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Ars Natura: Cathedral Energy

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Helsinki Cathedral to house new hi-tech source of energy

The cavern beneath Helsinki's beautiful Uspenski Cathedral will soon shelter a brand new server farm for local technology company Academica and along with it, a new source of heating for homes in the area. The waste heat from the IT center will be captured and channeled into Helsinki's district heating system. It is estimated that the IT sector accounts for as much as 3% of total......read more

Moonwalk

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Watch daredevil Dean Potter slackline across Cathedral Peak under the glow of the moon

This is as impressive as adventure filmmaking gets. Adventurer/daredevil/madman Dean Potter and photographer Michael Schaefer create a truly breathtaking scene as Potter walks a highline at Cathedral Peak in Yosemite National Park. As the sun sets, the moon rises and looms large while Potter traverses the highline. Shot from over a mile mile away using a serious telephoto lens, the footage was......read more

Outrageous Development Proposals Threaten Grand Canyon

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Making 'America's Cathedral' more accessible to tourists is a bad idea. Here's why

Kevin Fadarko for The New York Times: FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — WHEN I worked as a white-water guide at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, I was often struck by how many passengers concluded their odyssey through the most iconic landscape in the United States by invoking the very same epiphany. At the end of each two-week, 277-mile journey down the Colorado River, someone would often come up to me......read more

Seed Cathedral

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The UK Pavilion at Shanghai Expo.

As it nears completion, the UK Pavilion at Shanghai Expo 2010—dubbed "Seed Cathedral"— is shaping up to be a mindblowing piece of architecture. Designed by British star architect Thomas Heatherwick, the pavilion is covered in 60,000 transparent rods. During the day the fiber optic rods gather natural light and illuminate the interior of the pavilion. At night the rods......read more

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