Futuristic play pod helps revitalize Amsterdam’s vanishing paddling pools

August 23, 2017 by  
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For years, Amsterdam’s paddling pools have been disappearing as kids abandon them and maintenance costs rise. In order to save them, architecture firm Carve created this futuristic, pebble-shaped object for the famous Oosterpark paddling pool. The structure is dotted with climbing holes and equipped with integrated sprayers for summer fun that helps make the park a kid-magnet once again. Famous Dutch architect Aldo van Eyck designed more than 700 public play zones in Amsterdam in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, including the one in Oosterpark. For decades these additions to the city parks  have functioned as a favorite hangout for kids. Over the last few decades, some of these play zones have disappeared. By 2010, only 90 remained, including the paddling pool in the Oosterpark. In 2012, the municipality commissioned architecture firm Carve to design an addition to the existing pool. Related: World’s First 3D-Printed House is Being Built In Amsterdam The project is part of a wider initiative to revitalize the entire Oosterpark area. The designers kept as much as possible of the existing structure and designed an addition that complements the original design. A large object with climbing holes and integrated sprayers, new seating edges made from natural stone , and play-programmed LED lights were added to the pool area. + Carve Photos by Jasper van der Schaaf

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Keith Jennings Carves Mysterious Spirits into Living Trees

March 26, 2013 by  
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Climate Change Could Alter the World’s Wine List

March 26, 2013 by  
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Whether it is a fruity Napa merlot or an oaky and acidic Chablis chardonnay, any wine lover will tell you that each variety of grape and the region in which it is grown gives each wine a unique character. With global warming altering the world’s climate and weather patterns, enthusiasts may have to start reworking their palates. Climatologists at the French research institute INRA predict that global temperature will rise 1 to 2 degrees Celsius by mid-century, making extreme weather events more common and opening up new regions for viticulture. Under these conditions, existing winemakers across the globe will be unable to continue to create the exact same styles from their grapes as they have in the past. Read the rest of Climate Change Could Alter the World’s Wine List Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: accaf , appellation laws , canada , chablis , Chardonnay , Climate Change , Denmark , England , france , germany , global warming , grapes , greece , gregory jones , grower , inra , langeuedoc , mediterranean , merlot , napa , New Zealand , northern europe , oenology , portugal , sicily , southern chile , southern oregon university , Spain , tasmania , vintner , wine

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