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Food Tripping Across America: Grand Rapids, MI

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Discover the abundance of food and drink gems in Michigan's 'River City'

Just an hour from the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan, Grand Rapids is brimming with the flavors of local food, strong coffee, and plenty to do. Jolt into your day at Madcap Coffee Company with one of their strong, flavorful pour overs. The Kanzu blend doesn’t disappoint and perfectly compliments a warm chocolate croissant. Once the caffeine is pumping, meander across the street to the......read more

Klett & Wolfe: Reconstructing the View

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Historic Grand Canyon images 'rephotographed' to create stunning works of art

Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe spent five years exploring the Grand Canyon to create Reconstructing the View, a series of landscape images combining the artists' own photos with old postcards, anonymous Flickr images, and 19th century images shot by photographers such as Ansel Adams and Edward Weston. For the project, spotted on Faith Is Torment, the pair mined the wealth of images of the canyon then......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

Polish Autumn: Photos by Kacper Kowalski

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An amateur photog takes to the sky to show the visual grandeur of shifting seasons

If you assumed Poland was a visually drab place, these aerial photos from Kacper Kowalski are sure to change your mind. Flying from paragliders and geoplanes, Kowalski captures the onset of fall of the Polish countryside, as the forest erupts in a riot of colors and lakes appear as bright blue smudges on the landscape. Born in 1977, Kowalski is a graduate of the Technical University of GdaƄsk,......read more

Connecting Extreme Weather and Climate Change

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Climate scientists take on the 'grand challenge'--and none too soon

Bill Chameides for The Huffington Post Whenever an extreme weather event occurs these days, the question almost inevitably asked is: Was it caused by global warming? For years, the less-than-satisfying scientific response went something like this: We don't know; even though global warming will increase the likelihood of extreme events, directly linking a specific event to global warming is......read more

Marco Casagrande: Sandworm

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Land art meets architecture in this massive, organic beachfront installation

"Sandworm," a new environmental work from Finnish artist/architect Marco Casagrande, combines land art and architecture in all the best ways. Constructed entirely of sand and willow branches, the massive installation winds through the dunes of Belgium's Wenduine coastline like a friendlier version of the Tremors beast.  From ArchDaily: Casagrande worked hard with his team of young......read more

LightSpace II: Toronto's Grand Green Condo

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Top floor warehouse space transformed into sustainable home

In 2003, Toronto architects Baird Sampson Neuert created an experimental condo prototype called LightSpace for a design show themed on dense urban living. A show-goer was so impressed by the design that he asked the firm to replicate it for him. LightSpace II is the result. Part of the transformation of a former industrial building into residential condos, the rooftop residence employs......read more

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