TAG: forests

Forest Thrives Inside Art Museum

maribor-museum

A living forest is a labyrinth of complex interactions, harboring an array of biodiversity. How the resident organisms come together, and how they respond to human interference, is crucial to the health of these natural environments. A few things are required for the subsidence of a forest. Including proper light and irrigation, as well as the room to grow and deepen its roots. Often, it is difficult to source these things adequately enough through nature in areas abundant in artificial structures and human life, especially as the rate of city-dwellers increases. The proposed Andrea Branzi Maribor Art Museum, however, promises… read more

Artful Integrations that Elevate Nature

aurland-lookout

The following sculptural installations function to enhance human interactions with the natural environment and how it is viewed. In concept, these structures are not far off from lookout point telescopes. But today, designers are going further to encourage a higher frequency of outdoor excursions, which promise to offer wandering patrons a different perspective with each trip. Aurland Lookout Born from the creative collaboration of Todd Saunders and Tommie Wilhemsen, the Aurland Lookout promises uncompromising aerial views of the municipality for which it is named. The blond ledge extends far beyond the natural precipice, but is guarded with a thin, transparent… read more

Satellite To Weigh World’s Forests

Biomass satellite

The more we know about our planet, the more we can better understand how we’re both destroying and saving it. Having new data for everything from forestry statistics, to ocean levels, erosion, pollution, and population growth will allow us to evaluate what we’re doing right, and what we can be doing better. Biomass, the 7th satellite in the Earth Explorer mission, was created for such a purpose; to “weigh” the world’s forests, and provide us with detailed information about our planet. This expedition will shed new light on the damage we’re doing to the Amazon Rainforest, and other large bodies… read more

The Roadless Rule

National Park, Arizona

In 2001, the Roadless Area Conservation Rule was adopted by the U.S. Forest Service, protecting approximately 58.5 million acres of the nation’s remaining wild-lands. Under this rule, protected areas are safe from logging, mining, and other practices that damage the integrity of conservation land. Though there are access roads interspersed throughout these areas, allowing for multiple recreational activities, the rule keeps areas safe from the construction of splinter roads and highways, which can lead to erosion, pollution, and the loss of native species. Still, visitors are able to go hiking, sightseeing, fishing, and more amidst the unrivaled backdrop of unspoilt… read more