Rios $800 million Olympic Park sits nearly abandoned after 2016 games

February 23, 2017 by  
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Last year, during the 2016 Summer Games , it would have been hard to imagine the Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro sitting empty in the hot Brazilian sun. Sadly, this is what has become of the space today. Despite having been officially reopened in January as a public recreation area, the park is treated to only a few visitors and a longstanding bad reputation. The $800 million Olympic Park was constructed in the months prior to last year’s Summer Games in a process that displaced residents and enraged others. Clare Richardson of Vice visited residents of the old Vila Autódromo favela, a community that was forced to move, later granted new public housing in the area. The city’s promises have fallen short of the agreed upon vision of building playgrounds, a court for sports, and a community center, leaving people with plain housing in an asphalt jungle. Residents have even resorted to creating their own speed bumps out of stones and trash cans to keep nearby roads safe. Related: Japan wants to make 2020 Olympic medals from recycled smartphones Visitors to the area feel shortchanged, as well. Vital services that were available during the park’s grand opening event, such as running water and electricity, are no longer available. The typical two-hour journey from the center of the city greets commuters with a sad skatepark , playground, and the ghostly spectacles of towering arenas. Bigger events, like the Rock in Rio music festival, are planned, but the park has become an inconvenient eyesore for the rest of the year. “I’ve seen about 12 people here since I arrived five hours ago,” Vinicius Martini, a beer vendor at the park, told Vice. “And I haven’t sold any beer.” Via Vice Images via Clare Robinson

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Why did this Olympic diving pool suddenly turn bright green?

August 10, 2016 by  
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After concerns over the water quality near Rio de Janeiro beaches before the Rio 2016 Olympic Games , now a supposedly clean Olympic pool has inexplicably turned green. At the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre, startling pictures showed a blue pool and a green pool next to one another. Officials allowed Olympians to continue diving in the green pool as they seek the cause of the weird color change. The change occurred overnight. One day the pool was blue and the next day it was green. Olympic officials tested the water quality and said there were “no risks for the athletes” in a tweet . They also said they’d be “investigating the cause.” Related: Experts to Rio Olympic athletes: Don’t put your head underwater While some speculated urine produced the color, Jim’s Pool Care national manager Brett Blair told The Guardian the Olympic pool was too large to have turned green from urine. Blair speculated poor filtration could be a cause. He told The Guardian, “…the main reason a pool normally goes green is lack of sanitation…The scary part is how at a world event, a pool could go green. It’s unbelievable.” Another leading theory is that algae caused the change , because the water is so cloudy. Some Olympic divers said they couldn’t see their partners when they dove into the green water. Algae blooms can also happen when chlorine levels in a pool change, and if that’s the case at the Rio pool, it might mean some worker wasn’t doing their job. Chlorine can probably solve the pool problem; Blair said the issue could be resolved in 24 to 48 hours. While the AP reported Rio spokesperson Mario Andrada saying that algae proliferated “because of heat and a lack of wind,” we’re still waiting for the official word from the Olympic committee on why the issue happened. Via The Guardian and Gizmodo Images via Tom Daley on Twitter and screenshot

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BLESS turned a hand-knotted rug into a cozy hammock for the workplace

August 10, 2016 by  
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Get ready to kiss another day of slouching in front of your computer screen good-bye. The designers behind the BLESS N° 56 WORKER’S DELIGHT installation at the Vitra Design Museum in Germany are looking to provide ergonomic solutions that improve workers’ health and well-being while getting them to step away from the screen. But they aren’t just creating another standing desk or balance ball chair. Instead, they’ve created an ingenious hammock  made out of a hand-knotted rug. Photo by Ludger Paffrath Design label Reuber Henning turned a hand-knotted rug into a cozy hammock for the BLESS N° 56 WORKER’S DELIGHT installation, demonstrating the versatility of everyday objects. The rug label teamed up with two BLESS designers and redefined their product as a suspended, moving piece of furniture in line with the concept of an experimental workspace . Four-meter fringes were used as ropes to suspend the carpet, transforming it into a large relaxing piece of furniture. Photo by Ludger Paffrath Related: Vitra’s new museum will house a permanent exhibition of iconic furniture designs The new installation BLESS N° 56 WORKER’S DELIGHT combines different materials, everyday objects , patterns and purposes to redefine the modern workspace, turning the Vitra Design Museum Gallery into a playful environment filled with experimental ergonomic and quirky design prototypes of new types of office furniture. The exhibition will be on show from 10 June until 9 October 2016. + Reuber Henning + BLESS Lead photo by Bettina Matthiessen © Vitra Design Museum

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Gigantic Energy-Generating Waterfall Skyscraper Could Power the 2016 Rio Olympics

July 31, 2012 by  
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Read the rest of Gigantic Energy-Generating Waterfall Skyscraper Could Power the 2016 Rio Olympics Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , 2016 Olympics , 2016 rio olympics , eco design , eco skyscraper , green design , pumped water storate , pv , RAFAA , renewable energy , rio olympics , self-sufficient architecture , solar city tower , Sustainable Building , waterfall

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Designer Robert DuGrenier Makes Hand-Blown Glass Shells for Hermit Crabs

July 31, 2012 by  
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Glass blower Robert DuGrenier has been blowing glass for over 30 years, but for the last 15 he has been creating hand-blown glass terrarium sculptures to house living art compositions for about 50 hermit crabs (or “Crabitats,” as we’ve taken to calling them). Now, DuGrenier is offering his glass shells up for sale, so if you are a hermit crab lover then this is for you! Read the rest of Designer Robert DuGrenier Makes Hand-Blown Glass Shells for Hermit Crabs Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: crabitats , glass , glass blowing , hermit crabs , marine life , robert dugrenier , shelters

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