6 Amazing Buildings With Living Walls

6. Marche des Halles, Avignon, France

Fabulous living wall design by Patrick Blanc, this creation illustrates that not only are urban vertical gardens ecologically beneficial but they can also prove to be highly artist creations as well. 

The ingenious design means that no soil is required and the careful selection of plants means that maintenance is kept to a minimum.

5. CaixaForum Museum, Madrid, Spain

Amazing living wall design created by Patrick Blanc, the CaixaForum museum has become a popular tourist attraction largely thanks to this creation. 

Approximately 15,000 plants of 250 different species were used to cover this 24 metre high wall. The juxtaposition of the old building with the vibrant and alive wall makes this a truly spectacular and memorable building.

4. Musee du Quai Branly, Paris, France

One of the best loved vertical gardens inhabits the walls of the Musee du Quai Branly in Paris. Created by Patrick Blanc, the inventor of vertical garden systems, this living wall is simply stunning.

Not only do these types of vertical gardens improve the appearance of buildings, but they also improve air quality and lower energy consumption.

3. Ann Demeulemeester Shop, Seoul, South Korea

Retail shops aren’t always known for their warmth or connection to nature. The Ann Demeulemeester shop in Seoul, however, features a wavy wall of green that ties the inside nicely to the outside. 

Designed and implemented by Mass Studies, a Korean architecture group, the living wall of herbaceous plants curves all the way around the outside of the building and even carries on into the store.

2. ACROS Fukuoka Prefectural, Japan

The 100,000 square foot side of the ACROS Fukuoka building is definitely one of a kind. The 18 story building features 15 stepped terraces that can actually be climbed to the top.

The terraces are meant to promote a serene and peaceful environment in the middle of the city with lots green plants and even waterfalls and small pools to add to the calming effect of the building's extraordinary exterior.

1. SkyFarm, Toronto, Canada

This 714 foot structure in downtown Toronto, Canada is a superb example of how living walls and vertical gardens can actually be profitable as well as beautiful. 

The 58 story building only requires 1.32 hectares of land and yet will have 8 million square foot of agricultural space due to the vertical design of farm. It is said that the crops could yield up to $23 million in revenue per annum.

Top 10 Unusual Island Territories

The exploration of our seas and oceans have unearthed some fascinating island and archipelago finds. Subsequent claims of national jurisdiction sometimes fly in the face of apparent geographical proximity and make these idyllic destinations ever the more interesting. The barren volcanic masses of Heard Island and McDonald Islands for example, though north of Antarctica and technically part of Australia, are actually closer to Madagascar. The globe is replete with countless territorial island quirks. Here are 10 that stand out as superb vacation destinations, some more unusual and random than others.

10. Guam

The unincorporated territory of the United States of America is a lush, verdant island in the Western South Pacific Ocean. Native inhabitants trace their history back over 4,000 years. With over 170,000 people, the largest island in Micronesia relies heavily on tourism from Japan and U.S. Department of Defense installations.

9. Elba

The famous location of Napoleon Bonaparte’s exile, the Italian island of Elba is part of the magnificent Tuscan Archipelago. The island chain between the Ligurian and Tyrrhenian Seas is a vital National Park and under strict conservation laws. With a unique culture, cuisine and wine cultivation, Elba is a popular tourist resort.

8. Saint Pierre and Miquelon

A network of small North Atlantic islands just south of Newfoundland, Canada, the Territorial Collectivity of Saint Pierre and Miquelon is believe it or not, part of France and the European Union. The picturesque archipelago, home to 6,000 people who consider themselves French, is the last colonial trace left in Canada and remains a popular destination with tourists from the province of Quebec.

7. Bermuda

Bermuda’s paradisiacal reputation is no secret, as the overseas territory of Great Britain in the North Atlantic draws scores of expat professionals and tourists to subtropical environs and the top GDP per capita in the world. What does stand out however, is how incredibly English Bermuda is, even to this day. Remarkable when you consider that the territory is a mere 1,350 km from Halifax, Nova Scotia and 1,030 km from the state of North Carolina.

6. Christmas Island

The Territory of Christmas Island belongs to Australia but open any atlas and the tiny outpost looks to be a stone’s throw from Jakarta, Indonesia. Which it is to be honest. In fact, Christmas Island is five times further away from Perth than it is from the mad metropolis of 8.5 million people. A gorgeous National Park covers nearly two-thirds of the island and comprises the main catalyst for tourism.

5. Cook Islands

Under the sphere of influence of New Zealand, the Cook Islands nonetheless maintain a parliamentary democracy. A collection of fifteen South Pacific Ocean islands, the Cook Islands receive almost 100,000 tourists yearly. Predominantly Kiwi, people come for the tropical climate and idyllic island landscape and location, smack dab between Fiji and French Polynesia.

4. Easter Island

The Polynesian island in the South Pacific Ocean is a special territory of Chile. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and famous across the globe for a network of giant stone faces and ancient cave art, the island is actually 3,700 km from the South American coast.

3. Canary Islands

When you verify a map, it looks like Morocco, at least from a geographical standpoint, has more claims to the Canary Islands than Spain. But politics and colonialism being what they are, the enviable archipelago belongs to the European nation. Already a leader in tourism, the Canary Islands, with destinations like Tenerife and Gran Canaria, put Spain over the top. The islands remain one of the most popular destinations for Europeans in search of a sandy piece of coastal paradise.

2. The Azores

 archipelago anomaly, the lovely Azores are almost as close to the Newfoundland capital of St. John’s in Canada as they are to Lisbon. The black sheep of Portugal is nonetheless one of the most beautiful parts of the country, with lush mountain landscapes, exotic maritime fauna and scenic coastal towns like Angra do Heroismo.

1. Corsica

Though natives of the magnificent Mediterranean island of Corsica are fiercely independent, the territorial collectivity remains bound to France. With over 1,000 km of pristine coastline, dramatic mountain peaks, evergreen forests and river systems, the island with 280,000 inhabitants is a relatively unblemished destination.

Top 8 Weirdest Natural Disasters

It seems people just do not understand climate change. Some have no respect whatsoever for nature, others are so narrow minded they believe that the powers of nature are a hoax to promote green policies. In dedication to them here are the top 9 most weird natural disasters. If they did not believe in the devastating powers of Katrina, the Asian Tsunami, or Haitian Earthquake, (which has caused thousands of losses of life) then they will sure think these where photo­-shopped hoaxes. Hoping for new regulations on Climate Change, Carbon Emissions and environmental regulation, here are the tope ten weirdest and strangest natural disasters.

8. Meteorites - Falling Stones

Objects such as meteorites that impact on the ground can be considered the most unexpected. They have shaped history. They can cause floods, heat waves, wild fires, and cover the sky or cause crust movement. They are material of constant study. Objects that came from the sky have their marks in the Earth and in different planets. Some theories say they where what led the extinction of dinosaurs. Scientists also say, water on Earth came from Icy Comets. In a Chinese record there is information that states that 10,000 people were k*lled in Shanxi Province in 1490 by a hail of "falling stones“.

7. The Land Falling: Avalanches, Landslides, Mudslides and Volcano slide

Other weird natural disasters come from Mudslide variants, Earthquakes or objects such a meteorite If landslide occur under the sea or take into the water, they can create tsunamis. Avalanches are landslides of snow, ice and rock. Volcanoes can also create landslides these are of lava. The Wellington avalanche was the worst avalanche, measured in terms of lives lost, in the history of the United States.

6. Great Blizzard Storms 

A blizzard is a great snow storm. They can cause serious devastation. For example the last great blizzard of 1996, brought to a complete stop the US East Coast. Snow came up to 4 feet and winds caused dangerous conditions. Blizzards are followed by storm and floods. When snow melts rapids also can cause more floods or landslides.

5. Fire Tornados

Fire Tornados or Fire Whirls are rare phenomenon. They from in certain conditions and can cause multiple wild fires which can themselves keep on with the fire devastation. An extreme example is the 1923 Great Kantō earthquake in Japan which ignited a large city-sized firestorm and produced a gigantic fire whirl that k*lled 38,000 in fifteen minutes in the Hifukusho-Ato region of Tokyo. Another example is the numerous large fire whirls (some tornadic) that developed after lightning struck an oil storage facility near San Luis Obispo, California on April 7, 1926, several of which produced significant structural damage well away from the fire, k*lling two.

4. Super Volcano

A super volcano is thousands of times larger and more powerful than a normal volcano. When they occur magma rises from the core of the Earth to the crust finding a hotspot to breach through. Cerro Galán, Catamarca Province, Argentina, is the largest exposed caldera in the World. It was formed by a super volcano 2.2 million years ago. This was recorded as a Volcanic Explosivity Index of 8 (VEI-8). VEI 8 eruptions are massive natural events. They can throw out at least 1,000 km3. They can affect thousands of more kilometres and can cloud entire countries or areas for days. 

3.  Mega Tsunami - The Greatest Wave ever recorded

A mega tsunami is different from a tsunamis because their initial waves are much larger. They can reach as much as 100 metres in deep ocean. The highest wave ever recorded occurred on July 9, 1958 in Lituya Bay, Alaska. It rose 524 meters, that is more than 300 feet higher than normal skyscrapers. This was due to a combination of natural disasters. It started with an Earthquake and then the Earthquake caused a Landslide. After that the glaciers lake drained down and caused the giant wave of approx 600 metres.

2.  Tri State Tornado, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, 1925

Have you heard about tornado warming’s, and levels? This was the tornado that set this record in the now Fujita scale and marked the Level 5, the highest. If you thought tornados are devastating, imagine a three state tornado. In 1925 a tornado made through the lines of three American states. By when it was over, all other tornados where considered small talk. 

This tornado called the Tri State Tornado travelled 219 miles and was among the fastest and most powerful ever documented. The pictures are among the oldest picture of tornados ever taken. 

1.  The Dust Bowl and Black Sunday (The Ten year storm)

Due to droughts, irresponsible farming, decades of farming without rotating crops and the lack of natural anchors, a series of dust storm struck United States in the 1930s. They can be considered as one big storm which lasted from the year 1930 to 1940s. 

A farmer and his two sons during a dust storm in Cimarron County, Oklahoma, 1936.
During the drought of the 1930s, without natural anchors to keep the soil in place, it dried, turned to dust, and blew away eastward and southward in large dark clouds. At times the clouds blackened the sky reaching all the way to East Coast cities such as New York and Washington, D.C. Much of the soil ended up deposited in the Atlantic Ocean, carried by prevailing winds, which were in part created by the dry and bare soil conditions. These immense dust storms - given names such as "Black Blizzards" and "Black Rollers" - often reduced visibility to a few feet (around a meter). The Dust Bowl affected 100,000,000 acres (400,000 km2), centered on the panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma, and adjacent parts of New Mexico, Colorado, and Kansas.

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