Monthly Archives: July 2011

Contemporary Excellence Los Angeles


From  Contemporist

The Carrillo Residence occupies a long narrow site on the rim of Santa Monica Canyon with distant views of the Pacific Ocean. Designed for a young couple with two children, the house addresses the formal and informal needs of the family while taking advantage of the Southern California climate and views. The orientation of the house reinforces the geometry of the site. A series of stone masses define the ground floor program while a pristine floating white box houses the bedroom wings and slides over and past the stone to gesture towards the canyon and the views.

Beautiful photo gallery @ Contemporist


2011 AIA Los Angeles Spring Home Tour Series-Steven Ehrlich and Takashi Yanai Interview 2010

From: FORMmagazine1

Interview with architects Steven Ehrlich, FAIA, and Steven Yanai, AIA, of Ehrlich Architects about The Carrillo House, one of the houses on the AIA/LA Fall Home Tour 2010.



.Note @ 36 and 37 seconds, beautiful exterior flickering outdoor fireplace!


Ron Eglash On African Fractals

“Afraca” by Vic Showell


From Science Daily

Fractals Provide Unusual Theme In Much African Culture And Art (July 27, 1999) — COLUMBUS, Ohio — In everything from braided hairstyles to the design of housing settlements, the geometric structures known as fractals permeate African culture.

In a new book, an Ohio State University scholar examines the unlikely pairing of this mathematical concept and the culture and art of Africa.

He began this research in the 1980s when he noticed the striking fractal patterns in aerial photos of African settlements: circles of circular houses, rectangles inside rectangles, and streets branching like trees. Eglash confirmed his visual intuition by calculating the geometry of the arrangements in the photos — they were indeed fractal.

At first he thought that only unconscious social dynamics were responsible. Later, however, he received a Fulbright grant for field work in west and central Africa, and found during his travels that fractals were a deliberate part of many African cultures’ artistic expressions and counting systems, too.


TED Talks

Ron Eglash on African Fractals


Are Mushrooms the New Black?


I love mushrooms but I never thought they’d replace styrofoam.

hmmm…packing materials, pipe insulation, rigid thermal insulation, road insulation….




Are Mushrooms the New Plastic?: Eben Bayer on

Product designer Eben Bayer reveals his recipe for a new, fungus based packaging material that protects fragile stuff like furniture, plasma screens and the environment. (Recorded on TEDGlobal, July 2010 in Oxford, England. Duration 9:05)

Ocean Angels ~ Mary Crowley

For those of you who aren’t acquainted with Mary Crowley. Mary Crowlew. Ocean Diva Deluxe.Sailor, dreamer, teacher,  inspirer of micracles. CEO Ocean Voyages, Project Kaisei Founder..

Since 2008 she has headed Project Kaisei (, a nonprofit organization that’s attempting to clean up the plastic in the world’s oceans, starting with the garbage patch.

(Marine scientists have identified four other major gyres in the South Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans, and none of the world’s seas are plastic free.)Crowley’s plan is ambitious.

Part of it involves bringing researchers to the gyre in the 151-foot Kaisei (the word means “ocean planet” in Japanese) so they can measure the extent of plastic pollution and its effect on sea life. Expeditions in 2009 and 2010 have yielded important—and ominous—data; a third trip is scheduled for this year. She’s also rallying entrepreneurs to create and adapt technology that can remove and detoxify plastic without harming marine life.

from This Lady Talks Trash, by Judith Stone of MORE

Project Kaisei  Capturing the Plastic Vortex


Kwan Yin

Embodiment of compassion; thunder of morality
Will of kindness; Great cloud of wonder
Rain down the sweet dew of the Dharma rain
Extinguish the flames of emotional distress

Bodhisattva of Compassion and the third son of the Dragon King

from the collection of my dear friend, antiquarian Vic Showell,

who is.. as am I… a great aficionado of all things of the past.

Microfarm Living Systems

If a biosphere is “a place on earth’s surface where life dwells”,

at Wild Mountain Farms, Paul Giacomantonio is surely creating

an Eden where life not merely dwells, but dwells well.

Paul your new site is fabulous!

heaven on earth

Five stars!!!

Everybody should check it out.!about

Paul says…

My new company, ‘Microfarm Living Systems’ is a continuation of the same research and development i started with Inka. I am taking this technology to the ‘Homeowner/business community” as well as schools an Universities. There is quite a bit to explain on that subject.  Paul is now working on a small farming system that can be mounted on a steel frame, ( working name is ‘Frame Farming’) . Not to dissimilar from the Sun Curve’, but with chickens, bees, worms, fish, plants,  compost, solar/wind and grey water recycling.  I would say, it is like a form of ‘Biological Art’, a Bio Sculpture.

We have 40 acres of land in the San Francisco area. We have a very remote/private location where we can work on experimental architectural ideas and systems.

The ideas and vision at the Biospheric Foundation & Epoch Six Research Lab , “Miniaturization and densification” is exactly the process that Microfarm Living System is working on. Growing food, recycling water, building a new home that works with the biosphere, and clean energy generation is our main focus. We are building our first structures and a home here this summer. I am basically being forced to walk my own talk. We are working with the natural materials found on the mountain and other things that we have salvaged from the modern world. I may have to buy cement. The home will be completely covered with plants, it will look like a large ‘Shrubbery “.  Microfarm Living System are still be architectural significant. Currently, i am developing a few vertical gardens for 2 restaurants ,for their dinning rooms. As soon as I finish the next iteration of R&D, I will be ready to go to manufacturing of the ‘Bioquilt’  or ‘Earth Robe’, which is basically an artificial soil that is produced in rolls.

Capturing the e-notion of color

This is too cool, besides it’s a steal at $9.99
Redefining the Fun da mental way we work…

Capturing the notion of a color with a portable color studio.

On July 11th, Pantone unveiled two new mobile applications to support the evolving needs of today’s designer – myPANTONE for Android and myPANTONE 2.0 for the iPhone.

myPANTONE for Android brings Pantone’s popular iPhone application for capturing, creating and sharing PANTONE Color Palettes to the Android platform – giving graphic, digital, multimedia, fashion, interior and industrial designers access to more than 13,000 PANTONE Colors wherever they go, whenever they find inspiration.

myPANTONE 2.0 for iPhone incorporates feedback from more than 80,000 Pantone fans to extend the functionality of the original myPANTONE application. The app includes several enhanced features, including color calibration tools to improve the appearance of Pantone colors on screen, CMYK support for Pantone Plus Series Colors, access to ICC color-managed values, and the ability to print color palettes straight from the iPhone.

Each color swatch in the myPANTONE for Android application includes sRGB, HTML and L*a*b* values. myPANTONE for Android also automatically generates a variety of harmonious color combinations. Additionally, invaluable cross-referencing color capabilities make it simple for users to find similar colors among the various PANTONE Color Libraries. For example, users can identify the PANTONE FASHION + HOME Color that most closely matches any PANTONE PLUS Color.

myPANTONE for Android takes advantage of Android’s built-in camera to let the user capture whatever inspires them. Colors can be extracted from any photo stored on the Android and matched to the closest PANTONE Colors.

Once created, users can share color palettes by email with their friends, colleagues and clients. Color palettes can be sent as PANTONE Color Chips, or as swatch files that can be used in Adobe Creative Suite (.ase) and QuarkXPress. Designers can also share their color palettes by automatically posting notification of new palettes to Facebook or by sending them to the Pantone website.

A look at the new myPantone iPhone application from Pantone for TidBITS, the Macintosh journal..