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This Orsos Island Yacht is Part Boat, Part Island

Posted by on Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Orsos Island Yacht

Image source: Orsosisland.com

Everybody on earth has at some point dreamed of living on a private island. They’re secluded, absolutely gorgeous, and they represent the pinnacle of financial achievement. Unfortunately, not all of us can be like Richard Branson or Mark Zuckerberg, looking down on the rest of the world from atop a giant pile of money. Buying a private island is something that only ultra-rich billionaires can ever pull off. Continue reading…

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How Aquatic Architecture Can Solve World Thirst AND the World Energy Crisis

Posted by on Monday, July 30th, 2012

Aquatic Wind Turbine

Image source: Saferenvironment.wordpress.com

As great as renewable, green energy techniques are, they’re all generally limited by terrain. Wind turbines are only useful in windy climates, water turbines need a constant source of flowing water, and solar panels benefit most from wide, flat, cloudless areas. It’s fairly rare that you see two of these energy-collecting devices in the same spot, and it’s pretty much unheard of that you find all three together. Continue reading…

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The Beauty of Light and Water: 5 Pieces of Glowing Aqua-Art

Posted by on Friday, July 27th, 2012

Glowing Water

Image source: Care2.com

In this day and age escaping the world of architecture is pretty much impossible. The very fact that you’re reading this article on the Internet almost necessarily means that you’re in or near a building that has an Internet connection. It’s possible that you’re a total recluse and you’re reading this on a smartphone out in the middle of the wilderness, but odds are high that you spend more than half of your day inside of a building. Continue reading…

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How Architects Want to Fight Floods in Thailand

Posted by on Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Flooding in Thailand

Image source: Wikipedia.org

The southern Thai city of Ayutthaya is in hot water. Well, saying “hot water” isn’t entirely accurate. I should say, “high water.” Continue reading…

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How Seoul Transformed a River of Concrete into a Beautiful Stream

Posted by on Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Ceonggyecheon Stream

Image source: Treehugger.com

When an urban society and the rural world clash, mother nature tends to get the short end of the stick. Mankind has leveled forests, carved through mountains, and drained lakes in its endless push toward urbanization. Every once in a while, though, a society will take a step back, admit that it might have taken things a little bit too far, and help to restore the local ecosystem. Continue reading…

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Aquatic Air Conditioning at Japan’s Canal City Hakata

Posted by on Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Canal City Hakata

Image source: Japan-guide.com

I don’t know what the weather’s like where you live, but temperatures have been unbearably high here in the States. I saw a news story the other day about how power supply companies are raking in record profits because so many people are running their air conditioners at full blast. But with the thermometer breaking into the 100s and regularly hovering in the high 90s, can you really blame people for burning a little bit of extra electricity in order to stay cool? Continue reading…

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The Clean Tower Skyscraper: Half Apartment Building, Half Swamp

Posted by on Monday, July 23rd, 2012

The Clean Tower in Chicago

Image source: Inhabitat.com

“Swamp” and “skyscraper” typically aren’t two words that you ever hear uttered in the same sentence. Putting a skyscraper in a swamp would be an architectural nightmare.Why would you ever want to build a giant skyscraper in the middle of a swamp, anyway? Continue reading…

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Let There Be Light! 5 Reasons Why LEDs are A-OK

Posted by on Friday, July 20th, 2012

Light from Underwater

Image source: Wallcoo.net

It’s so easy to get caught up in aquascaping design, plant placement, pH levels, fish selection, and tank maintenance that sometimes it can be easy to forget about some of the seemingly minor details. Lighting can be one of those oversights. After all, we kind of take light for granted. The sun provides us with plenty of sunshine every day, and we can summon light through the magic of modern technology with the flip of a switch. Continue reading…

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Time-Lapsed Aquarium: From Start to Fishy

Posted by on Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Home Aquarium Aquascape

Image source: Aquariumswest.com

I’m pro-fish. So, it’s no surprise that whenever I get the chance I will gladly steer the conversation towards aquariums (which, admittedly, isn’t very frequently). I typically end these conversations by recommending that people look into getting an aquarium of their own, but I’m not always met with profound enthusiasm. Continue reading…

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Do Some Spring Cleaning with these 5 Tank Maintenance Tips

Posted by on Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Tank with Algae Coating

Image source: shrimptank.ca

I’ll admit: I am probably not the cleanest person on planet Earth. I’m willing to let dishes sit for a few days and I tend to let things get messy until I can’t take it anymore and I have to spend a little bit of time tidying up. My philosophy is that it’s better to spend your time doing relaxing or fun things than stressing over appearances and order. Continue reading…