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Candy Land Made Real! Canada Could Build Giant Habitable Snow Cones

Posted by on Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Winnipeg Snow Cone Huts

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To quote House Stark from the hit TV and book series by George R. R. Martin, “Winter is coming.” Many of the leaves have already changed color and fallen away. The air is growing colder. People are pulling their warmer winter clothes out of storage. And you know what else that means? Continue reading…

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Spain Combines Old and New with the Gorgeous Lanjarón Water Museum

Posted by on Monday, October 28th, 2013

Water Museum in Spain

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What types of things would you put into a museum? Historical artifacts, obviously. Art is another easy choice. Some museums like to display items used by famous people, like the testing equipment used by the Wright brothers. But what about water? Would you ever think to build a museum devoted entirely to H2O? Continue reading…

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Admire the Humble Beauty of Nature with the Famous Spiral Jetty

Posted by on Friday, October 25th, 2013

Spiral Jetty

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When you think of aquatic architecture, it’s easy to immediately imagine over-the-top designs with state-of-the-art technology and hefty price tags. After all, aquatic architects love to go all out with their grandiose ideas of floating homes and luxury water purifiers. But don’t let the million-dollar floating skyscrapers fool you — beautiful aquascapes can cost as little as $0.

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This Taiwanese City Center is a Massive Natural Waterfall!

Posted by on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Water Damper Towers

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Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink. Normally that phrase only applies to bodies of saltwater such as the ocean, but would you believe that it also applies to fresh water? Continue reading…

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Is This Floating Spherical Home a Glimpse of the Future?

Posted by on Monday, October 21st, 2013

Floating house

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I’ve seen (and written about) virtually every floating house design imaginable, from the humble Exbury Egg to the massive Project Venus. There’s one pervasive trend that I’ve noticed in just about every design: aquatic architects tend to care about form more than function. Continue reading…

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Check Out Physalia, a Floating Garden Cleaning the Waterways of Europe

Posted by on Friday, October 18th, 2013

Physalia

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What do you get when you combine a squid, green energy, a garden, a janitor, and a boat? You get the Physalia, a truly unique floating art piece that could help change the world.

Designed by Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut, Physalia was intended as a way to clean Europe’s filthy waterways, all while offering Europeans a gorgeous view of environmental conservation in action. The science here is a bit technical, but basically all you need to know is that Physalia’s hull is coated with titanium dioxide, which absorbs ultraviolet rays in order to encourage the decomposition of toxins in the water. The vessel would also have systems in place that could desalinate surrounding water and destroy any bacteria. It’s basically a gigantic water treatment facility that putters around the rivers of Europe, scrubbing the waterways clean of pollution and converting river water into pristine drinking water.

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Finding Beauty in Simplicity with the Rock Garden of Chandigarh

Posted by on Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Nek Chand Waterfall

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Nek Chand Saini of India is not a classically trained artist. He didn’t go to art schools and he didn’t travel the world to visit famous art galleries. What he did have, though, was a passion for the world of art. So, lacking a conventional outlet for his creativity, Chand turned to his surroundings for inspiration. Continue reading…

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China’s Rising Moon Exhibit Lights Up the Night

Posted by on Monday, October 14th, 2013

Rising Moon

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How did you celebrate this year’s autumnal equinox? Well, I’m guessing that you didn’t do anything. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if you don’t even know what the autumnal equinox is. Don’t be embarrassed — Westerners generally don’t focus on lunar-based holidays that much, so the autumnal equinox usually comes and goes in America without a lot of notice. Continue reading…

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The Venus Project: Rebuilding Society With Giant Floating Cities

Posted by on Friday, October 11th, 2013

The Venus Project

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I’ve come across some pretty ambitious architectural projects before. Up until now, I think the most ambitious project would probably be this massive floating city. I mean, it’s hard to top something like that, right? Continue reading…

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5 of the Most Beautiful Lighthouses to Inspire Your Aquascaping

Posted by on Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Lighthouse

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The thing I love most about aquascapes is how they combine land and sea into a beautiful, cohesive whole. It’s rare to see a piece of architecture that adds the sky into the mixture, but there is one commonly adored building that represents the gorgeous trinity of sea, land, and sky: lighthouses. Continue reading…