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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.
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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…

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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…

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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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Floating Golf Courses Offer Hope to the Maldives

Posted by on Monday, September 9th, 2013

Floating Golf Courses

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It isn’t very often that people talk about golf courses as a way to help with some of the world’s most pressing water issues.   Most of the time, they are criticized for using an enormous amount of water, particularly, in America, in western states like Arizona or Nevada which are beginning to experience the low thrum of an upcoming crisis.  But, in the Maldive Islands, where the issue is not too little water, but the threat of too much, amazing floating island golf courses might be an answer to their desperation.

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Could You Live in this Wind Turbine Home?

Posted by on Friday, July 26th, 2013

Morphocode Wind Turbine

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Some people love sleeping with a fan blowing. The white noise drowns out a lot of the other sound from the environment, and the constant wind will help keep the room nice and cool so that you can snuggle up under layers of comfy covers. If you’re a fan-lover, then how would you feel about living your life atop a giant wind turbine out in the middle of the ocean? Continue reading…

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3 Reasons Why Now is the Best Time to Get an Aquarium

Posted by on Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Coral Bleaching

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If you’ve been thinking about taking the plunge into the world of custom aquariums, now’s the perfect time to get started. No, this isn’t some sort of sales pitch — if you put off getting your dream custom aquarium you’ll probably be kicking yourself over it later. Three very good reasons prove that you should act now before it’s too late. Continue reading…

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5 Aqua-Themed Twitter Accounts Worth Following

Posted by on Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Twitter Logo with Fish

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Yeah, I know it can be hard to find aquarium-related news sometimes. Unfortunately, the BBC and the New York Times are more interested in world politics and natural disasters than they are about new fish species and aquascape art. But that’s why blogs like this one exist — to deliver bits of news about the deep blue sea. I’d love it if aquarium art would get more coverage, but that’s probably wishful thinking unless aquascaping enthusiasts everywhere hire Google experts to promote aquascaping websites. Continue reading…

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Reduce, Reuse, Refish! Building a Green, Recycled Aquarium

Posted by on Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Recycling Water for Green Aquariums

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One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Or, in the case of Dutch studio Whim Architects, one man’s trash is another man’s home. Whim Architects are hoping to raise enough money to construct a floating, self-sufficient island made entirely out of recycled garbage. Continue reading…

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Goopy Algae: The Bane of Aquariums or the Next Eco-Friendly Fad?

Posted by on Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Floating Algae

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What is beautiful? That’s a question that philosophers, poets, artists, and scientists have been struggling to answer for thousands of years. After all of the research papers and poems on the topic, one thing is abundantly clear: beauty is in the eye of the beholder. That’s particularly true for plants and other natural ecosystems here in the 21st century. The classic approach has been to carefully cultivate a garden to create a manicured landscape. Continue reading…

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Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay: Where Lush Green Meets Sparkling Blue

Posted by on Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Gardens by the Bay

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Green is the new black. Want proof? Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay was recently crowned as the World Building of the Year by the 2012 World Architecture Festival. The whole facility, which is actually a park consisting of several buildings, is celebrated for its seamless integration of architecture with natural greenery. Continue reading…