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EARTHSHIPS

-TRES PIEDRAS, NEW MEXICO

On a sprawling mesa just northwest of Taos, New Mexico, architect Michael Reynolds has spurred the development of a series of off-the-grid homes, nicknamed “Earthships.” These homes use passive solar technology, wind power, recycled water, old tires, car batteries, glass bottles and pretty much every off-the-grid technology there is except the kitchen sink.

Learn more about these impressive homes at Atlas Obscura

MUSSENDEN TEMPLE
-CASTLEROCK, IRELAND
Modeled after Rome’s famed Temple of Vesta, Ireland’s Mussenden Templewas built by a wealthy earl as his library by the sea, but his desire to create a beautiful piece of cliffside architecture may have been a bit overzealous and the temple has been threatening to topple into the sea almost since it was built. 
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MUSSENDEN TEMPLE

-CASTLEROCK, IRELAND

Modeled after Rome’s famed Temple of Vesta, Ireland’s Mussenden Templewas built by a wealthy earl as his library by the sea, but his desire to create a beautiful piece of cliffside architecture may have been a bit overzealous and the temple has been threatening to topple into the sea almost since it was built. 

see more at ATLAS OBSCURA

BROOKLYN’S LONG-ABANDONED KINGS THEATRE RESURRECTS TO ITS MOVIE PALACE GLORY
BY ALLISON MEIER / 18 SEP 2014
Soon the restored crystal chandeliers will be rehung, the hundreds of plush seats installed, and then the next challenge will be to reestablish the Kings Theatre as an entertainment hub for performance, rather than its decades-long identity as one of the city’s most incredible ruins.
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BROOKLYN’S LONG-ABANDONED KINGS THEATRE RESURRECTS TO ITS MOVIE PALACE GLORY

BY ALLISON MEIER / 18 SEP 2014
Soon the restored crystal chandeliers will be rehung, the hundreds of plush seats installed, and then the next challenge will be to reestablish the Kings Theatre as an entertainment hub for performance, rather than its decades-long identity as one of the city’s most incredible ruins.
FROM DEFENSE TO DESPERATION, WHY THERE IS A HIDDEN WORLD OF UNDERGROUND CITIES
BY CHRIS WHITE / 16 SEP 2014
The history of underground cities is a complex and meandering one, ranging from the Ancient Era in the Middle East and Europe to those sunk during the height of Cold War paranoia, such as the bunker complexes of Cheyenne Mountain or Beijing’s Underground City. There are also more recent underground cities, some of which are simply underground shopping centers or networks of tunneled roads, like those in Vancouver and Tokyo, as well as others which will begin to be built only in the future, due to the constraints of small islands and the opportunities for vast wealth, which are being considered in Singapore and in Hong Kong.
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FROM DEFENSE TO DESPERATION, WHY THERE IS A HIDDEN WORLD OF UNDERGROUND CITIES

BY CHRIS WHITE / 16 SEP 2014
The history of underground cities is a complex and meandering one, ranging from the Ancient Era in the Middle East and Europe to those sunk during the height of Cold War paranoia, such as the bunker complexes of Cheyenne Mountain or Beijing’s Underground City. There are also more recent underground cities, some of which are simply underground shopping centers or networks of tunneled roads, like those in Vancouver and Tokyo, as well as others which will begin to be built only in the future, due to the constraints of small islands and the opportunities for vast wealth, which are being considered in Singapore and in Hong Kong.

skunkbear:

The blooming of an Amorphophallus titanum (AKA corpse flower AKA titan arum) at The Huntington Library last week inspired me!

If you think humans jump through a lot of hoops just to reproduce, check out this plant. It waits 7-10 years, storing up starch in a giant tuber, just so it can bloom for a single day. Then it pretends to be a hunk of rotting meat to attract insect pollinators. Then, months later, it switches tactics to a produce a sweet fruit so birds will disperse it’s seeds.

If you have never smelled a titan arum but for some odd reason you would like to … you are in … luck? Scientists have identified the exact malodorous chemicals that come off these strange flowers to attract pollinators - so you can create the scent at home!*

*please, for your own sake, don’t try this at home.

Everything you ever wanted to know about the world’s rankest flower, illustrated!

(via littlebrumble)