Environmental Art at Seattle’s Brightwater Wastewater Treatment Plant

August 28, 2013


The city of Seattle incorporates artists into the planning phases of every public works project, including the (seemingly) unsavory issue of waste disposal. This admirable philosophy often results in surprising collaborations between architects, engineers, and creatives.


At the Brightwater Wastewater

An Edible Roundup: Where We’ve Been Eating Lately

August 16, 2013


Lately we’ve featured a few can’t-miss culinary ventures, including tasty fried flowers prepared by a foraging chef, and an idyllic restaurant famed for its onsite laboratory and farm. Here’s a quick look back at the edible innovations we’ve been exploring, Read More...

Floating Gardens, Giant Chalkboards, and Climbing Walls on Banks of Seine in Paris

August 12, 2013

Photo: Mairie de Paris.

Paris is transforming an utterly urban area along the River Seine to a cleaner, greener space. A new Left Bank promenade called the Berges de Seine (Banks of the Seine) was unveiled last month, and is … Read More...

Travel: Rustic Landscape Design and Green Walls at Nizuc Resort in Mexico’s Riviera Maya

August 2, 2013



Just twenty minutes from Cancun, away from the parties and chaos, a new resort called Nizuc is quietly doing its part to preserve the lush local landscape.

Photo: Sarah Amandolare, Urban Gardens.

Set on the grounds of what was once … Read More...

The Creative Mind Behind Opus Hanging Gardens

July 27, 2013


The word “Opus” refers to creation or works of art, an encompassing, open-to-interpretation definition that suited what Marissa Pretorius hoped to do with her life.


“I did not want to be bound by the name, but rather have a creative … Read More...

Travel: Gardens Highlight of South African Farm Hotel

June 27, 2013



Imagine a self-sustained utopia laden with delicious food and drink, set amidst sandstone mountains and lush winelands. In South Africa, within an hour from the Cape Town International Airport, this utopia exists.


Babylonstoren is an historic Cape Dutch farm built … Read More...

The Cleanest and Greenest Work Desk Grows Fresh Air

June 21, 2013


Inside a massive building on the outskirts of one of the world’s most polluted cities, the air is clean — all thanks to three plants and one man.


Kamal Meattle is an Indian researcher whose lung capacity became severely … Read More...

Ten Futuristic Garden Tools

June 10, 2013


A slew of high-tech weapons could soon occupy home gardeners’ arsenals. From soil humidity sensors, to computer-generated growing tips, to weather detection devices, these contraptions challenge the notion that plants need a human touch.

Whether you’ve mastered indoor herbs, wrestled …

Glow Your Own Plants

May 8, 2013


Plants that gleam, alien-like, could be the next source of sustainable natural lighting–no electricity required.

Bioluminescent tree via NextNature.

Inspired by fireflies and aquatic bioluminescence, a team of Stanford University PhDs are creating living, glowing plants inside a California lab. … Read More...

“Pop Down” Park May Be London Version the High Line

Underground mushroom farm and park by Fletcher Priest. Photo: Fletcher Priest.

The success of the High Line, an elevated park extending from the Meatpacking District up to 34th Street on Manhattan’s West Side, has begun inspiring similar projects. From Santa Read More...

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