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Bahai Temple of South America by Hariri Pontarini Architects | Church architecture / community centres

Set within the foothills of the Andes, just beyond the metropolis of Santiago, Chile, the Bahá’í Temple of South America uses light for its spiritual and design inspiration. Nestled in the rolling topography of the mountains and surrounded by reflecting pools and a landscape of native grasses, this complex-curved Temple of light acts as an invitation for spiritual contemplation and architectural pilgrimage. Fourteen years in the making, the House of Worship represents the last of the eight continental Temples commissioned by the Bahá’í Community. The Bahá’í Faith is built on the tenet of universality; therefore, the architectural challenge is to create a design that would be welcoming to people of all faiths and cultures; recognizable as a House of Worship without referencing specific iconography. Inspiration was drawn from a myriad of sources, such as the magic of dappled sunshine beneath a canopy of trees, the rotation of a Sufi whirling dancer, the interwoven strands of Japan… continue

China threatens to slice through the Amazon with a 3,300-mile rail network

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China is floating plans to build a 3,300 mile railway network through the Amazon, jeopardizing one of the most critical and bio-diverse ecosystems on Earth. Next week while touring South America, China’s Premier Li Keqiang will move ahead with discussions started last year by President Xi Jinping to connect the Atlantic in Brazil with the Pacific in Peru in order to facilitate faster and cheaper trade in commodities such as oil and iron ore, the Guardian reports. The railway network would slice through Amazonian swamps, forest and either desert or mountains, and disturb tribes that have never before had contact with the outside world.

[BUENOS AIRES] New Contemporary Art Museum

A Contemporary Art Museum is a building or space for the exhibition of art, usually visual art. Paintings and scupltures are the most commonly displayed art objects; however, drawings, collages, prints, photographs and installation art including other artistic activities, such as performance art, land'art, web art to name a few are also regularly shown.

Contemporary art can broadly be defined as art produced at this point in time (now) or after World War II.

Benchmark B

[Image: The Central Park bolt, photographed by The Bowery Boys]. One of many memorable images from Marguerite Holloway's recommended new book The Measure of Manhattan is the Central Park bolt, a 19th-century survey marker affixed in place by John Randel Jr., original surveyor of Manhattan's street grid.

Vicious Fish Chomped Off Swimmer’s Fingers and Toes in Argentina

Piranha attack, Palometa fish, Carnivorous fish attack, Rosario, Argentina, Buenos Aires, Parana River

Argentinean bathers enjoying a Christmas day dip in the appropriately named Parana River got more than they bargained for when a school of carnivorous fish attacked about 70 swimmers. Lifeguards near the river located in Rosario, about 185 miles north of Buenos Aires, blamed the attack on the flesh-eating palometa fish, a type of piranha native to South America. Many swimmers complained of mild discomfort from bite marks while others had deep wounds on their extremities. Paramedic Alberto Manino reported to the Associated Press that some people, including seven children, lost entire digits. The Director of Rosario lifeguards, Federico Cornier said the attack was highly unusual, “This is not normal. It’s normal for there to be an isolated bite or injury, but the magnitude in this case was great… this is an exceptional event.”


Testicle-eating fish return to New Jersey

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“The return of the testicle-eating fish” sounds more like a b-movie that should never happen, let alone an actual news item. But, alas, another of those slightly freaky looking fish with the human-like teeth—officially known as pacu—has been caught in a man-made lake in Delran, New Jersey. Which is somewhat baffling, as the pacu are native to South America, and are most frequently found in the lakes and streams of the Amazon.

Book Briefs #27

"Book Briefs" are an ongoing series of posts with two- or three-sentence first-hand descriptions of some of the numerous books that make their way into my library. These briefs are not full-blown reviews, but they are a way to share more books worthy of attention than can find their way into reviews on my daily or weekly pages.

Adjaye Africa Architecture by David Adjaye, edited by Peter Allison | Thames & Hudson | 2016 | Amazon

Scientists in Uruguay Genetically Engineer Sheep to Glow Under UV Light

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When you can’t sleep and need to count sheep to drift off, try wrapping your brain one of these eerie glowing lambs from South America. Scientists from the Animal Reproduction Institute of Uruguay (IRAUy) have genetically engineered nine animals to light up under UV light by incorporating a gene from the Aequorea victoria jellyfish. The research is intended to help easily identify genetically modified processes in animals.