Mirny, Sakha Republic, Russia


the remote and little known rice terraces of yuanyang county in china’s yunnan province were built by the hani people along the contours of ailao mountain range during the ming dynasty five hundred years ago. during the early spring season, when these photos were taken, the terraces, once planted, are irrigated with spring water from the forest above, which reflect sunlight to create these images.

photos by jialiang gao, javarman, isabelle chauvel and thierry bornier
(previous posts on the rice terraces of the philippines and vietnam)

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wooden constellation (by sheenjek)

Gianni Pettena, Nature vs Architecture, 2012
(Vienna and surroundings)

Abandoned Drive-In theater
Source: SneerfulJam (reddit)


Roof Gardens in Rome

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From Microcosm
Christopher Domakis

A climbing plant peels off a brick building, in an effect reminiscent of a snake shedding a layer of skin

Water from the Dez River in Iran is used for irrigating once-parched land, January 1968.Photograph by Frank and Helen Schreider, National Geographic
Visually isolated birds’ flight paths.

Vines Completely Engulf Abandoned Car in China
The Greenhouses of Almeria - until you read the article you’ll only be amazed by the photographs.


Wave Garden by Yusuke Obuchi

As an alternative to nuclear power and other conventional energy sources, the Wave Garden is an electric power plant that derives energy from the movement of ocean waves. Its piezo-electro membrane is a flexible electric generator, where bending the material or applying stress creates an electric charge. Conversely, applying electric current to the membranes causes it to deform. Monday through Friday, it generates energy, but at the weekends, the Wave Garden changes into a public garden - thus changing from a space of production to one of recreation and consumption. During the weekends, selected areas lift above the surface of the ocean, acting as a ceiling under which boats approach the entrances.

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