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
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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Solar-Powered ‘Self Sustained Module’ Goes Where No Other Building Can Go

Solar-Powered ‘Self Sustained Module’ Goes Where No Other Building Can Go

The Self Sustained Module is intended for sites where heavy modifications and the addition of permanent infrastructure is either physically impossible or economically unfeasible. It comes

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Hamonic + Masson Propose to Turn Paris’ Ailing Avenue Foch into the Largest Pedestrian Avenue in France

Hamonic + Masson Propose to Turn Paris’ Ailing Avenue Foch into the Largest Pedestrian Avenue in France

First off, the team proposes to move car traffic from Avenue Foch to the existing side streets, potentially making the avenue into the largest pedestrian avenue in France. With cars out of the

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The California Aqueduct’s Flow May Be Reversed to Combat Drought

The California Aqueduct’s Flow May Be Reversed to Combat Drought

Some of California's central districts are facing dangerously low supplies of water as the state's megadrought continues. To address this scary prospect, 47 miles of the 400-mile California

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Solar Roadways Unveils Super Strong Solar Panels for Roads in Prototypical Parking Lot

Solar Roadways Unveils Super Strong Solar Panels for Roads in Prototypical Parking Lot

Not only does the parking lot harvest energy, it also incorporates overhead utilities and repositions underground utilities for more efficient use. Power and data cables line a cable corridor

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Level Architects Hide Tokyo’s Fukusawa House Behind Black Walls and Fill it with Natural Light

Level Architects Hide Tokyo’s Fukusawa House Behind Black Walls and Fill it with Natural Light

Though the site is exceedingly narrow, it is long and the architects used that as an asset to create privacy. The long facades of the house are solid black and windowless to restrict views into

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Asia’s Dangerous Air Pollution is Affecting Weather All Over the World

Asia’s Dangerous Air Pollution is Affecting Weather All Over the World

Air pollution frequently reaches dangerous levels in Beijing and often exceeds the World Health Organization's recommended levels in Delhi. But this isn't just bad for people who live in the

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Could a Monster El Niño Wreak Havoc in 2014?

Could a Monster El Niño Wreak Havoc in 2014?

El Niño became infamous when it killed an estimated 23,000 people and caused tens of billions of dollars worth of damage in 1997 and 1998 - and according to scientists, we could experience

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Old Gun Supply Store in Arizona Transformed Into Community-Friendly Creative Center of Scottsdale

Old Gun Supply Store in Arizona Transformed Into Community-Friendly Creative Center of Scottsdale

Michelle Biely bought a property in downtown Scottsdale, Arizona that operated as a gun supply store for over 50 years. She wanted to turn it into a more friendly, community-oriented place and

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Naturhumaine Brightens an Entire Street With One Colorful Home Renovation in Montreal

Naturhumaine Brightens an Entire Street With One Colorful Home Renovation in Montreal

Bringing light into the core of this narrow home was important to the project. So Naturehumaine added a skylight to draw light into the second floor of house and supplemented it with a glass

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Leafy Concept Fashion Store by King George Gives Belgians a Glimpse of their Horticultural Heritage

Leafy Concept Fashion Store by King George Gives Belgians a Glimpse of their Horticultural Heritage

"As people travel these days and can also shop online, they are becoming increasingly spoiled. These spoiled consumers therefore require pampering to an ever greater extent. It’s about

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How to Find the Right Window Treatments to Save Energy and Money

How to Find the Right Window Treatments to Save Energy and Money

The last time you may have given thought to window treatments might have been when you noticed your neighbor peering into your living room window while you were eating breakfast in your undies.

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Project Blue Skyscraper Turns China’s Dreadful Air Pollution into Green Energy

Project Blue Skyscraper Turns China’s Dreadful Air Pollution into Green Energy

While China's booming economy has been a spectacle to watch, its corresponding pollution levels have been staggering as well. A side effect of being "the factory of the world" is that the cities

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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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