This Dark Beacon warns of the dangers of sea level rise

October 29, 2019 by  
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On the Greek island of Spetses, Irish designer Kieran Donnellan and a group of participants from the 2019 international festival Meetings of Design Students (MEDS) have installed a striking charred-wood pavilion that warns of the dangers of sea level rise. Set atop a small hill overlooking the old harbor, the installation — titled the Dark Beacon — is placed close to an existing lighthouse that serves as a counterpoint to the pavilion; whereas the lighthouse warns of immediate dangers, the Dark Beacon warns of future dangers. Inspired by the maritime culture of Spetses, the Dark Beacon takes the shape of a boat flipped on its head. Charred timber was used to clad the structure in a nod to the charring techniques used in traditional boat building and to allude to the overarching theme of global warming . Sea level rise is symbolized by two pools of water, one located on the ground floor and the other on the upper level connected via ladder. The distance between the two pools is approximately the maximum estimated sea level rise by the year 2100. Related: Giant totems in Poland warn against climate change catastrophe Located at the end of a long tree-lined avenue, the pavilion invites visitors through a triangular doorway that references the motion of boats in a confined shipyard. Inside, visitors walk on a bent ramp with an incline “designed to cause a brief moment of balance adjustment, just like the effect of stepping from land onto a boat,” reads the project statement.  The ramp leads to a visual cue for the sea level rise baseline: a pool of water with large stepping stones. A ladder provides access to the upper level, a viewpoint with seating and a pool at its base. The designer said, “This allows visitors to see just how vulnerable places like Spetses are to the impacts of sea-level rise .” + Kieran Donnellan Images via Kieran Donnellan

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Invisible Portal disappears into the Andes Mountains with a mirrored facade

September 29, 2016 by  
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The small 13-square-meter Invisible Portal lives up to its name with its mirrored facade . The studio placed the viewpoint on a highpoint of an Andes mountain trail that stretches between Guaranda and Babahoyo. “The number of people who visit the natural vantage point use this space as a point for meeting and to rest on the grass,” said Natura Futura, according to Dezeen . Related: Prefab timber rest stops overlook gorgeous views of Mexico’s volcanoes Hikers can take a rest at the Invisible Portal, which has a small opening on the rear wall for access to the wood-lined interior. Timber steps that span the width of the interior double as seating at the edge of the structure. + Natura Futura Arquitectura Via Dezeen Images via Natura Futura Arquitectura

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Starship-like Utsikten viewpoint juts out into Norways breathtaking alpine landscape

August 29, 2016 by  
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Utsikten—Norwegian for “The View”—is located near the top of Gaular Mountain following an ascent of hairpin bends. The viewpoint was constructed almost entirely of concrete with an 80-centimeter-thick platform and raised, wing-like corners that point towards the north, south, and west. “Each corner is shaped specifically in relation to the landscape and to different use,” write the architects. “It has been an object to create a shape that stimulates physical movement, and also can work as an arena for cultural events.” Solar panels that provide all the necessary energy for the platform are installed on the west corner. Related: Giant timber periscope tower offers lakeside views to everyone — even those with disabilities Given the remote and challenging location, Utsikten was meticulously designed with physical and computer models before it was installed in phases. The finished platform creates a clean and precise shape in the landscape that will gradually soften over time as the concrete weathers and natural vegetation grows along the sides. Rails made from thick steel pipes and inconspicuous nets have been installed for safety. Seats are carved into the upturned wings. A small bathroom is tucked below. + Code Arkitektur Via ArchDaily Images by Jiri Havran

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Prefab timber viewpoints overlook gorgeous views of Mexico’s volcanoes

April 1, 2016 by  
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Tesla finally unveils 35K Model 3 electric car for the masses with 215 mile range

April 1, 2016 by  
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Giant timber pyramid invites park visitors to take in the stunning views of Scotland’s Loch Lomond

January 22, 2016 by  
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This spectacular lookout frames dizzying views of Ecuador’s Quilotao Crater

December 17, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of This spectacular lookout frames dizzying views of Ecuador’s Quilotao Crater Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , daniel moreno , daniel moreno flores , eco design , eco-tourism , eco-travel , ecuador , erdc arquitectors , green architecture , Green Building , green design , javier mera , jorge andrade , jorge andrade benitez , mirado en la laguna del quilotoa , modular , modular construction , pavilion , platform , quilotoa , quilotoa crater , Sustainable Building , sustainable design , teak wood , view platform , viewpoint

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Gorgeous Viewpoint Platform Invites Busy Londoners to Enjoy the Wildlife of Regents’ Canal

June 4, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Gorgeous Viewpoint Platform Invites Busy Londoners to Enjoy the Wildlife of Regents’ Canal Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: camley street natural park , communing with nature , Corten steel , erkko aarti arto ollila mikki ristola , finnish institute of london , laavu , London , london wildlife trust , nature in the city , nature in urban setting , outdoor learning environment , regents canal , stamped concrete , the architecture foundation , viewing platform , viewpoint , wildlife viewing

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February 13, 2014 by  
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Cherry Picking Data, A Climate Deniers’ Favorite Weapon (Video)

August 5, 2011 by  
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In this fourth in a series of six videos TreeHugger has done in collaboration with the good folks (and sometimes guest writers here) over at Skeptical Science , John Cook explains climate deniers often will cherry pick data to attempt to prove their position, focusing on one small inconsistency in data or using time frames for analysing data chosen to exclude results that would undermine their viewpoint. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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