Helwi El Hayet’s episode 40

Hi all,

On this special episode celebrating World Environment Day 2012, we hosted environmentalist Philipe Skaff.

Maria Bou Habib talked about about architect and artist  Friedensreich Hundertwasser who was one of the first architects to think green . Hundertwasser’s original and unruly artistic vision expressed itself in pictorial art, environmentalism, philosophy, and design of facades, postage stamps, flags, and clothing. The common themes in his work utilised bright colours, organic forms, a reconciliation of humans with nature and a strong individualism, rejecting straight lines.

Fashion designer Karine Tawil talked about the use of “matiere bio” in clothing or eco-clothing is a part of the growing design philosophy and trend of sustainability, the goal of which is to create a system which can be supported indefinitely in terms of environmentalism and social responsibility.

Sustainable fashion is part of the larger trend ofsustainable design where a product is created and produced with consideration to the environmental and social impact it may have throughout its total life span, including its “carbon footprint”. According to the May 2007 Vogue appears not to be a short-term trend but one could last multiple seasons.[1]While environmentalism used to manifest itself in the fashion world through a donation of percentage of sales of a product to a charitable cause, fashion designers are now re-introducing eco-conscious methods at the source through the use of environmentally friendly materials and socially responsible methods of production.

During our technology segment, Fadi Bizri talked  about the eco-friendly applications like Green Outlet Application , My Water Diary Application and GreenMeter App.

Green Outlet App
The Green Outlet app can help you save money in addition to living on the greener side of the fence. One great way of conserving energy and reducing your electricity bill is to find out which appliances are the biggest drains in your home. This app allows you to enter your current rate (per kilowatt hour), select anything from an Xbox to a fish tank to see what it’s really costing you and the earth. Green Outlet also adds up your household carbon footprint. Cost: $0.99

My Water Diary App
Water is precious. It is a finite resource that is likely to become scarcer in the future. My Water Diary is an app that helps you track your weekly water consumption by tracking what you use for drinking, cooking, washing and more, so you can reduce your use and save money. It’s free

GreenMeter App
This application helps reduce your vehicle’s impact on the environment. The application relies on the iPhone’s accelerometer to detect and measure forward acceleration. As you accelerate in your vehicle, the application will let you know if your driving habits are environmentally friendly. If you see red, it means you’re accelerating too quickly.The application costs $5.99 and can be found in the iPhone application store.

We also met with artist Missak Terzian who talked about his upcoming gallery mostly inspired by the work of Picasso.

This is what M. Terzian had to say about his art; “With an innate and primal impulse to create, I am in timeless search for existentialism and eager to record time and occurrences. I feel strongly about communicating my feelings through painting. My work deals with past emotions and images, perhaps my feelings about women, relationships, with my mother, wife, children and other male and female individuals that play a part in each painting. I believe that art cannot be measured. There are no absolutes, no relations, no biases and no cultures for religion. For me, art is about empowerment. Art takes time, commitment, failure and revisions, wakes up the imagination and stimulates new resolution. I sense a connection to the past and insist on expressing existence. Distortion and exaggeration triggers in me a continuous search of the unknown. The creative process of art makes me a part of this search”.

Hope you enjoyed today’s episode.

See you back tomorrow


Helwi El Hayet

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Helwi el-Hayet discusses your favorite topics every week day at 4:30 p.m. Beirut time. From fashion to psychology to books to art to nutrition to cooking and coaching (and much, much more), Helwi el-Hayet is here to shed light on the latest trends and to share with you reports, interviews and recipes from Lebanon and the region!
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