October 11, 2013 |
The Czech Republic entry in the 2013 Solar Decathlon won the architecture portion of the 19-team university competition Friday, but as the event sped toward its conclusion Sunday at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, a team of students from Austria surged into the overall lead. Czech Technical University students placed first in the architecture judging with a minimalist studio partially wrapped in wood slat canopy. As we noted in a previous article , the design not only cools living spaces with beautiful simplicity but also creates ethereal moments when walking through the structure.
October 10, 2013 |
Although it was designed in Vienna, Team Austria's entry for the 2013 Solar Decathlon seems better suited to the event's sun-washed setting in Southern California. Wall-to-wall sliding glass pocket doors open up most of the home to the outdoors, including two large decks. Breezes flow through without impediment. Native California plants -- rented for the decathlon, so as not to waste resources -- sit at your feet on the porch, and above float fabric canopies that can retract when the sun isn't out. "We studied the California climate very carefully," team member Katharina Bauer said.
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August 18, 2013 |
Forget the Hollywood Walk of Fame refrigerator magnet, the Mickey Mouse ears beanie and the postcards of the Golden Gate Bridge. Tourist Karina Ille will have a much more memorable souvenir of her California visit when she returns Sunday to her native Austria. Last weekend the 21-year-old Ille discovered a rare star-shaped piece of benitoite in San Benito County, where this country's only mining spot for the gem is located. That exclusivity prompted officials to proclaim benitoite as California's state gemstone in 1985.
June 6, 2013 |
Austria said Thursday that it was pulling its troops from a United Nations observer mission in the buffer zone between Syria and and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, saying the risk to its soldiers had become “unacceptable” amid fighting between Syrian government and rebel forces. The announcement drew an angry response from Israel, which has been worried for weeks that the escalating danger would prompt U.N. forces to withdraw from the area. Israeli officials said Austria's observers were critical to the force's strength and cohesion.
April 30, 2013 |
By now, everybody knows what to expect from your standard-issue ho-hum water park: body and tube slide complexes with funnels and bowls, deluge-inducing water play towers for the little ones, undulating wave pools and relaxing lazy rivers. Photos: 20 best water parks in the world Pretty much everything you typically find at a Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, a Great Wolf Lodge resort or any Wet 'n Wild. The best water parks in the world, however, have been busy adding the latest cutting-edge attractions, such as magnetically propelled water coasters, inverted looping slides, stationary wave machines and interactive water games.
March 15, 2013 |
It's hard to know which countries would welcome you with open arms and which ones keep you at arm's length, but the World Economic Forum has made this evaluation somewhat easier. Tucked inside the organization's 517-page "Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2013" is a chart about how countries feel about foreign visitors. It ranks 140 countries on a scale of 1 to 7, with 1 being "very unwelcome" and 7 being "very welcome. " Iceland and New Zealand topped the list with scores of 6.8 each followed by: 3. Morocco 4. Macedonia 5. Austria 6. Senegal 7. Portugal 8. Bosnia and Herzegovina 9. Ireland 10. Burkina Faso And the least friendliest?