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Summing up yök Casa + Cultura with upcycled cardboard furniture, VOC-free paint and sustainable tourism

Sun, 28 Sep 2014 19:05:48 -0400

(image) This is my last post about my current eco-venture in Barcelona: yök Casa + Cultura. We believe that good tourism is possible thanks to common sense, eco-design and working for People, Planet and Profit.



Upcycled kitchens made from local materials are made to last.

Sat, 06 Sep 2014 19:06:41 -0400

(image) Made from used wooden pallets and a recycled countertop, the kitchens at yök Casa + Cultura in Spain are made to last.



How Astral Nature redesigns their bed to fit yök Casa + Cultura eco-criteria

Mon, 25 Aug 2014 13:42:10 -0400

(image) Astral Nature has the perfect mattresses: all natural ingredients and locally made just outside Barcelona. However, at yök Casa + Cultura we also needed an eco base. Luckily, Astral made some changes to theirs. The result: green beds, such luxury!



Greening our bathrooms without sacrificing the experience of our guests at yök Casa + Cultura

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:30:27 -0400

(image) At yök we do not only work hard to save energy, but also water. According to Airbnb, guests in Europe renting a home use 45% less water than when staying in a hotel. But there is more to a bathroom than saving water; materials also play an important role



Upcycled stools by designer Curro Claret and Arrels Fundació for yök Casa + Cultura

Tue, 12 Aug 2014 12:44:03 -0400

(image) yök commissions upcycled stools by ex homess people and Curro Claret



What we do at yök to have our guests use less electricity and still have a good time

Thu, 07 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0400

(image) Home automation, LED lighting, ceiling fans, insulation, energy monitoring and other tricks will save energy without sacrificing the experience in our holiday rental apartments.



All the details about yök Casa + Cultura’s office in Barcelona

Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:41:32 -0400

(image) We are still eco-renovating! Here is what we did to our office, a top floor space in the heart of Barcelona. Insulation, energy-saving devices and non-toxic, recycled materials are key.



Wood fibres as insulation material for yök Casa + Cultura

Tue, 29 Apr 2014 09:00:00 -0400

(image) I believe we made the right decision in choosing Isonat Flex, made of wood fibres, over mineral wool or cellulose to insulate our low-VOC drywalls. Here's how we made the decision.



Mirror mirror on the wall, which is the eco-friendliest of them washbasins for yök Casa + Cultura?

Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:00:00 -0400

(image) What is the best eco option- longlasting porcelain sinks, 100% recyclable, lightweight LDPE ones or second hand washbasins? Here's the story of how we chose the sinks for our non-hotel in Barcelona.



PEX over copper for the plumbing at yök Casa + Cultura

Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:00:00 -0400

(image) Copper is recyclable, but requires a lot of energy to do so. For our plumbing system, we opted for PEX, a crosslinked Polyethylene that is easy to install, non-toxic and long-lasting.



yök Casa + Cultura: A+ certified low-VOC drywalls by Knauf

Mon, 03 Mar 2014 08:00:00 -0500

(image) In the end it needs to work, fit the budget and be easy to install. To divide our spaces, we opted for low-VOC drywalls, locally made in Spain. That way, no floors or ceilings shall be harmed!



yök Casa + Cultura: (down)cycling old walls and preserving for the future

Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:23:32 -0500

(image) Recyclability is key at yök's eco-renovation. First, preserve everything we can, then recycle everything that has to go and lastly, make sure any new stuff is recyclable in the future.



yök Casa + Cultura: Eco-renovation in Barcelona!

Mon, 17 Feb 2014 14:15:37 -0500

(image) Follow the step-by-step eco-renovation of a 100-year-old Modernisme-style space into apartments in Barcelona. From upcycling to smart water-saving devices and insulating rooftop plants, yök Casa + Cultura is about sustainability and the local culture.



It's Not Easy Being Green: Two Designers Explore Sustainability Worldwide (Book Review)

Wed, 02 Jan 2013 12:07:00 -0500

(image) Designers Aart van Bezooyen and Paula Raché tell their story of adventure, people and sustainability.



A Dank Laundromat Is Transformed into a Modern, Sunny Studio in Barcelona

Thu, 27 Dec 2012 10:00:00 -0500

(image) Maio Studio turned an old, dark launderette into a bright new co-working space for creative professionals.



The Spanish Porrón- an Eco-Friendly Way to Drink Wine

Thu, 20 Dec 2012 04:14:19 -0500

(image) The Spanish porrón is a glass pitcher in the shape of a watering can that gets passed around at big events. That way, there is no need for plastic glasses or washing up!



Today, the One-Billionth Tourist Will Arrives Somewhere in the World, And Better Buy Local! (Infographic)

Thu, 13 Dec 2012 03:14:12 -0500

(image) One billion tourists have travelled the world in 2012, marking a new record for international tourism. By buying local, saving energy and transportation, protecting heritage and respecting the local culture, 1 billion tourists are 1 billion opportunities.



Less Octopus, More Spider Crab. Climate Change Dictates This Year’s Christmas Menu in Spain

Thu, 06 Dec 2012 06:00:00 -0500

(image) This year, most people can afford spider crab for Christmas, but no more octopus! Climate change and overfishing have reduced the amount of octopus, the crabs' predator, in spanish waters, and at the same time crabs are thirving.



Buying Bulk in Barcelona: When Tradition Meets Sustainability (Photos)

Thu, 29 Nov 2012 06:22:33 -0500

(image) In Barcelona, buying bulk is part of the city's history -- and visiting one of these historic shops is a unique olfactory experience.



The Citrus Spray by Lékué Lets You Spray Juice Directly from the Fruit (Video)

Thu, 22 Nov 2012 05:00:00 -0500

(image) Citrus Spray is a spray nozzle that you can screw directly into the fruit and use it to add fresh juice to plates and drinks without losing precious vitamins.



Curro Claret Gets Former Homeless People to Design New Camper Shop From Recycled Materials (Photos)

Thu, 15 Nov 2012 06:30:00 -0500

(image) Instead of designing it himself, Curro Claret gets people in risk of social exclusion to create and build Camper's shoe store in Barcelona, using reclaimed materials. The result is a fun store with a lot of personality.



Enough Public Bike Sharing, Says Barcelona’s City Council. Get Your Own Bicycles!

Fri, 09 Nov 2012 06:45:30 -0500

(image) Barcelona's bike sharing users are in an uproar; the city council wants to raise the anual fee by 116% in order to reduce the transportation budget.



A Smart Guide to Utopia: 111 Inspiring Ideas for a Better City (Book Review)

Thu, 01 Nov 2012 08:00:00 -0400

(image) This unique travel guide is the perfect book for the eco-conscious non-tourist. It features 111 projects you can visit around Europe, that make our cities better.



El Nebot del Persianer, a Project by Salva Nadal to Save the Spanish Sunblinds from Disappearing

Thu, 25 Oct 2012 13:53:40 -0400

(image) Designer Salva Nadal learned how to turn canes into blinds from his uncle and is now designing a collection of products to save this Spanish craftsmanship from dying out. The results are beautiful eco-friendly lamps and a table for now.



B'Kid, the Balance Bike that Grows with your Child (Photos)

Thu, 18 Oct 2012 04:00:00 -0400

(image) A wooden kids' bike with a cork seat adapts to the child's necessity as it learns how to cycle. First as a tricycle, then a balance bike and finally as a bike with pedals B'Kid is a longlasting and beautiful object.



Egg Maps and Green Routes Create Vegetable Tourism in the Incredible Edible Town Todmorden

Thu, 11 Oct 2012 11:38:52 -0400

(image) Todmorden is a town that embraced the local food movement by growing their own fruit and veg anywhere in public spaces. They also have an Egg Map and a Green Route for the Vegetable Tourists!



Arum, a Biodegradable Ring of Ashes for a Tree Creates a Place of Remembrance

Thu, 04 Oct 2012 10:49:57 -0400

(image) Arum is a ring of ashes that creates a place of remembrance on a specific tree. The biodegradable ring is placed around the trunk of a tree and then left to disintegrate naturally while leaving a permanent mark.



Good Vibrations with Paper Pulp Speaker; Pulpop by MollaSpace

Thu, 27 Sep 2012 09:00:00 -0400

(image) Donut shaped and made of recycled pulp this USB rechargeable MP3 speaker is a rather cute sound amplifier.



New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Home to 360,000 Bees (Photos)

Thu, 20 Sep 2012 12:35:00 -0400

(image) The Waldorf Astoria Hotel has beehives on the roof producing honey for guests. I went along for the honey harvest, and for a taste of their roof-to-table cuisine.



The Maritime Hotel. How a Building Serves Sailors, Runaways and Now Hotel Guests in NYC. (Photos)

Thu, 13 Sep 2012 08:30:00 -0400

(image) I visited the Maritime Hotel to see how the 1968 built headquarters for the National Maritime Union has become one of the most desirable hotels in NYC. Conserving the modernist "pizza box" building and its porthole windows is the key.