Pumpkin Spice_CNG 2018

Introducing Carbon Neutral Goods: A New Kind of Shopping!

Carbon Neutral Goods is a new Etsy shop selling fashion goods with a carbon neutral footprint. Check it out here! The shop inspiration comes from The Ecology of Commerce by Paul Hawken. I have been a fan of Hawken for some years now, and this book has revolutionized the way I view free enterprise and the environment.  I’ve always had an abstract idea of the degradation and lack of accountability companies have for their environmental footprint, but Hawken makes the argument that if we require companies to include the total embodied carbon footprint in the cost of a product and service, it will evolve our economy and society – for the better! He argues, “We require political, environmental, and business communities CLICK for more

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There is No Beauty

THERE IS NO BEAUTY IN THE FINEST CLOTH IF IT MAKES HUNGER AND UNHAPPINESS. MAHATMA GHANDI I have recently been taken with the Adam Ruins Everything movement – first the videos, now the podcast.  I love that he has a fresh take on social injustice and explaining the ills of the world in a logical, albeit tragic, way.  This is why I would like to bring to your attention his latest podcast episode: “Why Fast Fashion Fails Us.”  I am primarily concerned with the waste stream as it relates to the building industry and my own consumption, and the latter is where this fits in.  I have been learning so much lately about the clothing industry and really taking the time to consider my CLICK for more

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Pine & Clay – empowering foreign artisans in the American design market

I like well-designed products, hand-crafted art, and, very much, a good story. West Elm has become a visionary in the furniture & home decor retail sphere with their business model that brings us stories of beautiful products from far away lands and people, while empowering those very people to have a measurably improved quality of life.

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From Tipi to Skyscraper: A History of Women in Architecture – book review

The point is not that women are more likely than their male counterparts to have found the answers to the difficult issues confronting the profession of architecture, but that perhaps they are raising some new and different questions which are pertinent to its future. -Doris Cole As mentioned in the previous post, I recently completed reading the succinct history of women in America and their role in their built environment in Doris Cole’s From Tipi to Skyscraper.  This book, written in 1973, speaks of a rather linear, yet not progressive, evolving role of women in the public sphere and civil sectors of work, from Native Americans, female pioneers, the age of domesticity, a transition to the public sphere in wartime, CLICK for more

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Women, America, & the Architecture Profession

It wasn’t until I spent a year as a Construction Volunteer Lead with Habitat for Humanity that I truly noticed a disparity in the treatment of men and women in the field of built environment.  It was the rare off-hand comment, such as how sexy women look with power tools, or a general disregard for our authority in the given situation that heated my blood and produced a deluge of questions – am I not confident enough? should I voice my feelings of disrespect?  am I being overly sensitive about the situation?  In my graduate studies, this newfound realization led me to understand our gender treatments much more, mostly through a women’s studies class, that disentangled gender roles and expectations, CLICK for more