Filed under: Garden, Green Stuff | Tags: food, gardening, green, sustainability
I’ve been seeing this around recently. It’s viral! You can also use this tip with garlic, yellow onions, potatoes, and more.
Filed under: architecture, Lights | Tags: architecture, light, seed, temporary, uk
From Inhabitat, this is Thomas Hardwick’s recently completed UK Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai Expo. Dubbed the “Seed Cathedral”, the six-story high structure is studded with 60,000 translucent rods that act as fiber-optic filaments that channel sunlight into the pavilion’s interior. During the day, sunlight is channeled through the filaments and is the sole source of illuminating the interior. At night, the interior is illuminated by minute lighting elements contained within each rod for an amazing effect.
The densely-packed forest of filaments also contains the impetus to create living forests in the future — each 7.5 meter long “branch” contains seeds from the Millenium Seed Bank. The facade of filaments bends and flexes, creating a dynamic effect. Think dandelion flower blowing in the wind, only the seeds will be given to China one the expo has run its course.
Have no idea how my friend found this, but I’m glad he did.
A friend passed this along to me. Leave it to the Dutch to keep coming up with creative ways to utilize existing buildings.
Exit Art, a gallery in New York City, has just opened an exhibition, Vertical Gardens, which explores architectural models, renderings, drawings, and photographs of vertical farms, urban gardens or green roofs. The exhibit features concepts and real-life projects by architects and artists that envision greener urban environments.
Exit Art Gallery explains: “The past decade has seen a greater emergence of green roofs and vertical gardens created by artists, designers, architects and urban gardeners to combat the lack of flora in the city. Buildings around the world — from the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris, to the Queens Botanical Garden in New York — have embraced green walls or roofs for all their economical, environmental, and aesthetic values. Vertical farms and gardens are also being envisioned as new ways to feed local and organic foods to city dwellers. Largely based on the principles of hydroponics, vertical gardens would also be mostly self-sustaining because they would capture large amounts of natural sunlight and water, and could use wind as an energy source. In a country where cities are suffocated by high rises, cement and industrial materials, where can green space exist? As this exhibition demonstrates, one possible answer is up.”
It runs from 3/28 – 5/23/09