Maibara House by ALTS Design Office

Maibara House by ALTS Design Office

Architects: ALTS Design Office
Location: Shiga Prefecture, Japan
Year: 2015
Area: 124 sqm
Photo courtesy: Yuta Yamada

We made two open spaces of diverse sort in a site on this undertaking. The customer trusted an open space required security and a typical territory of the house. Anybody trust the two structures of diverse sort.


The first is a security minded house. We fabricated a two-story house and gave weight the prosperity of the family just. At that point second one has open perspectives quite recently like a recreation center where anybody can pop in.


It’s a level building as a get together corridor. Every building has a totally distinctive nature, however they associate one another tenderly in inner space.


We didn’t put two unique trusts in one space in light of the fact that it could well vanish every nature. Be that as it may, we isolated off two spaces daringly and exploited every nature maximally and could make an alluring spaces.


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There are situations of course that leave you utterly speechless

“There are situations of course that leave you utterly speechless. All you can do is hint at things. Words, too, can’t do more than just evoke things. That’s where dance comes in again.” 

– Pina Bausch

Photography: jayna photography with Tate McRae


Casa Brutale by OPA

Casa Brutale by OPA

Architects: OPA (Open Platform for Architecture)
Location: Greece
Year: 2015
Photo courtesy: OPA Works

Casa Brutale is a geometrical translation of the landscape. It is an unclad statement on the simplicity and harmony of contemporary architecture. It is a chameleonic living space, created to serve its owner and respect the environment. It is the inverted reference to Casa Malaparte, encased and protected by the tender earth that has hosted the human civilization for millennia. It is a complete study of aesthetics, structure, function and engineering, which thoroughly detailed, awaits solely its realisation.

Casa Brutale by OPA-01

Casa Brutale is OPA’s challenging vision of innovative architecture, where innovation refers to long forgotten terms such as ambience and materiality. Its subtle form allows for the magnificent view and the game of light and shadow to take center stage. The residence is constructed with simple materials: wood, glass and concrete, the convergence of the surrounding earth and water. The landscape is integral to the underlying concept, since elements penetrate and prevail over the construction. The roof of Casa Brutale, a glazed bottom swimming pool, is a continuation of the poetic Aegean Sea and in perfect communication with the vast blue of the Greek sky.

Casa Brutale by OPA-02

In essential simplicity, Casa Brutale is defined by three thick concrete slabs with all the installations preformed. The crystalline pool, made by reinforced glass, is set between the walls to smoothen the hard materials and let the abundant natural light through, illuminating the residence. The enormous glass façade frames and extracts the beauty of the Aegean. And small details of black-coated steel and brown/red aged wood complete the composition.

Casa Brutale by OPA-03In literal groundbreaking integration, Casa Brutale penetrates the landscape. The underground building benefits from a perfect homeostatic mechanism with thermal insulation from the surrounding ground, and the cooling properties of the swimming pool. The optical impact of the building on the landscape is minimal, with only one façade on the cliff side and no volume extruding from the ground level.Casa Brutale by OPA-04

Light penetrates the transparent or semi-transparent surfaces of Casa Brutale, bringing it to life. The dynamic light patterns caress the bare concrete with refractions and shadows. Bare concrete, or beton brut, is the finishing technique that gave the name to both brutalism and Casa Brutale. Raw, unpretentious, monolithic, marked by the wooden planks used to mold the casting.

Casa Brutale by OPA-05

After descending 50 stairs to the Aegean, under the shadows of epic concrete beams, you reach the entrance (also accessible by elevator). The tall, rotating door of aged wood (with the axis at ¾ lengths) opens to a breathtaking sea view, through the glass façade. The remaining space is bare, pure and simple; minimalism at its best. A concrete cast dining table is combined with concrete benches, clad with warm wood. Smooth curves sculpture the fireplace on the wall next to the bench. Behind the dining table, the guest room is formed under an old-fashioned Zoellner slab with a glass corner. Next to the guest room, there is a small passage to the utility rooms (storage room, bathroom and WC).

Casa Brutale by OPA-06

An inner staircase consists of thin, steel steps that allow the optical continuity from the kitchen to the glass façade. The staircase leads you to the mezzanine floor, where the master bedroom is exposed to the same overpowering vision of the Aegean. The bed is cast of concrete with wood finishing, while the walls are covered with mirror to enhance the play between light and shadows.

Casa Brutale by OPA-07

Casa Brutale redefines the harmonious coexistence of human and nature in a poetic homage to pure Brutalism.

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Two economists have developed a new measure that could be an improvement on GDP

Two economists have developed a new measure that could be an improvement on GDP

This article is published in collaboration with the Washington Center for Equitable Growth.
Pedestrians cast shadows on the crosswalk near the headquarters of the Bank of Japan in Tokyo December 19, 2014. The Bank of Japan maintained its massive monetary stimulus on Friday and offered a brighter view of the economy, clinging to hope that joint efforts with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to revitalise the economy will prod companies into boosting wages and investment.

The results show that standards of living measured by welfare have grown much quicker than standards based on income growth.
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Gross domestic product often gets confused for a measure of economic well-being. That’s understandable given how often GDP or GDP growth rates gets held up as the key measure of economic health. But should policymakers really care about how much an economy produces every year in and of itself? Economists (and many other people) would agree that increasing economic output is good in so much that it allows people to consume things, live longer, and have some leisure time. GDP, which is simply the value of all final goods and services produced in a country in one year, doesn’t fully capture those conditions. A new paper takes a stab at creating a measure of economic welfare.

The paper, by economists Charles Jones and Peter Klenow of Stanford University, was published in the latest issue of American Economic Review. The two economists try to move beyond GDP and build a measure of economic welfare that uses data on consumption, leisure, any inequality evident in those two variables, and life expectancy in a country. Why those data? In Jones and Klenow’s model, a person’s welfare is based on how much they can actually consume and how much time they can actually take off. If overall consumption is a small percent of income or worker hours are long, then economic welfare will be lower for a given level of economic output. The same goes for consumption or leisure inequality—if they are high (consumption and leisure are concentrated among a few people) or if life expectancy is low (a person might not be around long enough to enjoy consumption or leisure) then the average economic welfare will be lower than income alone would suggest.

Before digging into the specific results from the paper, let’s be clear that the measure of well-being developed by Jones and Klenow is dependent upon the assumptions of their model. The economists run the model with a number of other assumptions as a check on their results and they hold up. But the model-based nature of the results should be noted.

 Welfare and income are highly correlated at 0.96

Image: Jones and Klenow

The results end up being quite interesting. While there is a very strong correlation between the two authors’ measure of welfare and GDP per person, comparisons between countries are different than if we used GDP per person. If policymakers were to compare the United States to France by average consumption, for instance, then France’s living standard is only 60 percent of the U.S. level. But using a measure that includes France’s lower inequality, lower mortality rate, and more leisure, France’s welfare-based living standard is about 92 percent of the U.S. level, with inequality, mortality, and leisure all boosting the relative standard equally.

All Western European countries in the data set developed by Jones and Klenow end up looking closer to the United States based on this measures. Lower-income countries, however, appear further away from the high-income countries due to much lower life expectancy and high rates of inequality.

Jones and Klenow’s measure also can be used to make comparisons over time. Their results show that standards of living measured by welfare have grown much quicker than standards based on income growth. The difference—3 percent per year versus 2 percent per year from the 1980s to the mid-2000s—might not seem large, but it’s the difference between standards of living doubling every 24 years instead of in 36 years.

The new paper by Jones and Klenow makes for very interesting reading, but it’s only the beginning of a new effort. The two economists point out that with more and better data they could loosen some of their assumptions in the model and that there are other applications of their model for building measure of welfare. Hopefully, they and others looking at how to better capture trends in living standards will continue to work hard on these questions. But maybe, for their welfare’s sake, not too hard.

Written by

Nick Bunker,

This article is published in collaboration with the Washington Center for Equitable Growth.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author alone and not the World Economic Forum.


Watch + Learn: Warrior I Pose

Watch + Learn: Warrior I Pose


Virabhadrasana I may look simple, but this fierce pose, named after a warrior born from a lock of Lord Shiva’s hair, requires some serious multitasking.

The Yoga for Back Care DVD by Annie Carpenter is an essential guide to soothing and strengthening your whole back.

To learn more about this pose, read the article.


Check out this exercises and share it among your friends ;)

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インフル・肺炎・がんに効く 世界で発見!驚異のネギパワーSP

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香り成分アリシンの血流UP効果を高めるには“生”であることが大事!実は加熱するとアリシンは生まれないんです。また、アリシンをたくさん生み出すためには、“たくさん刻むこと”も重要。 薬味を食べる際、いつもよりちょっとかむ回数を増やしてみてはいかが?



“風邪を引いたらネギを首に巻きなさい” ― 迷信のように言われてきた『ネギの首巻き』、実はこれも「アリシン」による血流促進効果だと考えられています。風邪予防にオススメの首巻きの作り方はこちら。

1. 生の白ネギに切り込みを入れていく。たくさん切れば、『アリシン』もより多く生まれます。

2. 手ぬぐいやタオルで包み、首に巻けば完成!汁で肌がかぶれないようにしっかりと包んで下さい。香りが強い場合は、ネギの表面をちょっと加熱すれば和らげることも出来ます。お好みで調整を!








青ネギウェルシュレアビット (ウェールズの伝統料理『ウェルシュレアビット』をアレンジ)



  • 食パン 3枚
  • ネギの青と白の部分  200g
  • バター 10g
  • 小麦粉 大さじ1
  • 牛乳 100ml
  • ピザ用チーズ 100g
  • 塩 小さじ1/4
  • こしょう 少々


  1. ネギの青と白の部分を小口切りに。
  2. しなっとするまでバターで炒める。
  3. 小麦粉を入れ、粉っぽくならないようにしっかりと炒める。
  4. 牛乳を3回程度に分けて入れ、だまが出来ないように注意しながら混ぜる
  5. 弱火にして、ピザ用チーズを投入。   塩、こしょうで味を整えながら混ぜ合わせます。
  6. パンに塗り、トースターで4~5分、きつね色になるまで焼けば出来上がり。

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  • ネギの青い部分  3本分
  • 粗みじんの白ネギ  50g
  • 豚ひき肉 100g
  • 塩 小さじ1/2
  • こしょう 少々
  • 揚げ油 適宜


  • 小麦粉 大さじ4
  • 片栗粉 大さじ2
  • 水 大さじ10


  1. ネギの青い部分を4センチ程度の長さに切る
  2. 粗みじんの白ネギ、豚ひき肉、塩、こしょうをポリ袋に入れ混ぜ合わせる
  3. ポリ袋の角を切り、ネギの青い部分に絞り入れる
  4. 小麦粉をまぶし、衣(片栗粉と小麦粉を水で溶いたもの)をつける。
  5. 180℃の油でカラッと揚げればできあがり。

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  • ネギ 適量
  • みそ 適量


  1. ネギの青い部分を細かく刻む
  2. すり鉢などですり潰す
  3. 同量のみそとしっかり混ぜ合わせれば、 シャキシャキ食感の青ネギみそのできあがり。

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青ネギマヨネーズ(イタリアンシェフ 奥田政行さん考案)


  • ネギの青い部分 100g
  • 卵黄 1個
  • 酢 大さじ1
  • サラダ油 大さじ6
  • 塩 小さじ1
  • こしょう 少々


  1. ネギの青い部分を細かく刻む
  2. ネギ、酢、卵黄をフードプロセッサーに入れて混ぜる
  3. サラダ油を3回程度に分けて加えながら、更にかき混ぜていく。
  4. 塩・こしょうで味を整えればできあがり。

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Yoga Anatomy: Use Yoga to Ease Neck Tension from Slouching

Yoga Anatomy: Use Yoga to Ease Neck Tension from Slouching

Take a moment to sit in Dandasana (Staff Pose): Come to a seated position on the floor with your legs extended in front of you; or sit in a chair, with your spine stacked over your hips and your knees bent, feet flat on the floor. Now, place both hands next to your hips, press your palms down into the ground or chair, take a deep inhale, and notice how you feel. Then, let your shoulders cave in toward your chest, and allow your head to come forward and chest to collapse. How do you feel now?

When I ask my patients to do this simple exercise, 
they report a marked difference in their mood when comparing sitting upright (they use adjectives like “alert,” “happy,” and “bright”) versus hunched over (which prompts reactions like “sad,” “tired,” and “negative”). It’s clear this kind of slumping can lead 
to energetic problems, but it can also cause biomechanical issues that trigger pain. And the worst part is, the vast majority of us tend to adopt this shoulders-hunched, neck-craned-forward posture regularly throughout our day thanks to our desk-bound jobs and affinity for mobile electronic devices.

See also Too Much Desk Time? Here’s How Yoga Helps Muscular Imbalances

The Anatomy Behind Slouched Posture

First, it’s important to look at the muscular imbalances this posture creates. In this position, 
the muscles that round your shoulders and internally rotate your upper arm bones (subscapularis, teres major, and anterior deltoids) shorten, causing a feeling of tightness. What’s more, 
the pectoralis major and minor (chest muscles that draw your arms and shoulders forward and together) as well as the levator scapulae, scalenes, sternocleidomastoid, and upper trapezius (muscles in the back and side of your neck that hold your head forward) get overworked, which also leads to tightness. And then there are the muscles that get turned “off” and weaken: the ones that externally rotate the upper arm bones (infraspinatus, teres minor, and posterior deltoids); those that stabilize the shoulder blades and draw them down the back (serratus anterior, rhomboids, middle and lower trapezius); and the cervical or deep neck flexors (longus capitis and longus colli).

This simultaneous over- and under-working of muscle groups leads to imbalances that affect 
the shoulder girdle. Over time, chronic slumping can cause rotator cuff problems, such as rotator cuff syndrome (in which the muscles and tendons of the shoulder get pinched and inflamed, causing pain), and possibly even a rotator cuff tear thanks to chronic irritation. Neck pain is another common side effect. Think about it: When your head juts forward as you stare at a screen, your neck muscles—
specifically the levator scapulae and upper trapezius—have to contract to hold it up. As a result, the cervical flexors under the neck become tired and weak, causing yet another pain-inducing imbalance.

See also The Yoga of Smartphones: How to Avoid “Tech Neck”

3 Ways to Use Yoga to Release Neck Tension

Whatever the root cause of your slumping, your yoga practice can help 
alleviate any resulting pain or dips in mood by bringing more balance to the muscles 
in your chest, upper back, and neck.

1. These poses are a great place to start: 4 Yoga Poses for Better Posture, Less Neck Pain

2. I’m a big fan of holding Staff Pose: Sit upright with your palms pressing into the ground beside your hips. Draw your shoulders toward your midline and then slightly down your back; press your palms firmly into the ground and attempt to drag them away from each other isometrically. By doing so, you engage the weakened lower and middle trapezius and rhomboids, and you stretch the tight pectorals.

3. Here’s one more simple exercise for relaxing neck and chest tightness: Interlace the fingers of both hands and place them palm-down on the top of your head, right in the center. Press your head up into your hands as you gently press your hands down into your head. Hold this dual-pressing action for a few seconds, release for a few seconds, and then repeat once. You should feel a straightening of the spine and a lightness that may make you smile.

As I’ve learned, the best way to find the most brightness and to counter the inevitable muscular imbalances that arise as we move through our lives is to take the time 
to understand the biomechanics of these imbalances. We do so by using our body and studying the energetic shifts the imbalances cause, which in turn helps us more readily and predictably access the proper corrective yoga postures. It’s my opinion that this is what yoga is really for.

See also A Healing Yoga Sequence to Ease Neck + Shoulder Pain

About Our Writer
Teacher Ray Long, MD, is 
an orthopedic surgeon in Detroit and the founder of Bandha Yoga, a website and book series dedicated to the anatomy and biomechanics of yoga.




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Help Improve Workshop Access for Central Americans

Help Improve Workshop Access for Central Americans

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By Tim O’Hara

Workshops, one of many forms of education, are expensive to organize, risky to run, and an immense amount of work to pull off and host well. They can also be transformational and inspirational for the participants and provide them with an amazing educational experience. We have been offering life-changing courses and classes in a vast array of areas related to sustainability for over 15 years. During this time our core team has reflected on how to assure that our offerings are accessible to as many people as possible, especially low-income and future leaders in our region, without running our business into the red. It’s been a fine line to walk and one that we’ve commonly fallen on the wrong side of.

In 2015 we began a discussion about how to provide Central Americans with options to apply for economic assistance to attend permaculture, natural building and other sustainability related courses in our region. It is not uncommon for regional workshops to cost working Central Americans months of pay or more. Moreover, workshop students commonly lose income and make other sacrifices while away from their obligations at home. It’s a difficult situation that leaves these opportunities out of reach to the majority of people that are interested in them. From our observations, there are a growing number of people in our area that have a strong desire to participate in courses which will expand their horizons, expose them to valuable networking opportunities, and provide them with hard skills that they can take back to their communities. With all of this in mind, the idea of a scholarship fund began to emerge and make increasing sense.


Mastate Charitable Foundation (MCF), a small non-profit under the umbrella of the Marion Institute, achieved some important fundraising successes in 2015-16 that allowed them to create a Central American Scholarship Fund Program that provided seven partial scholarships to our Permaculture Design and Wilderness First Responder Certification courses and 2017 Apprenticeship in Sustainable Living.

Based on these favorable developments and the associated positive experiences participants had, we have been encouraged to look for ways to expand this program so as to meet the growing demand for these types of opportunities in the future.

Rancho Mastatal has already received over 20 scholarship applications for classes taking place in 2017. We believe that there are few better investments than supporting meaningful and empowering education for leaders rooted in their communities. In too many cases, populations worldwide have suffered the degradation of their communal structures from years of neglect and shrinking budgets, brain drain, worsening economic situations, and environmental atrocities that make living in certain areas of the world less viable. To rebuild will require courageous leadership, hard work and resources.

If you or someone you know would like to sponsor one or more scholarships during the upcoming calendar year please learn more about MCFs charitable work here. Tax deductible donations for the Central American Scholarship Fund can be made here.  General donations can also be made on the MCF website here. The opportunities provided by your assistance can change the trajectory of not only a scholarship recipient but of their entire community. Help us to support a more sustainable future for Central America.


We love food preservation at the Ranch, usually by means of fermentation. One of our challenges is finding good supplies, e.g. food grade, appropriate scale, etc., here in Costa Rica. But for you all in the States, you might check out Pantry Paratus for a great selection of supplies.

As our team at the Ranch looks toward the future, we’ve found much inspiration in the recent writings on commoning by David Bollier. We highly recommend the article Commoning as a Transformative Social Paradigm.   You may also want to check out the workshop Reinventing the Commons:  Social Ecosystems for Local Stewardship & Planetary Survival.


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核一除役展開二階範疇界定 核廢送德州成選項

核一除役展開二階範疇界定 核廢送德州成選項

 建立於 2016/12/16





避免核一淪核廢最終貯存場  環委建議原地建綠電設施





核廢料沒人愛  送往美國德州「永久儲存」成選項




據原能會資料,有意願收送核廢料的是德州洛文郡(Loving County, Texas),當地幅員遼闊,1,753平方公里的居民人口卻僅93人,鄰近又已有WIPP廢料處置先導場與URENCO燃料廠,也方便取得技術支援,可望在2025年做為美國核廢集中貯存場。





劃設傳統領域排除私有地 原民憂「部落一定會被掏空」

劃設傳統領域排除私有地 原民憂「部落一定會被掏空」

 建立於 2016/12/16









排除私有地大開方便之門? 原民憂開發掏空部落


「大開開發大門!」Pangcah阿美族守護聯盟Namoh Nofu Pacidal細數東海岸開發案,遠雄海洋公園、寶盛水族生態遊樂區、滿地富遊樂區、旭塔觀光飯店、娜路彎大酒店、棕櫚濱海渡假村、都蘭灣黃金海休閒渡假村、台東渡假村、杉原遊艇……等相關歷年開發案,私有地佔54%到100%不等,排除私有地管制的劃設辦法,等同不須經過部落知情同意權。









積極捍衛部落主權  原青:傳統領域是族群命脈

原住民族青年陣線Savungaz Valincinan更指出,原民對土地的概念與政府並不同,對他們而言,傳統領域談的是主權而非產權。對原住民族來說,土地是生命、是族群的命脈、是文化得以成長的根基。原住民族傳統領域是先於國家法規而存在的自然主權,完全沒有公有私有的問題。







憂台化訴願翻盤復工 彰化縣民北上要求旁聽遭拒


憂台化訴願翻盤復工 彰化縣民北上要求旁聽遭拒

 建立於 2016/12/16




喚醒彰化青年聯盟成員楊子賢(持麥克風者)要求開放民眾進訴願會表達意見。 攝影:陳文姿

擔心李應元影響訴願審查  彰化縣民要求開放旁聽

台化彰化廠M16、M17、 M22鍋爐燃燒的生煤許可證9月28日到期,經36次送件申請展延,但彰化縣府都以未合審查標準而退回申請。三座鍋爐因此停止,也造成台化停工,台化隨即對環署提起訴願。



環署:不應干擾訴願會獨立性  環團:要求公開並不衝突



環保署主秘謝燕儒(左)出面與群眾對話。 攝影:陳文姿




民眾向環保署主秘謝燕儒(左)要求開放訴願會旁聽。 攝影:陳文姿





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台化停工,空氣真的變好了。彰化民眾特地北上,支持縣府拒絕台化許可證延期的決定。 攝影:陳文姿
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《心靈研磨坊 ─ 身心體能極限的突破,放慢步調,邁開腳步,輕鬆地悠遊著....》

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