mardi 22 août 2017

Artist Ai Wewei to install fences around 300 sites in New York City

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is returning to New York, and he’s bringing plenty of creative genius with him. For his new project “Good Fences Make New Neighbors,” the social activist will be installing more than 100 fences and installations around New York City in one of his largest public art projects to date. Inspired by Robert Frost’s poem “Mending Wall,” the fences are a reaction to “a retreat from the essential attitude of openness” in American politics, he said. The...

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This DIY trellis doubles as a lush private oasis with seating

Are you looking for ways to spruce up your yard with some nifty DIY outdoor furniture? This wooden trellis built by Notcot's Jean Aw and Shawn Sims is a beautiful, simple solution that can be placed anywhere. The trellis doesn't function only as support for beautiful passion flowers, but also doubles as a private nook with an L-shaped wooden bench. The couple wanted to create a private space for their back yard that's comfortable to lounge on. They paired it with smaller coffee...

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Harvard researchers just developed self-healing rubber

Products that utilize rubber will soon become more efficient, thanks to a self-healing variety which was invented by researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). Their research, published in Advanced Materials, reveals how they developed a hybrid rubber with both covalent and reversible bonds so it can repair itself. While self-healing materials aren’t new (researchers at SEAS created self-healing hydrogens which rely on water to...

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Trump administration disbands climate change advisory panel

Donald Trump's administration appears determined to sweep away federal efforts to address climate change. The Washington Post reported over the weekend that the administration would disband the Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment, a group comprised of academics, officials, and representatives from corporations. Committee chair Richard Moss said the risky move could hurt the economic prospects of the next generation. Related: an advisory panel for the National...

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First designed for Burning Man, foldable Shiftpods now shelter refugees around the world

Around 70,000 people venture to Burning Man, the arts festival in Black Rock Desert, Nevada, every year. They stay for around a week exposed to the elements of the desert, so shelter is crucial. A friend's hexayurt inspired Advanced Shelter Systems Inc. (ASSI) founder Christian Weber, who's attended for over 20 years, to design a better hexayurt that overcomes issues of some old designs, like fragility and assembly difficulty. He not only came up with housing for the festival, but a sturdy shelter...

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How long US residents have to wait until the next solar eclipse

If after watching today’s highly-anticipated total solar eclipse you find yourself wanting more, don’t fret. In just 2,422 days — or approximately seven years, another “once in a lifetime” event will occur in the United States. The total solar eclipse will take place on April 8, 2024, and its path will include cities like Dallas and Indianapolis. Technically, the next solar eclipse will occur outside of the United States on July 2, 2019. Only those in South American countries,...

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Three glass arms and a sunken visitor center enhance this renovated Dutch park

New triangular-shaped visitor center in Park Vijversburg, the Netherlands, acts as an extension of the adjacent historical villa and has a minimal impact on the parkland. Studio Maks and Junya Ishigami + Associates designed its sloping corridors to stretch out into the park and provide visitors with new vistas of the surrounding landscape. The addition to the recently refurbished park aims to accommodate the increasing number of visitors by providing new exhibition and meeting spaces. Studio...

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