8-Story Antigravity Forest Facade Takes Root

August 30, 2009 at 8:22 pm (ecology, Psychogeography) (, , , )

Probably one of the best ideas I have seen all day:
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When Patrick Blanc was a boy, he suspended plants from his bedroom wall and ran their roots into a fish tank. The greenery received nourishment from the diluted—ahem—fertilizer and purified the water in return. Forty-five years on, the French botanist’s gardens have grown massive in scale. One inside a Portuguese shopping mall is larger than four tennis courts, and there’s one in Kuwait that’s almost as big. But Blanc’s recently completed facade for the Athenaeum hotel in London (shown) could be his most high-profile project yet. Looming over Green Park, it’s an eight-story antigravity forest composed of 12,000 plants.

(the rest: Wired)

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Bokode: The continuing evolution of the barcode

August 28, 2009 at 5:50 am (Psychogeography) (, )

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“Bokodes open up a whole new range of applications in the areas of tagging, user interaction, machine vision and near field communication not possible with traditional barcodes.”

Look forward to seeing more applications using bokode with augmented reality.

MIT Media Lab via: Quantum Possibility

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Living root bridges

August 26, 2009 at 4:24 pm (ecology, Psychogeography) (, )

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In the depths of northeastern India, one of the wettest places on earth, bridges aren’t built – they’re grown. What could 21th century architects learn from these dynamic construction principles? I would like to see this applied on highways.
Full story at NextNature.net

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Continuous lightning on the Catatumbo Rive

August 25, 2009 at 4:08 pm (ecology, Psychogeography) (, , , )

Venezuela’s Catatumbo River has near continuous lightning for over half a year every year.

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