Archive for June 2010

Curitiba – environmental capital of Brazil

We believe in professional development….and world cup soccer, great food, awesome sights, innovative solutions to homelessness, poverty and pollution, The Museu Oscar Niemeyer (Brazil’s newest contemporary art museum)…so Jeff is traveling to Curitiba, Brazil, as a conference speaker on factors that contribute to good spa design for healing purposes, presenting a case study of a spa we designed, working with an architect and issues on sustainability.

Curitiba has a population of 1.5 million and has the highest density of urban green space in the world. This is not only because of its array of parks but also because since the 1980’s it has had progressive city governments that have been innovative in their urban planning.  The emphasis on protecting the environment has produced an efficient public transportation system and comprehensive recycling program that are being used as models for cities around the globe.

We’ve been told that if the Brazil soccer team is playing during his trip, the city will shut down.  It’s been tough getting a visa, due to the soccer games and closing of offices when Brazil plays but he has it now and will soon be off to Curitiba.


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Install Energy Star – qualified insulation, windows, doors, roofing, heating and cooling systems, water heaters or fuel-efficient stoves in your primary residence.  You may be able to receive a federal tax credit for 30 percent of the cost, up to $1,500 for products put in service in 2009 and 2010.  However, ADDITIONAL tax credits are available through 2016 for 30% of the cost of qualified geothermal heat pumps, solar panels, solar water heaters, small wind energy systems and fuel cells installed on existing homes or new construction.  AND THERE’S NO CAP!  We successfully received a 30% tax credit for a geothermal heat pump system we installed for our home/office/studio.  We’d be glad to share our story.

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“The Hero of Hale County – Sam Mockbee”

To all the Sam Mockbee followers….an interview of Sam Mockbee by Andrea Oppenheimer Dean published in Architectural Record, 2001.

ARCHITECTURAL RECORD: What will you do with $500,000?

SAM MOCKBEE: It’ll allow me to take care of my family and get way out on the edge in my work and maybe do something that most people would think I was crazy to do, follow my instincts, let a project evolve, and concentrate on it.  More than likely it’ll be for the Rural Studio. Read more