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
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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WXY+West 8 Team Shortlisted for Rebuild by Design Competition Aimed at Designing Resilient Coastal Communities

WXY+West 8 Team Shortlisted for Rebuild by Design Competition Aimed at Designing Resilient Coastal Communities

The WXY + West 8 team has been selected as one of ten teams to be shortlisted for the Rebuild by Design competition, which is centered around building resiliency around US coasts to withstand

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Green Sea Turtles are Ingesting Twice as Much Plastic as They Did 25 Years Ago

Green Sea Turtles are Ingesting Twice as Much Plastic as They Did 25 Years Ago

Green Sea Turtle photo from Shutterstock Green turtles are already endangered, and their lot seems to be getting worse. A new study conducted by the University of Queensland and published in

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Salt Lake City’s New Zero Home is One of the Most Energy-Efficient Houses in the US

Salt Lake City’s New Zero Home is One of the Most Energy-Efficient Houses in the US

The Zero Home uses a combination of new construction materials, improved building practices and high-tech infrastructure to achieve remarkable energy efficiency. By using 2x6 studs 24 inches on

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6 Critically Endangered Animals Under Threat of Extinction Due to Human Activity

6 Critically Endangered Animals Under Threat of Extinction Due to Human Activity

Amur Leopard The Amur leopard, also known as the Far East leopard, the Manchurian leopard or the Korean leopard, is a rare subspecies of leopard that lives in the Russian Far East. The Amur

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8 Toilet Designs That Could Save Millions of Lives Around the World

8 Toilet Designs That Could Save Millions of Lives Around the World

Ecological Urinal The Ecological Urinal was created as a solution for places like Uganda's capital, Kampala, where on average, 1,000 people have to share the same toilet. The make-shift urinal

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Phyto Kinetic: Green-Roofed Buses Add a Breath of Fresh Air to the Urban Jungle

Phyto Kinetic: Green-Roofed Buses Add a Breath of Fresh Air to the Urban Jungle

How would you like to be transported to work in a moving garden? If Marc Granen has anything to do with it, you may be able to. The landscape artist, who we discovered through Urban Gardens, has

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UCLA Doubles Efficiency of Transparent Energy-Generating Solar Film

UCLA Doubles Efficiency of Transparent Energy-Generating Solar Film

A team of UCLA researchers has achieved a breakthrough in polymer solar cell (PSC) technology by doubling the efficiency of the transparent solar cells they unveiled last year. Led by Yang Yang,

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Arctic Ice Melt is a Ticking Time Bomb That Could Release 50 Gigatons of Methane, Cost the World $70 Trillion

Arctic Ice Melt is a Ticking Time Bomb That Could Release 50 Gigatons of Methane, Cost the World $70 Trillion

Ice Melt photo from Shutterstock Arctic ice is melting at an alarming rate, and a new report by a group of economists and polar scientists published in Nature asserts that the thaw is an

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This Souped-Up GM EV2 Can Go 400 miles on a Single Charge!

This Souped-Up GM EV2 Can Go 400 miles on a Single Charge!

What would have happened if GM's EV1 electric car wasn't killed in 2003? Electric drag car racer, John Wayland, aka Plasma Boy, brings this question to light with the EV2, a second generation

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New Report Shows More Efficient Urban Transportation Could Save the World $70 Trillion

New Report Shows More Efficient Urban Transportation Could Save the World $70 Trillion

Photo from Shutterstock Transportation accounts for half of the world's oil consumption and about a fifth of the world's total energy use - and 40% of those resources are used for urban

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Michael Green on Why Wood Skyscrapers are Better than Concrete and Steel Towers

Michael Green on Why Wood Skyscrapers are Better than Concrete and Steel Towers

To date, mid-rise and high-rise buildings have typically been constructed from concrete and steel. But architect Michael Green says that we should use wood instead, because concrete and steel

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Work Begins on World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm On the Fukushima Coast

Work Begins on World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm On the Fukushima Coast

Fukushima has become synonymous with the nuclear disaster resulting from the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in 2011. But the coastal prefecture may turn that reputation around and

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16-Year-Old Taliban Assassination Survivor Malala Yousafzai Speaks Publicly for the First Time

16-Year-Old Taliban Assassination Survivor Malala Yousafzai Speaks Publicly for the First Time

Malala Yousafzai, the girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban for going to school, turned 16 today. To mark the date, which will henceforth be known as Malala Day, she addressed the UN

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Cloning Project Could Save Britain’s Oldest and Strongest ‘Super Trees’ from Annihilation

Cloning Project Could Save Britain’s Oldest and Strongest ‘Super Trees’ from Annihilation

Photo via Shutterstock David Milarch wants to clone the UK's biggest, oldest, and most ecologically important trees. The US tree conservationist has embarked on a $3 million project to

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Chicago Launches Citywide Divvy Bike Share Program

Chicago Launches Citywide Divvy Bike Share Program

Chicago just launched its new Divvy bike share system on Friday after a two-week delay to address some of the problems New York faced with its new bicycle share program. Priced at just $7 per

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Communauto Introduces 100% Electric Car Sharing Service in Montreal

Communauto Introduces 100% Electric Car Sharing Service in Montreal

Communauto, the oldest car sharing service in North America, has introduced a 100% electric one-way car sharing pilot program in the Montreal borough of Le Plateau-Mont-Royal called Auto-mobile.

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London Cyclists Account for 24% of All Vehicles During Rush Hour Traffic

London Cyclists Account for 24% of All Vehicles During Rush Hour Traffic

London Cyclist photo from Shutterstock Transport for London (TfL) conducted the biggest mass census of cyclists to date and found that bikes make up 24% of all vehicles on the streets during

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