Located in the upper class suburb Toorak, in Melbourne, Australia, this home is designed by Robert Mills Architects. Combining form and function, Verdant Avenue is elegant and stylish, the home is based on a contrast of darks and lights, with sleek lines and bright surfaces. The most captivating element of this contemporary home is the spiral staircase linking the ground floor to the first and second levels that provides a striking central sculpture.
“The truth is that it is no more possible to pursue a non-political strategy of public engagement on climate change (especially in the US and Australia) than it is to issue a neutral statement about abortion or GM crops. In all cases, the science is interwoven with political implications. The climate change consensus must always be communicated by someone, and that someone will always come loaded with cultural baggage”—Who Cares About Climate Change Consensus
“Please, I beg you, open your senses to the will of the people to keep the Internet as free as possible. Local ISP’s should provide connection to the Internet but then it should be treated as though you own those wires and can choose what to do with them when and how you want to, as long as you don’t destruct them. I don’t want to feel that whichever content supplier had the best government connections or paid the most money determined what I can watch and for how much.”—Steve Wozniak to the FCC: Keep the Internet Free - Atlantic Mobile (via bijan)
If you’ve followed this blog for a long time, then first of all THANK YOU. I deeply appreciate it. Over the years this blog has been my space on the web to talk about lighting design an sustainability. For a period of nearly two years I wrote for this blog every weekday. It’s been a tremendous source of learning for me, a space to introduce ideas and work through them creatively.
Lately, you’ve probably noticed that my posting has grown infrequent. This isn’t do to a lack of passion for the topic (very much the opposite). It’s a result of having way too much to do and not enough hours in the week to do them. However, that’s all going to change.
For those of you who might still be unaware, I’ve take a job a sales rep for SDA Lighting in Long Island City, Queens. Sales rep makes it sound like I spend my days lugging around samples and taking people to lunch. While that might be the case some times, my role is much nuanced than that. I work with end users, architects, ESCOs and planners to develop lighting solutions that will increase energy effieciency, while making space look dramatically better. The job has been an incredible adventure and I still have a lot to learn.
While there are many things I have to learn, one skill set I can bring to the table is my toolkit of social media skills and practices. SDA is launching new pages across the web, making us more accessible to our current and prospective clients as well as helping us engage in larger lighting topics in a more public and vigorous way. At the heart of that effort is the blog, which I am spearheading.
The goal of the SDA blog is to become a go-to resource for lighting information across the web. While we represent dozens of manufacturers, we’re not blogging to advertise. We want to become your indispensable source of lighting information. In a world where LED seems to be the only letters on anyone lips, we want to re-engage a conversation about lighting quality and how great products can support innovative, sustainable design.
I’ll be focusing much of my social media time and effort on the SDA blog for the foreseeable future, but that’s not the only place I’ll be. Recently, I partnered with AV nation to create “The Lighting Guy" my podcast on all things lighting design and sustainability. Look for a lot more from that channel soon. You’ll also find me on twitter and tumblr sharing items I find interesting and inspiring, I’m always up for conversation in either of those places.
I won’t be taking this blog down. The site will remain intact for awhile. I might even add content occasionally if it makes sense. That said, the bulk of my effort right now will be for the SDA blog, if you love lighting, I hope you’ll check it out.
For anyone who maintains that climate change is not going to affect our lives, it may be worth listening to the concerns of America’s publicly traded corporations.
These companies, which tend to be of a more conservative persuasion and not given to hyperbole, are increasingly concerned about how climate change is likely to damage their operations.
A study into disclosures on behalf of 767 institutional investors with $92tn in assets S&P 500 companies – released today by sustainable-economy non-profit CDP – shows not only that the physical risks from climate change are increasing in urgency, in their assessment, but also that the impacts are already hitting the bottom line.
This is how action on climate change happens. Our corporations are already beginning to feel the effects.
“Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced today that his company will not “initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology.” In plain English, that means that if other car companies want to produce electric cars, they can use Tesla’s technology to do it, and, in turn, advance Musk’s sustainability vision.”—Telsa Motors just gave away it’s patents in pursuit of more rapid EV adoption.
“Countering such contentions, Energy Minister Niinsto stated, “In fact, this is an opportunity for Finnish industries. It’s a breakthrough that so many sectors seek to address these issues. We will commit to the emissions cuts cost-effectively in order to ensure that the economy thrives and the well-being of citizens increases.””—
I sent this tweet yesterday. While it was true, I have a tinge of regret about sending it. It was a reference to being very busy for the next couple of days.
In reality, I’m glad I’m this busy. I’m glad that I will be spending my day going from sustainability conferences to client meetings. I’m really glad that the bulk of my work today is about reducing energy consumption.
Sure, I have impossible deadlines and too much email to deal with, but at the end of the day. I love what I’m working on.
it’s always easier to blame inanimate objects than it is to look at ourselves, isn’t it? why examine our society and figure out what’s making us crazy? that’s just plain silly! let’s put all the blame on guns!
let’s not talk about our insane school system where students are force fed pills when…