Tag: manufactured-landscapes

Raised On YouTube
Guided Growth

Growing Crops with Video Projections

From food, to medicine, to material, it was plants that once guided human culture. Now that our culture is the most powerful force on the planet, how does it treat our green cousins? The Internet is awash with culture’s output, especially videos.

To recycle culture into fertilizer, the Raised on YouTube project aims to grow plants using only the dancing light and sound of algorithmically curated video.

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Anthropocene

Spend Eternity As An Artificial Coral Reef

Coral reefs are suffering degradation from a number of natural and human-induced causes. American company, Eternal Reefs, had a peculiar idea to help preserve, protect, and enhance the oceans’ health.

They offer to their clients the possibility – after death – to have ashes made into a rock to form the base of an “eternal memorial reef” to provide a habitat for sea-life.

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Fake-nature

Highway Decoration

Why must roads be gray and plain? You think it’s rural, instead it’s decoration for the next natural landscape of highways!

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Anthropocene

Watch Your City at Night from Space

There is an ambiguous luster in the satellite images of Earth at night. While on a ground level our cities appear as purely cultural artifacts, a traveler from outer space might just as well marvel at them as beautifully glowing organic fungi-like structures that sprouted on our planet. Less than a millennium ago, the Earth at night was all dark. Today it is all glowing and blossoming.

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Dynamic-architecture

Vertical Farms Growing In Giant Trees

In the forest, plants struggle with each others to gain sunlight. Meanwhile in the ‘urban jungle’ we call cities, plants need to fight against tall buildings and skyscrapers in order to reach fresh air and sun rays.

Inspired by ‘The Vertical Farm’ by Dr. Dickson Despommier, Aprilli Design Studio conceptualized Urban Skyfarm as architectural solution that brings vegetation high up in the air and environmental improvement for food production and distribution.

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manufactured-landscapes

Monster Machine Swallows Tree in 15 Sec

They are called excavator mulchers, but that’s an understatement. What they really do is swallow trees. The video is 3 minutes, but you really only need to see the first 15 seconds, which is the time it takes the mulcher monster to consume a 9 meter-tall, mature spruce – starting at the top, landing at the bottom.

The tree that was, suddenly isn’t. Technosphere vs Biosphere: 1-0, it seems. But then you calculate how many trees need to be burned to provide the mulcher with enough energy to swallow one tree. Not entirely cradle to cradle. We wonder if the monster mulchers also do Antenna Tree masts.

Via NPR

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Anthropocene

Cleaning the Air with Roof Tiles

Cleaning air pollution is a task usually assigned to urban green areas. The next solution in improving air quality could be smog-busting roof tiles.
A research has revealed the potential of roofing tiles to turn every house into a spot for clean air.

Students at University of California found that titanium dioxide, a chalky-white compound, breaks down the nitrogen oxides into much less harmful compounds. Ordinary clay roof tiles sprayed with titanium dioxide removed 88% to 97% of nitrogen oxide pollution from the air. It has been calculated that if 1 million roofs were sprayed with the smog-eating compound, the tiles could remove 21 tons of nitrogen oxides from the air each day.

Beijing might like this method to solve its big smog problem, one tile at a time!

Read more at UCR Today

Over
Anthropocene

The Earth As You’ve Never Seen It Before

This series of images, called Overviews, shows overhead satellite views of the Earth, focusing on the places where human activity has shaped the landscape.

From our line of sight on the Earth’s surface, it’s impossible to completely understand the complexity of the systems we have created and the impact that we have had on our planet.

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Image-Consumption

How Google Maps Solves Borders Issues

Google Maps drew up three different topographical plans of Crimea: one for visitors from Ukraine, another one for Russian users; and the third on the international version of the site.

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