Links We Love, 10/3/12

Links We Love, 10/3/12

October 3, 2012
Photo by: courtesy Sebastian Cox

Barrier Reefs on Google Street View, “gray-water” irrigation, a tree-like coat rack, and more in today’s Links We Love!

 -In Aspen, Colorado, architect Chad Oppenheim built a house that hides in plain sight. Using recycled barn wood, locally quarried stone cladding, and enormous picture windows, the home allows the surrounding land and nature to take the spotlight. Even everything inside, from the furniture to the light fixtures, are minimal and low key allowing the views and natural materials to shine. [NY Times]

 -The “Brish” Hat Stand by Sebastian Cox (pictured) is an adjustable coat rack that is made to resemble real trees. It is fashioned out of locally coppiced hazel that is harvested by hand. When you hang a hat or jacket, the hook naturally falls from the weight of the clothing and hooks onto the stem of the rack, securing the item at a particular chosen height.  [Remodelista]

-Research done on 22 plants in California, Arizona, Colorado, and Texas show that the gray water, recycled water from sinks, washing machines, and showers, can actually benefit some plant growth! Plants like peach trees and black-eyed Susans actually thrived on the water, possibly responding well to the salts left from soaps. Hopefully, gray-water irrigation can lead to a lesser need for other fertilizers! [LA Times]

-We all know the wonderful, sometimes evasive images Google Street View can create. However, with advancing technologies, they are now adding underwater panoramas of the Great Barrier Reef. You can actually scroll through and zoom in on turtles, manta rays, and colorful schools of fish! Maybe one day there will be breathtaking pictures of the Rainforest and other exotic wonders. [petapixel]

-The 36th Annual Common Ground County Fair drew an overwhelming 59,000 people this year. People took furious notes as they learned how to grow organic apples without any pesticides, and farmers learned how to grow and harvest sunflowers as a protein crop when maybe their corn was not yielding enough product. The large number of people that came also showed that organic food and farming is a very relevant and growing part of our culture, which is promising for the food of out future. [NY Times]