Tuesday, July 31, 2012
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Monday, July 23, 2012
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Wulingyuan is a scenic and historic interest area in Hunan Province, China, noted for its approximately 3,100 tall quartzite sandstone pillars, some of which are over 800 metres in height and are a type of karst formation. The site is in the Zhangjiajie City and lies about 270 kilometres (170 mi) from Changsha, the capital of Hunan Province. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. Wulingyuan forms part of the Wuling Range. The scenic area comprises several national parks, one of which is the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.
Baefong Lake is a fresh water lake in the Wulingyuan Scenic Area. Its average depth is 72 metres (236 ft) and it is surrounded by forested stone peaks.
Monday, July 16, 2012
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Makovecz was born and died in Budapest. He was founder and "eternal and executive president" of the Hungarian Academy of Arts.
Makovecz was one of the most prominent proponents of organic architecture. As such, his buildings attempt to work with the natural surroundings rather than triumph over them.
His work began as a critique of communist ideology and the brutal uniformity of system building but, after the fall of the Communist regime in 1989, it became a comment on the nature of globalisation and corporate culture. In its attempts to refer to and build on Hungarian national archetypes Makovecz was continuing the work and ideas of the architects of Hungarian Art Nouveau and National Romanticism.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
City Hall on the Alter Markt, Stralsund
Stralsund is a town in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, situated at the southern coast of the Strelasund (a sound of the Baltic Sea separating the island of Rügen from the mainland)
The Brick Gothic historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The heart of the old town is the Old Market Square (Alter Markt), with the Gothic Town Hall (13th century). Behind the town hall stands the imposing Nikolaikirche (St. Nicholas' Church), built in 1270-1360. The square is surrounded by houses from different periods, including the Gothic Wulflamhaus (a 14th-century patrician house, today a restaurant), and the Baroque Commandantenhaus, seat of the old Swedish command headquarters.
Great Salt Lake, Stansbury Island, Utah
With an average of 10 percent salt in the south arm and 16 percent salt in the north arm of the Great Salt Lake, evaporative salt ponds are set up in shallow areas and crackle and dry into beds of salt. Beyond this salt pond is the Great Salt Lake and Stansbury Island.