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
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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UK Drivers Trade Their Old Cars for New Trees Through the ‘Scrap Car Plant Tree’ Program

UK Drivers Trade Their Old Cars for New Trees Through the ‘Scrap Car Plant Tree’ Program

Cars accounted for a whopping 21% of the total greenhouse gas emissions in the UK in 2009, but a creative new program from Giveacar and Trees for Cities aims to repair some of the damage caused

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Pharrell Announces Collaboration with Zaha Hadid on a Prefab House Concept

Pharrell Announces Collaboration with Zaha Hadid on a Prefab House Concept

As if it wasn’t full enough, multifaceted artist Pharrell is adding architecture to his wheelhouse, which already consists of being a rapper, singer, record producer, composer, writer, radio

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Liquid’s Peer-to-Peer Bike Share Program Makes Renting a Bike Easy

Liquid’s Peer-to-Peer Bike Share Program Makes Renting a Bike Easy

Visiting a city or live in a place that doesn't have a bike share program yet? Don't fret - Liquid is a new peer-to-peer bike rental marketplace that makes it easy to borrow a bike from

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EPA Chief and Fierce Defender of the Environment Lisa Jackson to Step Down

EPA Chief and Fierce Defender of the Environment Lisa Jackson to Step Down

One of the most strident defenders of the environment in President Obama’s administration, Lisa Jackson, announced yesterday that she will be resigning from her post as chief of the

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British Mission to Drill Down to Subglacial Lake Ellsworth in the Antarctic is Derailed

British Mission to Drill Down to Subglacial Lake Ellsworth in the Antarctic is Derailed

Photo via Shutterstock It appears that the formidable ice sheets of the Antarctic have gotten the best of a UK research team attempting to bore through them to reach the subglacial Lake

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Phoenix Gets a Special Holiday Gift: Iconic Frank Lloyd Wright House is Finally Saved from Demolition

Phoenix Gets a Special Holiday Gift: Iconic Frank Lloyd Wright House is Finally Saved from Demolition

Phoenix, AZ  just got an unexpected gift this holiday season; the iconic house Frank Lloyd Wright designed for his son David, which has been under threat of demolition since June of this year,

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Rutgers New Business School Designed by TEN Arquitectos Is Now Under Construction

Rutgers New Business School Designed by TEN Arquitectos Is Now Under Construction

The new business school will accommodate five academic departments and research centers organized in clusters. The site will include faculty offices, visiting scholar offices, and

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Earth Day Network Plants 350,000 Trees in Uganda, Aims to Plant 10 Million Trees in 5 Years

Earth Day Network Plants 350,000 Trees in Uganda, Aims to Plant 10 Million Trees in 5 Years

We all know that trees are great for the environment, but did you know that trees are also good for the social well-being of communities, so much so that they can help to stabilize entire

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International Team Will Drill for a 2000-year Old Core in Antarctica to Research Climate Change

International Team Will Drill for a 2000-year Old Core in Antarctica to Research Climate Change

On the same day that a leaked draft of the next major Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report showed more evidence of human-led climate change, the Environment Minister of Australia,

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