ICEBERGS immerse visitors in a beautiful underwater world in Washington, D.C.

July 13, 2016 by  
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMJCd04ehKc ? Created as part of the National Building Museum’s Summer Block Party series, the 12,540-square-foot ICEBERGS project comprises over 30 geometric, iceberg-shaped elements in a variety of sizes ranging from 16 feet to 56 feet in height. Some of the triangular pentahedron and octahedron “icebergs” are suspended in the air, while others appear to float. The jagged landscape was constructed from prefabricated units made from reusable scaffolding and translucent polycarbonate paneling . White slides punctuate some icebergs as a playful interactive feature. ? “ICEBERGS invokes the surreal underwater-world of glacial ice fields,” said James Corner, founder and director of James Corner Field Operations. “Such a world is both beautiful and ominous given our current epoch of climate change , ice-melt, and rising seas. The installation creates an ambient field of texture, movement, and interaction, as in an unfolding landscape of multiples, distinct from a static, single object.” Related: Gigantic swimmable ball pit takes over D.C.’s National Building Museum ? Visitors can experience ICEBERGS from the Great Hall floor that’s punctuated with triangular beanbags, caverns, and grottoes, or from a higher level where they can look down at the “water line” suspended 20 feet in the air. The tallest “iceberg” rises to the height of 56 feet and includes a viewing area. To complement the installation, the Daikaya restaurant provides Japanese ‘kakigori’ shaved ice treats. The installation opened July 2, 2016 and will run until September 5, 2016. + James Corner Field Operations + National Building Museum Images by Timothy Schenck

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VIDEO: On top of the world’s tallest Passive House building

July 8, 2016 by  
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The world’s tallest Passive House building has been rising steadily in New York City, and Inhabitat recently had a chance to check the revolutionary tower out for ourselves. When complete, Cornell Tech’s super energy-efficient residential building is expected to save a whopping 882 tons of CO2 (the equivalent of planting 5,300 new trees) per year thanks to its ultra-tight envelope and on-site geothermal and solar energy systems. Keep scrolling to take your own short video tour and get a glimpse of the breathtaking views from the tower’s top floor.

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Newly discovered planet with three suns has triple sunsets and sunrises

July 8, 2016 by  
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Somewhere out in the universe is an exoplanet with not one, not two, but three suns. A team led by astronomers from the University of Arizona used the European Southern Observatory (ESO)’s Very Large Telescope to find HD 131399Ab , an exoplanet in what’s called a triple-star system. The cool space discovery could mean there are more planets in multi-star systems than we thought. HD 131399Ab is not the first planet discovered with three suns , but it is one that is more likely to remain in its orbit. Normally when astronomers find planets with three suns, the planet’s orbit is unstable and it’s ” quickly ejected ” from the triple-star system. HD 131399Ab is different: it’s the ” first planet ever found in a wide orbit inside a triple-star system .” The astronomers say this orbit ” can be stable ” but they need to do more research to determine if the orbit will continue to be stable long-term. Related: Astronomers just discovered an alien planet with three suns that shouldn’t exist There are some interesting weather patterns on HD 131399Ab too: it either exists in a state of constant daylight or has triple sunsets and sunrises each day, depending on the season. But if we could stand on the planet, we’d only ever experience one or the other because HD 131399Ab’s seasons are longer than human lifetimes. HD 131399Ab is also one of the youngest exoplanets we’ve ever found at just around 16 million years old, compared to Earth’s estimated 4.5 billion years. It’s around 320 light-years away from us. The astronomers published a paper detailing the discovery recently in Science . Along with astronomers from the European Southern Observatory and the University of Arizona, the team included researchers from the Space Telescope Science Institute in Maryland and the Institut de Planétologie et d’Astrophysique de Grenoble in France. University of Arizona PhD student Kevin Wagner, who is the lead author on the paper, said in an ESO press release , “It is not clear how this planet ended up on its wide orbit in this extreme system, and we can’t say yet what this means for our broader understanding of the types of planetary systems, but it shows that there is more variety out there than many would have deemed possible. What we do know is that planets in multi-star systems…are potentially just as numerous as planets in single-star systems.” + European Southern Observatory Images courtesy of ESO/L. Calçada/M. Kornmesser and ESO

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James Corner Field Operations unveils plans for 10-mile “Underline” park in Miami

March 18, 2015 by  
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Image courtesy Anna Baez James Corner Field Operations (JCFO)—the architects behind the New York High Line —have been selected to develop the vision and master plan for a 10-mile linear park dubbed the Miami Underline  in Miami, Florida. The park will revitalize the area beneath Miami’s Metrorail, creating a safe and vibrant urban trail for cyclists and pedestrians that will stretch from the Miami River to Dadeland South Station. Read the rest of James Corner Field Operations unveils plans for 10-mile “Underline” park in Miami Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cycling , green space , james corner , james corner field operations , Landscape Architecture , linear park , LIVING ART , Miami , pedestrian , safety , underline , university of miami , urban trail

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