Beautiful bamboo archways add dramatic flair to a Xiamen restaurant

December 6, 2017 by  
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Our favorite Vietnamese architecture firm is nearing completion on a gorgeous bamboo restaurant in Xiamen, China. As reported in ArchDaily , Vo Trong Nghia Architects is close to finishing the Ting Xi Bamboo Restaurant, a striking building with capacity for 200 people. The sculptural restaurant champions the beauty and strength of bamboo, used in its 14 fan-shaped support columns. Bamboo is a favorite material of Vo Trong Nghia Architects. The firm’s eco-friendly work is helping to increase popularity of a renewable material that many Asian architects and developers dismiss as flimsy. At Ting Xi Bamboo Restaurant, the bamboo used is treated with traditional Vietnamese techniques to naturally improve the material’s strength and durability. The reinforced rods are grouped into 14 “quadrilateral” columns that fan out near the top to create dramatic archways down the center of the restaurant . The sculptural columns, spaced eight meters apart, support a pitched roof with a maximum height of 6.4 meters. Long overhanging eaves provide extra protection from the elements. The restaurant will also be slightly curved in plan so that a person standing at one entrance wouldn’t be able to immediately see the entrance on the opposite end. A smaller green-roof ed building that sits behind the restaurant will be built of local brick and house the bathrooms, kitchen, staff room, and storage. A pond is located to the south of the main building. Related: Luxurious bamboo beach bar and restaurant bolsters spa in Vietnam Despite its open-air appearance and the architects’ proclivity for breezy buildings, the restaurant will rely on air conditioning, not natural ventilation , for cooling, per the client’s request. Custom-cut glass will be fitted into the archways and skylights installed to let in extra light. + Vo Trong Nghia Architects Via ArchDaily Images via Vo Trong Nghia Architects

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Paper artist Amy Genser’s new nature-inspired art mimics reefs, beehives, and barnacles

August 15, 2016 by  
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Although the majority of her works are similar in nature, each piece has its own personality—just like the real coral reefs living beneath the waves. The Connecticut-based artist spends hours and hours on each time-consuming paper artwork , as each individual component is cut and rolled by hand from mulberry paper. Her pieces range in size, but most have at least one measurement spanning several feet. Each intricate paper mural is inspired by the shapes of nature, and not just coral reefs . Genser also draws inspiration from beehives, and the organic forms of plants, rock formations, barnacles, and seaweed. Related: Amy Genser recreates the beauty of underwater reefs in paper Since we last featured her work, Genser was commissioned to create a custom 150-foot mural for the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Delaware , which adds an oceanic touch to the cafeteria. Her paper murals were also on display earlier this summer in London at the Affordable Art Fair . Some of her other works are currently on display at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City through Aug. 17. Via Colossal Images via Amy Genser

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Jam Furniture transforms reclaimed timber into sleek minimalist designs

June 27, 2016 by  
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Stylish furniture that is kind to the environment is always the way to go and it’s even better if the designs reference the beauty of nature. Like its name indicates, Jam Furniture is sweet yet practical. Inspired by reclaimed material and minimalist design, Jam Furniture’s creations showcase timber that tells a story, timber that had a previous life. Details like the nail holes in this stunning seventy-year-old reclaimed Australian cypress pine table are what make each design unique. Since many of these quirks can’t be recreated without the passage of time, Jam takes care to retain as many of them as possible. An all-natural (even edible) Beeswax polish gives the timber a sheen that extenuates the character of the grain, while locally sourced folded and powder coated steel frames and celebrates the warmth of the wood. Jam was established by Ben Cramp in 2013 on the rugged West Coast of Wales in the UK. + Jam Furniture The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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New NASA tech could provide the entire solar system with internet

June 27, 2016 by  
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NASA is celebrating the first deployment of new technology at the International Space Station (ISS) that makes it much easier, faster, and more efficient to transmit data to Earth. Essentially, it’s the first step toward internet connectivity in space that is just as reliable as your home Wi-Fi signal. The new system, called Delay/Disruption Tolerant Networking (DTN), provides a smart solution to interrupted connections, and lays the groundwork for Solar System-wide internet connectivity in the not-so-distant future. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gCMIiJdYPQ On Earth, we’re accustomed to what happens when something blocks a wireless internet signal . The connection slows, or even becomes disrupted entirely. For transmissions from ISS , this was a big problem because the objects in the way were large and numerous – planets, other spacecraft, radiation waves, and the like. Those obstacles made the signal slow, and sometimes meant some data was lost in transmission. DTN addresses those pitfalls in the way it transmits data. Rather than streaming bit by bit, the DTN process stores data when and if a connection becomes interrupted, and then forwards it using relay stations to its intended destination. This means the network can function even when a recipient server is offline. Related: Why Wi-Fi is faster on the moon than at your local coffee shop NASA has been testing DTN technology for years, and installed it earlier this month in the Telescience Resource Kit (TReK), a software suite for researchers to transmit and receive data between operations centers and their payloads aboard station. NASA reports that adding this service on the station will also enhance mission support applications, including operational file transfers. In order to make this giant leap for the future of space internet, NASA partnered with one of the “fathers of the internet,” Dr. Vinton G. Cerf, vice president and chief internet evangelist for Google and a distinguished visiting scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Cerf worked with NASA’s team to develop the technology, and he predicts many benefits in space as well as on Earth, especially in disaster relief conditions. “Our experience with DTN on the space station leads to additional terrestrial applications especially for mobile communications in which connections may be erratic and discontinuous,” said Cerf. “In some cases, battery power will be an issue and devices may have to postpone communication until battery charge is adequate. These notions are relevant to the emerging ‘Internet of Things’. ” There you have it, folks. The future is here, and it will be well connected. Via Futurism Images via NASA

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Stunning Europe Building facade shows off the beauty of 3D printing in Amsterdam

January 11, 2016 by  
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FeltForms are handmade felt acoustic panels that merge art and function

July 29, 2015 by  
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FeltForms are a series of organically-inspired handmade felt acoustic 3D panels. Merging art with function, FeltForms were created to accent the beauty of a space and to provide acoustic improvement at the same time. They can be used as a wall panel, room divider or a window curtain and each FeltForm panel is handmade out of high quality wool felt modules.  The whole collection consist of 6 different modules, offering original patterns. The size of the panels can be easily adjusted to the spacial needs and they can be purchased in over 40 colors. Each panel’s sculptural shape allows the appearance to change over time, depending on the time of day or type of lighting used in the space. + Anna Spakowska The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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VIDEO: Seagull steals GoPro, gives us a birds-eye view of Spanish coast

July 16, 2015 by  
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It’s just one of those things: you’re on vacation in Spain , checking out the beauty of the Cies Islands after a morning of running around capturing the sights on your GoPro . You put your camera down on a wall, when it attracts the attention of a seagull. No biggie, it’s not as though it can eat it, right? But what it can do —and did— is snag the GoPro with its beak and take the camera for a scenic flyover along the coast. As the video shows, the owners of the camera had a moment of panic, but the seagull safely deposited the GoPro back down on solid ground, and left the brief, dizzying, but incredibly cool footage for all to view. Via Neatorama

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3 Ways to Improve Your Beauty Routine With Affordable DIY Baking Soda Recipes

November 9, 2014 by  
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Baking soda is a kitchen pantry necessity, but did you know that this common household product could do wonders for your beauty regime as well? From restoring the luster of your hair to skin exfoliation, baking soda provides an all-natural and affordable option to taking care of your body. Click through to see how you can use ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda to create easy DIY beauty hacks for just pennies a day. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: arm & hammer , arm & hammer baking soda , baking soda , baking soda beauty hack , baking soda beauty recipe , baking soda exfoliation , baking soda shampoo , baking soda toothpaste , beauty hack , DIY baking soda beauty recipe

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Providence’s Hummingbird Palace Will be Blooming Gorgeously for Years

September 3, 2014 by  
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Blending modern sculpture with the beauty of the natural world, The Hummingbird Palace is a large outdoor installation created by Esther Solondz that will evolve and change over time. Thin welded steel rods and translucent threads form the main structure of the 15-foot-tall piece, giving it the appearance of spun sugar. After the frame was built, flowering perennials and annuals were planted along its base, as well as around its boundary fence. Since the sculpture is built to look like a giant lattice, it’s a perfect support structure for flowering vines to grow and twine through. All the vines chosen attract various species of hummingbirds, so the piece not only becomes a living piece of art; it also provides a vital habitat for these little flying wonders. The Hummingbird Palace will be left to evolve indefinitely, so visitors can enjoy its ever-changing nature for years to come. + The Hummingbird Palace + Esther Solondz Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: avian , avian habitat , bird , birds , Esther Solondz , habitat , hummingbird , Hummingbird Palace , hummingbird species , Hummingbirds , pollinators , providence , rhode island , sculpture , sculptures , vines

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Brazil Set to Elect World’s First Environmentalist President

September 3, 2014 by  
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Brazil is on the verge of electing their Barack Obama. Except Marina Silva would not only be the country’s first black president – but also the world’s first green president. Silva was born into a poor Amazon family of mixed race ancestry — indigenous, African and Portuguese. She rose the political ranks to become Brazil’s environmental minister, and an unexpected turn of events has catapulted her to the front in the race against incumbent Dilma Rousseff. Read the rest of Brazil Set to Elect World’s First Environmentalist President Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Amazon , Brazil , Brazil Socialist Party , elections , Environment , ETHANOL , green , Marina Silva , president , Sustainability , Sustainability Network Party

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