Cotillion Park Pavilion / Mell Lawrence Architects

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Raw steel pavilion with a suspended red elliptical wind vane at Cotillion Park Dallas, Texas, designed by Mell Lawrence Architects.

Commissioned by the Dallas Parks Department to replace a 1960 era pavilion, the new shade structure bridges the gap between two groups of trees at a natural gathering place in the park.

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Ichihara Lakeside Museum

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Outdoor / indoor direction signs created by Nippon Design Center for the Ichihara Lakeside Museum, Takataki Lake, Japan. The museum has been recently renovated by Japanese architects Yuko Kawaguchi and Jinyu Tei.

 

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Hiroshima Appeals

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Butterflies burning in the flash of an atomic blast, the first poster from the series Hiroshima Appeals, designed in 1983 by Japanese master Yusaku Kamekura (1915-1997), from Takushoku University Arts Library.

The Hiroshima Appeals posters were produced annually from 1983 to 1990 by the Japan Graphic Design Association Inc, and the Hiroshima International Cultural Foundation, Inc.

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bio swimming pools, the self-cleaning mini-ecosystems

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Bio pool aka natural swimming pool or pond is the chemical-free alternative to evil chlorine and complicated mechanical filtering systems, designed to use living plants and micro-organisms as bio-filters. The principles and technology have been well established and tested in UK, Germany and Austria over the past two decades.

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The basic philosophy here is the constant circulation of the water from the swimming area, which is structurally distinct to the shallow wetland or regeneration zone with the friendly micro-organisms and selected aquatic plants. To achieve sufficient filtration, the area of the plant zone should equal at least 50% of the swimming area.

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A skimmer creates a gentle surface flow and collects large debris, and to assure biological safety a UV steriliser finishes off the cleaning process. (diagram source)

 

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The cost of a natural swimming pool tends to be the same with a conventional pool, however the maintenance and running costs are considerably less.

Check out a video introduction to natural swimming pools

 

links: Biotop,

Gardenart Swimming Ponds, Woodhouse Natural Pools, Bionova pools

Rik Garrett’s Symbiosis

Symbiosis is a series exploring ideas regarding love, relationships, magic, Alchemy and mutually beneficial partnerships in nature.

An integral concept of Alchemy is “Solve et Coagula” – dissolve and combine.  This is the secret key to manifesting the Philosoher’s Stone, Elixr of Life and immortality.  This ideal is represented with the image of the Rebis – a two-headed hermaphrodite that holds the assets of both genders.


I have worked with this as my goal, erasing the boundaries of the human body. By applying paint directly to the surface of photographs, I have actualized an impossible dream – a physical union made tangible through desire.  Through this process I have been able to visually and symbolically merge male and female into one body – the perfect being.

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