Paris hopes to create forest 5 times bigger than NYC’s Central Park

February 28, 2018 by  
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Paris has been forging a reputation recently for battling urban air pollution , and now they’re considering a 1,350-hectare suburban forest . The Syndicat Mixte d’Aménagement de la Plaine de Pierrelaye-Bessancourt (SMAPP) project could create a forest five times the size of Central Park in New York City, around 18 miles northwest of the city center. Business Insider said the location is currently a wasteland, serving as an unofficial landfill, but the SMAPP plan would transform the area into a lush space with almost one million trees, hiking trails, and conservation areas. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = ‘https://connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.12’; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’)); Paris is planning a huge forest five times larger than Central Park If you needed another reason to visit Paris. Read more: http://wef.ch/2Fxxujz Posted by World Economic Forum on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 Paris sprayed sewage residue on the fields of Pierrelaye-Bessancourt from 1896 to the 1990’s, according to Business Insider, in an effort to fertilize them, but research in the 1990’s revealed the technique polluted the soil. Trash now litters the site — CityLab said abandoned sofas and cars are scattered in some areas. Related: Paris allows anyone to plan an urban garden The plan to turn this wasteland into a forest isn’t a new one — it’s actually been around for 15 years, but has been mired in debates about the best use of the space. Now, according to City Lab, politicians from the area are throwing their weight behind the project. It could take 30 to 50 years for trees to reach maturity, according to Business Insider, but as they do the unofficial dump could experience renewal. SMAPP could create an equestrian center, observation decks, walking paths, and habitats for wildlife. The SMAPP website says the 1,350 hectares could be comprised of 600 hectares of new forest, 370 hectares of restored forest (with invasive species thinned out), and 250 hectares of open spaces for the public or ecological reserves. CityLab pointed out the project still faces obstacles; there are around 1,500 squatter trailers in the area, as well as 4,000 parcels of privately owned land (exactly who owns them is unclear.) The SMAPP website lists two workshops in March that people can attend, and said consultation on the project will run until early April of this year. You can learn more about the project in this document from SMAPP or on their website . + SMAPP Via Business Insider and CityLab Images via Willian West on Unsplash and SMAPP

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Awesome new animation envisions Earth in 250 million years

September 13, 2017 by  
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Earth in 250 million years won’t be the planet we know and love today. Plate tectonics theory reveals how plates comprising Earth’s outer shell glide atop the mantle , causing continents to drift apart or come together. Business Insider put together an animation , using projections from Northwestern University adjunct professor Christopher Scotese , to envision Earth millions of years in the future. And it looks like a very different place. In fact, a whole new supercontinent could form. Scotese runs the PALEOMAP Project , which includes a YouTube channel with over 50 computer animations that show “the plate tectonic evolution of the continents and ocean basins during the last billion years.” Business Insider drew on Scotese’s projections to create a video of what Earth could look like in 250 million years. Related: How climate change could alter the environment in 100 years You can watch as some continents join together and others move away from each other, as land masses start to look like they might form a supercontinent. The final image is of a globe with an ocean filling most of one side, and land masses pushed together across the other side as the continents begin to merge. In the description of one of his videos, titled “ 240 million years ago to 250 million years in the future ,” Scotese suggested another Pangea will form 250 million years into the future. He calls it Pangea Proxima. He said in the description of another video, “ Future Plate Motions & Pangea Proxima – Scotese Animation ,” he changed the name of the supercontinent from Pangea Ultima to Pangea Proxima to reflect “the fact that plate tectonics will continue for several more billion years and that other future Pangeas are very likely.” You can see Business Insider’s animated map here . Many more animations of our changing planet can be found on Scotese’s YouTube page . In addition to how plate tectonics might change the globe, Scotese has explored how climate change might alter Earth. Via Business Insider Images via screenshot

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This mind-blowing building is made from material as thin as a coin

September 13, 2017 by  
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MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY’s giant alien-like structure is pushing the envelope for self-supporting architecture. Built of material as thin as a coin, Minima | Maxima is a 43-foot-tall organic building commissioned for the World Expo 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan. The self-supporting structure is an incredible achievement; as the studio puts it: “If an egg were scaled up to the same height as Minima | Maxima, it would be much thicker.” Like most of MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY’s projects, Minima | Maxima looks like something straight out of science fiction with its organic yet alien shape created using digital tools. The installation is as tall as a four-story building and is built from 2-millimeter-thick aluminum . The studio used their signature “Structural Stripes” material to build the self-supporting curvilinear structure, and reinforced it with multi-ply composite. Three flat strips of powder-coated aluminum—white and white sandwiching pink—are layered to create a 6-millimeter-thick anisotropic composite material comparable to fiber technology like carbon or glass fiber, yet does not need to be in tension or temporary scaffolding. Related: MARC FORNES/THEVERYMANY’s ultralight informal amphitheater in France looks like an opening chrysalis “The unprecedented structural achievement of the project lies in its geometry,” said the studio. “Minima | Maxima extends MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY’s research and development into achieving structural integrity through ultra-thin, self-supporting structures which find their strength in the double curvature of their form. In the whimsical yet durable universe the studio creates, curves win out over angles; branches, splits and recombinations make columns and beams irrelevant. A ‘networked’ surface rolls in, on and around itself, transforming into a space that obscures our preconceived notions of enclosure, entrance/exit, and threshold, while also providing its own support to stand up.” Minima | Maxima was completed in June 2017 in Astana , Kazakhstan and is a permanent installation. + MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY Images © NAARO

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