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Thursday31 July 2014

Marks Barfield plans Amazon rainforest walkway

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London Eye architect to design six-mile research facility

Marks Barfield Architects has been hired to design a rainforest canopy walkway stretching more than six miles through the Amazon.

The practice is working on a pro-bono basis for the Amazon Charitable Trust on the £6.4 million project, which will be located in the Roraima province in north-east Brazil.

It is hoped that the centre, which will also contain facilities for research, will bring together scientists from around the world, as well as attracting eco-tourists and  providing jobs for Brazilian tribes.

David Marks, managing director at Marks Barfield, told the Sunday Times that building the centre would pose great challenges, due to the fragile eco-system. “It doesn’t support a lot of people in the natural state. You have to be very careful about what you bring in,” he said.

Marks added that he would like to bring investment bankers to the region so they “return to work reflecting on their activities”.

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  • I don't know how I feel about this. So this is a Anish Kapoor rip-off designed so that investment bankers can have a little "Eat Pray Love" experience in the rainforests?

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  • The visualisations of Amazon rain forest look disarmingly like Pine trees in suburban Surrey.

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  • What a waste of time and talent.

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  • " attracting eco-tourists and providing jobs for Brazilian tribes." translated into "wrecking the Amazon by bringing in tourists and reducing the natives to the role of bringing them their gins and tonics and sweeping the floors of their hotels".

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  • tesserae

    from the Global Canopy Foundation site: "The Natural Capital Declaration acknowledges the fact that, although our daily use of it remains almost undetected within our economic system, natural capital is important for long-term business growth, and its degradation may already be affecting the financial bottom line through ‘slow failures and creeping risks’. The Declaration also reflects the mounting evidence that the failure by financial institutions to consider natural capital is leading to reputational, operational and credit risks for lenders, investors and insurers."

    they have a different way of getting guests up their high slung research nets with rope and braces.

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