Stadium Lofts: Repurposing Indianapolis’s Art Deco Bush Baseball Stadium Into 134 Residences.

Stadium Lofts - Bush Stadium Indianapolis.Jubbling loves the Stadium Lofts project. Adaptively designed by Heartland Design, the Stadium Loft complex is turning Indianapolis’s old Bush Stadium into 134 residences.

Bush Stadium was built in 1931 but hasn’t seen any baseball action since 1996. More recently, the art deco stadium was used as a parking lot for Cash for Clunker cars. Now, as part of Develop Indy redevelopment project, the normally demolished stadium is being turned into housing. From The Architect’s Newspaper:

“Bush Stadium’s stone art deco entrance and flanking brick walls have been incorporated into the new building, and the stadium’s steel canopy forms the roof. The existing structure has been shored up and windows added to the brick walls.”

Other features include creating common areas out of the original ticket booths and the baseball field (with concrete replacing base paths) will remain as an open green space for residents.

The Stadium Lofts will have easy access to pedestrian paths and trails and convenient access to shopping, restaurants and downtown. What’s not to like? [The Architect’s Newspaper]



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Submerged Art Installations And Sculptures Made From Our Marine Trash.

Forlane 6 Studio - Posidonia

Posidonia

Scuba artists Mathieu Goussin and Hortense Le Calvez built underwater art sculptures out of marine trash.

Forlane 6 Studio - Martini Effect

Martini Effect

Here is a portion of their artistic statement:

“In response to our time of alarming climate change, the work presents a deliberate immersion of the objects that compose our daily surroundings. The certainty that in a near future, global issues will bring disastrous consequences on the environment creates a disturbing atmosphere. However the mass production rate of artificial material seems unstoppable. It overflows well beyond land frontiers and the seas surface, as it penetrates the depth of a distant and foreign space.”

You can read the full artistic statement on the Forlane 6 Studio website.

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Jubbling Compares Bottle Water Sales To Depend Adult Diapers (From 2012)

We’re out of town this week so we decided to re-post some of our articles from 2012. In “Bad News Of The Day: Bottled Water Sales Increased In 2011,” we tried to understand why people freakishly seek out bottled water when safe drinking water is available everywhere in the US. And as a bonus, we used a Depend adult diaper analogy to bring it all together.

Plastic Bottled Water

“Although the U.S. has among the safest tap water in the world, the U.S. remains the largest market for bottled water. The next two, in order, are China and Mexico, both countries in which tap water is either unavailable, or typically not considered safe to drink.
Charles Fishman, FastCo.Exist, Americans Guzzling More Bottled Water Than Ever


Choosing to pay for water stored in a plastic bottle for who knows how long over getting it from the tap is absolutely nuts. And trying to make the argument that buying bottled water over soda doesn’t jive either because safe and clean soft drinks are not freely running through our taps in the same way as water.

In 2011, we unfortunately reversed a 3-year downward trend and consumed more plastic enclosed water than ever – 29.2 gallons per person based on data from the Beverage Marketing Corp (BMC). According to the BMC, people choose bottled water because they consider it “convenient, appealing and also healthy.” Sounds like we’re getting suckered into a marketing message.

Would you pay $1.29 for somebody to run into your house or a restaurant to fill a reusable water bottle for you? Probably not but we will thoughtlessly shell the same amount of money to buy bottled water.

999BottlesCrowdsourced apps that tell you drinking fountain locations are neat but are not the solution. And gimmicky $29 stainless models like 999Bottles, that let you count how many plastic ones you avoid, aren’t the solution either.

Reversing the reversal.
The solution is simple: just don’t buy bottled water. We’ve complicated the issue of not buying bottled water so much that we keep coming up with unnecessary alternatives like fountain apps and the over-priced 999Bottles. If you have a personal drinking container – mini-marts, restaurants and grocery stores will let you refill your water bottle using their fountain drink dispensers at no charge. And if you don’t have a container, drink sink water out of your hand.

Think about it, we’re talking about clean water that is more available in the US than public restrooms. We don’t put on our Depend brand adult diapers every morning in fear of not finding a public toilet. We trust in the fact that if we have to go, we will find one. Finding and consuming clean drinking water should be viewed the same uncomplicated way.

So if you need to drink some water, don’t play chess with the idea of finding an un-plastic source. Free, clean and safe drinking water is available everywhere in the US and if you’re without your stainless reusable bottle, drink it out of your hand. [FastCo.Exist]

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United Nation’s Think.Eat.Save Campaign To Reduce Food Waste.

Mound of wasted food.The Think.Eat.Save campaign wants to make it easy for people to reduce the amount of food they throw out. With the help of the NRDC and WRAP UK, Think.Eat.Save compiled a list of tips we can follow immediately to reduce food waste. Here are some to help you get started:

  1. Shop Smart — plan meals, use shopping lists and avoid impulse buys. Don’t succumb to marketing tricks that lead you to buy more food than you need, particularly for perishable items.
  2. Understand Expiration Dates — in the US, “sell-by” and “use-by” dates are not federally regulated and do not indicate safety, except on certain baby foods. Rather, they are manufacturer suggestions for peak quality. Most foods can be safely consumed well after their use-by dates.
  3. Zero Down Your Fridge — eat food that is already in your fridge before buying more or making something new, which will save time and money.
  4. Say Freeze and Use Your Freezer — frozen foods remain safe indefinitely. Freeze fresh produce and leftovers if you won’t have the chance to eat them before they go bad.
  5. Request Smaller Portions — restaurants will often provide half-portions upon request at reduced prices.
  6. Love Leftovers – tonight’s leftover chicken roast can be part of tomorrow’s sandwich. Very few of us take leftovers home from restaurants. Don’t be embarrassed to do so!

Worldwide, over 1/3 of all food produced is not consumed. And the waste isn’t limited to tossed food; it’s also a massive waste of land, energy and water necessary to produce and deliver the 1.2+ billion tons of food we throw out. [Guardian]

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‘MAN’ Animated Short By Steve Cutts Looks At Mans Dysfunctional Relationship With The Natural World.

Steve Cutt’s “MAN” animated video is described as “mans relationship with the natural world” and it reminds me a little of WALL-E (without the happy ending). Whether we like it or not, we all make guest appearances in this video. [Laughing Squid]

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The Majestic Plastic Bag Video: The Mutual Of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom Episode We Almost Missed.

Narrated by Jeremy Irons, “The Majestic Plastic Bag” was created by Heal the Bay in 2010. The video was recirculated when it was attached to California’s AB 298 – a bill to ban plastic bags. Unfortunately the bill failed in the California legislature.

Jeremy Irons’ documentary “Trashed” is now in limited release in the US. [AVAAZ]


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