Monthly Archives: April 2010

#13 – Tikal, Guatemala

The ancient Mayan city of Tikal, located in present-day Guatemala, has structures that date as far back as 400 BCE, though most of the structures were built in the Late Classic Period (600 – 900 CE). One of the largest urban centers of the pre-Colombian Mayan civilization, the city was at its peak at around 700 CE. Tikal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the ruins include five large pyramid temples, a large palace, small pyramids, tombs, and numerous other buildings with a grand total of 3,000 structures. The University of Pennsylvania and the government of Guatemala have contributed to the restorations done on the site in recent years. Travelers can find a variety of accommodations in the nearby cities of Flores and Guatemala City. Fans of the original Star Wars films may know Tikal as the “Massassi Outpost on the fourth moon of Yavin” from Episode IV: A New Hope.


Y-3 Hayworth Mid II Fall/Winter 2010

After recently showing you the Y-3 Studs Pack for Fall/Winter 2010, we give you a preview today of the Hayworth Mid II for next season. Two colorways of the mid top sneaker will be released next season. Both feature soft premium leather uppers and strong accent colors.

Heike Weber Installations

Utterly amazing installations by Heike Weber. She draws with permanentmarkers on acrylic floor and walls – surfaces that have reached up to 600 m2.

These are so rad, Don’t think I could handle a whole house like this, but one room with a very minimalist furniture arrangement would be rad

Innovative Apartment in Hong Kong

This is the sickest apartment I have ever scene. If I had mad skills like this dude, I’d find the cheapest/smallest apartment ever and live like him.

Gary Chang, a talented architect from Hong Kong, has equipped his tiny 330 square foot apartment with a sliding wall system that allows him to create 24 different room configurations.

#12 – Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

The stunning Plitvice Lakes National Park lies in the Lika region of Croatia. The park is surrounded by the mountains Plješevica, Mala Kapela, and Medveđak, which are part of the Dinaric Alps. The 16 blue-green Plitvice Lakes, which are separated by natural dams of travertine, are situated on the Plitvice plateau. Waterfalls connect the lakes, and the tallest waterfall is Veliki Slap at 70 meters (230 feet) tall. The Plitvice lakes area boasts a large variety of interesting and colorful flora and fauna. Visitors can enjoy walking and hiking the many pathways and trails, or exploring the lakes by boat. The park itself has 3 hotels and a campsite, otherwise visitors can find accommodation at any of the number of villages and cities nearby.

Photo Embroidery by Ausra Osipaviciute

Shot by Lithuanian photographer Ausra Osipaviciute and embroidered by Gintare Pasakarnyte. I really like the concept of the embroidery on photography, makes me think of Maurizio Anzeri but in a more fashionable way…

Model: Greta @PMST
Fashion design by mimi.c (Milda Cergelyte)
Needlework by Gintare Pasakarnyte
Photo and post-processing by Ausra Osipaviciute

Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali

Recent winner of a 2009 Green Good Design Award, Bali’s Alila Villas Uluwatu sets a soaring example of what it currently means to be a luxurious green resort. Stylish clifftop villas, designed and constructed according to a strict Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) framework, earn the posh destination the highest level of sustainable certification—a first for any Balinese resort.

Perched high up on the southern coastline of Bali’s Bukit Peninsula, not far from the area’s famous surf break, the spa resort expertly champions the concept of creating a modern yet unimposing locale that seamlessly blends in with its natural surroundings.

The Singapore-based architecture firm Woha, a company known for its sustainable housing projects, modeled the Balinese-inspired villas on open-air structures. Guests can adjust the flow of natural breezes via sliding glass doors, while airy wooden cabanas and relaxation pavilions jutting out over the Indian Ocean resemble cubic Bauhaus nests.

To help sustain local bird and animal populations, indigenous plants are cultivated at an on-site nursery. Other ESD measures include the use of local construction materials such as teak, lava rock and bamboo as well as water conservation through the use of salt water pools and gray water systems help recycle laundry, dishwashing and bathing water for landscape irrigation.

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