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rainforest guardian skyscraper protects the amazon from fire

Rainforest Guardian SkyscraperImage courtesy of eVolo

Rainforest Guardian Skyscraper protects the amazon from fire

Proposed by chinese designers Jie Huang, Jin Wei, Qiaowan Tang, Yiwei Yu and Zhe Hao, the Rainforest Guardian Skyscraper towers over the Amazonian landscape, protecting the region from the constant threat of fire and drought. The lotus-shaped design, which received an honorable mention as part of eVolo‘s 2014 skyscraper competition, primarily functions as a water tower, but is also a weather station, scientific research center and an educational laboratory.

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Snøhetta: king abdulaziz center for world culture

SnohettaImage courtesy of Snøhetta

Snøhetta: King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture

The playful King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture by Snøhetta is expected to be completed in 2015. It is located in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, within close proximity to the “prosperity well”, a national landmark commemorating the place where oil was first discovered in the arab state.

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The Ark: floating hotel to address climate change effects

Ark by RemistudioImage courtesy of Remistudio

The Ark: floating hotel to address climate change effects

Designed by Russian architectural firm Remistudio, Ark project can be said the modern and futuristic Noah’s Ark. It’s been designed to answer the main concerns in our time: precautions against extreme environmental conditions and protection of natural environment from human activities. This floating hotel is a self contained haven in case of disaster such as floods caused by the rising of the sea levels.

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MEI XIAN QIU – QILIN

Mei Xian QiuMei Xian Qiu, The Lovers. Image courtesy of Mei Xian Qiu

MEI XIAN QIU – QILIN

March 01, 2014 till April 19, 2014

Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles presents work by Los Angeles-based artist Mei Xian Qiu. The exhibition is titled Qilin, after the Chinese mythical creature, which is itself a combination of the four most sacred beasts in Chinese mythology. This creature of innate hybridism and duality, represents simultaneously and truth.

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BorderBody – Mixing Futures

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BorderBody – Mixing Futures
International video-art, photography and performing art festival
Opening: April 17, 2014

BorderBody – Mixing Futures, international art festival of photography, video art and performing art will be held in the prestigious Palazzo Barone Ferrara in Bari (Italy), from the 17 to the 28 (extended) of April 2014.

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WINGÅRDHS WINS STATOIL COMPETITION IN NORWAY

WingårdhsImage courtesy of the Statoil new Forus West competition

Wingårdhs wins Statoil competition in Norway

E = mc² by Swedish firm Wingårdhs was the winning solution in an invited competition to redesign the Forus West building of major energy company Statoil in Sandnes, Norway. From 48 applications worldwide, the teams invited to compete consisted mostly of Norwegian names and a few famous ones: Snøhetta (NO); Foster + Partners (UK) with Space Group (NO); and Helen & Hard (NO) with SAHAA (NO).  The jury had four Statoil employees and three architects: Helle Juul – Architect at MAA; Henrik Lundberg – Civil architect at MNAL; and Svein Lund – Civil architect at MNAL.

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