Floating Cloud will be a landmark of world peace in Copenhagen

September 28, 2017 by  
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An uplifting House of Peace (HOPE) may soon rise on Copenhagen’s waters. Junya Ishigami and Svendborg Architects won a design competition to design an active symbol and landmark for world peace with their proposal of the Cloud. Shaped like a puffy cumulus cloud, the floating structure is envisioned as a visitor center and sanctuary for individual reflection. The House of Peace has been 15 years in the making and began in 2003 when four friends shared a vision to combine art and architecture in a non-political project. After selecting Junya Ishigami and Svendborg Architects as the winners of the HOPE design competition, the project organizers secured a building site in Copenhagen’s Nordhavn provided by the municipality for free. HOPE is now working to raise funds to construct the building. The cloud-shaped HOPE structure will be elevated 17 meters above sea level. While the building is a beacon for world peace, it’ll also be a place for individual sanctuary and meditation . Visitors will be invited to go inside the building or float around it in small boats for quiet contemplation. The interaction of light and water through and around the seemingly floating Cloud will create a calming, ethereal atmosphere. Related: BIG unveils plans for giant spiny Cactus Towers in Copenhagen “Our proposal for House of Peace provides a journey of the senses,” wrote the architects. “We aim to create an environment where people can open up to the idea of thinking about peace. Our House of Peace takes you back to the purity of being, ready to embrace the world.” + House of Peace

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How the Cloud Is Going Green

August 14, 2017 by  
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You already know the many lauded benefits of the cloud — it saves paper, equipment and raw materials, while also providing employees and workplace teams an easier means to access important documents and files. But you may have also heard about how…

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Floating Cloud lamp adds levitating magic to any room

August 14, 2017 by  
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Take your home to new atmospheric levels with this incredible floating cloud lamp. Designed by Richard Clarkson Studio and Crealev , Floating Cloud is a magnetically levitating ambient lamp that adds a magical touch to any room it hovers in. The designers just announced a limited production run of these unique and fluffy lamps—read on for more details and to see the cloud come alive. Floating Cloud is the latest iteration of an ongoing collaboration between Richard Clarkson Studio’s cloud-themed designs and Crealev’s innovative levitation technology. Made from PETG and hypoallergenic polyester fiber, the fluffy cloud-like mass floats approximately 2.75 inches off its base using magnetic levitation. The Cloud is entirely wireless and the base is powered with a rechargeable lithium ion battery. The cloud spins and bobs side-to-side for a “more realistic atmospheric experience,” while hidden sound-reactive RGB LEDs create the powerful illusion of a storm cloud with lightning. To reduce weight and size, the Floating Cloud does not include a speaker, however it will react to existing sound systems and voices. The Cloud flashes to the beat of the music in four different styles using an embedded microphone. An infrared remote controls a range of ambient lamp modes from white to colored versions. Related: This water-filled lamp makes it rain in your home “The Cloud is held in place using both rare earth magnets, electromagnets, and a location sensor,” write Richard Clarkson Studio. “There is a discrete infrared locating beam in the center of the Cloud, which, if obstructed by an object (such as a hand) will result in the Cloud “falling off” it’s levitating balance point. In such an event the Cloud has a soft felt bottom to cushion the fall. To return the Cloud to its floating position, use your fingers to pry the Cloud off the base and with two hands hold the Cloud roughly in position, slowly move the Cloud from side to side until you feel it ‘lock’ in place.” The studio has released a limited 100-unit production run of the Floating Cloud, available on their website for $4,620 USD . + Richard Clarkson Studio

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August 14, 2017 by  
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Take your home to new atmospheric levels with this incredible floating cloud lamp. Designed by Richard Clarkson Studio and Crealev , Floating Cloud is a magnetically levitating ambient lamp that adds a magical touch to any room it hovers in. The designers just announced a limited production run of these unique and fluffy lamps—read on for more details and to see the cloud come alive. Floating Cloud is the latest iteration of an ongoing collaboration between Richard Clarkson Studio’s cloud-themed designs and Crealev’s innovative levitation technology. Made from PETG and hypoallergenic polyester fiber, the fluffy cloud-like mass floats approximately 2.75 inches off its base using magnetic levitation. The Cloud is entirely wireless and the base is powered with a rechargeable lithium ion battery. The cloud spins and bobs side-to-side for a “more realistic atmospheric experience,” while hidden sound-reactive RGB LEDs create the powerful illusion of a storm cloud with lightning. To reduce weight and size, the Floating Cloud does not include a speaker, however it will react to existing sound systems and voices. The Cloud flashes to the beat of the music in four different styles using an embedded microphone. An infrared remote controls a range of ambient lamp modes from white to colored versions. Related: This water-filled lamp makes it rain in your home “The Cloud is held in place using both rare earth magnets, electromagnets, and a location sensor,” write Richard Clarkson Studio. “There is a discrete infrared locating beam in the center of the Cloud, which, if obstructed by an object (such as a hand) will result in the Cloud “falling off” it’s levitating balance point. In such an event the Cloud has a soft felt bottom to cushion the fall. To return the Cloud to its floating position, use your fingers to pry the Cloud off the base and with two hands hold the Cloud roughly in position, slowly move the Cloud from side to side until you feel it ‘lock’ in place.” The studio has released a limited 100-unit production run of the Floating Cloud, available on their website for $4,620 USD . + Richard Clarkson Studio

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The US government votes to slaughter 45,000 wild horses to make room for cattle

September 12, 2016 by  
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Last Friday, the Bureau of Land Management ‘s (BLM) National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board made the decision to use euthanasia to kill 45,000 wild horses currently captive in government holding facilities throughout the US. The decision has come under great scrutiny by organizations who argue for using birth control to minimize population growth, instead. Over the last 20 years, the BLM has been rounding up and removing wild horses from their natural habitat in the interest of allowing privately owned cattle to graze on the land. What they have experienced since then is the unsustainable financial burden of keeping the horses alive in their facilities – $49 million in 2015, alone – and the task of coming up with an alternative solution. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) released a statement condemning the decision, expressing, “The decision of the BLM advisory board to recommend the destruction of the 45,000 wild horses currently in holding facilities is a complete abdication of responsibility for their care. The agency would not be in this situation but for their long-term mis-management. Alternatives to this proposal have been ignored for over 20 years.” Related: These are the last truly wild horses on Earth In June, a meeting for the House Subcommittee on Federal Lands heard from California Congressman Tom McClintock (R), who argued that wild horses are overpopulated. Ginger Kathrens, director of The Cloud Foundation , explained, “Current management practices of round-up, removal and warehousing … cause compensatory reproduction – an increase in populations as a result of decreased competition for forage.” In other words, there would not be a surge in wild horses if the BLM hadn’t removed most of them from their land, in the first place. The HSUS is calling for alternative fertility control programs to slow down population growth. According to Ms. Kathrens, “ Livestock outnumber horses and burros 47 to 1, and livestock are allocated 82 percent of the forage,” suggesting the real problem lies with the decision to use the land for raising cattle and calling into question the need for continuing the practice. Via  Humane Society of the United States , Natural Resources.house.gov Images via Pixabay ( 1 , 2 )

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New Shanghai pavilion looks like a cloud sandwiched between two horizontal planes

August 19, 2016 by  
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The new pavilion looks like a space created by extruding the outline of a cloud. Its curved glass envelope references the way clouds are depicted in traditional Chinese prints as a symbol of good fortune. The curved glass is sandwiched between the rectangular podium and roof and surrounded by slender steel columns that blur the appearance of the volume. Related: Schmidt Hammer Lassen Unveils Striking Pavilions at the Shanghai West Bund Biennial “At night the ceiling is illuminated against a reflective mirrored surface giving the illusion of an abstract floating cloud along the riverfront, and acts as a marker for citizens to meet and rest,” said Chris Hardie, design partner at Schmidt Hammer Lassen. + Schmidt Hammer Lassen Photos by Peter Dixie

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Beautiful 19th century Tuscan farmhouse renovated with hollow terra-cotta bricks

August 19, 2016 by  
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The 19th century home near the picturesque city of Lucca was restored to adapt to both a new owner and modern times. While the Matraia stone exteriors were left untouched, apart from the addition of steel fixtures, its interiors were respectfully updated. The white walls, covered in a natural lime-based plaster applied with spatulas and sponges, make the interiors shine and highlight the irregular rocky surface underneath. Related: Spectacular luxury treehouses in Tuscany let you sleep above lavender-covered hills Hollow terra-cotta bricks complete missing parts on the walls and placed in an angle, filter excess sunshine and natural ventilation. The bathroom was decorated with beautiful hand-painted tiles, which add a picturesque touch. Outside, a new infinity pool was integrated into the landscape, a refreshing spot to admire the rural Italian landscape. + MIDE Architetti Via Blog Gessato Photos by Alessandra Bello for  MIDE Architetti

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Radio silence as the worst disaster since Hurricane Sandy ravages Louisiana

August 19, 2016 by  
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The devastation caused by last weekend’s flooding in southern Louisiana is now on par with Hurricane Sandy damage , according to officials. The flood’s death toll has risen to 13, with more than 40,000 homes damaged or destroyed by the flood waters. After Sandy blasted the East coast just shy of four years ago, the storm dominated the news headlines and both sympathy and support poured in from around the world. Now, many are wondering why the victims of Louisiana’s flood are not receiving the same response. Embed from Getty Images The flooding came suddenly, centered on the state capitol of Baton Rouge, after torrential rains soaked the southern part of the state last weekend and caused rivers and creeks to overflow . President Barack Obama was quick to approve the emergency declaration requested by Governor John Bel Edwards, but others—namely leading presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump—have done nothing more that tweet their sympathies. The lack of action, as well as the absence of national media coverage, have not gone unnoticed. Related: Unprecedented Louisiana flooding forced tens of thousands to evacuate Embed from Getty Images The Advocate , one of Louisiana’s largest newspapers, published a scathing editorial  on Wednesday demanding attention—and a visit—from the President, who is currently on vacation at Martha’s Vineyard. The piece likens Obama’s lack of action to the days following Hurricane Katrina, when then-President George W. Bush disappointed flood victims by delaying his visit to the devastated areas of Louisiana. “We’ve seen this story before in Louisiana, and we don’t deserve a sequel,” the editorial reads. “A disaster this big begs for the personal presence of the President at ground zero.” This week has certainly been a disaster for residents of southern Louisiana, stretching from Baton Rouge to Lafayette. Tens of thousands of homes and businesses have been destroyed by the flooding, leaving more than 100,000 residents displaced. In some areas, coffins have been unearthed and found floating in flood waters, similar to the aftermath of massive rains in South Carolina last year. Red Cross spokesperson Craig Cooper told USA Today that the flooding, which is estimated will cost at least $30 million in aid, is the biggest natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy but it isn’t getting the national media attention it deserves because of bad timing. The ongoing Rio Olympics, the presidential election season, and the California wildfires are all taking precedent, leaving Louisiana’s storm victims out in the cold. Via USA Today Lead image via Wikipedia

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Bayer, DuPont bet $15 million that ag tech is ready to bloom

July 7, 2016 by  
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DuPont’s Pioneer and Bayer AG’s Crop Science join Finistere Ventures and Cloud Break Advisors in creating a new accelerator fund.

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Locals safe after toxic orange gas cloud dissipates over northern Spain

February 16, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. Imagine looking out the window over your morning cup of coffee and seeing a giant orange cloud rising up from your hometown. Pretty terrifying, right? Residents of two towns in northeastern Spain were ordered indoors due to a massive cloud of toxic gas in the air but they are now breathing a bit easier. According to the Associated Press , nearly 40,000 people in the Spanish province of Catalonia were told go indoors and close their windows after an explosion at a warehouse sent an orange cloud of chemical gas into the air over the region. Now, officials in the region have given a “partial all clear for people to leave their homes,” after the cloud dissipated. Read the rest of Locals safe after toxic orange gas cloud dissipates over northern Spain Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: caladonia , chemicals , cloud , explosion , gas , igualada , nitrous , Spain , Spanish , toxic

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