London-based designer and engineer, Julian Melchiorri, created the world’s first bionic chandelier that not only lights up the room, but also actively purifies the air. The ‘Exhale’ Chandelier features glass leaves filled with green algae that absorb CO2 and release oxygen.
Currently on display at the V&A Museum for London Design Week.
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“Les Guetteurs” (The Watchers) was designed and built by Zebra3. The three enchanting owls are huddled together as a single mass, creating a large cabin with two floors. Giant circular windows are installed for the owl’s “eyes.” The shelter is built atop a boardwalk elevated over a wetlands area.
You can stay in the cabin for free but only for one night. Since the project was made to be off-the-grid, the place doesn’t have electricity, running water, or heat.
It consists part of the Refuges Périurbains (Peri-urban shelters) in the Bordeaux region. The Watchers is the sixth unique cabin of the series designed to encourage urban hiking and exploration of lesser-known sites.
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Crown shyness (also canopy disengagement) is a phenomenon observed in some tree species, in which the crowns of fully stocked trees do not touch each other, forming a canopy with channel-like gaps. The phenomenon is most prevalent among trees of the same species, but also occurs between trees of different species. There exist many hypotheses as to why crown shyness is an adaptive behavior, and the most prominent theory, is that the gaps prevent the proliferation of invasive insects.
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Jody Xiong of DDB China in conjunction with the China Environmental Protection Foundation created this wonderful outdoor campaign to push their message.
They decided to leverage a busy pedestrian crossing, a place where both pedestrians and drivers meet and lay a giant canvas of 12.6 meters long by 7 meters wide on the ground, covering the pedestrian crossing with a large leafless tree. Placed on either side of the road beneath the traffic lights, were sponge cushions soaked in green environmentally friendly washable and quick dry paint. As pedestrians walked towards the crossing, they would step onto the green sponge and as they walked, the soles of their feet would make foot imprints onto the tree on the ground. Each green footprint added to the canvas like leaves growing on a bare tree, which made people feel that by walking they could create a greener environment.
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Photographer Brandon Seidler takes photos of contaminated sites in and around New Jersey and the Hudson River, and then takes his photographic negatives and soaks them in the very same chemicals found to be polluting the bodies of water and land he’s documenting.
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Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde worked with scientist Bob Ursem and European Nano Solutions to create the Smog Free Tower. After launching a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund what he describes as “the largest air-purifier in the world”, the Smog Free Tower has been installed in Rotterdam.
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Oum al-Maa Lake, Ubari Sand Sea. Photo credit: unknown
The Ubari Lakes are a group of about 20 lakes, set amidst magnificent sand dunes and palm fringed oases in the Fezzan region of southwestern Libya. The lakes were once one big lake but climate change caused the region, a part of Sahara, to gradually dry up between 3,000 to 5,000 years ago. The water is super-saturated with salts and carbonates, as lakes are being continuously evaporated and have no rivers replenishing them.
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