Hanoi’s koi cafe has a thriving ecosystem complete with an aquaponic garden

December 12, 2017 by  
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From the outside, this café in Hanoi, Vietnam looks fairly traditional with a tile façade that resembles fish scales and a heavy wood door. But inside hides a thriving garden centered around a koi pond. Farming Architects designed the space as a small, self-contained ecosystem with an indoor waterfall and an aquaponic vegetable garden. The café is nestled in an existing three-story building in Hanoi to which the architects added a steel frame. Its ground floor houses the fish pond filled with colorful koi carp, known as the Japanese national fish. The seating area next to it provides direct views of the water. Customers can also walk around the pond along a stepping stone walkway. Related: Bangkok Residents Turn Abandoned Mall into a Giant Fish Pond The architects included an indoor waterfall flowing down into the pond as a reference to an old Chinese legend according to which if a carp could leap over a waterfall on the Yellow River, called the Dragon Gate, it would be transformed into a dragon and fly away. It also helps oxygenate the water for the fish. The rooftop garden and the pond function as a single ecosystem. Excrements produced by the koi carp are used to create nutrients for the plants growing in the garden on the third floor. Produce grown here is used in preparing the dishes served in the café and helps purify the water that flows back into the aquarium. + Farming Architects Via Dezeen Photos by Nguyen Thai Thach

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Northern Europes largest aquarium unveiled for former Oslo airport site

October 16, 2017 by  
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Aquariums are always good fun for families, but the New Aquarium slated for the outskirts of Oslo is sure to bring in architecture and design lovers too. London studio Haptic Architects unveiled renderings for a curvaceous aquarium modeled on local “svaberg” rock formations that hugs the waterfront and offers new public spaces, including an accessible roof. Planned for the former site of the Oslo airport in Bærum, the aquarium backed by developer Selvaag will house 7 million liters of water and be the biggest of its kind in northern Europe. The 10,000-square-meter New Aquarium will form part of a waterfront redevelopment masterplan, designed by Rodeo Architects , that includes boat and surfing clubs, a new urban beach, restaurants and bars, retail, offices, a seaplane terminal, and a new metro link to the city center. The sculptural aquarium is envisioned as two gently sloping rocks that lift up at the waterfront edge to reveal full-height glazing that frames views of the water. Visitors will be able to climb and walk across one of the undulating roofs. Related: South America’s largest aquarium boasts a 650-foot underwater tunnel “I have always loved the Norwegian ‘svaberg’ rocks,” said Haptic Architects’ Tomas Stokke of the local rock formations. “They are beautiful, sculptural objects, that form natural pockets, ponds and seating areas, gently heated by the sun. We wanted to recreate the qualities of this, in creating an aquarium with a distinct Norwegian quality.” Construction on the New Aquarium is expected to begin in 2020 and open in 2023. + Haptic Architects Via Dezeen Images via MIR

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8 fabulous and creative Father’s Day gifts from $0 to $27,500

June 9, 2017 by  
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Finding the right gift for Dad can be elusive; ties, golf clubs, and a good set of knives feel kind of tired by now. So we rounded up 8 gifts that transcend the standard gift box and fit a variety of budgets and personalities. Whether you pick a tiny timber cabin for your backyard or a palm-sized solar lamp for nighttime adventures, Dad will love that you went the extra mile for a sustainable, stylish present. 1. Sustainable wood “blocks” Building block love is enduring, and Kengo Kuma’s Japanese spin on the all-age, favorite toy will be a hit with every member of the family. Using FSC Japanese cedar and a triangular shape, Kuma collaborated with conservation group More Trees  to create the Tsumiki (which is the Japanese word for building blocks ). Dads (and their kiddos) will love to arrange the Tsumiki into architectural configurations as well as whimsical animals and myriad creative designs. + Tsumiki blocks 2. Shoes partially made with recycled plastic bottles Perhaps Papa needs a new set of kicks. Gift him a pair of these versatile canvas shoes created as a collaboration between Timberland and Thread , a responsible fabric company. The outsoles comprise 15 percent recycled rubber and the uppers are crafted from 50 percent recycled PET bottles found in the streets and landfills of Haiti . The venture not only yields lightweight, stylish shoes , but also job opportunities and a cleaner environment in Haiti. + Timberland x Thread Collection 3. Electric bike The Propella 2.0 rides and feels like a traditional bike , but it’s got plenty of tricks hidden in its design. What looks like a water bottle is actually a battery that will help power Dad on a commute or joy ride around town. The bike’s lightweight design and pedal-assisted electric power means that riders can top out at 20 mph, a boon when it’s time to pick up the kiddos from childcare. Electric blue rims add a playful element to the otherwise minimalist design. Preorder the Propella 2.0   here for a September delivery. Related: 8 Last minute Father’s Day gifts for the procrastinator’s Papa 4. Portable solar lamp The Little Sun Original , designed by Olafur Eliasson , resembles a flower , and it is powered by the sun. Ideal for camping trips, taking midnight walks on a beach, or reading after the kids go to bed, this dimmable lamp comes with an affordable price tag ($25) and can stay charged for up to 50 hours. This gift for Dad also pays it forward: for every Little Sun sold, another goes to rural Africa to be sold at a locally affordable price by trusted partners. + Little Sun Original 5. Mini aquarium ecosystem Aqua Design Innovations’ EcoQube C was the most popular aquarium ever on Kickstarter, and the allure is understandable. This portable ecosystem uses an integrated aquaponics filter to turn fish waste into plant fertilizer. The fertilizer fuels the growth of the plant, which then cleans the water, reducing the need for filter changes and also reducing energy and water usage. The same company recently completed a successful Kickstarter campaign for the EcoQube Frame , a vertical veggie and sprout garden. It’s available in December, so we now also know what Dad is getting for the holidays… + EcoQube C 6. A jacket and a backpack in one It’s a jacket, it’s a backpack , it’s a RuckJack , and it goes from one to the other with a zip, flip, and clip. Dad can start off an adventure wearing the RuckJack as a backpack; if the weather gets cool or rainy he can quickly convert it into a jacket and use the extra cargo bag on the back panel and extra pockets to distribute the rest of his load. RuckJack has partnered with WeForest to plant 10 trees in deforested areas around the world with every RuckJack purchase. + RuckJack Image via Agenzia Del Demanio 7. A free Italian building An Italian castle, farmhouse, inn, or monastery for FREE ? Sounds like the best, gratis Father’s Day present for an entrepreneurial DIY dad. 103 historic buildings are up for grabs with the caveat that new owners have to restore the sites and transform them into a tourist-friendly destination, such as a restaurant or hotel . If the family has ever dreamed of moving to Italy and setting up a picturesque B & B or trattoria, now is your chance. Our only suggestion: run this one by Dad before committing to this exciting and challenging effort designed to promote slow tourism. Apply (in Italian) here . 8. A MUJI mini house If you’ve got a tiny backyard and a spare 27 grand and change (and live in Japan), you can gift Dad with the ultimate tiny escape . Courtesy of cult minimalist company MUJI , these tiny timber cabins are sleek and simple…especially if it’s a kid-free zone and the floor isn’t littered with toys and clothes. One side is comprised almost completely of a sliding glass door; it’s almost as if they designed it so Dad can lay in a comfy position inside while watching the kids play just outside the door. + MUJI hut

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South America’s largest aquarium boasts a 650-foot underwater tunnel

October 18, 2016 by  
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Brazil’s newest aquarium features a 650-foot underwater tunnel , inviting guests to venture into a marine world few have ever seen before. AquaRio is set to become South America’s largest aquarium when it opens in Rio de Janeiro on November 9. Its one-of-a-kind glass tunnel and huge collection of marine animals promises to lure in visitors from all over the continent. AquaRio is not just a large aquarium ; it’s enormous. The facility will hold some 1.8 million gallons of water among its 28 tanks, which will be home to 8,000 animals from 350 mostly native species . The submerged glass tunnel itself measures just over 650 feet long, giving visitors an expansive look at undersea life. For the $40.6 million cost, the unique glass tunnel is unlike any other on the continent. Related: Airbnb is offering a night in an underwater bedroom surrounded by 35 sharks The aquarium also includes a surf museum and separate science museum, as well as a touch tank where visitors can get up close and personal with sharks, rays and invertebrates. A growing trend in the tourism industry, guests will also have the opportunity to book a night in the aquarium, as part of a sleepover right in the glass tunnel with other guests. That brings a whole new meaning to sleeping with the fishes. Via Vibe Images via AquaRio

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Rare Albino Dolphin Captured Amidst Japan’s Taiji Cove Slaughter

November 25, 2014 by  
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Japanese hunters at the infamous Taiji Cove captured a pod of Risso’s dolphins over the weekend — the fifteenth pod of Risso’s caught this season . Sea Shepherd reports that within the pod was a rare albino dolphin, highly prized by the hunters for onselling to aquariums . While the albino and one other dolphin were retained for sale, eleven other members of the pod were immediately slaughtered under the cover of tarps. Three baby Risso’s dolphins who were part of the family group were then taken back out to sea and abandoned to fend for themselves. Read the rest of Rare Albino Dolphin Captured Amidst Japan’s Taiji Cove Slaughter Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: albino , albino dolphin , animal cruelty , aquarium , cetaceans , dolphin hunt , dolphin killing , hunting , Japan , rare animals , Risso’s dolphin , Sea Shepherd , SeaWorld , taiji cove , Taiji dolphin hunt , The Cove

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DIY: Make Your Own Tiny Terrarium Garden That’ll Stay Green All Winter Long

September 10, 2014 by  
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Avid gardeners and outdoor lovers tend to mope all winter long because of the lack of greenery around them, but there’s an easy way to fix that! Indoor plants give any space a lively splash of green, and terrariums aren’t just beautiful— they’re fun to make too . Any glass container can be transformed into a terrarium , from a tiny glass pendant to a 50-gallon fish tank, so you can have several all around your home in all shapes and sizes, with an assortment of different plants inside! Read on to learn how you can make your own today. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of DIY: Make Your Own Tiny Terrarium Garden That’ll Stay Green All Winter Long Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aquarium , cacti , cactus , craft , DIY , DIY terrarium , figurines , fish tank , glass terrarium , green terrarium , hen and chicks , herbs , how-to , jar , jar terrarium , lavender , lichens , MoSS , mosses , oregano , pixie cups , succulents , terrarium , terrarium necklace , terrarium pendant , Terrariums , thyme , tillandsia

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This Fish is Driving His Very Own Aquarium on Wheels (Sort Of)

February 11, 2014 by  
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As household pets go, it’s probably fair to say that the lives of fish are among the least active, and the creatures can rarely be described as adventurous. Even their homes are a term synonymous with being couped up. But thanks to the wonderful folks at Studio diip , at least one goldfish has a new lease on life. The little aquatic vertebrate is free to drive his own motorized aquarium around, getting the stimulation and exercise missing from the lives of so many household fish. Hit the jump to watch the video! Read the rest of This Fish is Driving His Very Own Aquarium on Wheels (Sort Of) Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal health , Animals , aquarium , ardunio , autonomous driving , fish , fish car , fish health , fish on wheels , goldfish , imaging technology , robot car , self-driving car , studio diip        

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Beautiful Foothills House Showcases Passive Solar Design in the New Zealand Countryside

February 11, 2014 by  
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French Artists Create An Aquarium Telephone Booth For Lyon’s Festival of Light

July 18, 2012 by  
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French lighting designer Benoit Deseille and artist Benedetto Bufalino’s aquarium is probably one of the craziest phone booth transformations we’ve seen! As phone booths become less and less useful individuals and organizations have undertaken to convert the outdated communication systems into everything from libraries to wifi hotspots . But this particular renovated phone booth was installed in Lyon, France as part of the city’s annual  Festival of Light during which locals place candles along the outsides of all the windows in gratitude to Mother Mary for allegedly sparing the city from plague in 1643. Read the rest of French Artists Create An Aquarium Telephone Booth For Lyon’s Festival of Light Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aquarium , Art , benedetto bufalino , benoit deseille , cellphone , cities , Climate Change , culture , Design , Environment , festival of light , fish , food , france , good pets , image of the day , Light , lyon , phone booth , Recycle , reuse

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Sea Dragons: Too Cute For Captivity? (Video)

April 2, 2010 by  
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Photo: Richard Ling ( Wikipedia ) Weedy Sea Dragons: beautiful and maybe even magic Could the aquarium trade threaten this amazing little guy? According to conservationists and scientists, the weedy sea dragon – a miniature, leafy-looking creature found only in the shallow waters off southern Australia – needs better protection from threats ranging from habitat loss to collectors, who prize its unique appearance. Read on to see more photos and a video of this captivating critter – straight out of nature’s fairy tale book

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