Local Legends: Danny Hess

Danny Hess is a legend. He’s a San Francisco  funhogger, shaper, surfer and staple who calls the fog soaked shore of Ocean Beach home. His small shaping studio is just a few blocks from some of North America’s best sand bars, which affords a perfect opportunity to hone the art of board building with sustainable…

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Why the buildings of the future will be shaped by … you

Architecture is not about math or zoning — it’s about visceral emotions,” says Marc Kushner. In a sweeping — often funny — talk, he zooms through the past thirty years of architecture to show how the public, once disconnected, have become an essential part of the design process. With the help of social media, feedback…

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How a plant from Arizona is changing the face of Patagonia’s Wetsuits

A recent New York Times feature explains how Patagonia’s newest line of eco-friendly wetsuits, the Yulex, have shifted the paradigm of an industry historically dominated by a fossil fuel based neoprene industry by simply introducing the guayule plant (Parthenium argentatum) and natural rubber from hevea trees into the supply chain. The guayule plant is a hardy relative…

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Patagonia Going Green, Yet Again….

This week Patagonia announced that one of their most popular jackets, the Nano Puff, is now being constructed with 55% recycled content, making a high performance, technical and an already green jacket even greener. “While it’s not easy to lighten the environmental impact of a technical piece like the Nano Puff without sacrificing performance, Patagonia…

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