Tag: manufactured-landscapes

Fake-for-Real

Geothermal Beach

A man made beach at the location of Nauthólsvík in Reykjavik, Iceland. The lagoon was build with seawalls combined with white sand. The sea water in the lagoon is artificially heated with hot water, merged with the cold water from the sea. In this way, it is possible to swim in the lagoon all year round, with an average water temperature of 15 – 19 degrees.

The Geothermal beach offers additional facilities, such as outdoor showers, hot tubs, steam bath, sailing school and a small restaurant. Nauthólsvík welcomes around half a million guests every year. A fake seaside, for a real vacation!

Source: Nauthólsvík

Hyperreality

The Most Romantic City? Not Paris!

Thinking about Valentine’s Day destinations, San Bruno in California is not the first city that comes to mind. But it’s the only place with a hearth-shaped neighborhood, called Cupid Row. The “Heart Area” was laid out 100 years ago and the reason seems to be that people used to go to San Bruno to get away from San Francisco and spend time in little vacation cottages in Cupid Row.

Peculiar image of the week and Valentine’s Day wish. Via Love These Pics

Food Technology

Soil-Free Farming in the Desert

Throughout the lands of the Persian Gulf, desertification is a fact of life. As a result, the countries of this region import 90 percent of their food supply. A new technology developed by visionary researchers at the Waseda University, in Japan, might have found the solution to this problem. A special absorbent film that require no soil may be able to grow plants more efficiently than soil farming.

The research team, lead by Professor Yuichi Mori, has developed a hydrogel film that can hold 1,000 times of its weight in water. The scientists are already testing these films in 180 film farms.

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Fake-nature

The Weather Machine

A cloud forms from a grass field and moves upwards, a wind blows past, fog floats, it begins to rain, but you’re not standing outdoors in the countryside. You’re in The Weather Machine! Constructed around the climatic conditions of the day on which it takes place, the installation explores rain, clouds and sun heat to recreate the weather occurring outside.

Developed by artist David Shearing, from February 5th through 7th, 2015 the atmospheric installation will transform the stage@leeds venue into a gloomy English landscape.

Source: The Creators Project

Food Technology

The World’s Largest Indoor Farm

Humans have mastered agriculture for the last 10.000 years, during which different climates, cultures, and technologies have driven and defined farming development. Nevertheless, a summer storm, voracious pests or a bad drought can still ruin the harvest and destroy months of hard work. But not anymore, according to Japanese plant physiologist Shigeharu Shimamura, who transfered intensive agriculture under the roof.

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