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lorettabosence:

More amazing drawings from the Bartlett Architecture School show, this time from MArch student Louis Sullivan. He proposes a ‘Living Dam’ in which would provide homes for 10,000 inhabitants and: “Together with the integration of ecology, society and infrastructure…is a physical model of a modern ‘hydraulic civilisation’; a community and society sustained and dependant on its control, management and utilisation of water.”

"Whilst providing a store for the national asset of water, the project simultaneously provides a series of tiers, terraces, weirs and platypuses which house a series of beneficial ecologies such as reedbed systems, watercress fields, ponds, lakes and elevated fruit gardens for the water to flurry and flow through, building upon the technology of the Living Machine which segregates wetland ecologies into useful components for accelerated water filtration. The ecologies maintained within the dam go beyond the bucolic, and provide purification and filtration of the water beyond EU drinking water directive 98/83/EC as well as nourishing foods for the occupants to maintain and harvest."

“‘The Living Dam’ is towards a new typology of dam - away from the image of solitary hydrological infrastructures, and towards a model which is not only integral but also integrated with society, which may help alter the public perception of the essential infrastructures and reduce many of the negative consequences associated with dam management. 
A ‘useful pyramid’ for the 21st century.”

http://www.louissullivan.co.uk/index.php?/architecture-ma-y5/project-2/

(via mamisgarden)

wire-man:

How did you get so big?!  You were a seedling last year!  Now you have 5 growth points.
This Sarracenia purpurea is from Reedy Creek Bog in Carolina County, Virginia.  The site was destroyed by Virginia Power when they sprayed it with herbicide.  Luckily a small portion of the population was saved, including this brute.I have 7 plants from this site in total, which will be cross pollinated to preserve the genetic type.

wire-man:

How did you get so big?!  You were a seedling last year!  Now you have 5 growth points.

This Sarracenia purpurea is from Reedy Creek Bog in Carolina County, Virginia.  The site was destroyed by Virginia Power when they sprayed it with herbicide.  Luckily a small portion of the population was saved, including this brute.I have 7 plants from this site in total, which will be cross pollinated to preserve the genetic type.

(via kihaku-gato)

untermyergardens:

Parthenocissus henryana (silvervein creeper) with some P. tricuspidata (Boston Ivy) ‘Fenway’.  The bright colors of foliage in the spring is a revelation each year even when you know it will happen.  

untermyergardens:

Parthenocissus henryana (silvervein creeper) with some P. tricuspidata (Boston Ivy) ‘Fenway’.  The bright colors of foliage in the spring is a revelation each year even when you know it will happen.  

(via mamisgarden)

oakapples:

Pilostyles thurberi (Apodanthaceæ). This North American species belongs to a genus of quite remarkable parasitic plants that live inside the stems of their hosts- only their flowers burst out of the host plant’s tissue. Female flowers can produce over 100 seeds that disperse on the wind to new host plants.

oakapples:

Pilostyles thurberi (Apodanthaceæ). This North American species belongs to a genus of quite remarkable parasitic plants that live inside the stems of their hosts- only their flowers burst out of the host plant’s tissue. Female flowers can produce over 100 seeds that disperse on the wind to new host plants.

(via iontha)