suburban-garden

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recently opened:

Bloomfield
 Jessica Rohrer

P·P·O·W Gallery, 535 W22nd St., NYC

the exhibition is comprised of twenty three new paintings and eighteen works on paper of interior settings, street scenes and garden views of her domestic suburban life derived from her immediate surroundings. Rohrer tells a tale that is at first glance a picture book story of domesticity but upon closer look is ridden with a palpable sense of heightened anxiety. Carefully manipulating each scene by emptying them of figures and detritus, Rohrer creates a sense of sanitized orderliness. - thru June 27

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Now, where’s the best place in the world to discover an entirely new species? 

Basically, your own garden. You may say, “Ah ha, there won’t be anything in my garden that hasn’t been discovered.” You would be amazed. In 1971, Jennifer Owen, a biologist, did a very long-term study of her ordinary garden in a suburban house in Leicester. She discovered 533 species of ichneumon wasp, just that family of parasitic wasp. Fifteen of these had never been recorded in Britain; four of them were completely new to science. In a suburban garden. So, in your garden, if you have a garden, there will be things.

Gilbert White, the naturalist, said that nature is so full and so varied that if you want to find the place with the most variety, it’s the place you most study. It almost doesn’t matter: Just take a piece of land and look at it hard enough.

- Stephen Fry, QI, G-series, Episode 1 “Gardens”


The above moment from QI has stuck with me for years: I think of it almost every time I am outside.

Accordingly, here are some of the bees I’ve observed in my garden. I’ve identified a few, but not with much confidence. I am hoping to get a proper book that goes into more depth about the 250+ species here in Denmark.

Olive-Backed Sunbird - male | ©Yan Leong Lee   (Singapore)

The Olive-backed sunbird, Nectarinia jugularis (Passeriformes - Nectariniidae), also known as Yellow-breasted Sunbird, is a beautiful bird up to 12 cm, with olive green back and yellow underside. The bill is long and curves downwards. Males have a metallic blue throat and breast.

Nectarinia jugularis inhabits rainforest margins, watercourses, mangroves, farmland, and suburban gardens, in Australia and southern Asia [1].

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The Original World Cup Trophy.
The Jules Rimet Cup (originally named for the World Cup's
founding father) had an eventful history, beginning with a tenure hidden in a box under a bed during World War II. It was stolen in 1966 while on display in England. With the help of a small dog named Pickles, the famed English detectives of Scotland Yard were able to retrieve the Trophy which was hidden in a suburban garden. In 1983, the Trophy was again stolen in Rio de Janeiro, never to be seen again. It is widely believed that it was melted down by thieves.
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Awww! Basically growing up in the middle of nowhere, Jay didn’t have neighbors and was homeschooled, so he’s always wanted to be part of a larger community and do neighborly things and make a lot of friends and improve his town. Headcannon I just made up right now accepted!

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Apartment High Rise | e2a | Via

In contrast to the conventional tower block with its central core, generic sequence of spaces, and peripheral load-bearing columns, a primary zone with a roughly structured space is created through the separation of these core functions; this serves as an expandable “residential base.” Because the individual cores connect to the façade, and as such directly access the exterior, it is possible to execute an extremely low-tech building. For example, the bathrooms are naturally ventilated and daylight reaches both the core zones and the open interior spaces. The four cores are comprised of the main entrance with support functions, two separate bathrooms, and a kitchen with an adjoining terrace. In between, the remaining space is free for the individual owners to shape as they wish.

We deliberately renounced the stacking as a generic interpretation of suburban, single-family home gardens. The high-rise conveys much more the central principles of a home – panoramic views, open space, interior-exterior relationships, and privacy – in an urban interpretation. The primary advantage of this typology is the potential of spatial sequencing and individual design options for each platform: whether a family, a couple, or a single person – we developed an unfettered, interpretative space, in which the deliberately unfinished form creates a basis for individual design ideas.