Tag Archives: nature

Denis Dutton on TED: A Darwinian theory of beauty

This is a interesting TED talk, in which TED collaborated with animator Andrew Park to illustrate Denis Dutton’s provocative theory on beauty — that art, music and other beautiful things, far from being simply “in the eye of the beholder,” are a core part of human nature with deep evolutionary origins. Also interesting to see the conversation this talk sparked on YouTube….check it out HERE!

Bobby and the Pentatonic Scale

We love this video from last year in which Bobby McFerrin (yes, that Bobby McFerrin), demonstrates the power of the pentatonic scale…We think it’s pretty cool that human beings recognize the inherent order and balance of the pentatonic scale, regardless of culture or community. This falls nicely in line with our philosophy here at (echo)witness that learning is remembering…

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Villa Vals

“Shouldn’t it be possible to conceal a house in an Alpine slope while still exploiting the wonderful views and allowing light to enter the building?” This was the questions architects at SeARCH and Christian Muller Architects asked themselves when developing the Villa Vals. Their challenge was to construct a modern home close to the world famous thermal bath of Vals, without disturbing the bath’s view. Set amidst the more traditional mountain houses, this “underground home” is so unobtrusive without loosing out on this amazing Alpine view…The interior is not too shabby either, furnished with the works of Dutch designers Hella Jngerius, Demakersvan and Claudy Jongstra…Check out more details about this project of Netherland architects at SeARCH and Christian Muller Architects at their sites.