Simple but smart design transforms a concrete plaza into a lively urban park

July 11, 2016 by  
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“The project springs from the need to create a welcoming place for the citizens of Favara while simultaneously donating to the city an innovative public space shaped from the perfect combination of wood and vegetation,” write the architects. In contrast to the site’s original and muted concrete setting, Zighizaghi is filled with greenery and playful elements from its honeycomb shape to the red light fixtures that double as loudspeakers. “Thanks to its interactive character, Zighizaghi transforms its external space into a dynamic environment where music acts as a vehicle between nature and visitors,” continue the architects. Related: Wunderbugs Pavilion Creates Music From the Movement of Insects and Humans The genius of Zighizaghi lies in the use of modular timber hexagons, made from Okoumè, which offer flexibility in design, both in the way they are configured and used. While most hexagonal elements were used as pavers, others double as seating or planters for Mediterranean plants with automatic irrigation systems. Six fourteen-sided red prisms, called the Super Pods, which stand on eight skinny black legs and are used for lighting and music, punctuate the space. + OFL Architecture Images by Guarneri and Riccio Blu

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40 lifeless tiger cubs discovered in Thailand temple’s freezer

June 1, 2016 by  
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After officials began to remove tigers from Thailand’s Tiger Temple this week, they discovered 40 dead cubs in a freezer. The temple, marketed as a sanctuary, has been accused of animal abuse , wildlife trafficking , and breeding tigers illegally. Monks at the temple deny the accusations. Controversy has shrouded the temple for years. Visitors reported tigers seemed drugged, ex-workers said they weren’t fed properly, lived in concrete cages, and received beatings from so-called caretakers. Others suspected illegal breeding to sell tiger parts utilized in traditional medicines. According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), in 2007 there were 18 tigers at the temple, but by this year that number rose to 147. Wildlife groups have been working for the tigers’ release since 2001. Related: Tiger farming is cultivating a taste for luxury tiger products in China – and increasing poaching The BBC reports that Thailand’s Department of National Parks (DNP) attempted to seize the tigers but multiple times the monks would not allow them to enter the temple. This current raid is successful because the DNP came armed with a court warrant. So far dozens of tigers have been rescued, but babies were found in the freezer. Police Colonel Bandith Meungsukhum told AFP that the find would lead to criminal charges. Officials were unsure how long the cubs had been frozen, but many appeared to have been alive for only one or two days. Reporters and wildlife officials noted other animal body parts and a dead boar in the freezer. The temple says several years ago a vet told them to keep the cubs, “probably” to silence accusations they were trafficking the cubs. According to a post on their Facebook page, the Tiger Temple said the DNP knew about the babies inside the freezer and had even entered the freezer a few times before. Deputy Director-General Adisorn Nuchdamrong told Reuters , “They must be of some value for the temple to keep them. But for what is beyond me…The temple has notified us when grown tigers die, but never the cubs.” Via the BBC Images via Xiquinho Silva on Flickr , screenshot , and Eli Duke on Flickr

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Antibiotic-Resistant Super-Germs Found in Chinese Parks Irrigated With Recycled Water

August 5, 2014 by  
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Scientists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing have made an alarming discovery: After surveying parks across seven Chinese cities, they found that those watered with recycled waste water had higher counts of microbe genes for antibiotic-resistance than parks watered with fresh water. In fact, the antibiotic-resistance gene (ARG) levels were up to 8,655 times higher . Read the rest of Antibiotic-Resistant Super-Germs Found in Chinese Parks Irrigated With Recycled Water Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: antibiotic resistance , china , Chinese Academy of Sciences , genetics , germs , irrigation , microbes , parks , public health , reclaimed water , recycled waste water , recycled water , sewerage , superbugs , unsafe water , water issues

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New Renderings of Dramatic “Mantaray” Overlook for Brooklyn Bridge Park Unveiled

September 25, 2013 by  
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A lot of excitement has been surrounding the upcoming development of Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6, and new renderings of the project’s dramatic “Mantaray” overlook have fueled the fire even more. BIG and MVVA released the new images , which show a triangular form that appears to jut out over the East River for spectacular city views, this week. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bjarke ingels , Brooklyn , brooklyn bridge , Brooklyn Bridge Park , Brooklyn Bridge Park Mantaray , City Gazing , gardens , green spaces , Lower Manhattan Views , Michael Van Valkenburgh , New York Tourist Spots , New York. , News , outdoors , parks , Places to Visit in New York , Trees        

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Sydney’s Lizard Log Parklands Offer a Solar-Powered Weekend Getaway

June 4, 2013 by  
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Hiroshi Nakamura and NAP Architects’ New Green-Roofed Tokyo Plaza Features a Dizzying Kaleidoscopic Entrance

May 16, 2013 by  
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Sou Fujimoto Unveils a Spiraling Cyclone-Shaped Waterfront Center for Belgrade

October 16, 2012 by  
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Rural Studio’s Lions Park Playscape in Alabama is Made from 2,000 Recycled Steel Drums

October 10, 2012 by  
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Adrien Rovero Gives Salvaged Ski Gondolas a Second Life as Unique Rocking Chairs

October 10, 2012 by  
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These stylish rocking chairs are crafted from salvaged ski gondolas by Adrien Rovero . The chairs, dubbed ‘Rock’, are part of a larger project organized by Mountain Climbers , a group which combines sustainable design with charitable efforts. Each of the rockers is crafted from a gondola lift and then decorated by a different artist, architect or designer to create an thoroughly unique work. After the ski gondola chairs are exhibited around Switzerland, the cool designs will be sold at an auction from which all the proceeds will be donated to Make-A-Wish Foundation. The team aim to continue the project over the next three years, so we can expect a whole lot more dismantled ski icons to be transformed into fantastic designs. + Adrien Rovero + Mountain Climbers Images courtesy of Annik Wetter

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Lands End Lookout in San Francisco Aiming for LEED Platinum

September 6, 2012 by  
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