Alexandra Kain

 

Alexandra is a freelance writer wwoofing her way through Sweden for the summer. She's written articles for the Hermitage Magazine, Transitions Abroad, and The Santa Monica Sun; and worked in-house for Studio Mousetrap and TOUCH. Alex is a volunteer writer and online community organizer for Lotus Outreach and a volunteer translator for the Women's Crisis Centre in St. Petersburg. After growing up in Olympia, she spent a year in Seattle, two in Barcelona, two in LA and shorter stints in Portland, Vienna, Munich and St. Petersburg, Russia. Alex is interested in human rights, social justice, environmentalism, veganism, architecture, art and linguistics. She also enjoys urban adventures and loves camping--mostly so she can cook over an open flame. Someday she'll go to law school and fight for the public interest, but for now there's lots to see and plenty to be done.

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Living Green “Lost in Paris” House is Completely Enveloped by Plants

Living Green “Lost in Paris” House is Completely Enveloped by Plants

Can't decide on a green roof or a vertical garden? No problem, just do both! R&Sie Architects designed the aptly-named 'Lost in Paris' house for an 'urban witch' who feeds the house through

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Crazy Banyan Treehouse Cafe Takes Root in Japan

Crazy Banyan Treehouse Cafe Takes Root in Japan

Overlooking the ocean, the Naha Harbor Diner claims to offer "farm-fresh vegetables, juicy chickens and pork" and "native salts." And as we all know, native and local foods cut down on shipping

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The Dragonfly: A Giant Winged Vertical Farm for New York City

The Dragonfly: A Giant Winged Vertical Farm for New York City

In this utopian superstructure offices, research labs, housing, and communal areas are interspersed between orchards, farms, and production rooms. Plant and animal farming is arranged throughout

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Shuhei Endo’s Out of This World “Bubbletecture H” Building

Shuhei Endo’s Out of This World “Bubbletecture H” Building

When Japanese architect Endo Shuhei adds another delectable design to his repertoire, you can expect a project title just as incredible as the structure itself. He names each of his projects by

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Water Droplet Resort Will Convert Air into Purified Water

Water Droplet Resort Will Convert Air into Purified Water

Architecturally and thematically designed in the shape of a drop of water, the Water Building Resort intends to become the first building ever to convert air into water with the help of solar

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Top 5 Pieces of Living, Growing Furniture

Top 5 Pieces of Living, Growing Furniture

In the world of green furnishings there are always a few literalists out there looking to push the envelope and create something truly “green”. Growing and thriving with CO2

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IS IT GREEN?: The Compact Fluorescent Light

IS IT GREEN?: The Compact Fluorescent Light

Shortly after Al Gore debuted An Inconvenient Truth the general public started giving a damn about climate change -- at least superficially. And in a massive wave of effort to show off our new

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Blue Crystal: A Sustainable Iceberg Lodge in Dubai?

Blue Crystal: A Sustainable Iceberg Lodge in Dubai?

Temporary ice hotels materialize each winter in frigid northern towns from Russia to Canada. As temperatures rise in the spring the structures melt back into the earth. Now Dubai is poised to

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‘Re-Juicer’ Gets More Juice Out of Plastic Water Bottles

‘Re-Juicer’ Gets More Juice Out of Plastic Water Bottles

Simple yet clever, we're raising our glasses to the inventive repurposing behind the Re-Juicer. The Re-Juicer turns an orange into OJ with the twist of a wrist and a plastic water bottle.

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Michel Bussien’s Growing Chair is Deep-Seated in Nature

Michel Bussien’s Growing Chair is Deep-Seated in Nature

More ironic than practical, Swiss designer Michel Bussien's Growing Chair evokes pertinent ideas for the 21st century: nature trapped within the confines of man, manicured at his whim, or a

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Pyramid Farm is a Vision of Vertical Agriculture for 2060

Pyramid Farm is a Vision of Vertical Agriculture for 2060

The Pyramid Farm is an incredible concept for the future of agriculture envisioned by professors Eric Ellingsen and Dickson Despommier. The design is based on the growing belief (is it fact

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Vertical Park: Stackable Solar Skyscraper for Mexico City

Vertical Park: Stackable Solar Skyscraper for Mexico City

In the ever-expanding metropolis of Mexico City, green space is hard to come by. An estimated population of 22 million inhabitants bears an impressive weight on the Valley of Mexico and, in

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Madrid’s ‘Distrito C’ Self Shading Solar Office

Madrid’s ‘Distrito C’ Self Shading Solar Office

Distrito C is an ambitious project designed to consolidate 40,000 employees in Madrid from Spain's largest company, Telefonica. The complex includes four phases of three buildings each, for a

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Tulsa NINE Project Lofts Go LEED Platinum

Tulsa NINE Project Lofts Go LEED Platinum

Not only did this Tulsa loft give Oklahoma its very first LEED certification — it went platinum. Local architect Shelby Navarro pulled out every green design strategy in the book for this

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Veggie Trader Makes Swapping Homegrown Produce Easy

Veggie Trader Makes Swapping Homegrown Produce Easy

Too many tomatoes? Too few fava beans? Why not swap them with Veggie Trader, a brand new online community for gardeners and eaters alike. On the site you can list fruits, veggies and herbs and

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EDEN BIO: Paris Grows a Green Heart

EDEN BIO: Paris Grows a Green Heart

Villas des Vignoles or EDEN BIO is an entire block of public housing nestled in urban Paris. The newly unveiled dwellings are enclosed in a small alley with plenty of nooks and crannies for

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OFIS Unveils 4 Self-Sustaining Islands in Maldives

OFIS Unveils 4 Self-Sustaining Islands in Maldives

Slovenian architect studio OFIS was recently granted a 25 year lease by the Maldivian government to develop a set of four islands into tropical eco resorts. Each island's plan demonstrates

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Orange Dish Rack Grows a Green Herb Garden

Orange Dish Rack Grows a Green Herb Garden

One of fifteen finalists in our Spring Greening DIY Design Contest, Nibha Jain and Srikanth Jalasutram’s “Orange” dish drying rack puts wet dishes to work by using their

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Gorgeous Origen Egg Crate Chandelier

Gorgeous Origen Egg Crate Chandelier

With Easter on its way, those of us who engaged in egg-dying festivities are likely to have lots of empty egg crates lying around. Rather than tossing them in the trash (or compost bin!), why

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Abu Dhabi’s Spiraling Helix Hotel

Abu Dhabi’s Spiraling Helix Hotel

The Helix Hotel in Abu Dhabi's Zayed Bay doesn't have floors like we're used to - instead it spirals in sections of a corkscrew from top to bottom with no clear breaks, flowing from retail to

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Student Designs Biodegradable Packaging for McDonald’s

Student Designs Biodegradable Packaging for McDonald’s

Fast food packaging takes up a hefty chunk of our landfill space while effectively clear-cutting our forests. The golden arch proprietors dole out over 2 billion burgers a year, each

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VegaWatt: Powering Restaurants WIth Deep Fried Fuel

VegaWatt: Powering Restaurants WIth Deep Fried Fuel

While there's still some guilt to be had when indulging in a deep-fried take-out, if the restaurant is equipped with a VegaWatt oil converter you can claim you're only doing it to help the

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Soil Powered Lamp: A Fresh Take on “Dirty Energy”

Soil Powered Lamp: A Fresh Take on “Dirty Energy”

Soil naturally contains energy conducive metals like zinc, copper and iron, and microbial fuel cells (sometimes referred to as an earth batteries) are capable of converting electrolytes in soil

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Ceramic Water Filters Win IWA Award for Cambodia

Ceramic Water Filters Win IWA Award for Cambodia

As populations in developing nations increase alongside global pollution and the spread of water-borne illnesses, the need for clean and efficient water filtration has never been more urgent.

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Eco Education Slunakov Center Uses Passive Design

Eco Education Slunakov Center Uses Passive Design

Situated on the outskirts of the ancient town of Olomouc in the eastern Czech Republic, Slunakov is a center for ecological and educational activities that acts as a gateway to the Litovelske

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Soaring Seawater Farms for a Self-Sufficient Dubai

Soaring Seawater Farms for a Self-Sufficient Dubai

Dubai is a burgeoning metropolis surrounded by seawater that relies on imports for nearly all of its food. Addressing the region's lack of natural resources, Italian architects Studiomobile have

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Recycled London Underground Sneakers

Recycled London Underground Sneakers

Nostalgic Londoners may remember the retro textiles in these Urban Remade shoes by Above+Below London. Featuring fabric reclaimed from the seat upholstery of underground tubes and buses, the

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A-Lab Unveils Stunning Eco-Office for Norway

A-Lab Unveils Stunning Eco-Office for Norway

This stunning energy-efficient office recently won a competition to design the 2012 location for Norway's oil company StatoilHydro. Conceived by Oslo's A-lab, the modern and flexible office

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La Mediterranea 100% Recycled Glass Tableware

La Mediterranea 100% Recycled Glass Tableware

Housewares retailer Owen Lawrence recently made way for La Mediterranea, a line of table top items made from 100% recycled glass. La Mediterranea converts 5 million kilos (11 million pounds!) of

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A Shining Solar Skyscraper for Shenzen

A Shining Solar Skyscraper for Shenzen

Austrian architecture firm Coop Himmelb(l)au recently won first prize in a competition to design a shimmering skyscraper that will house the new headquarters of the China Insurance Group. The 49

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