Green industry employment increasing in the United States

For the first time the Bureau of Labor Statistics has come up with an official count of environmentally friendly jobs.

The report was published in March 2012 and its figures are from 2010. The analysis says that more than 3.1 million people in the United States are employed in green jobs, 2.3 million in the private sector and 860.300 in the public sector. Environmental groups cheered the report as an affirmation that green jobs are a real factor in nation´s economic growth. “These green jobs are very real and important to our rebuilding economy, said Cai Steger, energy policy analyst at the Natural Resources Defense Council.

For further information: bls.gov

 

 

RAUSCH presents exclusive design collections on spoga+gafa 2012

Enjoying a perfect moment with all senses – sharing inspiring times with people who appreciate something special. Since 1932, the name RAUSCH has stood for good life here and now.

The exclusive design collections can be found in the world’s best hotels, in golf clubs and on cruise ships. The company RAUSCH devotes its passion to the fine things in life and creates exterior environments that invite you to linger. With collections of exquisite taste and innovative design RAUSCH persuades consumers.

This chaise longue called “Florida Sunset” is only one example of RAUSCH design. The weave is made from high-quality polyethylene fibers. This ideal material for outdoor use is color and UV-proof, eco-friendly and recyclable. By deliberate manual intervention in the production process small irregularities in the color texture are achieved. These multiple colorations with stripes give the weave a unique appearance. Cleaning with soap sud, sponge or brush is easy.

For further information: www.rausch-classics.com

UMBROSA presents innovative shade creations on spoga+gafa 2012

UMBROSA, situated in Belgium, enables people to enjoy the sun by creating shade in an attractive and simple way. The unique products of UMBROSA transform garden or terrace into a sunsafe oasis of tranquility and enjoyment.

The Ingenua shade sail for example provides a large and flexible shaded area ensuring full enjoyment of the garden or terrace. Thanks to its ingenious sliding mechanism on the pales, combined with the triangular, square, rectangular or penta shaped ensioned sails, Ingenua offers an unlimited number of positions. This enables everyone to adjust the sail to the required shade in no time. It is also possible to attach the shade sail to a wall or a tree in combination with two or more poles.

For further information: umbrosa.be

grow – Inspiring international artists

The international trade fair for the garden industry is also exploring new ideas when it comes to its advertising campaigns.

In collaboration with the Egger Grey agency in Berlin, spoga+gafa will be presenting five international artists who have gained inspiration from the event’s central theme “grow” and have interpreted it in their own special way through their illustrations.


Acci Baba
From a very young age, the Japan native has worked on refining his skills in traditional calligraphy. His mother, who is also his biggest mentor, introduced him to this historic art form. Acci spent some time in San Francisco before he found success with his artwork in Tokyo. He currently lives with his family in Berlin. 

Apo Fousek
Apo is an extraordinarily talented artist, skater and surfer. When he’s not working, you will find him riding the waves in Brazil or California. The environmental activist is a celebrated artist of the Brazilian underground.

Matthias Gephart
Dada, pop and subculture? Based in his adopted hometown of Berlin, Matthias combines various styles with a graffiti background from his time in Germany’s Ruhr region. His illustrations have been recognised with the “Red Dot Design Award” and the “Art Directors Club Award”, already appearing in multiple international media publications. 

Neil Duerden
The illustrator and designer is regarded as an expert on the theme of “mixed media”. He has a superb command of pixels and vectors in equal measure. Based in Manchester, Neil lets his imagination run free when creating pieces of work for international clients.

Stephanie Wiehle
This artist from Berlin always had a soft spot for pen and paper. It thus came as no surprise that she channelled this talent into becoming an illustrator. Whether with pen, fineliner, graphite or paintbrush, Stephanie loves to draw by hand. She has a particular interest in typography, where her fondness for a detailed, playful style can be further explored.

 

Towers of Trees – Vertical Forests in the Sky

The Vertical Forest project aims to build high-density tower blocks with trees within the city.

The first example of a Bosco Verticale/Vertical Forest is currently under construction in the Garibaldi Repubblica area in Milan, with two towers which are 80 metres and 112 metres tall respectively, and which will be able to hold 480 big and medium size trees, 250 small size trees, 11.000 groundcover plants and 5.000 shrubs (the equivalent of a hectare of forest). The Vertical Forest has at its heart an concept of architecture which demineralises urban areas and uses the changing shape and form of leaves for its facades, and thus which hands over to vegetation itself the task of absorbing the dust in the air, and of creating an adequate micro-climate in order to filter out the sunlight. This is a kind of biological architecture which refuses to adopt a strictly technological and mechanical approach to environmental sustainability.

Vertical Forest increases biodiversity. It helps to set up an urban ecosystem where different kinds of vegetation create a vertical environment which can also be colonised by birds and insects, and thus becomes both a magnet for and a symbol of the spontaneous recolonisation of the city by vegetation and by animal life. The creation of a number of vertical forests in the city will be able to create a network of environmental corridors which will give life to the main parks in the city, bringing the green space of avenues and gardens and connecting various spaces of spontaneous vegetation growth.

Trees are a key element in understanding architectural projects and garden systems. In this case the choice of the types of trees was made to fit with their positioning on the facades and in terms of their height, and took two years to conclude alongside a group of botanists. The plants used in this project will be grown specifically for this purpose and will be pre-cultivated. Over this period these plants slowly got used to the conditions they will be placed in on the building.

For further information: stefanoboeriarchitetti.net