majesty of Redwood Trees


"Tree hugging" is kind of a lame phrase, right? Well I recommend you hug a redwood some time (old growth if possible). Face it and spread your arms out on its trunk and lay your face against it. If your mind is still you can feel the life, the presence, the power of this living creature. I found this in a grove in Mendocino County on Saturday.

Nice Architecture in the Napa Valley

This is an elegant design, but there are also a bunch of dreadful huge winery buildings that are tasteless and clueless in this beautiful valley.

Lloyd on Oprah's New Network?

Over the weekend I got an email from some independent film producers in L.A. "We are looking for interesting people, artists, activists, professors, etc. to interview about 'living your best life.'" They were producing a segment for Oprah's new network show, OWN, and the director was Jesse Dylan. I met the crew at Muir Woods and they did about a 10-minute interview with me standing under the redwoods, with Jesse doing the interviewing, and me blabbing as usual. When it was over we walked back to the production trailer through the light rain. I told Jesse I'd grown up in San Francisco, and he asked if I liked the Grateful Dead. By way of answering, I said, "Know what a Deadhead says when he runs out of pot? — This music sucks!" I went on to say that in those days I listened to the Stones, Beatles and Bob Dylan. "That's my dad." he said. I didn't know. When I got back I looked up his work, which happens to be very cool:
JESSEDYLAN.pdf

Coco's in L.A.

WELCOME TO COCO"S
2427 Riverside Drive
Los Angeles, California 90039

Coco's Variety sells flyswatters, glass 5 gallon water bottles, headache remedies, oil cloth by the yard, used bicycles, California souvenir tablecloths, Kit-Cat Klocks, gum ball machines, Mexican Cokes in glass bottles, squirt guns, tote bags adorned with hula girls, Lodge cast iron frying pans, old American-made tools, baskets for your bicycle, wood matches, reverse osmosis purified drinking water by the gallon and fancy Jadeite cake plates for fancy cakes on fancy occasions.
We sell everything but parakeets.
http://www.cocosvariety.com/