Thursday, March 29

new links

This week I finally got around to reorganizing my links. I also added a bunch of new ones.

Album cover by Tavet Gillson for Enjoy New York, an upcoming compilation by Premier Cru Music.

Of the new links, here are some of my favorites:

Fogonazos is a bilingual blog with a unique perspective on the built and natural environment. I really like the post on the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

The Princeton Architectural Press publishes well-written and visually stunning books. For folks fascinated by materials, like me, Liquid Stone is a must-read.

Fab Prefab is a resource for modern prefabricated design. Container Bay, one section of the site, is an incredible index of designs for habitable shipping containers.


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Anonymous said...

wow how depressing, what an awful place to have to live. nothing but buildings, brick and decay. Thank god I have had the good fortune to live my life in Alaska. I know sooner rather than later, the collective will destroy the wilderness here even to the degree it's been destroyed where you live.

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HuarenRadio said...

you captured all the good spots

Yeti said...

I really liked your blog and your pictures.
Very interesting. I am living in NY and I found this city more and more stressing and crazy out of control, I am shocked to see that people are accepting so much to get so little, or to be left with so little at this end of day.

Thank you

Marlena said...

I found your blog very interesting.

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The birth of Catskill Mountainkeeper

Seeking a vision


MONTICELLO, NY — A new environmental and planning group aims to create a vision for the region and prevent “ill conceived, out-of-scale development.”

The group’s name is Catskill Mountainkeeper, and is modeled after Riverkeeper, the environmental group that played a crucial role in bring the Hudson River back to life after it was nearly killed by industrial pollution in the middle of the 20th century.

Mountainkeeper launched itself on May 10 with a news conference on the lawn in front of the Sullivan County Government Center. The organization boasts an impressive list of supporters.

The board includes the president of the Open Space Institute, the organization that buys land to be preserved as open space in the Catskills. Another board member is on the board of the National Resource Defense Council, the group that is battling the proposed Mohawk casino over environmental issues. Another board member is a member of the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development. And another board member is Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

Joseph Martens, the chairman of the Mountainkeeper board, said the group’s main mission is to establish a vision for the seven counties situated in the Catskill Mountains: Sullivan, Ulster, Delaware, Greene, Otsego, Schoharie and part of Albany County.

Martens said the Catskill region is at a crossroads, and Mountainkeeper intends to create a “network of citizens” to advance the goals of smart planning.

Ramsey Adams, the executive director of Mountainkeeper, said the organization, which will open an office in Youngsville in July, would be funded through individual donations, grants and fundraising events.

Wes Gillingham, a local organic farmer who is the organization’s program director, said the group would be joining the fight against the New York Regional Interconnection power line project. He said farmland protection would also be at the top of the group’s agenda. “These mountains have shaped the kind of people we are, ” he said. He hoped that Mountainkeeper would help ensure that his children will be able to continue to enjoy the same quality of life that he has as a lifelong resident of the region.

More information about the group can be found at

Discovery Center CEO remarks

Patrick Dollard, CEO of The Center for Discovery, the largest private employer in Sullivan County and an organization that has been at the forefront of green technology initiatives here, spoke at the Mountainkeeper news conference.

He said in his role with the center, which treats people with disabilities, he has become convinced that the environment is inextricably linked with the development of human genes. He said he is seeing more and more that grandparents are becoming concerned about how pollutants such as mercury and PCBs are having a negative impact on the health of their grandchildren. He said there is evidence that environmental conditions may be linked to diseases such as autism and neurological disorders, and certainly to ones like cancer.

He said, “People need to pay attention to human environmental impacts, to what we’re doing to our food, water and air.”

He envisioned that Catskill Mountainkeeper could play an important role in pursuing that agenda.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to visit that place!