Tafline Laylin

 

After receiving her B.A. from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Tafline led “eco-friendly” camping trips throughout North America. It soon dawned on her that she was instead leaving behind a trail of gas fumes, plastic bottles and Pringles. In fact, wherever she traveled – whether it was Viet Nam or South Africa or England – it became clear how inefficiently the mandate to re-think our consumer culture is reaching the general public.

So she has picked up her mighty pen to bring better exposure to environmental issues. Tafline was born in Iran and raised in the United States, and is currently based in South Africa. She also blogs for www.greenprophet.com and her work has appeared in Africa Geographic, The Ecologist, Urban Green File, and other publications.

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Stepped Wildflower Roofs Top the Innovative Church Walk Housing Block in London

Stepped Wildflower Roofs Top the Innovative Church Walk Housing Block in London

Constructed mostly with prefabricated cross laminate timber and Douglas Fir skirting, the Church Walk housing block sits on a brick base set in lime mortar. North-facing windows combined with

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WATERBANK School Harvests Rainwater for Underprivileged Students in Kenya

WATERBANK School Harvests Rainwater for Underprivileged Students in Kenya

A new design for rural schools could revolutionize Kenya's education system. British architects Jane Harrison and David Turnbill worked with Atopia Research to design the WATERBANK school in

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COP18 Climate Change Conference in Doha Ends in Colossal Failure

COP18 Climate Change Conference in Doha Ends in Colossal Failure

The 18th Conference of the Parties or COP18 ends today in colossal failure. Not only have the negotiations failed to produce any meaningful emissions cuts, but 'Hot Air' permits that allow

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Barcode Room is a Space-saving Apartment That Can be Configured in Multiple Combinations

Barcode Room is a Space-saving Apartment That Can be Configured in Multiple Combinations

The twelve bars include a kitchen bar, a sleeping bar and a living bar that together create a customizable space that changes with the occupants' daily needs. Furniture and storage is built into

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Tranquil Eco-Resort Springs up Between the Trees in Portugal’s Parque de Pedras Salgadas

Tranquil Eco-Resort Springs up Between the Trees in Portugal’s Parque de Pedras Salgadas

Diogo Aguiar told Dezeen that the commission for an eco-resort aroused a strong sense of responsibility given that it would be placed in one of Portugal's most precious parks. This is why the

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Legendary Architect Oscar Niemeyer Dies Just Days Before Turning 105

Legendary Architect Oscar Niemeyer Dies Just Days Before Turning 105

Famous for saying that form follows beauty, Niemeyer carved his own architectural vision from the start. His iconic buildings, which include the National Congress of Brazil, the Cathedral of

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Green-Roofed Sycamore House is an Exemplary LEED Platinum home

Green-Roofed Sycamore House is an Exemplary LEED Platinum home

The Sycamore House replaced an existing home, although roughly 75% of the materials from the original house were reused and Kovac brought in a herd of goats to eat up the vegetation! Only then

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Vo Trong Nghia’s Modern Blue Stone House Sports a Rising Green Roof in Viet Nam

Vo Trong Nghia’s Modern Blue Stone House Sports a Rising Green Roof in Viet Nam

Stepping away from the architectural status quo of a residential neighborhood en route to the famed and magical Ha Long Bay, Vo Trong Nghia stacked hundreds of smooth blue stones on top of one

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B House is an Awesome Prefabricated Off-Grid Home in Kumamoto, Japan

B House is an Awesome Prefabricated Off-Grid Home in Kumamoto, Japan

The initial shell cost $154,000, which is said to be on the low end of local home prices, and was constructed off site before it was assembled on its present lot in 2009. All of the basics of

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NASA’s Curiosity Rover Will Have a Brother on Mars by 2020

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Will Have a Brother on Mars by 2020

NASA has announced that it is building a successor to the Curiosity rover currently roaming Mars. Building on the success of the ongoing exploratory mission on the red planet, the space agency

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Ghana’s New 155 MW Photovoltaic Plant Will be the Largest Solar Array in Africa

Ghana’s New 155 MW Photovoltaic Plant Will be the Largest Solar Array in Africa

The UK-based renewable energy firm Blue Energy has unveiled plans to build a 155 MW solar power plant in Ghana - and analysts say that it will be the largest on the continent. The $400 million

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Scribe’s House: A Life-Size Apartment Made From Reams of Recycled Paper

Scribe’s House: A Life-Size Apartment Made From Reams of Recycled Paper

Lehmann's nostalgic 'apartment' features a bathtub, curtains, a desk and bed and even little windows, all of which are made of reams and reams of paper. Using only recycled materials, the

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115 West Street: Office With a Lobby Full of Living Trees Receives Green Star SA Certification in South Africa

115 West Street: Office With a Lobby Full of Living Trees Receives Green Star SA Certification in South Africa

South Africa's equivalent of the green building rating tool from Australia and New Zealand, Green Star SA will officially recognize the office on 115 West Street with a four star rating in

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Swirling LED Lights Kick Off the Holiday Season in the Streets of Madrid

Swirling LED Lights Kick Off the Holiday Season in the Streets of Madrid

Several celebrated artists and other creatives will brighten up Madrid's festive season this year, but Sapey was responsible for transforming Serrano Street - one of the city's lease charismatic

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Kjellgren Kaminsky Architects Unveils Plans for Largest Passive School in Sweden

Kjellgren Kaminsky Architects Unveils Plans for Largest Passive School in Sweden

Sweden's passive house standards call for buildings that use no more than 45,0 kWh/sqm each year, but the Kollaskolan will only consume 38,0 kHw/sqm annually, which is achieved with a variety of

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COP18: Rich Nations Must Compensate Poorer Ones for “Loss and Damage” Resulting From Climate Change

COP18: Rich Nations Must Compensate Poorer Ones for “Loss and Damage” Resulting From Climate Change

The conversation at the COP18 climate change talks in Doha have taken on an urgency unseen in previous meetings, and this time the buzz is most heard among developing nations most likely to get

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Peru Bans Genetically Modified Foods for 10 Years

Peru Bans Genetically Modified Foods for 10 Years

Anybody planning to sneak genetically modified seeds into Peru should think twice - the country has just launched a historic ban on GMOs. Following a long struggle by the last administration's

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Gorgeous Seaview House Rises From the Dunescape of Old Barwon Heads in Australia

Gorgeous Seaview House Rises From the Dunescape of Old Barwon Heads in Australia

Each pavilion is strategically placed to either enhance views, promote social interaction with passersby on the street, or to maximize cross ventilation and solar orientation. The street-front

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OostCampus: Carlos Arroyo Adds Clouds to an Old Coke Factory for a Municipal Complex in Belgium

OostCampus: Carlos Arroyo Adds Clouds to an Old Coke Factory for a Municipal Complex in Belgium

By leaving the existing building alone, Arroyo has dramatically reduced the project's carbon footprint, and it cost just one third of what a new build would have required. The cloud shell

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A Fish Named Obama – to Honor the President

A Fish Named Obama – to Honor the President

Etheostoma obama, a new species described by Mayden and Layman. Copyright: Joseph R. Tomelleri There's nothing fishy about naming a new species of fish after the President of the United

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World’s Largest Aquarium Opens Amid Controversy in Singapore

World’s Largest Aquarium Opens Amid Controversy in Singapore

Singapore's new S.E.A. Aquarium and Adventure Cove Waterpark features a host of exhibits, including a large rainbow reef for snorkeling, a manta ray feeding station and the world's largest

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Now There’s Microplastic Pollution in the Great Lakes Too

Now There’s Microplastic Pollution in the Great Lakes Too

Plastic pollution on Bicaz Lake in Romania for illustrative purposes only, Shutterstock Swirling plastic pools as large as countries have long collected in our oceans, but now researchers

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Ballroom: A Giant Willow Nest in Melbourne With Tall Ceilings and Celestial Windows

Ballroom: A Giant Willow Nest in Melbourne With Tall Ceilings and Celestial Windows

For the Ballroom installation commissioned by the Federation Square Creative Program to promote public art at the 3.2 hectare mixed-use space near Melbourne's busiest railway station, Dougherty

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Caretaker’s House is the World’s First Green Timber Home Insulated to Passivehaus Standards

Caretaker’s House is the World’s First Green Timber Home Insulated to Passivehaus Standards

Usually wood is dried and treated before it is used to build a home, but not so with the Caretaker's House by Invisible Studio. By felling the wood on site and putting it to use immediately, the

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Small Space Living Advocate Andrea Zittel Scoops 2012 Frederick Kiesler Prize

Small Space Living Advocate Andrea Zittel Scoops 2012 Frederick Kiesler Prize

We have featured Zittel's work on our site before, but she is still relatively unknown in the design world. That will change though, especially since receiving the Frederick Kiesler Prize. In

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COP18: U.S. Cites Fracking as Effective Contribution to Emissions Cuts

COP18: U.S. Cites Fracking as Effective Contribution to Emissions Cuts

Wyoming Gas Drill Photo by Shutterstock A spokesperson for the United States at the 18th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC in Doha, Qatar cited the country’s investments in

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SayBoat is a Minimalist Floating Home Clad With Sustainable Beech Wood in the Czech Republic

SayBoat is a Minimalist Floating Home Clad With Sustainable Beech Wood in the Czech Republic

The design brief called for a home for a couple that could accommodate family on the weekends. Whilst compact enough to drive down the road if the situation calls for it, the interior is

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Beautiful Copper-clad //hapo Museum Celebrates Indigenous Knowledge and Freedom in South Africa

Beautiful Copper-clad //hapo Museum Celebrates Indigenous Knowledge and Freedom in South Africa

The walls and roof of the //hapo museum are clad in copper sheets that will weather with time and harmonize with the surrounding landscape. Situated on an ecologically-important quartzite ridge,

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Prefabricated Lotus Hotel is a Resilient Net-Zero Development for China’s Xiangshawan Desert

Prefabricated Lotus Hotel is a Resilient Net-Zero Development for China’s Xiangshawan Desert

Located near the Hantai River 800 kilometers outside of Beijing, the 30,000 square meter Lotus Hotel is comprised of a series of prefabricated steel elements that are fixed in the fluid sands,

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Solar-Powered Floating Schools Allow Bangladeshi Kids to Learn During Monsoon Season

Solar-Powered Floating Schools Allow Bangladeshi Kids to Learn During Monsoon Season

When flood waters inundate schools - sometimes for up to four months a year - the small solar-powered boats are activated as a substitute. The boats, which each have a capacity of roughly 30

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