The Daily Blend for Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Daily Blend for Thursday, August 15, 2013

And you think your cramped apartment stinks? Meet the man who lives inside a converted New York DUMPSTER (Story Board)





  • The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects partners with The Adelaide Review to invite you to choose your favorite for this year’s People’s Choice Awards for the Design Category in Landscape Architecture. (Adelaide Review)


  • D.C.-based landscape architect Thomas Rainer shares his five favorite late season annuals. (grounded design)




  • Do you know where your jeans came from? There’s a good chance they’re from China’s Xintang city, the denim capital of the world. One in three pairs of jeans sold globally is made in this industrial town, which is so badly polluted that “you can’t give the houses away.” The world’s cheap jeans come at an extremely high price environmental and human cost, from chemically induced infertility to the severely contaminated East River, the source of drinking water for millions of Chinese. (chinadialogue)


  • Shane Phillips of Better Institutions tells a tale of two perverse subsidies–homeownership and highway construction–and how the hurt our economy, encourage sprawl, and leading to a number of other negative outcomes including obesity, pollution and carnage. (Better Institutions)


  • San Francisco gets the first portal to an alternate universe. Not really, but skilled mural artist Mona Caron painted a “transparent” utility box that gives us a glimpse into an alternate reality. Fun fact: for those familiar with that Safeway bike mural in the background, Mona painted that one too! (Colossal)

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