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Tokyo Project 04

The Tower Tomamu, Hokkaido.

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Images taken from ‘-FUL, Klein Dytham architecture’

Getting distracted today, I’ve been browsing through ‘-FUL, Klein Dytham architecture’ book (published in Japan). One project that I haven’t seen before particularly caught my eye: The Tower Tomamu, a hotel in Shimukappa-mura, Hokkaido. Remodeled by Klein Dytham in 2008, what could be a pair of really bland tower blocks in the middle of the mountains, has been transformed into part of the landscape. The segmented colours (much like lego blocks or coloured pixels) that cover the towers from head to toe, create a beautiful camouflage at a distance. You can see how the building could blend into a snow covered winter landscape or a lush spring green landscape. A nice solution to what could be a terrible eyesore!

KDa have designed a lot of great projects – playful yet sophisticated. It’s always fun to see what they come up with next. There is a lovely looking bath house (Moku Moku Yu) on their site which I’d love to visit! Without sounding too sentimental, and probably without their knowing it, KDa had quite a significant impact on some aspects of my life in Tokyo. They held lots of great parties and Pecha-Kucha Night (of which we witnessed the birth!) was a highlight of the month at superdeluxe in Roppongi, and is now enjoyed worldwide.

The Good Envelope Party

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Photo from The Good Envelope Party.

The Good Envelope Party is a group of woman from the Silver Lake area, who get together once a month to make recycled envelopes over a nice glass of wine and a chat. It’s a flurry of folding, gluing and fun! The envelopes, sold in sets of 10, are made from reused magazine and book pages. The imagery on each envelope is completely unique, ranging from the beautiful, to quite surreal, to very humorous!

The brilliant thing is that the proceeds are directly donated to non-profit organizations, underfunded schools, and local families struggling to fulfill their basic needs. And The Good Envelope Party are very proud and excited to have just made their first donation!

Roadkill jewellery

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Nugent, with a ball of 30,000 porcupine needles. Photo via Darryl Dyck / The Canadian Press

I just came across this article on treehugger.com about Amy Nugent, a jeweler and artist based in Vancouver, who uses roadkill to create her jewelery. Amazing!

Go Green Expo

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01.19.09
Go Green Expo to debut in L.A., LA Times Blog, January 19, 2009

Reuse this. Recycle that. We’ve all heard the message that going green is good. This weekend, consumers who want to put their money where that message is can do a little learning — and a lot of buying — at the Go Green Expo, a trade show and “green-living” showcase that will make its L.A. debut this weekend. Everything from reusable dry cleaning bags to repurposed billboard vinyl to electric transportation will be on display, as will numerous products that aren’t so much green as merely riding the green bandwagon. So, buyers: beware.

More than 200 exhibitors will be strutting their stuff at the three-day event co-sponsored by the Los Angeles Times and Perf Go Green, a marketer and distributor of biodegradable plastics. Divided into two parts — a business-to-business expo for business owners on Friday and a for-the-public expo Saturday and Sunday — the event will also feature various “green” speakers. Most notable is Ed Begley Jr., who will give a free-to-the-public talk Friday afternoon. His speech will be followed by a screening of the oil-industry documentary, “Fuel,” and a panel discussion about clean energy with the documentary’s director, Josh Tickell, along with Hollywood stars Peter Fonda and Mariel Hemingway.

The Go Green Expo was itself inspired by a movie: Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth.” The eco-doc had its intended effect on Bradford Rand, the trade show and job-fair creator who founded and runs the Go Green Expo. “There wasn’t a trade show that helps people learn about all the different eco-friendly products and services out there,” said Rand, who’s putting the eco message into practice at this weekend’s expo. The tickets are paperless, the garbage bags are made from biodegradable plastic and the show’s signs are all printed on recycled paper.

What: Go Green Expo

When: Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday ,10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles

Cost: Adults, $10; seniors age 65+ and children under the age of 12, free

Info: www.GoGreenExpo.com


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