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urbangreens:

@luis-sapiens-miranda submitted:

"Caixa Forum" Madrid, Spain

urbangreens:

@luis-sapiens-miranda submitted:

"Caixa Forum" Madrid, Spain

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worclip:

Villa Bio (2006) by Enric Ruiz-Geli of Cloud9

Project Team: Manel Raventós, Manel Soler Caralps, Arantza Garetaonandia, Antonio Diosdado, Joaquim Ribes Quintana, Jardines Burés, Joan Madorell
Photographed by Gunnar Knechtel and Lluís Ros

Location: Llers, Alt Emporadà, Girona, Spain

The Villa Bio is trapped in a contextual oxymoron—given the neighbors, it’s utterly out of place, but one look at the natural surroundings tells you which house fits right in. Two years in the making, it was no easy task to make the most of client Carles Fontecha’s small piece of land. The sloping coiled snake of a plan, with underground garage and a 50-foot cantilevered section, is no small feat of engineering. The result is economical, beautiful, and environmental. The Villa Bio is a firework of astute solutions that exemplify what the sustainable suburban home of tomorrow can be today.

We were not looking for a green label,” explains Ruiz-Geli in rapid-fire English, “We wanted a truly modern house that could seamlessly integrate in its environment. Gaudí was interested in nature in formal and spiritual terms. At Cloud9 we’re interested in the performative dimension of nature—how it grows, lives, and transforms. We strive to cultivate this organic dimension.

Indeed, the Villa Bio’s shape grew directly out of the land, echoing the sloping hillside forest that sits beyond the property line—and honoring the client’s request for a home without stairs to accommodate his two young children and disabled father. From the street to the back of the house, the floor rises almost five feet, following the land’s topography. The slope is re-created for the rising section that leads back to the front of the home (now at an elevation of almost ten feet). Step out onto the hydroponic rooftop garden and the sloping spiral plan takes one more elongated spin, terminating atop the master bedroom. The aromatic garden is one of the home’s prime sustainable features—absorbing excess runoff and protecting the house from the tramontane, a strong wind that blows in the region.

Original text written by Karim Massoteau

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engineeringisawesome:

Photos from Virgin Galactic’s flight tests

Virgin Galactic

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Jul
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magictransistor:

Edward S. Curtis, In the Land of the Head Hunters, 1914.

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zerostatereflex:

7 Finger Robot

"The device, worn around one’s wrist, works essentially like two extra fingers adjacent to the pinky and thumb. The robot, which the researchers have dubbed "supernumerary robotic fingers," or "SR fingers," consists of actuators linked together to exert forces as strong as those of human fingers during a grasping motion."

Robot tech, YES.

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(Source: inneroptics, via otakugangsta)

Jul
19th
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idhangthatonmywall:

Hiroshige (1797-1858), Owl on a Maple Branch in the Full Moon, 1832.

idhangthatonmywall:

Hiroshige (1797-1858), Owl on a Maple Branch in the Full Moon, 1832.

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Jul
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japaneseaesthetics:

Leaf manipulation in Ikebana flower decor.  Japan

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