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Darjeeling’s new Himalayan cycle trail

As cycling grows in popularity among Indians, Darjeeling has opened the country’s first hill station bike path, with views of the world’s highest mountains

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I am eating peanut butter straight from the jar with my hands. It’s not my finest moment but my body needs fuel: I have just cycled 20km at an altitude of over 2,000 metres. It is worth it, though. Around me is a thick pine forest under clear blue skies. In the distance I can see the Himalayas, notably Kanchenjunga, the third-highest mountain in the world.

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Sculptural treehouses form invisible city by shuster moseley

sculptural treehouses form invisible city by shuster moseley

envisioned by its designers claudia moseley and edward shuster as a ‘a conceptual matryoshka doll of culture-within-nature-within-culture’, ‘the invisible city‘ is a series of treehouses arranged around the boating lake in london’s regent’s park. 

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geometric ‘peace pods’ suspend participants in nature

designed with jerry tate architects, the project creates individual sanctuaries that both reveal and strengthen relationships between nature, society and culture.

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the treehouses are arranged around the boating lake in london’s regent’s park

the project is comprised of three giant pavilions that are capable of hosting large audiences and a diverse range of art forms. ‘the aerial arena’ is a giant timber structure found at the center point of the site. wrapped in a transparent skin, it can hold 100 seated attendees.

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the project is currently seeking funding on kickstarter, with the campaign ending on march 28th, 2014

‘the hive gallery’ is completely suspended from the branches of its tree offering its occupants a new perspective on the world below.

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the pavilions offer views across the water

the final typology are ‘peace pods’, geometric hubs that suspend participants in nature, creating intimate spaces for contemplation and conversation.

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wrapped in a transparent skin, the ‘aerial arena’ can hold 100 seated attendees

through intervening with the existing city the scheme redefines the relationship between nature and culture and celebrates the value and importance of public external space within the urban fabric.

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‘the hive gallery’ offers its occupants a new perspective on the world below

the project, which has won the support of helena bonham carter and tim burton, is currently seeking funding on kickstarter, with the campaign ending on march 28th, 2014. 100% of the funds generated will be used towards the construction and production of the scheme.

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the giant timber structure found at the heart of the site

the scheme intends to facilitate a network of collaborators, allowing a range of people to become involved in the project’s realization, curating a series of cultural exchanges that reflect the network of ideas generated throughout the campaign.

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the pods create intimate spaces for contemplation and conversation

Why You Should Be Working From Home Today

PROLONGING THE WEEKEND WITH A WORK-FROM-HOME DAY IS TEMPTING, BUT WEDNESDAY IS ACTUALLY THE BEST DAY TO WORK FROM HOME.

If you decide you’d like to try working from home, you know the usual advice: schedule a meeting with your supervisor, and ask to try it one day a week.

But which day?

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Bike Friendly Cities: Copenhagen

Where better to start our series on Bike Friendly Cities than in Copenhagen – a city with over 215 miles of bike paths that was declared the world’s best city for cycling a few years ago?
We talked with everyone who is anyone in the world of cycling, starting with urban mobility expert Mikael Colville-Andersen,

The revolution will not be shared

BY SOLE

I think about alienation all the time. I think about it as I sit on the toilet and stare at my iPhone and ready essays about Greek anarchists. I think about it when I am at a concert and half the crowd is watching the show through a smartphone camera. I think about it as I click through the daily report of direct actions, memes, hip new music tracks, and global insurrections.

I could watch a YouTube clip of a city devastated in a nuclear blast and I don’t think it would affect me at all.

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Inspiring Photos Reveal the Lives of People Living in Tiny Off-Grid Vehicles

Andrew Waits, Art, Boondock, US nomad, people living in cars, Renewable Energy, Photography, solar power, living outside the system

Do you dream about living a freer life in an off-grid mobile home? Photographer Andrew Waits traveled around the West Coast capturing amazing images of people that drifted away and now live happily in cars, vans, and campers with very few possessions.

Waits’ moving “Boondock” photo series gives a glimpse into a unique nomadic subculture that sees cars as more than a mode of transportation – they can also provide shelter and a sense of home.

Andrew Waits, Art, Boondock, US nomad, people living in cars, Renewable Energy, Photography, solar power, living outside the system

People have been living in vehicles for ages, but Waits’ photo series explores the reasons that his subjects chose to live a frugal life outside the system.

Some of these wanderers are living on their pensions or savings, while other work as campground hosts or make crafts on the way.

Waits’ inspiring photos show that homes don’t have to be static places filled with possessions, and they suggest that freedom can by found by hitting the road and not looking back.

See the full series, here.

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