Posts by Jonathan Terrasi


December 19, 2014

New Energy Efficient, Sand Dune-Shaped Building by Zaha Hadid

World-renowned architect Zaha Hadid has just unveiled plans for a futuristic, sand dune-shaped building. The white, gently sloping edifice will serve as the new headquarters for Bee’ah, a United Arab Emirates-based environmental firm. Along with company offices, the two main dunes will house public event spaces, including an auditorium and a gallery, to further the company’s environmental education initiative.

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December 16, 2014

Interactive Map of Earth’s Vegetation Rendered Through NASA Satellite

The NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) has just released a vivid, high-resolution interactive map charting Earth’s plant life. Utilizing a year’s worth of data, which amounts to over 100 terabytes, collected from NASA’s Suomi NPP Satellite, the rendering offers an extraordinarily detailed look at where the planet’s highest (and lowest) concentrations of vegetation can be found.

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December 14, 2014

Collectors’ Anthology Showcases Ornate, Centuries-Old Mechanisms

Photographer Roberto Bigano strikingly showcases the ornate designs of antique mechanisms and tools in a trio of books from publisher Cesati & Cesati. Published with both avid collectors and amateur admirers in mind, LOCKS – A Collection of Masterpieces, DOORKNOCKERS – A Collection of Iron Sculptures, and TOOLS – Beyond Hands Towards Beauty are the products of rigorous study released over the span of seven years starting in 2007.

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December 10, 2014

Proportionally Comparing the Size of Our Solar System

San Francisco-based graphic artist Roberto Ziche has produced these sleek graphics elegantly depicting the immense scale of our Solar System and its planets. Shown at their proportional sizes to one another, the planets are placed side-by-side, and not at their proper orbital distances, for ease of comparison. The small bodies on the left are Mercury, Venus, Earth with its moon, and Mars.

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