CX Landscape proposes futuristic coastal park in response to climate change

May 19, 2020 by  
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Australia-based CX Landscape has unveiled designs for Sea Line Park, a conceptual project to link the eastern and western inner suburbs of Melbourne with a linear coastal park. Designed to serve as a new line of defense against rising waters, the Sea Line Park would comprise three islands, two pontoon bridges and undersea roads to provide a new direct connection between Williams Town to the west and Elwood in the east. The fantastical proposal would also draw power from renewable sources, including tidal and solar power. Bookended by two movable pontoon bridges, the Sea Line Park consists of three curvaceous green islands : two “Sports Islands” flanking a central “Art Island”. The Sports Islands would function as public outdoor recreation space for both active and passive programs. The Art Island serves primarily as an events space and would be home to a large north-facing meadow that can host open cinemas, performances, markets and other events. A naturalistic landscape with pedestrian and cyclist paths would be integrated onto all islands. Related: Olson Kundig solar sail proposal could power up to 200 Melbourne homes with clean energy The linear parks would also house a live seed bank within a series of pods, the design of which is inspired by the diamond-patterned totem polls of the Wurundjeri tribe. Solar panels would cover the exterior of each pod and — along with the tidal power generation units integrated in the two pontoon bridges — provide energy for the entire park. The islands are also punctuated by bubble-like structures that house seawater purification and freshwater storage systems. To address ocean waste, the designers have proposed using submarine robots to collect plastic ocean debris and repurposing the waste as raw material for 3D printing construction materials. “This park will grow, adapt and innovate with the help of cutting-edge technologies, to be resilient and resistant to natural disasters and climate change ,” the designers said. “A self-sustained living hub is suitable for any coastal cities around the world, which can carry the critical resources and civilizations to create a mobile global village.” + CX Landscape Images via CX Landscape

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India’s farmer network is saving seeds from climate change

November 21, 2017 by  
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Deep at a “seed bank” in the Himalayan foothills, farmers are preserving hardy indigenous varieties of wheat, corn and rice.

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Syria withdraws seeds from Doomsday Vault as bombs disrupt crop research

October 19, 2015 by  
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When you think of doomsday preppers, you probably think of folks with a basement full of canned food, hand-crank radios, and batteries. In Norway, though, the government has taken a different kind of doomsday precaution by saving seeds in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault . The world’s largest secure seed storage has been in operation since 2008, accepting deposits from around the world to resupply agricultural fields in the event of a major crop-devastating natural disaster. Now scientists are making a major withdrawal from the seed bank for the first time, but not for reasons they anticipated. The war in Syria has interrupted the work of scientists in Aleppo, making it necessary to recover wheat seeds from the so-called ‘Doomsday Vault’ for planting. Read the rest of Syria withdraws seeds from Doomsday Vault as bombs disrupt crop research

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Canberra’s National Arboretum & Visitor Centre Protects 100 of the World’s Endangered Trees

August 22, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of Canberra’s National Arboretum & Visitor Centre Protects 100 of the World’s Endangered Trees Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , arboretum , canberra , eco center , eco design , eco visitor center , educational center , endangered species , environmental protection , forest protection , forestry , forests , green architecture , Green Building , green design , National Arboretum Canberra , park , seed bank , Sustainable Building , sustainable design , Taylor Cullity Lethlean , Tonkin Zulaikha Greer , Village Centre , visitor centre        

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Interior Color Choice Can Evoke Moods in Your Home

August 21, 2013 by  
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This great interior design-focused infographic by Design 55 explores how different colors convey certain moods when they are applied to interior spaces. Using this information, you can apply colors to lend a sense of energy or relaxation to various rooms throughout your home. Check out the full infographic after the break! The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: How Interior Color Choice Can Evoke Moods in Your Home Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: color theory , color therapy , coloring your home , Green Building , green design , green interiors , infographic , interior decor , interior decorating , interior design , Sustainable Building , sustainable design        

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DIY: How to Start Your Own Seed Bank

June 5, 2013 by  
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Urban food gardens are popping up all over the world, and with good cause: as food prices continue to rise and the very real issues of GMO contamination become more apparent, many people are realizing how important it is to be self-sufficient as far as food production is concerned. As this is the time of year when people are ordering seeds and getting ready to sow them for this summer’s garden , it’s the perfect opportunity to set up a seed bank to share with your friends, family, and even your community. Read the rest of DIY: How to Start Your Own Seed Bank Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: community , garden , heirloom seeds , herbs , organic seeds , permaculture , permaculture garden , seed bank , tomatoes        

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Internet Mogul Sean Parker Trashes Old-Growth Redwood Forest to Create a Fantasy Wedding

June 5, 2013 by  
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It’s not unusual for the weddings of the rich and famous to veer into ridiculous excess, but internet billionaire Sean Parker’s recent nuptials really take the over-the-top wedding cake. Parker’s wedding took place in a redwood grove on a Big Sur campground. Apparently the natural grandeur wasn’t good enough for Parker and his guests, because the groom spent a reported $10 million on the festivities, which involved trashing the old-growth forest to build a pond and fake castle ruins. Read the rest of Internet Mogul Sean Parker Trashes Old-Growth Redwood Forest to Create a Fantasy Wedding Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Big Sur campground , Big Sur campground trashed , Big Sur ecological damage , Big Sur ecological system , Big Sur trailhead , Big Sur wedding , California Coastal Commission , CCC , ecological damage , old growth redwood , old growth redwood forest , old growth redwood forest trashed , public forests , public spaces , Sean Parker trashes redwood forest , Sean Parker wedding        

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Construction Complete on the UK’s Stunning Seed Cathedral

April 5, 2010 by  
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The brilliant bristling structure you see above is not the world’s largest pincushion – it’s Thomas Heatherwick ’s recently completed UK Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai Expo . Dubbed the “Seed Cathedral”, the six-story high structure is studded with 60,000 translucent rods that act as fiber-optic filaments that channel sunlight into the pavilion’s interior.

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