Taz Loomans

 

Taz Loomans is a licensed architect who is the principal at an architecture and development company called Blooming Rock Development. She is also a writer and publishes the award-winning Blooming Rock blog which focuses on urbanism, sustainability and architecture. Taz writes for other publications as well, including Modern Phoenix, the Firefly Living blog, Arizona Community Contractor magazine, Java Magazine and the Atlantic Cities. She serves on Phoenix's Historic Preservation Commission, is co-chair of the Phoenix Post-War Architecture Task Force, co-chair of the American Institute of Architect's Advocacy Committee and also serves on the Phoenix General Plan Update Task Force. Along with being involved in a variety of community-building projects, she partners with Women Design Arizona to curate and organize the Sustainable Communities Lecture Series that brings together experts and the community to talk about how to make Phoenix a more sustainable city.

Taz Loomans
US Slaps New Sanctions on Russia, Stops Exxon from Drilling in the Arctic

US Slaps New Sanctions on Russia, Stops Exxon from Drilling in the Arctic

The Ukraine crisis may be inadvertently working towards environmental conservation in the Arctic. On Friday, the US government ordered American companies to cut off exports to Russian oil

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India to Install 2,200 Solar-Powered Cell Phone Towers

India to Install 2,200 Solar-Powered Cell Phone Towers

India currently has one of the largest populations of cell phone users in the world - the nation is expected to have 815 million users by year’s end. To help expand its growing communication

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Solar Sister Empowers Women to Bring Solar Energy to Rural Africa

Solar Sister Empowers Women to Bring Solar Energy to Rural Africa

We take electricity for granted in the developed world, but did you know that 1.6 billion people - a full one quarter of the world's population - don’t have access to reliable electricity? The

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The Urban Glider Lets You Zip Through Town on Just One Wheel

The Urban Glider Lets You Zip Through Town on Just One Wheel

Forget about getting around town on four wheels, three or even two - now you only need one, thanks to the Urban Glider! Designed by Austin Marhold, this tiny electric unicycle weighs just 24

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First Ebola Vaccine to be Tested on Humans in Response to Frightening Outbreak in West Africa

First Ebola Vaccine to be Tested on Humans in Response to Frightening Outbreak in West Africa

As the Ebola virus continues to wreak havoc in West Africa, a new Ebola vaccine will be tested on humans for the first time this week. The vaccine is being developed by the National Institutes

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WHO: World’s Worst Ebola Outbreak Could Affect 20,000 People or More

WHO: World’s Worst Ebola Outbreak Could Affect 20,000 People or More

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday that the recent Ebola outbreak that started in March of this year is accelerating at an alarming rate and could affect more than 20,000

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Terrifying UN Report Warns Climate Change is Becoming Irreversible

Terrifying UN Report Warns Climate Change is Becoming Irreversible

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) just released an alarming new report that shows unchecked greenhouse gas emissions are leading to inevitable and irreversible climate change.

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Can Flying Cars Save Lives in Disaster Zones?

Can Flying Cars Save Lives in Disaster Zones?

Flying cars belong more in a Jetson's episode than in real life, right? Wrong, flying cars are here, but will they take off? The Indigenous People's Technology and Education Center (I-TEC), an

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How Scientists Generate Electricity from a Silk Moth Cocoon

How Scientists Generate Electricity from a Silk Moth Cocoon

Did you know that the cocoon membranes of a silk moth contain trace amounts of several elements such as sodium, chlorine, potassium, magnesium, sulphur, calcium and copper, as well as carbon,

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Zaha Hadid Sues The New York Review of Books for Defamation

Zaha Hadid Sues The New York Review of Books for Defamation

Pritzker prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid does not appreciate the criticism that has been leveled at her of late. She recently announced plans to sue The New York Review of Books and

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Extreme Drought is Making the West Coast Rise Like an Uncoiled Spring

Extreme Drought is Making the West Coast Rise Like an Uncoiled Spring

A new study published in Science by the Scripp's Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego found that the earth's crust is slowly rising in the West "like an uncoiled spring" due extreme

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Why You Definitely Don’t Want to Vandalize Banksy’s Graffiti in Utah

Why You Definitely Don’t Want to Vandalize Banksy’s Graffiti in Utah

You don't want to get caught vandalizing graffiti in Utah, especially if it happens to be by British street artist Banksy. Park City officials charged David William Noll with criminal mischief,

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Poachers Killed 100,000 Elephants in 3 Years Due to Skyrocketing Ivory Demand

Poachers Killed 100,000 Elephants in 3 Years Due to Skyrocketing Ivory Demand

Africa is experiencing a huge spike in elephant deaths due rising demand for ivory in China and other Asian nations. A new study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of

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Mayan Beekeepers Protect Home Turf from Monsanto’s GMO Soybean Rollout

Mayan Beekeepers Protect Home Turf from Monsanto’s GMO Soybean Rollout

A "David and Goliath"-style fight between small indigenous farmers and mega corporation Monsanto is currently playing out in Mexico. In a landmark decision last month, a district judge in the

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Hemp Supercapacitors are as Good as Graphene at a Fraction of the Cost

Hemp Supercapacitors are as Good as Graphene at a Fraction of the Cost

Graphene is a super material that is 100 times stronger than steel, conducts electricity better than copper, and is more flexible than rubber. It's used in electronics but it's prohibitively

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Smart Street Lamps Get Their Own IP Addresses to Help Copenhagen Go Carbon Neutral by 2025

Smart Street Lamps Get Their Own IP Addresses to Help Copenhagen Go Carbon Neutral by 2025

As part of its quest to be carbon neutral by 2025, Copenhagen is looking hard at the kind of street lamps it should have. The city is setting up an experimental laboratory called the Danish

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The Moon Could Meet the World’s Energy Needs for the Next 10,000 Years

The Moon Could Meet the World’s Energy Needs for the Next 10,000 Years

Mining the moon to meet our energy needs may sound like the plot from a sci-fi movie, but China is considering doing exactly that. Helium 3 is an extremely valuable isotope that could be used in

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Ocean Mercury Levels Have Tripled Since the Industrial Revolution

Ocean Mercury Levels Have Tripled Since the Industrial Revolution

An alarming new study shows that mercury levels near the surface of many of the world’s oceans have tripled since the industrial revolution. The leap is due to pollution from a variety of

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300 Government Buildings are Getting Rooftop Solar in India’s Tamil Nadu State

300 Government Buildings are Getting Rooftop Solar in India’s Tamil Nadu State

After the resounding success of rooftop solar in the Indian state of Gujrat, other states in the country are scrambling to launch programs of their own. Tamil Nadu, a state that has faced power

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Vo Trong Nghia Unveils Towering Bamboo Lotus Pavilion for the World Expo 2015

Vo Trong Nghia Unveils Towering Bamboo Lotus Pavilion for the World Expo 2015

Vo Trong Nghia's lotus pavilion was inspired by local flora, but it holds a universal message. "Growing from the muddy ponds it rises above the surface to bloom with remarkable beauty. The

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Housetrike Bike Camper is a Tiny Shelter on Wheels That Empowers the Homeless

Housetrike Bike Camper is a Tiny Shelter on Wheels That Empowers the Homeless

The Housetrike is essentially a bike equipped with a small front-loaded camper that slides open and serves as a warm and comfortable bed for one person. The camper is a sliding box that opens to

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Artist Cheong-ah Hwang Transforms Recycled Paper into Intricate Works of Art

Artist Cheong-ah Hwang Transforms Recycled Paper into Intricate Works of Art

Hwang is a wife and mother, originally from Seoul, and now based in Columbus, Ohio. Her original works of art are very difficult to produce, and therefore expensive to purchase, but because she

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Gun Architects’ Rainforest Pavilion Creates a Cool Oasis in the Middle of London

Gun Architects’ Rainforest Pavilion Creates a Cool Oasis in the Middle of London

The Rainforest Pavilion is an extension of Gun Architects' ongoing body of work that focuses on the Chilean climate. Many of their projects create forms out of the circulation and accumulation

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JAJA Architects Reinvent the Parking Garage as a Green Community Space with Park ‘n’ Play

JAJA Architects Reinvent the Parking Garage as a Green Community Space with Park ‘n’ Play

The project is located in an area called the Red Neighborhood, named after its historic red brick harbor buildings. In a contextual nod, the concrete garage will be tinted red. Set in contrast

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Nickisch Sano Walder Architekten Casts a Tiny Concrete House from an Old Log Cabin

Nickisch Sano Walder Architekten Casts a Tiny Concrete House from an Old Log Cabin

Nickish Sano Walder used the logs of the wood construction as a form work for the concrete to create a fossilized version of the old barn. This way they captured some of the texture, age and

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Roadside Poem by Simon Armitage Devours Pollution from 20 Cars Each Day

Roadside Poem by Simon Armitage Devours Pollution from 20 Cars Each Day

Poetry has been used for ages as a tool to critique the social anxieties du jour. Now, for the first time ever, a poem is being used as a physical remedy to one of modern society's biggest

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Gorgeous Viewpoint Platform Invites Busy Londoners to Enjoy the Wildlife of Regents’ Canal

Gorgeous Viewpoint Platform Invites Busy Londoners to Enjoy the Wildlife of Regents’ Canal

The platform's design was inspired by the Finnish Laavu, a traditional shelter intended for temporary residence during fishing and hunting trips. The Laavu was typically a primitive, triangular

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Brilliant Invention Brings LED Sunshine to Windowless Rooms

Brilliant Invention Brings LED Sunshine to Windowless Rooms

Is your apartment or workspace seriously lacking in natural light? Well listen up - Italian physicist Paolo Di Trapani of the University of Insubria has invented an artificial daylight device

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DP6′s Water Tech Building Harvests Energy from Facade Shaped like Water Drops

DP6′s Water Tech Building Harvests Energy from Facade Shaped like Water Drops

The Dutch have a rich and innovative history of coping with the fact that most of their country lies below sea level. So it's not surprising that Delft-based design studio DP6 went all out in

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This Simple, Virtually Invisible 3D Printed Bike Rack is a Stroke of Genius

This Simple, Virtually Invisible 3D Printed Bike Rack is a Stroke of Genius

The problem with most bicycle storage systems is that they take up a lot of room when they aren’t holding a bike. Enter Clug, a very discreet and very tiny bracket designed by Hurdler Studios.

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