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[caption id="attachment_161993" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Avik W/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM) is Oman's premier venue for musical arts and culture. The opera house is located in Shati Al-Qurm district of Muscat, Oman. Built on the royal orders of Sultan Qaboos of Oman, the Royal Opera House reflects contemporary Omani architecture, and has a capacity to accommodate maximum of 1,100 people. The opera house complex consists of a concert theatre, auditorium, formal landscaped ...

Theme Week Queensland - Whitsunday Islands

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[caption id="attachment_153606" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Hamilton Island - Catseye Beach © Internet2014/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Whitsunday Islands are a collection of continental islands of various sizes off the central coast of Queensland in Australia, situated between just south of Bowen and to the north of Mackay, some 900 kilometres (560 mi) north of Brisbane. The island group is centred on Whitsunday Island, while the group's commercial centre is Hamilton Island. The traditional owners of the are...

BIQ, the world's first building with a bioreactor façade

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[caption id="attachment_153736" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © iba-hamburg.de / Splitterwerk, Graz[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Natural, efficient and unique: the BIQ is setting new standards as the first building in the world to have a bioreactor façade. Microalgae are cultivated in the glass elements that make up its “bio skin”. These are used to produce energy, and can also control light and provide shade. Inside, an innovative living concept is aimed at ensuring maximum design versatility for everyday life, and gives ...

The Imperial College London

The Imperial College London

[caption id="attachment_4572" align="aligncenter" width="435" caption="Imperial College London - Royal School of Mines © Pyrope"][/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Imperial College London (officially The Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine) is a public research university, specialising in science, engineering, business and medicine. Formerly a constituent college of the federal University of London, Imperial became fully independent in 2007, the 100th anniversary of its founding. Imperial's main campus is locat...

Promenade des Anglais in Nice

Promenade des Anglais in Nice

[caption id="attachment_161458" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © W. M. Connolley/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Promenade des Anglais is a celebrated promenade along the Mediterranean. Starting in the second half of the 18th century, the English took to spending the winter in Nice, enjoying the panorama along the coast. In 1820 when a particularly harsh winter up north brought an influx of beggars to Nice, some of the English proposed a useful project for them: the construction of a walkway (chemin de promenade) a...

Theme Week Jordan - Wadi Rum

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