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Top 4 Aquatic Eco-friendly Solutions for Greener Living

Posted by on Friday, August 31st, 2012

Clear Waterfall

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Green is the new black. Consumers are caring more and more about what products do to the environment, and the world of architecture is no different. Architects, engineers, and consumers are looking for eco-friendly alternatives to conventional systems. Solar power has been the go-solution for environmentally-minded consumers for years, but we’re just starting to tap into the power of water. Here’s a breakdown of the best aquatic solutions for eco-friendly living. Continue reading…

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The Chaotic, Harmonious Slipstream: Water as an Art Installation

Posted by on Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Slipstream Installation

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Water is fluid. That’s stating the obvious, right? Sure, water is a substance that’s in a fluid state (as opposed to a gas or solid), but what I mean by “fluid” is that it changes readily. Much of the beauty of water stems from its countless, ever-changing forms. Water drips, pools, ripples, waves, surges, boils, rolls, streams, slides, falls, beads, vanishes, and envelopes. Continue reading…

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Aqua na Oca: Fusing Aquatic Art with Digital Art

Posted by on Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Aqua na Oca

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Aquariums, fountains, lakes, oceans, waterfalls — water is beautiful no matter what shape it takes. The only real problem is that you almost never see two or more different types of water in the same spot. A tropical beach have an incredible view, but don’t expect to find to see a fish tank or a waterfall nearby. At most, you might be able to find a fountain that’s been incorporated in or near a lake, but even that is fairly rare.  Works of aquatic art — whether they be natural or artificial — simply don’t coexist very frequently. Continue reading…

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Fallingwater: The Pinnacle of Aquatic Architecture

Posted by on Monday, August 27th, 2012

Fallingwater

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OK, I’ve held off long enough. I’ve been writing about aquatic architecture for months, and it’s about time that I finally get around to covering the most famous examples of aquatic architectural art, Fallingwater. Continue reading…

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Solar Tower City: The Next Major Olympic Architecture Showpiece

Posted by on Friday, August 24th, 2012

Solar City Tower

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The Olympics are a great opportunity to elevate your city to the world stage and create buildings that scream, “Look at me! Look at me!” Beijing pulled out all the stops with the Water Cube and the bird’s nest stadium. London didn’t go to quite such extreme lengths, but their shooting stadium is certainly bizarre. Continue reading…

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Water, Water Everywhere at the Marina Barrage

Posted by on Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Marina Barrage in Singapore

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Singapore receives 100 inches of rain fall each year. As you might expect, that makes flooding a major issue. The surprising thing is that this heavy rainfall also cuts down on the mount of clean drinking water. It’s kind of ironic, isn’t it? Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink. Continue reading…

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Adding a Splash of Green to the Big Apple with Floating New York Art

Posted by on Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Robert Smithson's Floating Island

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Robert Smithson was an American artist who had a rather unorthodox approach to art. Rather than using paint or clay, he used nature itself as his canvas. You may have seen pictures of his most famous work, Spiral Jetty. It’s an enormous spiral-shaped jetty that reaches out into the Great Salt Lake in Utah. That might seem a little odd, but that type of installation was right up Robertson’s alley. To help give you a sense of scale, he’s also known for carving out an enormous spiral hill and pouring a river of asphalt down the side of a mountain. Continue reading…

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Exchange Your Shopping Cart for a Boat at a Thai Floating Market

Posted by on Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Thai Floating Market

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I covered a couple floating hotels yesterday, and of the three I would have to say that the Thai floating hotel was my favorite. Why? Well, it all boils down to authenticity. The others were expensive and elaborate, but the Thai floating hotel follows the ancient Thai tradition of living on floating boathouses. They didn’t create that hotel chain along the river as a gimmick — they did it because that’s just how they roll (or should I say “swim?”). Continue reading…

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Top 3 Floating Hotels

Posted by on Monday, August 20th, 2012

Floating Hotel

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I have a hard time making up my mind about anything. The more expensive something is, the more time I have to spend anguishing over the options before I can finally settle on the perfect choice. So, I have an absolutely terrible time trying to figure out what to do when I have vacation time. Would I be better off experiencing the world on a week-long cruise, or sitting back and recharging in a peaceful, lakeside resort? Continue reading…

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More Temporary Recycled Pools Pop Up Along New York Coast

Posted by on Friday, August 17th, 2012

Brooklyn Pop-Up Pool

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Finding a place to swim in New York City isn’t exactly easy, unless of course you’re willing to dive into the dubious waters of the Hudson River (I wouldn’t really recommend it). Continue reading…