Amazing placesThe Old mill of Sorrento, Italy – Amazing places

In the historical centre of Sorrento (a small town in southern  Italy) lays a deep canyon – also known as – The Valley of the Mills.

While observing the deep ravine between the cliffs an Old mill can bee seen (there are a few more that are harder to locate from above), it was built around the 10th century. The mill was abandoned sometime during the 19th century and vegetation almost compliantly covered the old abandoned mill.

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Chair Farm by Werner Aisslingerat Ventura Lambrate – Dezeen

Chair Farm by Werner Aisslingerat Ventura Lambrate – Dezeen.

“Plant yourself a chair …”

Werner Aisslinger presents his plantation chair at the Milan Furniture Fair

Once again in April, the most recognised fair of the furniture industry opens its gates for design aficionados from all over the world. At the Milan Furniture Fair, visitors will witness a small sensation at “Instant Stories”, the special exhibition from Berlin at Lambrate: Amidst the platforms showing the latest in furniture design, a greenhouse is staged. Visitors are confronted with a gigantic box that gives the impression as if it has just fallen from heaven. This laboratory-like stage setup promises to be as spectacular as watching a dinosaur hatch from its egg: A chair is born from a steel corset! The only difference to the egg-comparison is the fact that the shell of the “chair farm” prototype is inside the chair’s structure instead of being outside.

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Moscow gets breath of fresh air with new park plan | World news | theguardian.com

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For six years, it has been a wasteland in the heart of the Russian capital, fenced off and forlorn. Soon, however, Zaryadye will be home to an ultra-modern park featuring sleek glass architecture and artificial microclimates.

The area, just a few steps from St Basil’s Cathedral and the Kremlin, was cleared of houses during the Stalin era for the construction of a huge skyscraper. That plan was shelved and in its place, the vast Hotel Rossiya was built during the 1960s. With more than 3,000 rooms, at the time it was the largest hotel in the world – and many also thought one of the ugliest. Its hulking facade dominated views of the Kremlin and Red Square.

It was torn down in 2006, but while other Soviet behemoths were replaced with western five-star hotels, the site of the Rossiya remained a derelict wasteland. British architect Norman Foster was due to design a complex including a luxury hotel on the plot, but it never got off the ground.

Then, last January, President Putin went for a stroll around the grounds and told Moscow’s mayor, Sergei Sobyanin that he thought it was a good spot for a park. The mayoralty said it would draw up proposals for the site, and a competition open to Russian and international design firms was announced.

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Chinese Prisoner Who Hid SOS Letter In Kmart Packaging Identified

Chinese Prisoner Who Hid SOS Letter In Kmart Packaging Identified

Oregon mother Julie Keith opened a package of Halloween decorations from Kmart last October expecting a cheap bundle of holiday spookiness, but the letter she found tucked among the Chinese-made items was far more disturbing than the $29 fake bloody tombstone kit she had just purchased.

“Sir: If you occasionally buy this product, please kindly resend this letter to the World Human Right Organization,” the note read. “Thousands people here who are under the persicution of the Chinese Communist Party Government will thank and remember you forever [all sic].”

Written on lined paper in broken English, the letter was a heartbreaking plea for help, sent surreptitiously from the bowels of a forced labor camp in northeastern China. More than a year after Keith discovered the note, a man claiming to be its author has begun speaking out against the brutal Chinese “re-education through labor” system that imprisoned him, reports The New York Times.

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Glowing Plant Project founder: don’t fear GM bioluminescent plants Wired UK

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European Regulations around genetically modified organisms GMOs have a very negative impact around the world, according to Antony Evans, co-founder of the Glowing Plant Project.The Glowing Plant Project uses an enzyme called luciferase — which makes fireflies and some fungi and bacteria glow — to modify the DNA sequence of a small plant called Arabidopsis. The project smashed its targets on Kickstarter, raising more than $480,000 £299,000. However, the plant has to be grown in the US due to EU regulations.Evans believes that these regulations are “all very well for politicians and activist living in Europe with good food” but that “for every action there’s the cost of inaction”, and that cost is often being borne in the developing world.

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The offices of the Castilla León Junta by Madrid based architects ‘ESTUDIO ARQUITECTURA CAMPO BAEZA’ / photographs by Avier Callejas Sevilla

At One of Tech’s Hottest Startups, a Huge New Office Aims Small | Wired Business | Wired.com

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A meeting could, for example, take place at “Haight and 6th.” The “streets” are meant to serve as guideposts for navigating the vast space. Within that grid, desks are clustered around fishbowl-like “team rooms” — glass-walled cubes that act as meeting halls for groups focused on different aspects of the business, from branding to finance. High-top tables for “standing meetings” function as street corners for impromptu get-togethers.

“There’s this tipping point where you stop thinking about office planning and start thinking about city planning,” says Maja Henderson, who joined Square as Dorsey’s assistant in 2010, the company’s first non-tech employee. She started working as the office manager, which at a small startup meant everything from payroll to public relations to snacks. Her role grew with the company, and she became the lead on the new office, overseeing design and construction to ensure a seamlessness between Square’s philosophy and the place where that philosophy gets put into practice. “Your office is just a physical manifestation of your culture,” Henderson says.

Nothing symbolizes that culture as clearly as the coffee bar, the crossroads where all the office neighborhoods intersect. Centrally located along the Boulevard, the bar is staffed by full-time baristas who also work as product testers for Square’s latest offerings. (At the old office, the baristas were using an under-wraps version of Square’s iPad stand before most other employees had even seen it).

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