(1) If you ever get the chance to visit Houston's Green Building Resource Center, it's well worth a drop-in.
|1002 Washington Avenue, a short distance off IH-45 near the city core. Public Works and Engineering does a lot of city permit administration out of this location.|
|There are displays of various building materials and techniques...|
|...all very artfully arranged, plus there's actual art all over the place as well, and I'm also a fan of art...|
|...especially if the art has a local connection and is designed to serve a specific purpose.|
|Here's some art of the wall-hanging type, made to look like graffiti, but you recognize it, don't you? You've seen that configuration before. Cross-referencing is king. In this case, king of the highway.|
|...such as this device by Gro Pod, which could be made to work well in microscopic back yards such as we have in Centerpointe, where folks might like to do a bit of gardening but don't know how to squeeze it in. And not only that, I believe this device might be available for less money than you'd pay at a retail big-box home improvement store for an analogous product.|
(2) The Houtopia festival is tomorrow from 12 pm to 6 pm. Booths, live music, all that jazz. Here's a YouTube embed describing it, with hat tip to Houston Green Scene on Facebook. Blogger, in all of its infinite Google-driven glory, is unable to index this on YouTube, so this might come across as an improperly-sized embed: