Hurricane Irma as seen from the International Space Station

September 6, 2017 by  
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NASA captured an astonishing video of Hurricane Irma from space. Soon after the National Hurricane Center upgraded Irma to a Category 5 storm , the International Space Station’s external cameras caught what NASA described as a dramatic view of the hurricane . Irma has already smashed records – meteorologist Philip Klotzbach said on Twitter earlier this morning Irma has broken the Atlantic record previously held by 1980’s Hurricane Allen for Accumulated Cyclone Energy produced during 24 hours. Hurricane Irma is currently moving over Caribbean islands, and looks to be en route to Florida with winds reaching up to 185 miles per hour. As the International Space Station orbited the Earth, the station’s cameras shot the hurricane from multiple angles, showing how truly massive it is. According to weather forecaster Liam Dutton , Hurricane Irma is so large it would cover both Ireland and the United Kingdom. Related: Category 5 Hurricane Irma is one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes ever Most of the people on Antigua and Barbuda lost power, and in Antigua around 1,000 people spent the night in shelters, according to ABS TV and Radio director of news Garfield Burford. He said the winds posed a major threat, and that a few rooftops had already blown away. Around 1,600 people reside on Barbuda, where the eye of Hurricane Irma passed over. Irma – des images de Saint Barth @ParisMatch pic.twitter.com/KhbYgMr6ha — Pauline Lallement (@pau_lallement) September 6, 2017 The hurricane also hit Saint Martin and Saint Barthélemy, causing blackouts and flooding . French Overseas Territories Minister Annick Girardin was quoted by AFP as saying Hurricane Irma has resulted in major damage on multiple Caribbean islands. French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb told reporters of Saint Martin, “We know that the four most solid buildings on the island have been destroyed which means that more rustic structures have probably been completely or partially destroyed.” Image d'un hôtel à #StMartin après le passage #IRMA #ouraganIRMA via @guadeloupe_1ere pic.twitter.com/im6ORYro8m — La1ere.fr (@la1ere) September 6, 2017 According to The Guardian, Tropical Storm Jose, which is the weather system following Hurricane Irma, is forecast to turn into a hurricane by tonight. Via Reuters , The Guardian , and NASA Images via screenshot and screenshot

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New Utrecht Central Station houses train, bus and tram transport under one undulating roof

December 12, 2016 by  
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Utrecht Central Station, the city’s largest and busiest train station , has officially opened. Designed by Benthem Crouwel Architects , the new transit hub will house train, bus and tram platforms under one undulating roof. The waves of the roof don’t just look good, they help passengers orient themselves within the complex, with the train station under the tallest wave and the tram and bus stations housed under the lower waves. The station has been in development since 2003 as a replacement for the previous building which could not handle the rising number of commuters. Three times its original size, the new complex integrates different transport modes. Its most prominent features is the undulating roof that looks like a wave that radiates dynamic movement and helps passengers orientate themselves. Related: 6 Incredible Futuristic Train Stations The highest point of the wave is above the train station, while its lowest parts on each side contain the tram and bus stations. Glass skylights provide abundant natural light and also function as smoke hatches. Strips of LED lights on the ceiling emphasize the undulating movement. The station offers views of the city as well as trains and tracks. + Benthem Crouwel Architects Photos by Jannes Linders

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Atlanta unveils first ever soccer field inside a transit station

November 21, 2016 by  
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Unveiled by nonprofit Soccer in the Streets and Major League Soccer team Atlanta United Football Club , Station Soccer will offer a new opportunity for local kids to gather and play the popular sport. Atlanta United FC, which will start playing in 2017, provided money for Station Soccer through their new Atlanta United Foundation , which they launched to make soccer accessible to people from all demographics. Related: Beautiful solar-powered soccer facility stays naturally cool in Australia’s heat Soccer in the Streets mentors kids through soccer and classroom sessions. Their after-school programs have served around 240 kids so far. Their goal is to use soccer for social change, offering an alternative for kids who otherwise might turn to gangs or drugs. The new soccer field is centrally located, easy to reach from all of Atlanta’s metro lines. Five Points is Atlanta’s largest MARTA station and is the primary point of transfer for the east-west and north-south lines. The soccer field occupies a once underutilized space in the concrete urban station, adding beauty and functionality. Atlanta United President Darren Eales said the field’s location will allow children from diverse communities to play soccer together. Soccer in the Streets Executive Director Phil Hill said in a statement, “The field will allow our organization to expand through a totally new concept in urban soccer, designed specifically for kids who live in underserved neighborhoods.” Soccer in the Streets will offer year-round free youth programming and adult leagues at Station Soccer. + Soccer in the Streets + Atlanta United Foundation Images via Atlanta United Football Club and Soccer in the Streets ( 1 , 2 )

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Blast from a VERGE past: An astronaut’s sustainability lessons

September 19, 2016 by  
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NASA’s pioneering space effort is working with the private sector to develop sustainable technologies that enable long-distance space travelers to make what they need — from food and water to building supplies — from locally acquired raw materials. On the mainstage at VERGE 2015, NASA astronaut Cady Coleman and Jason Crusan of NASA’s Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) Division spoke about the sustainability lessons learned from NASA’s tests on the International Space Station.

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Tiny artist cabins give the California desert a sci-fi-esque appeal

August 22, 2016 by  
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Located on a remote campsite within Zittel’s 35-acre A-Z property, the Wagon Station Encampment was conceived to welcome creative minds to get in touch with their “desert fantasy.” The Encampment is open twice a year when the desert climate is mild—in the spring and fall—with each “open season” divided into weeklong sessions. “It is open to anyone who feels an affinity with Andrea’s mission in the high desert – including (but not limited to) other artists, writers, thinkers, hikers, campers or those who are engaged in other forms of cultural or personal research,” says a statement on Zittel’s website. Related: This iconic desert tree is in danger because of climate change Each tiny portable pod is made from wood and metal and elevated off the ground to keep guests safe from scorpions and other critters. Guests enter through a curved hatch door that opens up to reveal a comfy bed and a small amount of storage space. One of the curved panels is transparent to allow for views to the outdoors. The pods can be collapsed and moved as needed. In addition to the wagons, the site also includes a communal outdoor kitchen , open-air showers, and composting toilets. Interested guests of the Wagon Station Encampment must submit an application for consideration. Each weekly sessions costs $100. + Andrea Zittel Via Dezeen Images via Andrea Zittel

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The Hague’s elegant new light rail station masters curved glass and steel

August 18, 2016 by  
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The new station features a sculptural roof that lends it a distinctive appearance but maintains a connection to the human scale. A long viaduct leads trams to the station over 12 meters above ground level, the slender design reducing its impact on the surroundings – particularly the Bezuidenhout-West residential district. Related: Gargantuan Solar-Powered Rotterdam Centraal Station Opens Anew The steel construction enables spans of 35 meters between the pillars, which maintains unobstructed views at ground level and allows the project to subtly blend into the existing urban fabric. The canopy provides protection for passengers walking between the HSE departure station and the main hall of The Hague Central Station. + ZJA Zwarts & Jansma Architects Photos by ProRail via ZJA Zwarts & Jansma Architects

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World’s first glass sky pool will be suspended 115 feet in the air

August 19, 2015 by  
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Want a rush of adrenaline with your morning swim? Ballymore developers have unveiled an amazing transparent “sky pool” that’ll make swimmers feel like they’re floating through the air in London. Described as the first of its kind in the world, the daring sky pool will be suspended 10-stories high between two apartment buildings in the Embassy Gardens development. The 82-foot-long swimming pool will be enclosed with 8-inch-thick glass to give swimmers an unrivaled view of the streets of London 115 feet down below. Read the rest of World’s first glass sky pool will be suspended 115 feet in the air

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BIG Unveils Cascading Public Square For England’s Battersea Power Station

December 2, 2014 by  
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Los Angeles Metro Board Approves Union Station Master Plan by Grimshaw and Gruen

November 7, 2014 by  
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Norman Foster’s Grand Canary Wharf Crossrail Station in London is Almost Finished

July 18, 2014 by  
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