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Powers of Quarantine


[Image: Liberian security forces "enforce a quarantine of the West Point slum, stepping up the government’s fight to stop the outbreak and unnerving residents." Photo by Abbas Dulleh/AP, via Al Jazeera America].

The Great Age of Clouds


[Image: A "hurricane" at Saturn's south pole, via NASA; see also The Planetary Weather Report]. In Frédéric J.

Minecraft


[Image: Der Bergbau, courtesy of the British Museum; view larger]. Der Bergbau is a beautiful 19th-century German board game set in a mine, currently in the collection of the British Museum.

The Fall


[Image: David Maisel, from ToledoContemporánea]. At the end of 2013, photographer David Maisel was commissioned to photograph the city of Toledo, Spain, as part of a group exhibition called ToledoContemporánea, timed for a wider celebration of the 400th birthday of the painter El Greco.

Survey Says


[Image: Screen-grab from The New York Times]. Peruvian archaeologist Luis Jaime Castillo Butters "has created a drone air force to map, monitor and safeguard his country’s ancient treasures," according to the New York Times.

Military Cave Logistics


[Image: "Humvees are stored inside the Frigaard Cave in central Norway. The cave is one of six caves that are part of the Marine Corps Prepositioning Program-Norway, which supports the equipping of Marine Expeditionary Brigade consisting of 15,000 Marines and with supplies for up to 30 days." U.S.

The Future T.B.D.


[Image: The TBD Catalog from the Near Future Laboratory]. The TBD Catalog soon to be published by the Near Future Laboratory is a fictional catalog of possible products, all described and illustrated like mail-order props in some unrealized everyday life of tomorrow.

Buy a Fort


[Image: Screengrab via the BBC]. A maritime fort constructed in the 1860s in the middle of the Thames Estuary is on the market for half a million pounds, or roughly $835,000.

Right to Light


[Image: Random image of street lights]. Parts of Copenhagen are being turned into an outdoor night-lighting experiment, part of determining exactly how—even to what extent—cities should be illuminated at night, not only to use resources most efficiently but to increase urban security.

Seismic Suburb


[Image: Screen grab from Stuff showing the seismic test-suburb; think of it as a kind of seismic Operation Doorstep.].

Cultivating the Map


[Image: "Cultivating the Map" by Danny Wills]. For his final thesis project at the endangered Cooper Union, Danny Wills explored how survey instruments, cartographic tools, and architecture might work together at different scales to transform tracts of land in the geographic center of the United States.

The Comet as Landscape Art


[Image: Photo courtesy ESA]. As an intriguing example of how the tradition of landscape representation has rapidly progressed—from the Romantics and the Hudson Valley School to Rosetta—I felt compelled to post these photos from the craggy and glacial surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, sent back to Earth yesterday from the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft.

Silver Village


[Image: Wrapped cabin, courtesy Sierra National Forest]. Historic structures in the mountains of California are being wrapped, Christo-style, in reflective silver sheets to help protect them against the heat of wildfires.

Worshipping the Crash


[Image: Photo by BLDGBLOG]. There's a roadside shrine in Rajasthan where the remains of a crashed motorcycle have been transformed into a temple: a traffic accident from the 1980s now permanently frozen in time and architecturally framed as a site of pilgrimage for spiritually minded passers-by.

The Spacecraft Cemetery


[Image: The International Space Station, courtesy NASA]. While emailing with a colleague yesterday, I realized that I had never really written about the so-called "spacecraft cemetery" of the South Pacific, a remote patch of ocean water used as a kind of burial plot for derelict satellites.

NATO's Underground Roman Super-Quarry


[Image: An entrance to the quarry in Kanne; photo by Nick Catford via Subterranean Britannica]. There is an underground Roman-era quarry in The Netherlands that, when you exit, you will find that you have crossed an invisible international border somewhere down there in the darkness, and that you are now stepping out into Belgium; or perhaps it's the other way around, that there is an underground Roman-era quarry in Belgium that, when you exit, you will find that you have crossed an invisible international border somewhere down there in the darkness, and that you are now stepping out into The Netherlands.

Landmarks of the Chinese Cryosphere

Nicola Twilley of Edible Geography (and also my wife) spent a large part of this past winter exploring the world of artificial refrigeration in China for The New York Times.

The Most Indoors


[Image: Inside NYC's old post office, Instagram by BLDGBLOG]. "Suppose we define an indoors number as the number of doorways that one must pass through to get from a given location to the outdoors.

Beneath the Forest, Buildings


[Image: Photo by Heiko Prumers, courtesy of LiveScience]. Architectural remains that pre-date the Amazon rainforest have been found beneath the trees in Bolivia and Brazil.

Bunker Simulations


[Image: A replica of the Nazis' Atlantic Wall defenses in Scotland; photo via Stirling 2014]. The continent-spanning line of concrete bunkers built by the Nazis during WWII, known as the "Atlantic Wall," was partially recreated in the United Kingdom—in more than one location—to assist with military training.


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