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Biomimetic Products- ExhibitionLotus Leaf

‘What is biomimicry? Derived from the Greek word bios meaning ‘life’ and mimisis, meaning ‘imitate’, biomimicry refers to the copying, emulating and imitating of nature in all its forms and functions.

Dedicating an exhibition to highlight the many everyday products, objects and buildings that have used nature as a source of inspiration, Designs by Mother Nature presents an intelligent, interactive and thought-provoking display of objects, videos and photographs that demonstrates the power of biomimicry….’

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Old School Gardener

PicPost: Sherry Amour

Grapevines in Jerez, Spain

My Botanical Garden

Location of Emona within present day central Ljubljana, from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emona

Ljubljana is celebrating 2000 years since Emona, a Roman settlement, was founded. Emona belonged to the province of Italy and had around 5000 inhabitants. Modern Ljubljana overlaps with site of old Emona. Roman remnants are to be seen in archaeological parks, galleries, architecture and museums across Ljubljana. I’ve found a ’73 year booklet about Emona frescoes  yesterday.  It is fascinating to discover Emona homes were as neatly decorated as they are today. I am particularly fond of floral motifs used on Emona  frescoes  , they tell us the story of nearby flora of the time , of the artists of the time, of the pigments used and of the social importance of the beauty that is telling its story even after 2000 years! Here are some illustrations from the booklet:

Ljudmila Plesničar Gec,  Emonske freske, Ljubljana 1973

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Municipal Dreams

Imagine a Hampstead Garden Suburb built for working people.  Better still, if you’re in London take the Tube and get off at Acton East and visit the Old Oak Estate where you’ll find just such an estate.

We’ve looked at the work of the LCC’s Architects’ Department Housing of the Working Classes branch before – at the Millbank Estate, at Totterdown Fields, and at the White Hart Lane Estate. These are all fine arts and crafts-inspired estates but to Susan Beattie, Old Oak stands as ‘the culminating achievement of the Council’s venture into garden suburb planning before the first world war’ – a work of ‘splendid maturity’. (1)

Rising costs of land and labour were forcing the LCC to look to what were then the London fringes.  In 1905, the Council purchased 54 acres in Hammersmith from the Ecclesiastical Commissioners at a cost of £29,858.  Eight acres…

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