Orange snow covers the mountains across Eastern Europe

March 26, 2018 by  
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The mountains of Russia , Bulgaria, Romania, and Ukraine have been splashed with color, as the region’s snow has taken on an unusual orange hue. Although the snow may look more like orange sherbet, observers are advised to not eat it. The strange color has been added to the snow by way of the Sahara Desert. While the mountains may present an otherworldly aesthetic, the phenomenon is actually quite normal and occurs every five years, according to meteorologists. Sand turned up by storms in the Sahara Desert flows north and mixes with snow and rain, turning the subsequent precipitation orange. The orange tint has not been confined to the mountains. On its way towards the high-altitude locations of Eastern Europe, the orange dust passed through the Mediterranean, where it added an orange filter to the air in places like the Greek island of Crete. While this is not the first instance in which Saharan sand has affected European weather, it is one of the most intense examples of the phenomenon. The displaced dust can even be seen from space, appearing as a narrow brown streak amidst the usual white and grey clouds. Related: This is one of the hottest places on Earth – and it just snowed there “Looking at satellite imagery from [NASA], it shows a lot of sand and dust in the atmosphere drifting across the Mediterranean,” Steven Keates, a meteorologist with the U.K.’s National Weather Service, told the Washington Post . “When it rains or snows, it drags down whatever is up there, if there is sand in the atmosphere.” Previous incidents involving orange-tinted, dust-induced weird weather in Europe include a 2016 event in which northwest Europe experienced an orange sky. Visible in London, the phenomenon was exacerbated by wildfires raging in Spain and Portugal at the time. Now, those fortunate enough to be in the mountains can enjoy the emulated experience of “skiing on Mars.” Via Washington Post Images via  margarita_alshina/Instagram and  slivi4/Instagram

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Gorgeous street library in Bulgaria for 1,500 books uses parametric design

November 30, 2017 by  
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Nature inspired this stunning street library in Bulgaria , but it was computers that made the design possible. A team of young architects and designers created Rapana, the first street library in the city of Varna, using parametric design tools Rhinoceros and Grasshopper. The Rapana street library is built from 240 CNC-milled timber pieces fitted together into a curvaceous pavilion that provides shade, seating, and room for 1,500 books. The team of designers—Yuzdzhan Turgaev, Boyan Simeonov, Ibrim Asanov and Mariya Aleksieva—created the Rapana library in response to what they perceived as a diminishing interest in books in the digital age. Rapana was funded by the European Youth Capital , which had awarded the city of Varna with this year’s title. Varna’s seaside position and reputation as the “marine capital of Bulgaria” inspired the designers to craft the library into the shape of sea snail shell. “The design was inspired by nature and its organic shapes,” wrote the designers. “The installation takes into consideration the most important aspects of the city’s identity – the sea and its value to Varna’s citizens. The abstract construction unravels from a single focal point and develops into a semi-circle whilst creating a public space and shelves for placing books at the same time.” Related: Parametrically designed Louverwall house maximizes winter sunlight The team used 3D modeling to test over 20 concept designs before choosing a final design that fit the budget and conveyed the open library concept. The curvaceous library features two openings, seating, a tiny stage for performances, bookshelves, and a latticed shade structure. + Rapana Via ArchDaily Images © Emanuil Albert

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Muzeiko Museum: Bulgaria’s First Kids’ Museum Set to Open in June

April 29, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of Muzeiko Museum: Bulgaria’s First Kids’ Museum Set to Open in June Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: A&A Architects , bulgaria , curtain walls , energy efficient building , geothermal energy , green architecture , green roof , LED lights , Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership , LEED gold certification , museum design , Muzeiko children’s museum , Sofia

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Beautiful design meets radical self-reliance at Burning Man 2015

April 29, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of Beautiful design meets radical self-reliance at Burning Man 2015 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2015 , bismuth bivouac , Black Rock Desert , Burning Man , Burning Man Festival , carnival of mirrors , digital fabrication , geometric design , helical structures , helix , infinity tree , LED lighting , lorna jackson , nevada , origami , parametric design , radical self reliance , reflection , tobias power , wewanttolearn.net

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Bulgaria’s National Museum complex fuses sustainable design with historic architecture

February 27, 2015 by  
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HWKN unveils designs for University of Pennsylvania’s bold Pennovation Center

February 27, 2015 by  
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Mirror Culture: 6,000 CDs Recycled into Colorful Community Art

March 27, 2014 by  
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OMA Beats BIG and Buro Ole Scheeren in Bid to Design Axel Springer Campus in Berlin

March 27, 2014 by  
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Studio APXE Designed the First Plus Energy House in Bulgaria

December 23, 2013 by  
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The first Plus Energy House in Bulgaria recently popped up near Sofia. Designed by Studio APXE , the passive house will generate more energy than it consumes due to the implementation of a photovoltaic system on its roof . Large scale timber structures and local natural materials form the architectural backbone of the house, harmonizing with the surrounding green mountain slopes. + Studio APXE 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: bulgaria , eco design , First Plus Energy House , green design , green homes in Bulgaria , rooftop photovoltaic , Sofia , Studio APXE , sustainable design , timber homes in Bulgaria        

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Hybrid Vertical Axis Wind Turbine Adds a Solar Element for Efficient Energy Generation

June 13, 2013 by  
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Like peanut butter and jelly or chips and dip, some things were just meant to go together. A team from the University of Bath in collaboration with SME McCamley Middle East Ltd have developed a mew wind turbine that they claim will overcome many of the problems associated with traditional renewable power generation. Their hybrid technology encases a vertical blade wind turbine in an outer frame that is outfitted with solar cells. Bat and bird friendly as well as quiet, the design is able to be installed on buildings in order to assist with urban electricity projects. Read the rest of Hybrid Vertical Axis Wind Turbine Adds a Solar Element for Efficient Energy Generation Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bulgaria , sme mccamley middle east ltd , Solar Power , UK , university of bath , vertical axis wind turbine        

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