theMET Book Review: Green Architecture

Here are theMET, we’re big fans of green architecture. We recently partnered up with the people at the Princeton Architectural Press and they were gracious enough to send over a few books regarding the topic. I just finished reading all three books, and my favorite was LEED Materials : A Resource Guide to Green Building. If you’re looking to fix-up your house, I would highly recommend this book. It contains a great list of green materials you can use to build your house in an eco-friendly way. LEED Materials : A Resource Guide to Green Building by Ari Meisel

Taking a focused, material-based approach to sustainable design, LEED Materials: A Resource Guide to Green Building presents almost 200 innovative materials, products, and services, and shows how to use them to achieve the best results. Organized by the CSI MasterFormat Division system for ease of use, the book also takes the reader inside the code for new construction (the broadest code), revealing the pitfalls and bonus moves of using the products for maximum credits (certain products can even be used to achieve several LEED credits in the way the material is applied) and putting that coveted Platinum rating well within reach. [buy here] The Green House, New Directions in Sustainable Architecture by Alanna Stang & Christopher Hawthorne

Six different climactic zones are presented in The Green House–waterfront, forest and mountain, tropical, desert, suburban, and urban; there is also a section on mobile dwellings. Each chapter features a series of homes that show the diversity and possibility of sustainable design. Projects are presented with large color images, plans, drawings, and an accompanying text that describes their green features and explains how they work with and in the environment. [buy here] Above the Pavement–the Farm! : Architecture & Agriculture at PF1 by Amale Andraos & Dan Wood

Above the Pavement–the Farm! presents a delectable range of ideas and issues situated at the intersection of architecture, urbanism, and food. Featuring a lively mlange of voices depicting the making of P.F.1–with contributions by artist and agricultural activist Fritz Haeg, architectural historian Meredith TenHoor, architect Winy Maas, and head chef Michael Anthony of New York City’s Gramercy Tavern–this book introduces a new era of ecological thinking and urban sustenance. [buy here] Princeton Architectural Press

December 6, 2016

Elegant Floral Tattoos Mimic Delicate Pencil Sketches

Delicate and detailed, the tiny floral tattoos of Toronto-based artist Lindsay Asselstine are whimsical works of art. Asselstine—who goes by Lindsay April on social media—is known for her simple, sketch-like style and nature-inspired pieces, ranging from miniature portraits of pets and animals to dainty depictions of flowers and foliage. As an artist at Toronto’s Golden Iron Tattoo Studio, April is often commissioned for her expertly executed flora-and-fauna creations.

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December 6, 2016

Japanese Man Masters the Gravity-Defying Art of Stacking Coins

Japanese Twitter user @thumb_tani (aka Tanu) has mastered the art of balance. He uses his keen sense of equilibrium to create small, fascinating sculptures from carefully-positioned coins. Although many of us have probably attempted this same sort of coin stacking, Tanu takes these arrangements to a whole new—and totally epic—level. Using a variety of denominations, Tanu creates intricate structures that range in shape and size. Often, he’ll first build a strong base using staggered coins.

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