There are two qualities that automatically make an art piece more impressive - when it's really big or really tiny. In the case of Japanese artist and jeweler Shinji Nakaba, it’s the miniature scale of his intricate skull carvings that caught our attention. The diminutive artworks are each crafted from a single oyster pearl, adding a unique layer to the sculpture’s statements. While pearls are pristine and often associated with purity, skulls represent darkness and finality. The carved skulls are mounted to rings, turning the pearls into jewelry - but in a very different way than we are accustomed to seeing them.
When the travel bug hits, it’s important to make sure that you are exploring the world with the lightest environmental and socio-cultural footprint possible to maintain or improve conditions in any community you come across. For instance, which method of travel is ideal for getting to your destination, and how do you pack in order to make the least impact? Whether your headed for a year across the world or a hike in your own backyard, this infographic from marine biologist Andrea Moore will give you all the details you need on making your trip as green as possible for you, your host and the environment.
This summer, a series of demonstrations in Paris have launched to show how to use “photonic membranes” to cool large areas of land, buildings, and, conceivably, entire cities. Designers from the international climate engineering firm Transsolar and architect Carlo Ratti have teamed up to showcase three different models of this unconventional and high-tech method of addressing climate change. You can check them out yourself from 20 August to 4 October.
Architects Christine Arnhard and Markus Eck built Holzhaus am Auerbach, a charming alpine retreat with a surprising interior in Upper Bavaria, Germany. The timber-clad holiday retreat may look like a traditional two-story home from the outside, but it actually comprises five different levels. The use of split-levels allows the architects to minimize partition walls and create an open and light-filled interior.
We don’t usually think of libraries as provocative places, but Cornell University‘s new Fine Arts Library (FAL) is causing quite a stir. Characterized by massive walls of books in a cavernous, light-filled space, the redesign by Vienna-based architect Wolfgang Tschapeller will essentially lop off the top of the school’s iconic Rand Hall building so that the soaring stacks can jut through dramatically. While architecture college leaders are excited about updating the 104-year-old campus icon, the project is also getting a lot of criticism from those who feel the expansion is too extreme.
Park officials in the southern Australian province of Victoria say a deepwater reef has been discovered there that may have more coral, sponge, and fish than the Great Barrier Reef. The reef is in Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park near Melbourne, and researchers have been exploring it using a remote-controlled vessel. The footage that came back from these explorations leads officials at Parks Victoria to say the reef is a “particularly exciting find.”
This just might be the most cataclysmic forest fire season in history. So far this year, the Forest Service has spent $800 million trying to keep the blazes from raging too far out of control. This cost amounts to more than 50 percent of their budget, draining coffers so much that they can’t perform other critical services, like forest management. Adding insurance costs, damage to buildings and infrastructure, and further damage caused by flash floods and mudslides, this year’s fire bill is estimated to ring in at around $2.5 billion.
The excitement is already building for the world’s largest green architecture event, as this year’s Greenbuild prepares to take over the great city of Washington D.C! The Greenbuild expo is one of the best places for building professionals to discover the latest green building innovations and connect with like-minded industry professionals looking to improve our world through sustainable design. If you’re passionate about this industry, this ‘Monumental Green’ event is not to be missed. The festivities will kick off in Washington, D.C., on Monday, November 16th and continue through Friday, November 20th.
This summer at the Ruhrtriennale arts festival, more than 20 pieces from Dutch art studio Atelier Van Lieshout will form a massive art village. The pieces will be on display at Jahrhunderthalle conference centre and will act as a focal point for the festival. Named after the Spaghetti western The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, the arts settlement will be formed of pieces from the Atelier, ranging from new work to existing work dating back to the late 1990s.
Students attending the upcoming 2016 Youth Olympic Games in Norway will be accommodated in four blocks designed in line with the passivhaus principles. The buildings are beautifully clad in durable wood and able to resist the harsh winter weather of the Gudbrandsdal region. Henning Larsen Architects and SGB designed the student housing named SOPP (short for Studentsamskipnaden i Oppland) and enveloped it in Kebony, which is an environmentally friendly softwood produced in Norway.
Our favorite public space projects often include an artistic angle, much like this stunning semi-transparent church in rural Limburg, Belgium. Belgian architects Pieterjan Gijs and Arnout Van Vaerenbergh of the Gijs Van Vaerenbergh studio designed the thought-provoking project, called ’Reading Between the Lines,’ for Art Museum Z33’s Z-OUT ‘art in the public space’ program. The 10-meter-tall church was built from 100 layers of stacked weathered steel and 2,000 columns of metal.
Since the advent of electric cars, range anxiety has plagued drivers, limiting their road trips based on the number of miles one could conceivably travel on a single charge. Although Tesla is rapidly solving that problem for owners of their cars by expanding the Supercharger network at lightning speed, many intrepid Tesla drivers still like to toy with testing the limits. Tesla owners and enthusiasts Bjørn Nyland and Morgan Tørvolt wanted to see how far a Tesla Model S P85D really can travel on a single charge, so they embarked on a test to find out. This pair of friends was able to stretch an amazing 452.8 miles (728 km) out of a single charge in their effort, which they documented on video.
In parts of China, building giant “life-size” Transformer models out of scrap metal is a popular hobby. We’ve showed off some of the incredible upcycled replicas before and there is even a theme park devoted to the giant metal robots. The latest Transformers creation comes from shipyard welder Wang Liansheng, who spent a year constructing the giant Bumblebee model as a gift for his young son. Father of the Year, right?
NASA satellites are pretty nifty, in large part because they capture world events that we might not know about otherwise. That’s what happened recently, when NASA’s Landsat 8 recorded the image above on August 16 of Greenland’s Jakobshavn glacier, which is one of the world’s largest and fastest melting, which. When researchers compared recent images to images captured two weeks ago, they discovered that the glacier just lost an enormous chunk of ice. So big, in fact, that it may be the largest chunk of ice loss ever recorded.
A new hybrid trike called the GinzVelo aims to radically change the way people travel within cities. The cycle’s inventor Peter Ginzburg calls it a “human-electric hybrid vehicle” or HEH vehicle for short. The contraption relies on a 500 W electric engine to supercharge your pedal power over 30 miles per hour. The main selling point, though, is the range. GinzVelo can travel up to an impressive 100 miles on a single charge.