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
American Institute of Architects Announces the Greenest Buildings of 2013

American Institute of Architects Announces the Greenest Buildings of 2013

Yin Yan House by Brooks + Scarpa The Yin Yan House is a nearly net-zero energy live/work home and office in Venice, California. A very tight building envelope reduces energy demand by more

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Obama to Appoint Anthony R. Foxx, the Mayor of Charlotte, the Next Transportation Secretary

Obama to Appoint Anthony R. Foxx, the Mayor of Charlotte, the Next Transportation Secretary

Five months after re-election, President Obama is finally filling out his second term cabinet appointments. White House officials say that the president is planning to nominate Anthony R. Foxx,

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SUPRAPOWER: European Union Developing Next-Gen Superconductor Wind Turbines

SUPRAPOWER: European Union Developing Next-Gen Superconductor Wind Turbines

Today's wind turbines are big and heavy, which makes them costly to build and maintain - especially when they are installed offshore. To make turbines more efficient, the European Union just

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The World’s First Algae-Powered Building Opens in Hamburg

The World’s First Algae-Powered Building Opens in Hamburg

The world’s first algae-powered building just opened in Hamburg! Dubbed the BIQ House, the project features a bio-adaptive algae facade and it will serve as a testing bed for sustainable

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First Solar Stock Surges on Higher-than-Expected Earnings and Announcement of TetraSun Acquisition

First Solar Stock Surges on Higher-than-Expected Earnings and Announcement of TetraSun Acquisition

Arizona-based solar company First Solar saw its biggest ever one-day jump -- a whopping 45-percent increase -- on Wallstreet Tuesday after announcing that its revenues and earnings will far

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Felipe Carrelli Turns Abandoned Cars into Public Art in São Paulo

Felipe Carrelli Turns Abandoned Cars into Public Art in São Paulo

Carrelli came up with the idea to clean, paint and put some plants in the car, turning it from a dump into a work of art and a beautiful garden. He shared this idea with friends Tobias Rodil and

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Scientists Set 18.7% Efficiency Record for Black Silicon Solar Cells

Scientists Set 18.7% Efficiency Record for Black Silicon Solar Cells

Researchers are racing to develop black silicon solar cells with higher and higher efficiencies - and Aalto University and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) just took

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China Sets Forth a 3-Year, $16-Billion Plan to Fight Extreme Pollution in Beijing

China Sets Forth a 3-Year, $16-Billion Plan to Fight Extreme Pollution in Beijing

The air quality in Beijing has been hovering above the “very unhealthy” and “hazardous” levels since the beginning of this year and there has been mounting frustration with the

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Greenland Halts All New Arctic Oil Drilling Permits Due to Environmental Concerns

Greenland Halts All New Arctic Oil Drilling Permits Due to Environmental Concerns

Greenland, along with Alaska and Russia, has been a hotspot for oil companies hoping to tap into the estimated 25% of the world’s remaining oil and gas reserved in and around the Arctic Ocean.

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Germany Testing Wireless Induction Charging for Electric Buses

Germany Testing Wireless Induction Charging for Electric Buses

Primove, a subsidiary of transportation giant Bombardier, just announced plans to test wireless induction charging on public buses in Manheim, Germany! In a few months the company will outfit

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D*Haus to Launch a Kickstarter Campaign to Develop Shape-Shifting Home and Products

D*Haus to Launch a Kickstarter Campaign to Develop Shape-Shifting Home and Products

D*Haus, the ultra-innovative company behind the the first dynamic house in the world, is set to launch a kickstarter campaign on April 3 to raise funds for the development of their two flagship

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Melbourne Becomes a Certified Carbon-Neutral City

Melbourne Becomes a Certified Carbon-Neutral City

“We’re already one of the world’s most livable cities, our challenge now is to ensure we are one of the world’s most sustainable cities,” says Melbourne’s Environment Portfolio Chair

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World’s Largest Concentrated Solar Power Plant Switches On in Abu Dhabi

World’s Largest Concentrated Solar Power Plant Switches On in Abu Dhabi

It might seem ironic that the oil-rich Middle East also holds nearly half of the world’s renewable energy potential - but yesterday the President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Khalifa

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Scientists Link Somalia’s Devastating 2011 Drought with Climate Change

Scientists Link Somalia’s Devastating 2011 Drought with Climate Change

The alarming effects of climate change have been unfolding before our very eyes over the past few decades, and in some cases we've only recently realized it. A team of British scientists

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Toyota Developing Revolutionary Solid-State and Lithium-Air Electric Vehicle Batteries, Aims to Launch by 2020

Toyota Developing Revolutionary Solid-State and Lithium-Air Electric Vehicle Batteries, Aims to Launch by 2020

Today's lithium-ion batteries are expensive and bulky - which is why Toyota is currently developing two new types of ultra-efficient batteries to power its electric vehicles. Toyota is

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Australian Solar Power Production Expected to Reach 10 GW by 2017

Australian Solar Power Production Expected to Reach 10 GW by 2017

Australia is surging ahead on photovoltaic installations and is projected to hit a whopping 10,000 MW of solar power capacity in a few years. A new report by market analysts Sunwiz and Solar

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Rising Floodwaters Threaten Mies Van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House

Rising Floodwaters Threaten Mies Van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House

It's a good thing that Mies Van der Rohe's iconic 1951 Farnsworth House is built on stilts! Just a couple of days ago, the nearby Fox River flooded its banks due to continuous rain and

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London Unveils $1.51 Billion Bicycle Master Plan With 15-Mile Bike Highway

London Unveils $1.51 Billion Bicycle Master Plan With 15-Mile Bike Highway

London bikes photo from Shutterstock London is about to get a Holland-style bike-ability makeover, as Mayor Boris Johnson just announced a $1.51 billion master plan to improve the city's

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Ultralight Carbon Fiber Blackbraid Bicycle Weighs Less Than 11 Pounds!

Ultralight Carbon Fiber Blackbraid Bicycle Weighs Less Than 11 Pounds!

The race to create the world's lightest bike is hot and heavy in the cycling world - and PG Bikes and Munich Composites just shot towards the front of the pack with their ultralight Blackbraid

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Photo Exhibit on Micro-Apartments in Hong Kong Exposes Human Rights Issues

Photo Exhibit on Micro-Apartments in Hong Kong Exposes Human Rights Issues

Formed in 1972, SOCO is a nonprofit organization with the mission of establishing an equal society and building a strong power base for the people of Hong Kong in the face of widening disparity

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New ‘Nano Shish Kebab’ Semiconductor Could Lead to Greater Solar Cell Efficiency

New ‘Nano Shish Kebab’ Semiconductor Could Lead to Greater Solar Cell Efficiency

Researchers at North Carolina State University just made a nano shish kebab out of germanium sulfide (GeS) crystals - but it's not for the world's smallest barbecue. Instead, the

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Ethiopia to Develop its Geothermal Energy Potential with a Grant from the World Bank

Ethiopia to Develop its Geothermal Energy Potential with a Grant from the World Bank

The Great Rift Valley countries in Africa have an enormous potential for geothermal energy. With Kenya, Djibouti and Tanzania already developing this potential, Ethiopia is getting serious about

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New Report Shows Startling Connection Between Slowing Gulf Stream and Rising Sea Levels on the East Coast

New Report Shows Startling Connection Between Slowing Gulf Stream and Rising Sea Levels on the East Coast

Photo via Shutterstock Scientists project that on average, the world's oceans will rise about 3 feet by 2100, putting low-lying areas in danger, contaminating water supplies and

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Aether’s New San Francisco Store Takes Shipping Container Architecture to New Heights

Aether’s New San Francisco Store Takes Shipping Container Architecture to New Heights

High-end clothing store Aether Apparel just launched its first standalone retail shop in San Francisco - and it's made from three recycled shipping containers stacked one atop another! The

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Melbourne’s St. Alfred’s Church Boasts Highly Sophisticated Passive Heating and Cooling Systems

Melbourne’s St. Alfred’s Church Boasts Highly Sophisticated Passive Heating and Cooling Systems

St. Alfred's Anglican Church consists of a main worshipping auditorium, a gathering foyer, meeting rooms, offices and a commercial kitchen as well as an outdoor play and barbeque area. One

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Mayor Thomas Menino Prepares Boston for Climate Change After Hurricane Sandy

Mayor Thomas Menino Prepares Boston for Climate Change After Hurricane Sandy

The damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy on New York has put the fear of climate change in the hearts of other coastal communities in the US. Having narrowly averted the worst of Sandy, Boston's

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$700 Billion Investment in the Global Economy Could Curb Climate Change, Spur Economic Growth

$700 Billion Investment in the Global Economy Could Curb Climate Change, Spur Economic Growth

A new report released by the World Economic Forum shows that climate change is arguably the most pressing threat to the world economy. And with the world population set to increase from 7

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U.S. Army Installs the Largest Low-Concentration Solar Photovoltaic System in the World

U.S. Army Installs the Largest Low-Concentration Solar Photovoltaic System in the World

This week, the US Army dedicated the world's largest low-concentration solar photovoltaic installation on its White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The installation will generate 10 million

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New Report Shows Canada, the U.S. and Australia Come in Last in Sustainability Rankings

New Report Shows Canada, the U.S. and Australia Come in Last in Sustainability Rankings

With images of vast forest lands and wild geese flying in the air, you would think that Canada is doing pretty well when it comes to environmental sustainability. Not so! It turns out that

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California Installed a Whopping 1 GW of Solar Power by the End of 2012

California Installed a Whopping 1 GW of Solar Power by the End of 2012

California is leading the country when it comes to customer-side solar installations, and it has a lot to be proud of in the solar energy sector. Just recently, the California Public Utilities

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