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
German Scientists Create Lithium Ion Battery that Can Charge an Electric Car for 27 Years

German Scientists Create Lithium Ion Battery that Can Charge an Electric Car for 27 Years

Scientists at the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Wurttemburg (ZSW) have developed one of the most efficient lithium-ion batteries yet. The super li-on batteries herald a

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Design without Borders Creates a Unisex Ecological Urinal for the Slums of Uganda

Design without Borders Creates a Unisex Ecological Urinal for the Slums of Uganda

One of the biggest culprits of disease and death in slum areas around the world is the lack of sanitary toilets. There are several places in Uganda’s capital Kampala where, on average, 1000

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New Study Sheds Light on How Fast Ice Sheets in Greenland and Antarctic are Really Melting

New Study Sheds Light on How Fast Ice Sheets in Greenland and Antarctic are Really Melting

There's nothing new about the fact that global warming is causing ice sheets to melt, resulting in rising sea levels. However a new study by an international team of scientists led by Edward

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Beijing Announces Pollution Tax on Gas to Decrease Dangerous Smog Levels

Beijing Announces Pollution Tax on Gas to Decrease Dangerous Smog Levels

Smog levels in Beijing reached dangerously high levels this past winter, and in January pollution levels were 10 to 15 times what the World Health Organization classifies as a health risk. Now

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Scientists Create World’s Most Complex Biomolecular Computer

Scientists Create World’s Most Complex Biomolecular Computer

Scientists at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have developed a powerful new biomolecular computing device that could significantly advance gene therapy and cloning. Professor Ehud

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New Biodiversity Treehouse Planned for the Eden Project’s Largest Indoor Rainforest

New Biodiversity Treehouse Planned for the Eden Project’s Largest Indoor Rainforest

The Rainforest Canopy Walkway is planned as a timber and steel-framed decked walkway that will serve as a treetop route around the biome. The Biodiversity Nest will lie right in the middle of

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OsmoBlue Discovers a New Way to Turn Waste Heat into Electricity

OsmoBlue Discovers a New Way to Turn Waste Heat into Electricity

The heat emitted from waste incinerators, refineries, and data processors could soon become much more useful, thanks to a discovery by the startup OsmoBlue. The Ecole Polytechnique Federale de

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32.4 Million People Were Displaced in 2012 Due to Climate and Weather Events

32.4 Million People Were Displaced in 2012 Due to Climate and Weather Events

Photo by Ritu Raj Konwar via IDMC A new report released last week by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC) shows that a whopping 32.4 million people were forced to flee

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Wall Street Journal Prints Laughable Op-Ed Claiming CO2 Emissions Are Good for the Planet

Wall Street Journal Prints Laughable Op-Ed Claiming CO2 Emissions Are Good for the Planet

Photo via Shutterstock According to a recent op-ed on the Wall Street Journal, rising CO2 levels are the best thing to happen to the planet since the Big Bang. The column was written by

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Obama Administration Sets Forth Vague Policy on the Future of the Arctic

Obama Administration Sets Forth Vague Policy on the Future of the Arctic

Alaska photo from Shutterstock Until this past Friday, the U.S. was the only Arctic nation that lacked a formal strategy in its approach to the region. In advance of Wednesday’s Arctic

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Hyundai Unveils Plans to Install South Korea’s Largest Solar Power Plant

Hyundai Unveils Plans to Install South Korea’s Largest Solar Power Plant

Hyundai isn’t joking when it claims it wants to fight global warming. The car manufacturer just announced that it plans to install what will be South Korea’s largest solar photovoltaic

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Spain Produced 54 Percent of its Electricity from Renewable Sources in April

Spain Produced 54 Percent of its Electricity from Renewable Sources in April

Renewable energy is gaining major momentum in Spain. In April, the country set a new record with renewable energy accounting for 54 percent of the electricity generated in Spain. April’s

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KHR Arkitektur’s Atuarfik Hans Lynge School Withstands Harsh Mountain Weather Conditions in Greenland

KHR Arkitektur’s Atuarfik Hans Lynge School Withstands Harsh Mountain Weather Conditions in Greenland

Due to the unique topography of the mountains, the school building is particularly vulnerable to strong winds, snowstorms and rushes of melting water. Large eaves protect the building from

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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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