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Floating Houses of IJburg

The Dutch have a close relationship with water, due in no small part to the fact that most of their land is close to sea level. So close, in fact, that a significant percentage of what they live on has been reclaimed from the sea. That fact hasn’t soured the Netherlands on the ocean that surrounds them; it has drawn them closer. It’s a natural progression, therefore, that the good people of Amsterdam wouldn’t balk when it comes to living on the water. That’s where one neighborhood in particular comes in to focus – The floating houses of IJburg.  House […]

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Die Zauberlehrling – The Sorcerer’s Apprentice | A Dancing Power Pole in Oberhausen

It would not be out of line to state that the 1940 Disney movie classic, Fantasia, is one of the most iconic animated films ever made. From therein, the Mickey Mouse and broom fueled sorcerers apprentice scene is likely the most memorable of all. Thus it is only slightly tongue in cheek that the German art collective, Inges Idee, would chose that name for their whimsical take on a power pole – Die Zauberlehrling – The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Erected in 2013 for the second Emscherkunst exhibition series, (the “world’s largest outdoor art show”), the work is a 35 meter high, […]

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United Tower, Bahrain – A New Twist.

The 21st Century has witnessed the construction of numerous unusual landmark buildings. Interesting and unique towers have constituted a fair percentage thereof, from Frank Gehry’s Eight Spruce Street in New York City, to the Robot Building in Bangkok, and the Kingdom Center in Riyahd, Saudi Arabia: The United Tower in Bahrain, is a new twist on the theme. The United Tower really does look strikingly like a brad point drill bit, right down to the razor crisp edges of the lands and smooth faced flutes. Rising from an octagonal base plate, the fifty story structure describes a perfect counter-clockwise twist, […]

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IJsseloog – Innovative Environmental Containment Facility

The Dutch have a special relationship with land and water. ‘Netherlands’ literally means ‘Low Countries,’ and for good reason. Of the roughly 41,500 square kilometers of Dutch land, about half is more than one meter above sea level, and a significant portion of the rest is man made, reclaimed from the sea. The Netherlands also boasts a population density of 407 humans per square kilometer, the 4th highest density worldwide. It’s easy to see why the Dutch don’t feel they have much to leave to waste; that’s where IJsseloog comes into play. IJsseloog is a truly innovative environmental containment facility. […]

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Kjeragbolten Boulder

The Kjeragbolten boulder is a huge rock wedged more than 1000 meters up between two cliff faces. The boulder is situated in the Kjerag mountain, in Norway. Rumours say that the rock got stuck there sometime during the last ice age. Today, it’s one of the most popular places to get your picture taken. Even though the boulder hangs more than a kilometer above the water below, and there’s no hand rail or safety net, people walk (in some cases, crawl) out onto the rock for a photo shoot. Evidently the rock’s surface is flat enough that walking out onto […]

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Andes Mountain Pass, The Cristo Redentor

The Paso Internacional Los Libertadores, also known as the Cristo Rendentor, is a mountain pass in the Andres between Argentina and Chile. At an elevation of 3,200 meters, the mountain pass is the main transport route between Chilean capital city Santiago and Mendoza city.  [Image Courtesy of AmusingPlanet] The sharp ascent on the Chilean side contains twenty-nine switchbacks to help moderate the steep slope. The road climbs approximately 900m to arrive at the border crossing tunnel at an elevation of 3,200m. Opened in 1980, the tunnel is 3,080m long and serves as an important land crossing between Chile and Argentina. […]