- The net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to ten room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day.
- If you plant a tree today on the west side of your home, in 5 years your energy bills should be 3 percent less. In 15 years the savings will be nearly 12 percent.
- One acre of forest absorbs six tons of carbon dioxide and puts out four tons of oxygen.
- A number of studies have shown that real estate agents and home buyers assign between 10 and 23 percent of the value of a residence to the trees on the property.
- Surgery patients who could see a grove of deciduous trees recuperated faster and required less pain-killing medicine than matched patients who viewed only brick walls.
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Submission by willamettevalleygirl:
Eugene courthouse downtown
Shout-out to my hometown!! W00T
Submitted by melicidad:
Very pretty! I’d love to visit
Churchyard of St John Zachary, Gresham Street, The Square Mile, London
There’s something quite magical about watching trams in Barcelona, Strasbourg or Frankfurt glide silently along beds of grass as they do their city circuit. Where possible, this attractive combination of efficient public transport and inspired landscaping should be standard as part of the urban fabric. - Monocle Magazine
The High Line
Friedensreich Hundertwasser was an Austrian painter and architect. His floridly patterned works with their haunting and rich colors are dependent on the decorative tradition that produced Art Nouveau. He was fascinated with spirals, and called straight lines “the devil’s tools”. He called his theory of art “transautomatism”, based on Surrealist automatism, but focusing on the experience of the viewer, rather than the artist. The luxurious, sinuous forms and expressive distortions affiliate him to figurative artists such as Klimt and Schiele. Hundertwasser’s subject-matter modified these stylistic sources and was often influenced by his great interest in a sane environment expressed as a stable relationship between man, the built world and nature. He traveled widely and developed a pictorial vocabulary unspecific to any place or time. The decorative and technical opulence of his work made him a controversial figure with the critics, while assuring him a large popular following. (text via RasMarley)