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
Engineer Makes World’s First 3D-Printed Kayak for Just $500 with a Homemade 3D Printer

Engineer Makes World’s First 3D-Printed Kayak for Just $500 with a Homemade 3D Printer

An engineer for leading 3D printer manufacturer 3D Systems, Jim Smith decided to build his own large scale 3D printer at home and then used it to produce the world's first 3D-printed kayak. To

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What Happened to Los Angeles’ Streetcars?

What Happened to Los Angeles’ Streetcars?

The streetcar system in Los Angeles was made up of two major carriers - the Los Angeles Railway and the Pacific Electric Railway. The Los Angeles Railway trains, also known as Yellow Cars,

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Russia is Jailing Environmentalists Who Speak Out Against the Sochi Olympics

Russia is Jailing Environmentalists Who Speak Out Against the Sochi Olympics

Russia has gone through great pains to present the Olympic Games in Sochi as an environmentally responsible event. Yet the environmental damage from Olympic construction has been hard to ignore.

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Annual Heat-Related Deaths are Expected to Rise 257% by 2050 in the UK

Annual Heat-Related Deaths are Expected to Rise 257% by 2050 in the UK

Hot sun / Shutterstock Historically, the UK has seen only a fraction of heat-related deaths compared to the number of cold-related deaths. But this is all about to change due to climate

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IKEA Launches Program to Bring Solar-Powered Light to 10 Million Refugees

IKEA Launches Program to Bring Solar-Powered Light to 10 Million Refugees

There are nearly 10.5 million refugees around the world, and nearly half of them are children. When the sun sets, many of these people displaced by either environmental or political catastrophe

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Spiraling Green8 Skyscraper is a ‘Vertical Garden City’ for Berlin

Spiraling Green8 Skyscraper is a ‘Vertical Garden City’ for Berlin

Architects Agnieskzka Preibisz and Peter Sandhaus just unveiled plans for a spectacular figure 8-shaped residential tower for the eastern quarter of Berlin. Sited at Alexanderplatz, Green8 is a

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São Paulo Set to Unveil New Monorail Just in Time for the 2014 World Cup

São Paulo Set to Unveil New Monorail Just in Time for the 2014 World Cup

São Paulo is currently testing trains for a brand new monorail system that is scheduled to open this March in time for the World Cup. The 17-mile Silver Line is designed to move 48,000

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Jerry Tate Architects Unveils Modern Green Addition to a Historic Edwardian House

Jerry Tate Architects Unveils Modern Green Addition to a Historic Edwardian House

The sustainability strategy with the Hollin House revolved around increasing the amount of daylight in the house, improving the building envelope and installing a completely new heating system

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Why You Should Think Twice About Eating Shrimp

Why You Should Think Twice About Eating Shrimp

Americans love shrimp! We eat 4.1 pounds of it every year. But you might want to think twice next time you pick up a bag of frozen shrimp at the grocery store. It turns out that the process of

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Hungarian Town Flooded by Toxic Red Sludge Re-Emerges as a Model Green Town

Hungarian Town Flooded by Toxic Red Sludge Re-Emerges as a Model Green Town

On October 4, 2010, the Hungarian town of Devecser woke up to a landscape soaked in toxic red sludge from a nearby alumina plant reservoir that had burst. The crimson flood of the caustic

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The Humane Eating Project Phone App Makes It Easy to Find Sustainable Food Options

The Humane Eating Project Phone App Makes It Easy to Find Sustainable Food Options

Are you always on the hunt for restaurants that make you feel good about what you're eating? A new app called the Humane Eating Project is coming out to make it easier than ever to eat out

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Meccanoo Unveils Plans for Underground Royal Łazienki Museum in Warsaw

Meccanoo Unveils Plans for Underground Royal Łazienki Museum in Warsaw

The design team led by Meccanoo includes Michael van Gessel, Delva Landscape Architects and Jojko Nawrocki Architekci. The team was tasked with designing a new 2.5 hectare Garden of the 21st

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8 Innovative Emergency Shelters for When Disaster Strikes

8 Innovative Emergency Shelters for When Disaster Strikes

IKEA Solar-Powered Flat Pack Shelter This flat pack, easy to transport shelter was developed in collaboration between the IKEA Foundation and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

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Mohn + Bouman Architects Turn an Old Emmen House into a Modern Office with a Radical Corten Steel Screen

Mohn + Bouman Architects Turn an Old Emmen House into a Modern Office with a Radical Corten Steel Screen

Orangerock Projectontwikkeling acquired the land for future redevelopment over the course of 10 years. There are some old buildings on the site that are slated for future demolition, but the

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Good Eggs Delivers Farm Fresh Food to Your Door

Good Eggs Delivers Farm Fresh Food to Your Door

Think the only way to get fresh, organic, local produce direct from the farm is by spending your Saturday morning at the farmer's market? Think again. Good Eggs is a new online service that

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Tato Architects’ Tiny, Modern House in Ishikiri Fits in With Historic Japanese Neighborhood

Tato Architects’ Tiny, Modern House in Ishikiri Fits in With Historic Japanese Neighborhood

The architects were concerned that since the site was about 11 feet above the road, the house would look larger than its actual size. So it is designed with setback volumes floating over open

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UNStudio Unveils Radical Daylit Kutaisi International Airport in Georgia

UNStudio Unveils Radical Daylit Kutaisi International Airport in Georgia

The architecture of the terminal emulates the large open spaces and high ceilings of the great railways stations of the past, according to lead designer, Ben van Berkel. A clear, undulating

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How Ancient Workers Hauled 100 Ton Stones 43 Miles to Build China’s Forbidden City

How Ancient Workers Hauled 100 Ton Stones 43 Miles to Build China’s Forbidden City

Photo of the Forbidden City via Shutterstock A new study by a team of engineers from two Beijing universities and Princeton University reveals how ancient Chinese workers hauled 100 ton plus

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China Prepares for Transportation Boom as US Infrastructure Crumbles

China Prepares for Transportation Boom as US Infrastructure Crumbles

Chinese officials announced Wednesday at the 6th Annual US-China Transportation Forum that they are expanding their nationwide network of highways, railways and airports. US officials at the

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The World Health Organization Declares Air Pollution an Official Carcinogen

The World Health Organization Declares Air Pollution an Official Carcinogen

Air pollution photo from Shutterstock It's official - air pollution causes cancer. The World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) just announced that air

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Electrolux Design Lab Unveils 8 Futuristic Appliances for Cooking and Entertaining in Small Spaces

Electrolux Design Lab Unveils 8 Futuristic Appliances for Cooking and Entertaining in Small Spaces

3F 3F is a vacuum cleaner designed by Germain Verbrackel, an industrial design student at the Ecole de Design Nantes Atlantique in France. It can change and mutate to suit the task required

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Vali Homes Creates Hip Net-Zero Energy Home for the Arizona Desert

Vali Homes Creates Hip Net-Zero Energy Home for the Arizona Desert

This house remains cost-effective even while achieving net-zero energy consumption by being extremely energy efficient. Two major strategies used to achieve this include insulation and passive

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8 Heartbreakingly Adorable Endangered Animals That We Need to Save

8 Heartbreakingly Adorable Endangered Animals That We Need to Save

Giant Panda [Status: Endangered] The Giant Panda is the rarest member of the bear family. Pandas live in the bamboo forests high in the mountains of western China. They subsist almost entirely

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Ocupe Carrinho Transforms an Abandoned Car into a Yellow Submarine for World Car Free Day

Ocupe Carrinho Transforms an Abandoned Car into a Yellow Submarine for World Car Free Day

Ocupe Carrhino, or Occupy the Car, is a movement Carrelli began to address the blight of abandoned cars in the neighborhoods of São Paulo. Owning a car can be very expensive in São Paulo, so

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ASU’s SHADE House is an Affordable Eco Home for Suburban Living in the Southwest

ASU’s SHADE House is an Affordable Eco Home for Suburban Living in the Southwest

SHADE isn't just shelter from the sun - it stands for Solar Homes Adapting of Desert Equilibrium, which is the name of an eco house designed in collaboration between Arizona State University and

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MAD Architects Unveil Mountainous Skyscrapers for Beijing’s Chaoyang Park

MAD Architects Unveil Mountainous Skyscrapers for Beijing’s Chaoyang Park

Ma Yansong of MAD Architects wants to create a unique Chinese architecture that embraces contemporary design while still pulling from the country's traditional roots. To that end, he's unveiled

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Rafael Viñoly Admits to Making “A Lot of Mistakes” with London’s “Walkie Scorchie” Skyscraper

Rafael Viñoly Admits to Making “A Lot of Mistakes” with London’s “Walkie Scorchie” Skyscraper

"We made a lot of mistakes with this building," admits Rafael Viñoly. It is not everyday that you will hear an architect admit to making a mistake with their work, but Vinoly hardly had a

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Report Reveals Unoccupied “Vanity Space” in the World’s Tallest Skyscrapers

Report Reveals Unoccupied “Vanity Space” in the World’s Tallest Skyscrapers

Just as a sugary dollop of frosting can double the height of a cupcake, it turns out that today's tallest skyscrapers are topped with useless space to inflate their height. The Council on Tall

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Carlos Ayesta’s Photographs Highlight the Fear and Uncertainty of the Fukushima Aftermath

Carlos Ayesta’s Photographs Highlight the Fear and Uncertainty of the Fukushima Aftermath

Ayesta and Guillaume traveled to areas of Fukushima that are still off-limits today for fear of radiation poisoning. They went to dead zones that hold the most brutal traces of the nuclear

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America’s Top 10 Greenest Universities of 2013

America’s Top 10 Greenest Universities of 2013

10. University of California, Santa Barbara Forty-four of the buildings on campus at UC Santa Barbara are LEED certified and 47% of academic departments offer a class about sustainability,

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