Posts tagged environment
Posts tagged environment
What Ails the World? by Carlos Latuff
“Hmmmm, your problem is capitalism!”
Nest Egg of the Day: Inspired by a cost-efficient housing project called “City’s egg” and the burden of big-city rent, Hunan City University architecture department alum Dai Haifei constructed a $964 solar-powered, egg-shaped home outside his office in Beijing. The unit is equipped with a single bed, a water tank, and a lamp. “
I feel good living here though it’s simple, and a bit cold sometimes,” Dai is quoted as saying. “[What’s] important for me, is - it saves me a lot of money!”
Doc Brown would be pleased.
From far away, the picture above might look like a fuzzy coconut sticking out of the water, but upon closer inspection, you’ll see that it’s actually a massive building made almost entirely of bamboo and other natural materials. Designed and constructed by Vo Trong Nghia, who is known as a somewhat of a bamboo building virtuoso, the domed structure is called the Water and Wind Cafe and resides in the Binh Duong province of Vietnam. Not only does the cafe showcase how versatile and strong bamboo, which is a rapid-growing renewable material, can be, it was also built without the use of even one nail!
We’ve seen other bamboo buildings before but what makes Nghia’s stand out is the dynamic domed shapes he is able to achieve with the material – especially without the use of modern machinery or metal structures. In fact, every bit of bamboo in the design was woven together using traditional Vietnamese weaving techniques.
The cafe’s frame measures 30 feet high and features an opening at the very top of the dome that allows daylight to stream inside. Like many other Vietnamese structures, it is covered in a local bush plant, which evokes an African-esque aesthetic. And contrary to what you might think about building with natural, local materials, the end result is not “homemade” looking at all and is actually rather streamlined and majestic.
i don’t want wi-fi anymore.
Data centers hum day and night. More often than ever before we connect to these cloud environments through Wi-Fi networks.
According to PCWorld, now it looks like the radiation from Wi-Fi networks is making our trees sick, “causing significant variations in growth, as well as bleeding and fissures in the bark.”
All deciduous trees in the Western hemisphere are affected by the radiation. The study was conducted by the Wageningen University. The research was ordered by officials from the city of Alphen aan den Rijn who began discovering trees that had a sickness that could not be identified as a virus or bacterial infection.
After further study, it was discovered that the disease occurred throughout the Western world.
» via ReadWriteWeb
THIS IS EXTREMELY UPSETTING.
somehow i’m not surprised..