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Wonders of nature: Michael Hoppen Gallery debuts an online collection of works by Karl Blossfeldt | Art | Wallpaper* Magazine

As evidence that the visual arts are flourishing in the digital age, esteemed London gallery Michael Hoppen is launching its third online-only exhibition – a virtual showcase comprising 30 first edition photogravures by 1920s German photographer, sculptor and design teacher Karl Blossfeldt.

Regarded …

Art

Our on-street mini meadows on RedX Way looking blooming wonderful @BetterBankside http://t.co/t61ImuiqMd

Who runs public parks and are they in danger of privatisation?

London’s local authorities have issued a stark warning: if government cuts continue on the same trajectory, the capital’s boroughs will not be able to prevent a “slide towards privately-run parks” by the end of the decade.

But how big is the risk? Who owns the nation’s parks? Are they underfunded …

Privatisation

BanksideUrbanForest в Твиттере

Even the metro stations in #Brussels pays homage to the city's #urban #forest - Gare du Nord @EFUrbanForestry pic.twitter.com/iWkbxIQIST

Brussels

Plant Wall Art by Art We Heart

You’ve seen vertical gardens, wall planters before but this is next level stuff. Art We Heart makes unique wall art using plants and moss. From …

Art

Towering New Pigeon Murals by ‘Super A’

Ah yes, the majestic pigeon. An unlikely source of inspiration for such dominating murals, but at the hands of Dutch street artist Stefan Thelen aka …

Murals

"They would be unrecognisable from the real thing..." David Greene #networks #architecture #cities http://t.co/VFMlSpr8yk

Here Is the World's First Engine Driven by Nothing But Evaporation

Bioengineers invent a way to harvest energy from water evaporating at room temperature. It's an engine with living parts.

It might not look like much, but this plastic box is a fully functioning engine—and one that does something no other engine has ever done before. Pulling energy seemingly out of …

Room Temperature

This Clever Park Is A Piece Of Art That Also Cuts Airport Noise Pollution In Half

At Amsterdam's busy Schiphol Airport, a bit of genius landscaping is giving neighbors relief from the constant roar of jets.

If you live near a major airport, the roar of passing jets isn't just annoying—the noise is also linked to heart disease and might even eventually kill you. The more that …

Flying

Rearranging jellyfish limbs may lead to self-healing robots

Normally when a jellyfish loses a limb, say to the jaws of a hungry sea turtle, it simply regenerates the lost appendage, no big deal. However, a Caltech research team has been studying a certain jellyfish species that doesn't regrow its limbs but rather rearranges the remaining ones to maintain …

Robots

Saharan ants control electromagnetic waves to survive heat

Saharan silver ants use a uniquely shaped coat of hair to control electromagnetic waves, it has been discovered, allowing them to keep cool in their scorching habitat.

An international team of entomologists and physicists, based in the US and Switzerland, studied the North African ants -- known to …

Ants

In China, a firefly-themed park just opened in Wuhan, Hubei

Firefly lovers now have a destination to go to for their illuminating fix: the world’s first firefly-themed park in Wuhan, the capital of China’s …

Asia

Soft organic electronics on the horizon with 3D printed wood compound - Factor

These snap-together wall parts may help to change the construction industry, as “3D printing will become the new normal for architecture”.

That’s the …

Robots

Watch An Engine Powered By Evaporation Drive A Car

Using bacteria to create power

Evaporation is one of the givens here on Earth, right up there with death and taxes. At any given moment, water is evaporating from the ground or oceans and entering the air in massive quantities.

Now, some researchers think they may have figured out a way to harness …

Scientific Research

Want To Be More Productive? Listen To The Sounds Of Nature

Redesigning your office soundtrack with the great outdoors in mind could make you happier and more productive.

Everyone should probably spend more time appreciating nature during the workday. Mounting evidence suggests that walking in the park during lunch or even just having a plant on your desk …

Nature

These two early experiments, one to be a desk, one a table. #GrownFurniture #CowParsley #Apiaceae http://t.co/Vn33Ooh9kC

This Photosynthetic Furniture Can Grow You Dinner

The ultra-local protein of the future will be grown right in your living room.

In the living room of the not-so-distant-future, you might have a glowing green blob of microorganisms next to your sofa instead of a lamp. A new line of photosynthetic furniture is filled with spirulina—a tiny, edible …

Sustainable Design

Starry Night: Outdoor Wall Light Installation

A celestial light installation illuminates the garage door of a recently renovated Toronto house.

Project: Don River HouseArchitect: LGA Architectural Partners

For one Toronto family, when the sun goes down, the stars come out twice: in the sky and also on their garage door. A perforated pattern …

Toronto

Gorgeously Illuminated Cracked Log Lamps

Using only salvaged wood that otherwise would have been burnt, artist Duncan Meerding illuminates the forest with his Cracked Log Lamp. "By turning them into a vessel for light, we can bring the outside in, and be reminded of our intrinsic connection with nature," he says.

The Tasmania-based artist …

Rechargeable Batteries

Byung Hoon Choi's basalt benches at Design Miami/Basel

South Korean artist Byung Hoon Choi has used Southeast Asian basalt to create a collection of sculptures that double up as oversized outdoor …

Basel

People Who Appreciate Nature Are Happier, Healthier And More Innovative

There’s nothing quite like being deep in a forest, completely separated from the touch of humankind.

It provides an inexplicable sense of tranquil …

Nature

How to use your local park for a kickass workout

Your gym is cold and poorly lit. The great outdoors is your playground.

Mashable followed fitness trainer and founder of New York-based boot camp Trooper Fitness and FL2 ambassador, Prince Brathwaite, around Union Square, New York to learn a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) circuit routine. …

Workouts

The House Martin Survey | BTO - British Trust for Ornithology

House Martins taking a break from nest building. Photograph by Doug Welch

We know surprisingly little about House Martins despite the fact that they

Zoology

Interactive animal models to be scattered around Bristol

Top-level insight

All the critical news, trends and insight you need to know in order to shape your future in design.

The people

Profiles and the views …

England

Photographer Continues to Capture the Visual Diversity of Rare Fungi

About a year ago, we marveled at the unique fungi that Australian photographer Steve Axford captured with his camera. And lucky for us, it looks like the New South Wales resident has discovered even more gorgeous and diverse species to share. These definitely aren’t your typical mushrooms—many are …

Photographers

Fast, cheap calories may make city birds fat and sick

The Cape sugarbird is vulnerable to ailments, including obesity, that are linked to climate change and urbanisation. J Tinkler Change. It can creep …

Biodiversity

Roadside verges 'last refuge for wild flowers'

More than 700 species of wild plants - almost half of the native flora of the British Isles - are found on road verges, according to a study.

Many plants once found in meadows now only thrive beside roads, where they provide essential habitat for insects, says charity Plantlife International.

But it …

Flowers

Light Within the Tunnel - The Architect's Newspaper

As Amtrak trains—possibly carrying Vice President Biden—rumble across overpasses in Washington, D.C., the dark passageways below yearn for a breath …

Architecture

Last hedgehogs in central London 'survived by learning to avoid roads'

The last hedgehogs to live in a central London park have survived because they have learnt to avoid busy roads, a study suggests.

Hedgehogs were once common across the UK but have suffered a steep decline in the past 60 years, with deaths on the road one of the biggest problems.

Central London, with …

Central London