Reminiscent of my own attempt at a visualization, here’s a great one that shows just how remarkably thin our atmosphere really is… the right stack is the Kármán line at 100km (62mi) where space begins:
With a bonus representation of about how high orbital vehicles are, at about 300km!
My office* calendars have apparently decreed that September is Otter month, and I am willing to embrace that completely!
* Yes, alas, we are back in the office now…
It is now raining on the peak of Greenland’s ice sheet.
For the first time EVER in recorded history.
Because it is supposed to be frozen.
This is not good folks.
Though it might also be a bit of nightmare fuel…
Photo by Adam Skalzub
A little spot of fun tonight… (even if winter is well into the rear view mirror)
Wonderful scenery within wonderful nature with wonderful words (in Inuktitut, I believe) with wonderful music (created via sampling Inuit instruments).
Oh my. This was off the path from where we visited during my Nordic trip, but what a beaut, a visitor’s center whose angular concrete planes marry well with the mountains in which it nestles.
Look, no lie, you create a pool of water in a luscious landscape like this, and the ensuing bathes of steam is going to lend your project an ethereal elegance no matter what. And when you’re in the mountains and can add low lying clouds to the mix… magical. But even without those enhancements this elemental design of two alternating wedges does great things on its own, contrasting its pure form against the natural ruggedness while also mirroring the peaks of the surrounding mountains. The raw concrete also marries well with the surrounding rock and even more so in winter with the snow, and the glass interrupts little of the view. Follow those sculptural wedges and climb atop the green roof to observe far, or follow the paths to hover over the water as it melts, collects, then leaps down into the verdant gorge.
I’m smitten. With a light touch on the outside and a dynamic interplay on the inside, it’s an expertly rendered little folly that enhances the grand valley in which it sits. Great work, definitively on my list for next time.
The Trollstigen Visitor’s Centre by Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter
In the midst of all the ongoing tumult and turmoil, a little ride among the trees to re-centre seems like a grand idea to recenter ourselves. So how about riding up into the treetops?
Very possible with this delightful little idea. A continuous circular path that guides one up to a rarely experienced lofty vantage point among the upper boughs before gently guiding us back down and back on our way. All made out of slender weathering steel that seeks to fade inconspicuously into the surroundings.
Lovely. Cycling Through the Trees by Burolandschap