Vertical Garden Lives on Building’s Wall (6 pics)

Architect Jose Maria Chofre just installed a vertical garden on the exterior of a new children’s library in San Vicente de Raspeig, Spain. The garden is six stories tall and uses cubic containers filled with substrate felt confined between two metal grids, one outdoor and one indoor. Containers are accessible from several corridors located in the rear, where they can be replaced. A metal structure built upon the deposit of concrete is used for irrigation. Different types of small flowers and herbs fill in the top layers of the garden, while ivy and ferns grow at the bottom. A suspended scaffold in front allows for pruning and replacing specific species.

via urbanarbolismo



January 19, 2017

Brightly Embroidered Temari Balls Are a Kaleidoscope of Geometric Design

A form of ancient Japanese folk art, temari balls are brightly colored pieces of needlework covered with elaborate patterns. In the Edo period, aristocratic women created temari balls using pieces of silk from spare kimonos in a challenge toward perfection. To a wider public, they became a sensation several years ago after a 92-year-old grandmother’s temari collection went viral.

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January 19, 2017

Adorable Animals Frolic in Snow as Oregon Zoo Is Closed Due to Weather

We may be only about a month into winter, but Portland, Oregon has already seen enough snowfall to satisfy the entire season. During what has been described as a miserable few weeks laced with storms, snow days, and sub-zero temperatures, many of the City of Roses’ residents have opted to keep warm by staying indoors or bundling up before braving the cold. Though the winter blues are normal, not all Oregonians are sick of the snow.

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