creativity adds to a successful urban retail service

I wish we have more inventive retail models to show  in various communities. We need unique ideas, inventive and speak more of the community itself to preserve and enhance the authenticity of communities. Chain stores, franchises, heavy capital investment are not the only answers....
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Things that are not there…an illusionary dream of cosmic energy

Create your own Zen garden If a calm, visual space is appealing, create your own Zen garden. Do some homework. Study Zen designs in magazines and books, including those of the 15th-century contemplation karesansui gardens at Ryoanji Temple in Kyoto, Japan. Use these ideas to help create a garden to your liking and that suits your needs. What makes a Zen garden beautiful? Aesthetic qualities include asymmetry, simplicity, tranquility, patina, naturalness and freedom from convention, says landscape architect Keiji Asakura (asakurarobinson.com). Keep in mind that the Zen value rests on things that are not there, barely there or implied. Rocks and...
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New Hope Housing installation of art

Plasma cut sheet metal made into fanciful art fence/screen. The artist is Carmen Lomaz Garza from California. Isn’t this great?  Be sure to go see. There are three panels along the north bound of I 45 around Telephone Road exit few mile south of Downtown....
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Fire Station 90 signage.

You’d think the fire department would understand the importance of water conservation… After the fight they initially put up they finally get it....
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Zen in the art of Garden Appreciation

The seven main aesthetic qualities in Zen 禅gardens are asymmetry, simplicity, patina, naturalness, massiveness or deepness, freedom from convention and tranquility. Another way to describe this idea in Japanese is “Wabi Sabi and Shibui 侘寂渋い” It is about imperfection, impermanence and transience. It represents asymmetry, asperity, simplicity, modesty, intimacy and suggestion of natural process. Specifically for the garden design, the idea is called “Karesansui  枯山水“or using stones and pebbles to represent mountains and moving water. Arrangements of such suggest asymmetry, simplicity and transience. One would see ocean and mountain valleys in the arrangements, and some would find much deeper meanings...
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Zen in the Art of Noodle Soup

Zen in the art of soup noodle preparation starts with appreciation, appreciation of each of ingredients, where and how they have arrive in front of you from vastness of wheat fields, farm range of chicken, tides of ocean, crisp spring rain and long lingering summer sunset. Two pots, a pot of noodles and a pot for the broth. A large bowl Zen in the art of soup noodle is clarity and depth in complexity of the broth, precise tenderness of the noodles, wholeness of tender meat, brightness of added vegetable, a hint of oil, sharpness of sliced green onion, balanced...
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HANC’s Green Wall

“Making a green wall in your own back yard would be a fun project (under the right conditions...), choose your plant material carefully and remember to keep your soaker hose attached!”...
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Keeping Busy

If there’s one upside to a dismal economy, it’s that it gives you a chance to focus on things you might otherwise put off. I’ve been able to take advantage of several interesting ventures that I know will be a worthwhile endeavor, and good economy or bad, I want to keep these projects on the forefront of my ‘to do’ list! After several conversations with different individuals throughout the city, I realized that the ‘children and nature’ movement spawned by author Richard Louv is ready to spring to action here in Houston. There are so many wonderful organizations and individuals...
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