Polands National Museum in Szczecin wins World Building of the Year 2016

November 21, 2016 by  
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Hidden underground so as not to obstruct views of the neighboring Philharmonic Hall (the 2015 winner of the Mies van der Rohe Prize ), the National Museum in Szczecin was built below an undulating public square, named Solidarnosc (Solidarity), a physical expression of the community’s response to the atrocities of the Second World War. The aboveground plaza that doubles as the museum roof is organized along an arced circulation path with a raised open amphitheater on one side and a softer, more rounded raised mound on the other. The raised surfaces hide entrances to the museum. The popular public space helps heal past wounds with play, dialogue, and community activities. The subterranean building was constructed from pre-cast concrete. Related: These are the world’s best buildings “This is a piece of topography as well as a museum,” said the WAF judging panel, led by architect David Chipperfield . “To go underground is to explore the memory and archaeology of the city, while above ground the public face of the building, including its undulating roof, and be interpreted and used in a variety of ways. This is a design which addresses the past in an optimistic, poetic and imaginative way.” The annual WAF awards are held to showcase the best architecture of the last 12 months. + World Architecture Festival + KWK Promes Via Dezeen Images via KWK Promes and WAF

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We’re giving away an Artisan Moss green wall made with real moss and lichens

November 21, 2016 by  
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Moss walls are a hot new trend, and for good reason. Preserved moss is an accessible way to enhance indoor spaces with lush greenery because they don’t require the same care, lighting, or watering as living walls. California-based Artisan Moss makes some of the most beautiful verdant art you’ve ever seen, meticulously handcrafted with sustainably-harvested moss, lichens, ferns, and downed wood, and requiring zero maintenance. If you’re looking to spruce up your own space (or gift a spectacular art piece this holiday season), then you’re in luck. We’re giving away FOUR Artisan Moss’ signature Plant Paintings to four lucky winners. Read on for a full description of the awesome moss art pieces and enter below for your chance to win some gorgeous botanical art that will last a lifetime. a Rafflecopter giveaway Please note that due to the handmade quality of each Plant Painting, the images shown may be slightly different from the final product. Contest is only open to residents of the continental United States. GRAND PRIZE WINNER Our Grand Prize Winner will receive a sprawling 40×18″ Windy White Branch Plant Painting , handmade with real preserved white bark branches, ferns, moss and lichen. This flourishing work of art is framed in reclaimed rustic grey wood and attached with hanging hardware. Valued at $650, this statement piece invites Northern California’s majestic wilderness indoors and will last for years to come. SECOND PRIZE WINNER The Second Prize winner will receive a lovely set of two 18×18″ Sandwood Branch Plant Paintings . Valued at $590, the pair’s natural light wood is richly contrasted with the deep green moss, lichen and ferns, and is also wrapped in a rustic reclaimed wood frame with hardware included. RUNNER UP WINNERS Two Runner Up Winners will receive a set of two 14×14″ Very Mossy Plant Paintings made with a variety of mosses and ferns. These are also framed in rustic grey wood and all hardware comes attached. Set side by side, these brilliant green wall hangings will brighten up any room. + Artisan Moss + Artisan Moss Etsy Shop

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China to Trump: Climate change is not a hoax

November 21, 2016 by  
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China just rejected US President-elect Donald Trump’s widely derided claim that global warming is a Chinese hoax created to harm the American manufacturing sector. Speaking at the UN climate summit in Marrakech, Morocco , China’s Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin said that his country couldn’t have invented climate change because previous Republican administrations actually put global warming solutions on the international agenda. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Jnu09xQ4lk “If you look at the history of climate change negotiations, actually it was initiated by the IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] with the support of the Republicans during the Reagan and senior Bush administration during the late 1980s,” said Liu. Related: John Kerry says Obama administration will work to stop Trump from leaving Paris agreement Trump has promised to withdraw the US from the Paris climate agreement, a move that China has criticized . Xie Zhenhua, China’s special representative for climate change, said that “a wise political leader should take policy stances that conform with global trends,” adding that “if they resist this trend, I don’t think they’ll win the support of their people, and their country’s economic and social progress will also be affected.” China and the US jointly agreed in September to ratify the Paris pact. While China is expected to live up to its climate pledge, the election of Trump, the only world leader to deny climate science, has generated uncertainty as to whether the US will meet its international obligations. Unlike Trump and today’s GOP, Reagan and Bush senior accepted climate science and were committed to climate action. A series of confidential memos during the Reagan and Bush 41 administrations, demonstrate the extent of how serious they took global warming and how much they thought that the US needed to take a leadership role. A 1989 memo from George H.W. Bush’s acting assistant secretary Richard J. Smith to then-Secretary of State James A. Baker III called global warming “the most far reaching environmental issue of our time.” Smith continued, writing that “if the climate change within the range of current predictions actually occurs, the consequences for every nation and every aspect of human activity will be profound.” Via The Guardian

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Dramatic crystalline concert hall boasts a gorgeous prismatic interior in Poland

January 9, 2015 by  
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