This Skyscraper Of The Future Will Contain A Desert, Jungle And Glacier

“I don’t divide architecture, landscape and gardening; to me they are one,” Mexican architect Luis Barragan once said. We doubt, however, that even Barragan could possibly have predicted his poetic words would one day manifest themselves so literally.

Poland-based urban architecture collective BOMP has crafted a futuristic vision for the next generation of skyscrapers, one that merges the classic symbol of urban power with the boundless forces of nature. Architects Ewa Odyjas, Agnieszka Morga, Konrad Basan and Jakub Pudo are the minds behind ESSENCE, a skyscraper comprised of 11 natural landscapes including the likes of a desert, a jungle and a glacier. The bold concept recently took home first prize at eVolo’s 2015 Skyscraper Competition, a contest based on radical reimaginings of the traditional skyscraper.

“Away from everyday routines, in a city center, a secret garden as a building combining both: an architecture and a nature is proposed,” BOMP explained in a press statement. “The main goal of the project is to position non-architectural phenomena in a dense, urban fabric by using the building as a neutral background.”

Basically, a true secret garden for the 21st century, ESSENCE will house a mysterious natural oasis in the midst of urban bustle. The structure will feature its 11 different natural atmospheres in one vertical tower: a glacier, mountain, grasslands, river, waterfall, cave, desert, steppe, swamp, jungle and ocean. The various natural phenomena will trigger not only a visual response from visitors, but acoustic, thermal, olfactory and kinesthetic reactions as well.

Firstly, we thought of an adventure, but not only this,” BOMP’s Jakub Pudo explained to The Creators Project. “Imagine all the senses attracted and stimulated by the elements contained in the spaces. The overlapped landscapes combined into variable sequences could play a role of educational routes representing some —> Read More

The Benefits Of Spending Time Alone, According To Science

I’ve been in two long-term relationships (my first lasted seven years, and I’ve been with my current partner for five), and frankly the time in between, when I was single, was easier for me. So now that I’m paired up again, it’s no surprise that I love doing things on my own. I relish a quiet solo coffee stop or book-browsing session, I love going to the movies by myself, and I also regularly travel on my own as well.

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Using math to make Guinness

If you ever read public health research, you’ve probably encountered the term “Student’s t-test,” or just “t-test.” The experimenters will do this magical test, and suddenly conclude that everything is awesome. But even when you’re familiar with the t-test and what it does, very little thought goes into where this came from, or who came up with it. Well, today I’m going to tell you the origins of this staple of public health research. —> Read More

Study Explains Why Some Movies Are So Freakin’ Scary

It may not’ve been your favorite movie to release last year, but chances are, if you went to see David Fincher’s film adaptation of “Gone Girl,” you have vivid memories of the building, hostile tension between protagonists Amy and Nick. And it’s not just Rosamund Pike’s pitch-perfect, icy performance that makes the movie unforgettable — it’s the drawn-out, edge-of-your-seat suspense sequences.

According to a new study conducted by Matt Bezdek at the Georgia Institute of Technology, we are more likely to remember suspenseful stories better than we remember those from other genres, such as comedy. This is because, Bezdek asserts, during suspenseful moments — when the beloved hero or heroine’s safety teeters precariously — we tend to tune out our surroundings, honing in on the story, and immersing ourselves in it fully.

For the study, Bezdek hooked participants up to an MRI machine and instructed them to watch ten scenes from suspenseful movies, including classics such as “Alien,” and a selection of works by the master of suspense himself, Alfred Hitchcock. During the most chilling plot lines, viewers remained focused on the movies, which played at the center of their screens, surrounded by a checkerboard flashing as a potential distraction. Their eyes remained fixed on the movies when things got tense, but during calmer moments, they took the bait.

A write-up of the study notes that Cary Grant’s near-death-by-airplane experience in “North by Northwest” narrowed viewers’ visual focus, while his escape into a nearby cornfield broadened their focus, allowing outside distractions to seep in. So, while “Gone Girl” wasn’t a film considered in the study, we can assume that Nick’s pursuit of her clever clues would capture viewers’ attention, while scenes following her reappearance might be less engrossing. And, films without these elements of suspense are likely to fade from viewer’s —> Read More

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