For over 200 years, thousands of Catalonians have taken to Tarragona’s Concurs de Castello, an annual testament to “strength, balance, courage and common sense”, or so the motto says. While assembling and dissembling a 6-10 level human tower sans safety nets might not seem as the most apt definition of “common sense”, it is nevertheless such a prominent cultural rite that in 2010 UNESCO deemed the Concurs a masterpiece of the “Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity”. This past year, photographer David Oliete ventured to Tarragona’s fleshy towers and snapped some truly incredible shots of the phenomenon. This Is Colossal has an exemplary collection of some of Oliete’s finest photos.
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These days, environmentalists aren’t only interested in saving the earth. They’re also consumed with finding ways to make green living affordable, stylish, and fun. From moss bathmats to re-imagined architecture, eco-friendly designs now rival traditional design schools of thought in appearance and functionality. Below, we explore some of today’s best green design trends:
Green Design Trends: Incredible Roofs
Green roofing has been around in some communities for decades, but only recently has it caught on as a worldwide trend. These eco-friendly roofs are visually pleasing, but also incredibly kind to the earth. They can reduce a phenomenon known as the urban heat island, a troubling trend where urban areas measure higher temperatures than surrounding rural areas, and the roofs can also reduce the building’s energy consumption.
While Chicago is already home to three of America’s five tallest buildings, its third wave of super tall building construction happening right now may dramatically realign the Windy City’s skyline. Currently, Trump Tower soars as high as its namesake’s ego, making the Chicago skyscraper the second tallest building in the States and the ninth largest in the world.
Constructed some time in 2011, the circular pedestrian bridge in Lujiazui, Pudong District of Shanghai blends an aesthetically pleasing design with environmental necessity. Essentially saving many Shanghaians the toil of traffic and turnabouts, the infrastructure literally bridges the gap between work and play, as it connects users easily with office buildings, cafes and restaurants. This design comes as part of China’s latest wave of environmentally-charged innovation, market-based adaptation and CO2 emission reduction, some of which has been rewarded by the World Wildlife Federation as some of the best efforts to combat climate change.
Opening to the public in 1909, New York City’s Manhattan Bridge is no stranger to cinema. The bridge has been featured in classics both old and new, some of which include Sergio Leone’s “Once Upon a Time in America” as well as in 2012′s “The Dark Knight Rises”.
Acclaimed filmmaker Andrew Thomas Huang‘s “Solipsist” defies all worldly explanations. The only thing we can be sure that exists is this video’s kaleidoscopic decadence.