|Design Forward Newsletter
||June 2005, vol. 27
Welcome to the June 2005 newsletter from Design Forward.
Please take some time to enjoy this month's features.
Quote of the Month: "...a simple wave of a few materials
articulates space into rooms..."
- Rudolph M. Schindler
Lisa Van Veen
More New Mexicans are turning to energy- efficient,
Ask Sue Smoot the size of her cozy North Valley
home, and she has to stop and think.
"Inside or out?" asks the 79-year-old, who designed
the straw-bale home herself after earning an architecture
degree at the age of 57.
Because the walls of her home are nearly 2 feet
thick - the 18-inch width of the bales plus a few
inches of plaster on either side - the energy-efficient
structure measures 1,600 square feet on the exterior,
but only 1,300 square feet inside.
The sacrifice in space was worth it to Smoot who,
like a growing number of New Mexicans, was motivated
to build "green" after living most of her life in
Green building uses energy-efficient, nontoxic and
renewable materials, and is designed to conserve
natural resources and exploit Mother Nature's advantages.
Article & Picture © Carrie Seidman
||Practice Safe Sun
It that time of year again - summer! It is many
people's favorite time of year - the beach, the
lake, the picnics, the barbeques, and the SUN. It
is always important to take precautions in the sun.
Skin Care Facts
Approximately 9,000 people a year die of skin cancer
in the United States. One in 70,000 Americans will
be diagnosed with malignant melanoma - an increase
of 1,800% since the 1930's. Melanoma is the most
frequent cancer in women ages 25-29, second only
to breast cancer. More than 1 million cases of non-
melanoma skin cancer are also found each year.
The Dangers of Exposure
UVA rays can lead to premature signs of aging, dark
spots, discoloration and loss of elasticity. They
can pass through glass and reach deeper layers of
skin. UVB rays can cause sunburn and increase the
risk of skin cancer. They are strongest at low latitudes
and high latitudes - which increases as the ozone
Toxins such as smoke and pollution can lead to more
damage - long-term effects can include discoloration,
uneven skin, lines and wrinkles. Be careful on high
pollution days which the ozone levels are high.
The American Academy of Dermatology provides ten
tips for staying safe in the sun:
- Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen (protecting
the skin from both UVA and UVB light) with an
SPF of 15 or higher.
- Reapply sunscreen every two hours when outdoors
even on cloudy days.
- Wear protective, tightly woven clothing, such
as a long-sleeved shirt and pants.
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses when
- Stay in the shade whenever possible.
- Avoid reflective surfaces, which can reflect
up to 85 percent of the sun's damaging rays.
- Protect children from sun exposure.
- If you don't see your shadow, seek shade! If
your shadow is shorter than you are, you're likely
- Avoid tanning beds.
- Try to avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Article © Aveda. Article © American Academy of
Dermatology. Picture © http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/caer/ce/eek/earth/air
||Join in the Organic Rebellion
is just for fun - Join the adventures of Cuke Skywalker,
Obi-Wan Cannoli, Chewbroccoli and the rest of the
Organic Rebels fighting against Darth Tader and
the Dark Side of the Farm.
Picture © Grocery Store Wars
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