incredible Iceland photos

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Thermal mass in Independent People…

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Iceland Geothermal Web Resources



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Sunny openings

“Forests everywhere (like cities) are ever enhanced

by sunny openings that reveal their architecture and

offer vistas of their avenues, and give access to their charm.”

Source: Reading the Landscape of America; May Theilgaard Watts

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Lake Thingvallavatn and Nesjavellier: a critical analysis of the ecological impact of geothermal power on a lake ecosysem

During my first semester at UVA a professor mentioned a fellowship which provided the funds to conduct research in Iceland. Since hearing of this opportunity I have read Independent People, Icelandic sagas, and even convinced a group of classmates to stretch assignment requirements and conduct our study on a watershed in Iceland (rather than one near us that we could visit). While I do not intend to create a proposal to research the impacts of geothermal power production on the ecosystem of Lake Thingvallatn, the Mid Atlantic Ridge and the powerful energy of  this unique ground will play a role in the formation of my proposal. The studies we did in relation to the geothermal energy cycle from ground to power plant are relevant and helpful.  I am currently considering geothermal infastructures in Iceland, and the places and habits they reflect and form in hopes to address the question of how urban infrastrure can be renovated or created in economically, ecologically and socially relevant ways.

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Art Institute of Chicago; Modern Wing_Renzo Piano


Discussion of some of Piano’s intents with light in the gallery (“flying carpet”, north light…)

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South Pond Pavilion Lincoln Park _ Gang Architects

” The project transforms a picturesque urban pond from the 19th century into an ecological habitat buzzing with life. With the design’s improvements to water quality, hydrology, landscape, accessibility, and shelter, the site is able to function as an outdoor classroom in which the co-existence of natural and urban surroundings is demonstrated.”

Video on South Pond Education Pavilion in Lincoln Park: [LIGHT]

Designer’s page:

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