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The Beautiful, Bubbly World of Underwater Photography Can Inspire Aquatic Design

Posted by on Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Dog fetching ball underwater

Dog fetching ball underwater — Image source: Huffpost.com

Today’s article is about the beauty of aquatic art, particularly underwater photography. I could talk about professional photographers and analyze their works, but instead I think I’ll just share with you a few of my favorite pictures while telling you a story. Continue reading…

French Botanist’s Materpiece in Miami: Greening Your Aquascape with Vertical Gardens

Posted by on Monday, January 13th, 2014

Pérez Art Museum vertical garden

Patrick Blanc’s vertical garden at the Pérez Art Museum.
Image source: Inhabitat.com

Patrick Blanc is something of a legend in the world of gardening. Blanc is known as the father of vertical gardens after popularizing the concept in 1988 in Paris. Vertical gardens have since exploded in popularity, springing up on the sides of commercial buildings and private residences. Continue reading…

Getting Colorful with Aquascaping: Frozen Pink Waterfall Delights Residents in Uptown NYC

Posted by on Friday, January 10th, 2014

Pink Waterfall in NYC

A pink waterfall in NYC was a pleasant surprise for passers-by.
Image source: Inhabitat.com

What would somebody think if he were walking along a secluded forest path and stumbled upon a frozen waterfall with pink and blue icicles? Well, you might think you’d discovered some divine miracle, or that you’d accidentally located the handiwork of a magical woodland fairy. Or perhaps you would more likely assume that it was a clever advertising stunt or the work of an enterprising artist. Continue reading…

From Derelict Airport to Stunning Hydrologic Park: How Water’s Natural Cycles Can Inspire Your Aquascape

Posted by on Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Airport aquascape

Airport Lake, proposed for the derelict Quito airport.
Image source: Ggpht.com

Reduce, reuse, recycle.

I don’t know about you, but I heard those three magic words all the time while growing up. My school system tried to teach us at an early age that we all have a responsibility to be environmentally conscious. Some eco-friendly choices are easy to make, like throwing plastic bottles into the recycling bin rather than the trash can. Other choices, like figuring out how to recycle a derelict airport, are a bit tougher.

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0°01’ W Network in [e]motion Floating Art Gallery: Beautiful or Hideous?

Posted by on Monday, January 6th, 2014

0°01’ W Network in [e]motion

0°01’ W Network in [e]motion — Image source: Archdaily.net

I’ve written about some pretty bizarre ideas in my time: underwater skyscrapers made of garbage, egg-shaped floating houses, hotels made out of ice, and so on. The floating building 0°01’ W Network in [e]motion (yes, it’s name is also quite weird) will join those ranks. Continue reading…

Whitepod Eco Resort: The Beauty of Man and Nature Working Together

Posted by on Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Whitepod Eco Resort

Whitepod Eco Resort — Image source: Inhabitat.com

I confess: I hate the cold. I spend most winters wearing thick wool socks, comfy thermal shirts, and wrapped up in a warm blanket. So, the idea of spending a week in some frigid wasteland sounds more like torture than vacation. However, the stunning Whitepod Eco Resort nestled high in the Swiss Alps, might just win me over. Continue reading…

Grabbing a Little Bit of Luxury: 5 Private Tropical Islands that Can Be Yours in 2014

Posted by on Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

Private Tropical Island

Private Tropical Island — Image source: Usdivetravel.com

The start of the new year is all about new beginnings, second chances, and improving your life. What can you do to make 2014 your best year yet? Well, for one, we can work on making one of your dreams come true. Continue reading…

A Whale of a Building: The Half-Floating Pavilion “Fluid” Redefines Aquatic Architecture

Posted by on Monday, December 30th, 2013

Fluid

Fluid — Image source: Ning.com

Most of us know the story of Jonah and the whale. At least, we think that we do. Contrary to popular opinion, the Bible claims that Jonah was swallowed by a giant fish and not a whale. In any event, that story has left many people wondering what life would be like in the bowels of a gigantic sea mammal. In fact, the famous song “The Mariner’s Revenge” explores this idea. Give it a listen: Continue reading…

Two-Bedroom, Two-Bathroom Floating Home is Glimpse of the Future

Posted by on Friday, December 27th, 2013

Floating Home

Floating one-story home — Image source: Trendhunter.com

A few weeks ago, we chatted about the beautiful Manta Resort off the coast of Tanzania’s Pemba Island. The two-person resort was certainly beautiful, but the structure was little more than two floating rooms in the middle of nowhere. With its small size, the Manta Resort is a place where you’d love to visit but hate to live. It wouldn’t be long before those two rooms started to feel claustrophobic and limiting. Continue reading…

Living in a Winter Wonderland at Sweden’s Frozen Icehotel

Posted by on Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

Icehotel

Sweden’s Icehotel — Image source: Icehotel.com

I was really hoping for a white Christmas this year, but apparently that’s not in the cards for the folks around my neck of the woods. In fact, it was unseasonably warm yesterday. I could’ve gone around in my shorts and have been totally comfortable. For a true winter experience, I should have gone to Sweden’s Icehotel. Continue reading…