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Monthly Archives: January 2017

Information of Biomimicry

Inspired by Buckminster Fuller, who first coined the word Earthships, PACIFIC DOMES has been pioneering sustainable habitats by sharing the vision of BioEnergy Domes with individuals and communities throughout the planet. One such project can be found on Navajo land in northern Arizona. This self-contained BioEnergy Dome ecosystem generates emissions-free electricity, producing food and even recycling greywater – wastewater from household sources (toilets excepted).

BIOSPHERE 2 rises up from the southwest desert landscape just outside Tucson, Arizona. Aptly named Biosphere 2, the gigantic BioDome greenhouse structures are the largest closed self-sustaining eco system ever created. The PACIFIC DOMES family worked closely with Biosphere 2 during the early days of attempting to recreate the Earth’s ecosystems. Biosphere 2 is now owned and operated by the University of Arizona, as part of an ongoing science research laboratory mimicking Earth’s ecosystems.

BIOS 3 is another closed ecosystem at the Institute of Biophysics in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, formerly of the Soviet Union. Attempts to purify air and grow food for space exploration in a sealed environment began in 1972 with the BIOS 3 Siberian Experiments in Bio-regenerative Life Support. Before we can colonize other potentially habitable planets, the first thing we need to do is develop a fully functional biosphere for long-term human occupation. We especially need to figure out ways to keep CO2 levels in check, maintain a steady internal temperature, avoid water acidification, and find a way to keep our sanity in check given the close confines.

The Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) Mission MARS Desert Research Station is a 36-foot-wide (11 meters) and 20-foot-high (6 m) solar-powered dome remotely located on the Mars-like slopes of Mauna Loa on the island of Hawaii. A team of six scientist astronauts live for an entire year in the PACIFIC DOMES habitat simulating life on Mars. The NASA sponsored goal is to find out how people will respond to the isolation that might accompany a mission to Mars.

Living organisms have evolved well-adapted structures and materials over geological time through natural selection. The complexity of biological systems that might be imitated is enormous. BioDome earth based science finds answers in the biomimicry of Nature’s ecosystems.

About Rattan Outdoor Furniture

Beer Gardens

Beer gardens tend to go for one of two aesthetics: either a rustic look, based around rough wood furniture and accessories, or a classier and more upscale look. This latter type of decor, in particular, tends to make heavy use of the aesthetic appeal of rattan outdoor furniture, and this type of piece is growing increasingly popular among pub landlords and bar owners as a result. Typical rattan items to be found in a beer garden include tables, chairs, and in certain cases sofas.

Bar and Coffee Shop Seating Areas

Another common type of public area to make heavy use of rattan outdoor furniture are outdoor seating spaces for coffee shops, hotels, bars and restaurants. The understated, yet classy look this type of furniture tends to boast makes highly appealing to this type of establishment, and managers wishing to give their shop, bar or hotel an upscale and inviting look tend to go for it quite often as a result. Pricier establishments or those located in tourist or commerce-heavy areas, in particular, tend to make recurring use of rattan outdoor furniture, in a bid to make their outdoor seating areas appealing to passers-by and thereby attract customers.

Beachfront Bars

Rattan outdoor furniture may be most popular in gardens and patios, but that is far from the only use it can be put to. In fact, its weather-resistant and highly durable nature makes it perfect for a less conventional, but no less effective purpose: serving as outdoor furniture for trendy beachfront bars or cafes.

Traditionally, these establishments have seen themselves forced to resort to plastic furniture, due to the highly wearing effect of sea winds and sand on materials such as wood. Synthetic rattan, however, gives owners of bars and restaurants along the beach a fresh, much more appealing-looking alternative for outdoor furniture, as these pieces are renowned for their ability to withstand the elements. Exposure to sun, sea winds, sand or even heavy coastal rains is likely to have little to no effect on rattan outdoor furniture, making it the perfect choice for beachfront bar managers wanting to give their establishments a classy, cosy look.

Natural Spaces

Finally, the use of rattan outdoor furniture in natural areas such as parks, zoos and reserves cannot be neglected. This type of furniture has an understated, earthy look which mixes very well with the overall natural aesthetic the managers and caretakers of these types of areas tend to go for.

Japanese Maple Tree

These trees have the botanical name Acer palmatum. Their natural habitat in addition to Japan is China, Eastern Mongolia, Korea as well as South East Russia. Various Cultivars of this tree are selected and are around the world and sold by various places such as The Tree Center.

These trees reach around 10 meters and are deciduous in nature. They grow as understory plants in woodlands that are shady, and they have various trunks which join near the ground. These trees are shaped like a hemisphere or are dome shaped when mature.

Each of these leaves is between 4 – 12 cms long and they are wide. They are lobed palmately and have 5, 7 or 9 lobes which are pointed. The flowers of these trees are produced in cymes, and the individual flower has five whitish petals, with five sepals which are either purple or red, and the fruit of the tree are winged samaras. Each of these samaras contains a seed of 6 – 8 mm and is 2 – 3 cms long. To germinate, stratification is required. That is why places like The Tree Center sell these tiny trees.

These trees have a countless number of forms, colors, sizes and leaf types. Some of them are tolerant of the sun, but most prefer part shade especially when the climate is hot. If the place is too hot, the leaves shrivel up in summer but in spring, the trees are known to sprout new leaves. In places that are very cold, the branches either get damaged or die due to harsh winter and snow in particular, but the stem is known to sprout again once the weather improves. These trees if given sufficient water are known to last for years. In arid and drought conditions, though, they may die, and so sufficient water is needed to be given to the trees. These trees are known to blend well with the other plants that are there, and they are sold by The Tree Center mainly as borders and along ornamental paths.

People buy Japanese Maple from The Tree Center and other places as they are ideal for growing in small gardens. As these trees stay at 15 feet for a long time, they are the best option. Incase the owner decides, by pruning these trees can be kept at the size they want forever. These also due to this factor can be grown in planters boxes as well as in large containers.

Landscaping For Smaller Spaces

Don’t Forget Side Spaces

That little walkway on either side of your house is space that can be used and beautified. Use it as a sneak preview into what the backyard holds, create a long and narrow garden, or even turn it into a quiet, private area just for you.

Front and Back Gardens

Make the most of your outdoor areas by utilizing both the front and back yards. A beautifully landscaped front yard will attract the eye, no matter what size it is. The right combination of shrubs, trees, flowers, and other details will create a look of beauty that makes up for any space deficiencies.

Don’t Skimp on Steps and Walkways

Many people try to make small spaces look larger by minimizing steps and walkways, but this only further dwarfs a small yard. Matching a walking path to the coloring and style of your home can make your yard appear more spacious.

Use Pots and Containers

In order to add shape, dimension, and space to your small yard, planters and containers can be an excellent way to go. You can use them on walkways, porches, stairs, decks, and doorways. Going for a coordinated theme can create continuity rather than choppiness, making the most of a small yard.

Create Perspective

Long, straight lines trick the eye into making things seem further away. Organize your yard in order to make it look bigger than it really is. Vertical features can also add depth even when there is no more floor space to work with. Consult with your landscape contractors in Alpharetta to come up with a plan that works for the area you have.