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A Wall That Plays Music When It Rains

A Wall That Plays Music When It Rains
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Librero modular Konnex / Florian Gross Cortesía de Contemporist Esta estantería del diseñador alemán Florian Gross se basa en un sistema modular de fácil armado. Producido por la empresa alemana Müller Möbelwerkstätten, ha sido ganador del premio Interior Innovative Award 2011, de la German Design Council. Konnex está orientado a personas que disfrutan del constante rediseño y organización de su entrono. Con un sencillo pero innovador sistema de encaje de ranuras tipo peineta, se insertan en las aristas de otro cubo para formar un sistema de estantería que se adapta a todo tipo de espacios o situación. Un set básico consta de 3 módulos de distintos tamaños que se pueden organizar o agrupar de diferentes maneras o utilizarlos individualmente. Cortesía de Müller Möbelwerkstätten El concepto de generar un mueble a partir de un modulo de configuración básica permite que éstos se puedan transportar, mover y almacenar fácilmente, ocupando muy poco espacio.

Nature Blows My Mind! The Flamboyant Sea Slug nicoboxethai/CC BY 2.0 Nudibranch, or what we usually call sea slugs, blow my mind. Ever since spotting one for myself during a tide pool trip about a year ago, I've been fascinated with these creatures. I think of them as the drag queens of the sea: flashy stand-outs that are always dressed to the nines. The one I found is a Hermissenda crassicornis -- the flashy little thing pictured below with bright pinkish-orange cerata waving like a feather boa and neon blue outlines around its tentacles. © Jaymi Heimbuch But this is not exactly an example of what all nudibranch look like. prilfish/CC BY 2.0 prilfish/CC BY 2.0 Elias Levy/CC BY 2.0 Bill Bouton/CC BY-SA 2.0 Derek Keats/CC BY-SA 2.0 See what I mean? From Wikipedia:"A nudibranch /ˈnjuːdɨbræŋk/ is a member of what is now a taxonomic clade, and what was previously a suborder, of soft-bodied, marine gastropod mollusks which shed their shell after their larval stage. You read that right -- over 3,000 species and more are discovered all the time.

A Cathedral Made from 55,000 LED Lights The Luminarie De Cagna is an imposing cathedral-like structure that was recently on display at the 2012 Light Festival in Ghent, Belgium. The festival was host to almost 30 exhibitions including plenty of 3D projection mapping, fields of luminous flowers, and a glowing phone booth aquarium, however with 55,000 LEDs and towering 28 meters high the Luminarie De Cagna seems to have stolen the show. ( via stijn coppens, sacha vanhecke, sector271) The Sifter's Top 10 Homes of 2010 If you’re a regular reader of the Sifter you’re familiar with my real estate fascination. I love posting all types of homes. From the unique and interesting to the grand and opulent. The Biggest and Most Expensive Home Posted in 2010 This staggering 48,00 square foot mega-mansion in the Cayman Islands was listed at a jaw-dropping $59 million USD! The Best Use of Limited Space [500 sq ft] Architects Darrick Borowski and Danny Orenstein show us that it’s possible to live quite comfortably in 500 square feet (46 sq m). The Most Exotic Home Posted in 2010 Located in gorgeous Phuket, Thailand, this stunning property boasts over 8,000 square feet of interior space and over 8,500 square feet of outdoor terrace space as well! The Craziest Penthouse Posted in 2010 It’s not surprising that the craziest, most outlandish penthouse posted in 2010 would be in New York City. The Coolest Retrofit Property of 2010 It’s a 1965 Boeing 727 converted into a hotel room. The Most Unique Property of 2010

Architecture in Charts great, now I want pie { coffee with an architect } 20 stunning examples of bamboo architecture Now it’s time for bamboo to be used for state-of-the-art research centers. The Rix Center for Ocean Discoveries, a hub for oceanographic researches designed by the eminent Canadian architectural firm de Hoog & Kierulf, incorporates an area of 1200 sq m and exhibits a plethora of spatial demarcations such as conference halls, lecturing halls and advanced laboratories for marine sciences. But the defining feature of this fascinating design would be its scallop shaped shell composed wholly from bamboo. Sustainable dormitories for Thai orphanage: Architectural firm TYIN Tegnestue has taken up the conscientious approach to bamboo construction. St Val Architect proposes a wholesome vernacular bamboo housing project for Haiti: Simplicity infused with a traditionalistic virtue defines this interesting design concept of ahousing project proposed for Port au Prince, Haiti. Rryuichi Ashizawa Architect’s Bamboo Forest and Corinth Hut: Architects envision bamboo supported building: Mason Lane Farm:

Nudibranch looks like a bunny of the sea It’s round, and fluffy and has wiggly little ears! Sort of. These little sea creatures, affectionately dubbed “sea bunnies” have recently become social media celebrities. ダイブストアエグザイル/Video screen capture As for the “ears”—over on Deep Sea News, Dr. Crawl Ray/CC BY 2.0 All nudibranchs are hermaphrodites, which means they produce both sperm and eggs but cannot fertilize themselves. Jorunna parva have a number of different colorings, and are often yellow with black specks and rhinophores. If there wasn’t enough reason to “aawwww” over sea bunnies, the fact that these creatures are incredibly tiny adds extra points to their adorableness score. And in case your day hasn't had enough bunny cuteness from Japan, check out this island full of (land) rabbits.

The Ruins of Detroit [23 pics] Feb 10, 2011 Parisian photographers Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre took a trip to Detroit to capture the urban decay of a once thriving city. In their book The Ruins of Detroit, Yves and Romain photograph abandoned buildings, offering a chilling look into a city in decline. The Ruins of Detroit Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre Ruins are the visible symbols and landmarks of our societies and their changes, small pieces of history in suspension. If you enjoyed this post, the Sifter highly recommends: Bates Masi Architects – Award Winning Modern Architect, Hamptons, New York - Portfolio Profile Bates Masi + Architects LLC, a full-service architectural firm with roots in New York City and the East End of Long Island for over 50 years, responds to each project with extensive research in related architectural fields, material, craft and environment for unique solutions as varied as the individuals or groups for whom they are designed. The focus is neither the size nor the type of project but the opportunity to enrich lives and enhance the environment. The attention to all elements of design has been a constant in the firm’s philosophy. Projects include urban and suburban residences, schools, offices, hotels, restaurants, retail and furniture in the United States, Central America and the Caribbean. Paul Masi spent childhood summers in Montauk and currently resides in Amagansett. Harry Bates, a resident of East Hampton, received a Bachelor of Architecture from North Carolina State University.

Ecopods: Shipping Container Housing Available Now Dwight Doerkson has developed "an affordable eco friendly building that’s transportable and doesn’t need to be hooked up to the grid"- out of shipping containers. He cuts out an entire wall and hinges it, so when you want to leave your ecopod you simply flip a switch and a solar powered winch pulls up the deck and closes up the box. The floors are recycled rubber, the walls are FSC birch ply over a bio-based green foam insulation, the optional toilet is composting and fridge is solar powered. From their website: "The eco-pod began its life as a shipping container, hence its sturdy, engineered form and tight weather seal. The imbalance of goods traveling from East to West has created a surplus of these in North America, which means that the purchase price is a fraction of the original manufacturing cost - this saving is then passed on to you, the 'end user'. Interview of Dwight Doerkson Units start at about $40,000 and being shipping containers, can go anywhere.

Jinns in Islamic Art – Islam and Science Fiction Jinns are intelligent beings in Islamic belief system which have free will just like human beings. Unlike humans however they are made of smokeless fire. Jinns are also supposed to have different religions just like humans e.g., Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism etc and even Atheism. Jinns are supposed to live in the unseen world which can be thought of as a parallel dimension co-existing with our own. Here are some depictions of Jinns in Islamic art over the course of centuries. Jinns that cause toothache! The 72nd chapter of the Quran is also titled Surah Jinn A Jinn from Shahnama from medieval Persia The court of Solomon with Jinns, Angels, Animals and Birds (Mughal Miniature) Mahan in the Wilderness of Ghouls-Jinns fighting dragons from Khamsa of Nizami A Jinn drawn in the style of ‘Muhammad Siyah Qalam by Muhammad Taqi Jinn by the Ottoman master Mehmed Siyah Kalem Rustom fighting a Jinn from a medieval Islamic manuscript Jinns from a medieval Islamic manuscript Wonders of Creation