Posts Tagged 'nature'

Ecological Life, Etc.

A few weeks ago we celebrated Earth Day by giving away this book.

teNeues publishes a plethora of books featuring ecological design and architecture; of both houses as well as hotels.

A very green home. From our book, "Ecological Houses."

Ecological Living showcases 33 different ecological houses across the globe.

The book opens with a forward by Elkie Weiler:

“To an architect, every environment presents a new challenge, but also creates methods and resources. Utilizing the sites natural potential is often the first step in ecological design, as well as applying the local traditional building methods, rich in knowledgeable experience to overcome local climactic conditions, and resourcing material locally; thereby, eliminating the energy wasted for transporting goods.”

Of the many houses displayed in the book, we’re particularly fond of architect Collett Zarzyck  Ltd and Robert Dallas’s “Yasinia,” a very comely abode with rubble-stone walls.

Located in Grasse, France, Yasinia comes complete with solid walls (serves as a substitute for A/C) as well as this very dreamy pool. Evaporation aids to cool the place down as well.

If you don’t already want to move in to this green scene, then just take a peek at its interior:

There you have it, ladies and gentlemen. Yasinia. Just one of many beautiful aspects of Ecological Living.

The World Cup 2010: Watch Futbol, Take a Safari Tour!

So, you’re going to the World Cup in South Africa in a couple of weeks? Well, lucky you!

Aside from the international crowd, the cheering, the fights, and most importantly the matches, what will else can you feast your eyes on?

How’s ’bout a South African Safari tour?

“During a few hours’ drive from World Cup host city Cape Town through to Simon’s Town and down to the Cape of Good Hope, you can see penguins — yes, penguins — and possibly some baboons and ostrich.”

Although you may want to be careful around the baboons, who have been known to steal from tourists…

We imagine, with so much wondrous wildlife and warm weather, that these tours must be breath-taking:

From Poliza's new South African photography book.

From Poliza's new South African photography book.

Photographer Michael Poliza, who just recently launched his vibrant South African photography book chock-full of stunning images of the country’s natural scenery and wildlife, portrays this notion perfectly.

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