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Photographing the Beginning of the End of 'Old San Francisco'

"Janet Delaney was a 26-year-old photography student when she arrived in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood in 1978. Then, SoMa was still home to working-class immigrant families, small-business owners, artists, and a vibrant gay/leather community. With relatively low rents, 'it had a long history of being a port of entry to the city,' says Delaney. 'There's a quote from one of my neighbors that I love: 'South of Market was a place where you could get yourself together.'
But SoMa was already changing, as the city moved forward with decades-long plans to redevelop the area.…as Delaney thought about the thousands of homes demolished…, she soon focused her lens on her neighbors. Their existences in SoMa were in peril, too.…
In spite of the fact that she's witnessed the city transform again and again—or perhaps because of it—Delaney doesn't completely mourn for the future of San Francisco. She went walking around SoMa just yesterday, she says, and enjoyed the energy and bustle of people on bikes and in cafes and at work. The city's dramatic changes remind her, a little bit, of New York City.…"
Photo: Janet Delaney
Sent us by Kevin Kelly

Tiny Girl Loves Tiny Book

"My daughter absolutely loves the little version of the tiny homes book!…"

- Lydia Doleman, Colorado

Jeez, after some crude Photoshop work, it looks like a Rembrandt!

Students From Marin Montessori School Visit Our Compound

In late February these 10 students and their teacher Andrew Gaertner toured our office and homestead as part of their class "Buildings and Structures."
Photo: Evan Kahn

"…Inspiration is rare and can´t be bought.…"

This came in today:

Hi, two of your books found their way to me, Tiny Homes I got from my best friend who died tragically recently, and Homework I spotted yesterday in the housemoving pile of my flatmate/landlord... Both, especially Homework in it's unashamed eclectic spirit of excitement went straight to my top five most inspirational books list...

Reading these was like laying my hands on Bart Hopkins's Musical Instrument Design for the first time. Prior to that I'd seen a myriad of books basically giving blueprints for pre-existing designs, but approaching that from a layman's POV was too daunting for me. So what Hopkins did, was take out the mystique in the craft and instill a belief in possibilities in me, giving me the inspiration to start building musical instruments with no prior knowledge or plans. Sure I botched a thousand things, it wasn't easy, and you would get arguably "better" sounding ones from the shop. But hey:
they're mine.

Plans, blueprints and opinions are cheap these days. Inspiration is rare and can´t be bought. Except sometimes, maybe... Anyway, I don't promise to build my own house one day (although until now I always tried to fullfill my every idea and dream, so we'll see...) but at least now I believe it's possible if I want it.

I hate people who said that the Arts & Crafts movement failed, or that the 60s failed, or that whatever time and ideology failed. You don't say that a tree failed when it dies eventually, when it's seeds are sown all over...


Full Lunar Eclipse April 4th 2015: "Blood Moon"

In our part of the world, the moon will be fully blocked for about 5 minutes at 4:48 AM. I plan to go up on Mount Tamalpais about 4:00 AM.

Only the speediest of skywatchers will have a chance to see the total lunar eclipse rising Saturday: NASA predicts that the total phase of the lunar eclipse will only last about 5 minutes, making it the shortest lunar eclipse of the century.
Early-rising observers all over the United States should be able to see at least the partial phases of the April 4 lunar eclipse just before the sun rises, if weather permits. People on the West Coast will have the chance to see the moon turn an eerie shade of red during totality, which should begin at about 7:58 a.m. EDT (1158 GMT, 4:58 a.m. PDT).  NASA this week unveiled a video detailing the total lunar eclipse, and dubbed the event the shortest lunar eclipse of the century in an announcement on Monday (March 30) in detail.
Observers in other parts of the world will have an even better chance to see the lunar eclipse. Stargazers in Australia, Japan, China, and Southeast Asia will get the chance to see the eclipse on the night of April 4, according to Sky & Telescope. (Sky & Telescope predicts that the total phase of the eclipse will actually last about 9 to 12 minutes starting at 7:54 a.m. EDT.)

Silver Surfer

To tell the truth, I've felt pretty shitty for almost 2 months. Maybe something I caught on the airplane coming back from Hawaii. My chi's been flatlining.

WELL, I've finally come out of it and yesterday I went surfing—for the 2nd time in 3 months—on the Sonoma coast. Windy, just a few guys out, robust swell. Had my 10' Haut 3-fin Surftech board. Got 2 rides, the first a late takeoff and I proned it—fun!— then shakily got to my feet riding the foam. Pretty feeb. 2nd ride I kneeled. Hey, I'll take whatever I can get.

The hard thing for old guys is going from paddling to upright. Once I'm up I'm fine, but right now my getting up is not a pretty sight. Gonna work on it.

BUT my energy level is off the charts. The magic of the Pacific Ocean…

Every time I drag myself out into the world and get physical, I feel great. Well, duh!

Eagle Playing Soccer


From Anonymous

63-Unit Apartment Building in Italy Covered With Green Foliage

"Designed by architect Luciano Pia, 25 verde is an unique residential building that has been constructed in Torino, Italy. The load-bearing structure is made of steel and columns shaped like tree trunks help support the 63 residential units that is covered in larch wood shingles. The concept of the scheme was to create a space with a transition between the interior and exterior, by the prominent use of foliage. illustrated in diverse ways such as green walls, planted in pots and gardens, altogether seamlessly coherently carried through the entire building.

The residential lofts are all different, fitted with irregular terraces that wrap around the trees with the top floor having its own green roof. 50 trees were planted just in the court garden itself, whilst they enhance the environmentally friendly setting, the trees reduce air and noise pollution. The building is like a living forest

Ultimately, the aim of the project is to be energy efficient. by utilizing geothermal energy for heating and cooling, harvesting rainwater to water the plants and a natural flow of ventilation. Over time, the building and surrounding vegetation will grow and age, side by side, establishing its own microclimate and when the plant life is fully in bloom, give its occupants a real taste of living in a tree house.…"
Photo © beppe giardino

History Of the Whole Earth Catalog and The Birth of West Coast Publishing

I wrote this article 27 years ago, so to bring the first sentence up to date, “It was 48 years ago…” Egad!

Its purpose was to describe the impact of the Whole Earth Catalog on a number of people, including me, and the birth of west coast publishing in the late ‘60s. I ran across it recently and thought it might be of interest in helping people connect some of the dots—especially younger people, who may have heard of the WEC, but don’t understand its significance.

t was 21 years ago, a cold, dark, early December evening when I walked into a semi-vacant storefront in Menlo Park, California. A sign out front said ''Whole Earth Truck Store," but there was no truck, no store, just an army-camouflage VW bus and Stewart and Lois Brand and a ton of books piled around in the back room. I was a dropped-out San Francisco insurance broker turned builder. I was about 10 years older than the inspired and visionary kids who were moving and shaking up America at the time, but I'd got the message and in a few years preceding that evening had latched onto many of the elements that were fueling the cultural, metaphysical and epochal revolution of the times.

I had just built a homestead, then a geodesic dome workshop in Big Sur, was tending a garden, listening to rock & roll, making weekend trips to Haight Ashbury, reading The Owner Built Home, Organic Gardening & Farming Magazine, The Oracle, The East Village Other, The Dome Cookbook, The Green Revolution, getting food by mail from Walnut Acres, listening to Buckminster Fuller and Marshall McLuhan, discovering B.B. King, Ali Akbar Khan, Buddhism, Alice Bailey, astronomy, astrology, prisms and Ashley automatics, learning about ferrocement, wind electricity, solar heating…what a time it was!

Staircase Up Solid Rock Cliff in Colombia

"'La Piedra Del Peñol (Spanish for 'The Rock of Guatapé'), is a monolithic formation located at the town of Guatapé, Antioquia, Colombia.The wide Antioquian rock base, called 'batlolito antioqueño', and the 'Peñón' were formed millions of years ago.

The Tahamies Indians, former inhabitants of this region, worshiped the rock and called it on their language 'mojarrá' or 'mujará' (rock or stone). This rock is located in the country area called 'La Piedra, just 5 minutes from Guatapé Town, and can be reached by road."