European parks now feature playgrounds made for senior citizens

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The population in Europe is aging. The governments have had to think of some interesting ways to keep people active. Spain and the United Kingdom have started opening playgrounds designed specifically for the elderly. And people seem to be enjoying it! (Video

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Top 14 architectural trends for the future

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How do you envision the future of architecture?

The great architect, Frank Lloyd Wright said, “every great architect is — necessarily — a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age.”  His visions of harmonious design and innovating urban planning amounted to his own brand of organic architecture. We’d argue that Wright wasn’t just an interpreter of his time — he was able to foresee the needs and desires of ages ahead of him. The architect is — necessarily — a visionary capable of seeing into the future. (Pics and videos)

 

 

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Rotterdam’s Parks Will Recycle Rainwater While Serving As Urban Playgrounds

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Waterpleinen

To launch its 14th anthology, Water, Alphabet City has organized a series of events this week in Toronto, two of which are the HYDROCity symposium and its accompanying exhibition at the University of Toronto. Another event is a lunchtime talk in which Jeroen Bodewits will discuss Waterpleinen, a project designed by Florian Boer and Marco Vermeulen to reconfigure the stormwater infrastructure of Rotterdam.

 

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More Than 200 New Amphibians Discovered In Madagascar

More Than 200 New Amphibians Discovered In Madagascar

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Highlighting a “vast underestimation” of Madagascar’s natural riches, up to 221 new species of amphibians have been found on the island country, including the frog Boophis ulftunni, pictured. The find nearly doubles the number of known amphibians in Madagascar, a new study says. (Pics)

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Sky-Terra Towers: Cities In The Skies

Sky-Terra Towers: Cities In The Skies

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As urban areas become more congested and dense, it becomes more challenging for city dwellers to spend time outdoors, exercise and relax. Buildings tower over public parks, blocking out the sun, while city streets are polluted with particulate matter and exhaust from vehicles. To cope with the growing need for green urban space, San Francisco-based designer Joanna Borek-Clement has envisioned these eye-popping Sky-Terra skyscrapers – not just a single building, but a network of interconnected towers that are inspired by the shape of neuron cells. This skyscraper superstructure provides a new city layer – one covered in public parks, amphitheaters, fields, and public pools and bathhouses. (Pics)

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Turning Elephant Poo Into Paper

Turning Elephant Poo Into Paper 

 The Great Elephant Poo Poo Paper Company

The Great Elephant Poo Poo Paper Company, is focused today on the production, innovation and marketing of all sorts of fun products made from elephant poo! They have a fun and dynamic international team at their modest outfits in N. America, Australia, Japan, and Europe where they spread the word and sell their products, as well as in Asia where they make all of their fantastic products using age-old paper making techniques, evolved locally over hundreds of years.

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Floating Car Parks

Floating Car Parks 

 Floating Car Park Planned For Moscow

In the city named after its river, the Moscow powers that be are dealing with a rapidly rising number of vehicles that is currently near four million. The figure keeps rising against the one million parking spaces that are now available, constantly aggravating the situation. According to news sources, 600,000 of these parking spaces are in parking lots and the rest (400,000) are in various garage complexes. Authorities are desperate to accommodate these vehicles and have developed a new way of making lemonade from lemons: namely, using the Moscow River area for the development of floating car parks.

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