Tuesday, March 31, 2009

H-E-B, Eva Longoria Parker are encouraging people to go ‘green’

From our friends at the San Antonio Biz Journal:

HEB and Eva Longoria Parker have teamed up to produce a 30 second commercial for Earth day promoting environmental awareness. The commericial will debut on April 1 and continue throughout the month. During this time, you'll be able to purchase a limited-edition reusable grocery bag for under $1.50. It looks cute!
According to the article, our local HEB stores are trying to do their part in contributing to a better environmnet. For example, they allow customers to recycle plastic bags at store bins and also recycle aluminum, steel, paper etc at their company. Very soon HEB will start recycling their own tires into mulch to be sold in several stores in Texas.

Easy DIY Greywater Recycling System: Sloan Aqus

Great article from our friends at Inhabitat:

"Who says plumbing is boring? The forward thinking folks at Sloan Valve Company have come up with a compact greywater system for your bathroom that is easy to install and works with the existing fixtures. The Sloan® AQUS® Greywater System filters the water that goes down your sink drain and then uses it to flush your toilet, potentially saving a household up to 5,000 gallons of potable water each year."

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Homes Tour

Choose one of two tour times: 10AM or 2PM on Saturday, April 25.

RSVP by April 17
Order tickets by mail from Houston Mod at P.O. Box 541353, Houston, TX 77254 or
reserve tickets for pickup the day of the tour by e-mailing: info@houstonmod.org

Tours depart the Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main Street. Browse the 20th Century Modern Market before or after the tour (10A-5P).

Both tours have limited space, so reserve early. Priority extended to current or renewing members of Houston Mod.

Tour Price, Members of Houston Mod: $20
Tour Price, Non-Members: $30
Mod Enthusiast Package: Tour, Membership and Guidebook: $60

Your reservation will be reconfirmed ahead of the tour by e-mail.

Tapumes Invite

Monday, March 16, 2009

Gulf Coast Green 2009 Symposium & Houston Green Expo

WHEN: April 16-17, Symposium
April 18-19, Consumer Expo

WHERE: Reliant Park, Houston


The Houston Green Expo is free and open to the public on Saturday and Sunday April 18 and 19 at Reliant Park. It is the largest green product expo in the city, offering the latest in green companies and their products for living a green life. The Expo will also offer educational presentations targeted to homeowners and interactive programs for children and young adults. The Houston Green Expo is free and open to the public, and requires no advance registration.

The Houston Green Expo is conducted as a green event. Your attendance promotes responsible use of materials and resources.

Visit www.gulfcoastgreen.org for more information.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Henrique Oliveira at Rice Gallery

March 26th - May 9th, 2009
Brazilian artist Henrique Oliveira’s “tridimensionals” installations will be exhibited at the Rice Gallery.

More reused IKE wood? ;)

Kidding aside,(although not a bad idea in my opinion) Oliveira's work is pretty amazing. My favorites from the images are the ones where the wall seems to morph into a crashing wave or a maelstrom.

I find the bulging blobs a little disturbing, like a growth that needs to be operated on. Yet,considering that they are "blobs", it manages to be a pretty dynamic composition ...as if they're still growing.

"Oliveira uses tapumes, which in Portuguese can mean “fencing,” “boarding,” or “enclosure,” as a title for many of his large-scale installations. The term makes reference to the temporary wooden construction fences seen throughout the city of São Paulo where Oliveira lives. It also refers to the weathered wood Oliveira uses as the primary material in his installations."

Read more about his work by visiting Henrique Oliveira’s website - here.
Visit the Rice Gallery’s website - here.