- a time-lapse tribute to the beauty of Joshua trees, native to southwestern U.S. Photographer Sungjin Ahn
embarked on his project after learning that climate change could "eliminate Joshua trees
from 90 percent of their current range in 60 to 90 years." via PetaPixel
is a sculptor who works in Cleveland, Ohio. She also has a blog
. [Some images may be NSFW
Legendary architect-philosopher Christopher Alexander delivers a fascinating lecture at Berkeley
, in which he criticizes "modular" design and offers a radical new vision of architecture's relation to nature. Alexander is best known for A Pattern Language
, which aimed to make buildings and towns more "alive" through a series of pleasing and comfortable patterns (five sample patterns can be found here
). His most recent work, the four-part The Nature of Order
, theorizes that life, whether organic or inorganic, emerges from a single simple process, which can be found on page 4 of Amazon's preview of the third volume
. In the first volume Alexander lists fifteen properties
that make a structure whole. Also worth reading: Alexander's classic essay A City is not a Tree
is a free field guide for iPhone (Android coming soon) that uses the phone's camera and some biometric processing to identify trees by the shape of their leaves
. Development was financed by the National Science Foundation
(NYT article), and includes research by Columbia University, University of Maryland, and the Smithsonian Institution.
My friend, the dead tree
For five years, Kevin Day has been photographing a single dead tree at Langley Country Park
in Berkshire. He talks a little about the process at theMET
is doing some fascinating and beautiful things with long exposures and 80's arcade games.
In the meanwhile, Patrick Dougherty
is doing some fascinating and beautiful things with sticks and twigs.