The horrific wildfires in Australia have highlighted the way climate change can affect our daily lives. As the impact of a rising thermometer becomes more and more obvious the need for workable solutions takes center stage. High tech and new ideas are often seen as the best answer.
But it might also be worth looking back. Low-tech approaches that have been practiced for thousands of years may point the way forward.
Growing your own food is one of life’s great pleasures—plus it’s good for you and for the environment. But in increasingly tight, urban homes, we don’t all have room for gardens. And hydroponic systems, as appealing as they may be, often appear to be a whole lot of hardware for only a bit of actual green. Some fresh arugula would be nice for dinner, but who wants giant plastic box taking up half their kitchen to get a few leaves?
These days frequent travelers often avoid the rental car counter. Rideshare and parking woes are the most common reasons given. But for some the angst of “learning” an unknown car can be a turn-off. Not to mention the grab bag selection process most rental agencies offer.
Audi wants to ease the stress.
Their rental service called Silvercar only offers (you guessed it) late-model Audis. Offering premium features you typically pay extra for, Silvercar is popular for several reasons. Now the service has been expanded and Audi owners can now take advantage of free rental offers.
Eero Saarinen’s visionary TWA Flight Center is as iconic as buildings get. The futuristic building has outlasted the airline for which it was built, and for a time was abandoned. Next month the building will live again as a boutique hotel.
Another reborn icon from that era is a bit more esoteric.