willow tunnel (‘Sandworm’ by Finnish environmental artist and architect Marco Casagrande; photos by Nikita Wu)
The Eden Project
An educational charity and social enterprise, the Eden Project’s valuable research into plants and conservation has been taking place at the biomes at St.Austell, Cornwall, since 1999. What was once a disused kaolinite quarry is now a popular destination for families, schools and anyone interested in conservation.
The most well know images of the Eden Project are the world’s largest greenhouses, or biomes, that house the Rainforest (humid) and Mediterranean (warm) flora and fauna. The domes consist of hundreds of hexagonal and pentagonal, inflated, plastic cells supported by steel frames.
- An area the size of the Rainforest Biome is destroyed every 10 seconds!
- The Eden Project took 2½ years to construct and opened to the public on 17 March 2001
- The 50-metre-tall Biome houses the world’s largest rainforest in captivity
- Eden’s Mediterranean Biome contains over 1,000 types of plant, and the temperature ranges from 9 degrees centigrade in winter to 25 degrees centigrade in summer
- The Mimosa Pudica folds up its leaves when touched! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zoFUnlEmiM
- The world’s largest flower, the Titan Arum, has just finished flowering at The Eden Project - this only happens once every seven years! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zoFUnlEmiM
- The Rainforest Biome, covers 1.56 hectares (3.9 acres)
- The Mediterranean Biome covers 0.654 hectares (1.6 acres)
- Cleaning of the biomes is performed by abseilers
- The site occupied by the Eden Project was used by the BBC as the planet surface of Magrathea in the 1981 TV series of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
A fantastic experience that will motivate you to recycle your household waste, plant more bee friendly flowers and grow your own vegetables. If you haven’t been already - go! If you have - go again!
Location: Alta, Norway
The Cathedral of the Northern Lights is in its design a result of the surrounding nature and local culture. The building is a landmark, which through its architecture symbolizes the extraordinary natural phenomenon of the Arctic northern lights. The significance of the northern lights is reflected in the architecture of the cathedral. The contours of the church rise as a spiralling shape to the tip of the belfry 47 metres above the ground. The façade, clad in titanium, reflects the northern lights during the long periods of Arctic winter darkness and emphasizes the experience of the phenomenon.
I still can’t believe my eyes… It appears that the Chapelle de Bathléem, near Nantes, in the Pays de la Loire in France, has gargoyles inspired by the geekdom ! Check it ou : Gremlins, Mazinger, Alien, Gizmo… They’re here, for real, in this place listed in the French “monuments historiques”. How cool is that ? Check the full article for more cool gargoyles. Amen !
Je n’arrive toujours pas à y croire… La petite Chapelle de Bethléem, située à 2 pas de Nantes, a sur ses murs des gargouilles à la gloire de Gizmo, Goldorak et d’Alien… Ils sont là, pour de vrai, sur cette très jolie chapelle classée aux monuments historiques ! Je dis bravo, je dis amen! (plus d’images dans la suite).
New Zealand’s Giant Airport Gollum of the Day: The Wellington airport just got a lot more precious. What’s next, New Zealand? Peter Jackson for Prime Minister?
Every child has written their names on the beach at some point. But whereas most people’s ‘sandwriting’ is washed away, one super-rich Arab sheikh has ensured that his doodles will last a little longer. Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, 63, has scrawled his name in sand on an island he owns with letters so big they can be seen from space.
The word ‘HAMAD’ measures 1,000 metres high and is a staggering two miles long from the ‘H’ to the ‘D’ on the Al Futaisi island. And rather than allow the writing to be washed away by the ocean, the letters actually form waterways that absorb the encroaching tide.The ruler’s name is even visible on Google’s map service.