Santa and the ‘Shrooms: The real story behind the “design” of Christmas

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Most people think of Santa Claus and the cheery red and white we decorate with at Christmas as little more than lighthearted fun and pretty colors. But the real story behind that Christmas look that takes over the Western world at this time of year is a bit… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Striking rammed earth home blends into the hills of Santa Fe

Inspired by thickened stone walls of Chaco Canyon and the regional geology the La Tierra Nueva home is influenced by the vernacular architecture of Santa Fe and northern NM. The custom residence is notched into the juniper-studded hillside outside of Santa Fe NM. Material choices for the house are informed by Northern New Mexico’s traditional building materials, such as mud plastered, site cast adobe and corrugated metal in addition to colors and textures found on the site.

Rammed earth walls,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Speaking on Green Burial in Santa Fe

agoodgoodbye.com Gail Rubin says howdy from the Plaza in Santa Fe! Just participated in a panel discussion of green burial and home (aka family-directed) funerals at Santa Fe Doorways. Gail talked about the amount of resources that go into the ground with traditional funerals, the Jewish tradition of tahara (washing and dressing the body), and how Jewish burial can provide a green burial in a conventional cemetery.