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Ukrainian chef Dinara Kasko does not mess around when it comes to good-looking dessert. Her elaborate cakes and bonbons look more like abstract geometric statues than something you'd find at a bakery. The beautifully minimalist creations feature bold colors, sharp lines, and unbelievably smooth surfaces.

The baker uses a number of different ingredients that give her creations almost unreal appearances. Meringue, mousse, mascarpone, and ganache are just some of the foods used in the process. Sometimes Kasko will use isomalt (a sugar substitute that mirrors the look of glass) to house her cakes in a frosted glass prison. Each cake is a work of art that plays with the juxtaposition of different textures, flavors, and materials.

"In general, element forming is one of the main factors for me as a designer and a pastry chef," Kasko told so good.. "I should also note that photography, frame composition, and products presentation also play an important role. This is a manifestation of me as an artist, making cakes and photographing them as objects of art. Why not? Tasty and beautiful, that’s great."

Kasko started as an architect-designer and a 3D visualizer—she studied architecture and design in college. She later got into baking, which—believe it or not—she enjoys just as a hobby. Her deep understanding of architecture helps her create baked goods that look a lot like buildings. It's almost shocking to watch a knife cut through what at first looked like cement.

"I have many unrealized ideas and a great desire to experiment. I don’t want to imitate others; I want to create something new," she said.

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For $61, You Can Become a Co-Owner of This 13th-Century French Castle
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A cultural heritage restoration site recently invited people to buy a French castle for as little as $61. The only catch? You'll be co-owning it with thousands of other donors. Now thousands of shareholders are responsible for the fate of the Château de la Mothe-Chandeniers in western France, and there's still room for more people to participate.

According to Mashable, the dilapidated structure has a rich history. Since its construction in the 13th century, the castle has been invaded by foreign forces, looted, renovated, and devastated by a fire. Friends of Château de la Mothe-Chandeniers, a small foundation formed in 2016 in an effort to conserve the overgrown property, want to see the castle restored to its former glory.

Thanks to a crowdfunding collaboration with the cultural heritage restoration platform Dartagnans, the group is closer than ever to realizing its mission. More than 9000 web users have contributed €51 ($61) or more to the campaign to “adopt” Mothe-Chandeniers. Now that the original €500,000 goal has been fulfilled, the property’s new owners are responsible for deciding what to do with their purchase.

“We intend to create a dedicated platform that will allow each owner to monitor the progress of works, events, project proposals and build a real collaborative and participatory project,” the campaign page reads. “To make an abandoned ruin a collective work is the best way to protect it over time.”

Even though the initial goal has been met, Dartagnans will continue accepting funds for the project through December 25. Money collected between now and then will be used to pay for various fees related to the purchase of the site, and new donors will be added to the growing list of owners.

The shareholders will be among the first to see the cleared-out site during an initial visit next spring. The rest of the public will have to wait until it’s fully restored to see the final product.

[h/t Mashable]

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How This Underground Urban Farm in Stockholm Will Heat the Building Above It
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In just a few months, an emerging startup in Stockholm will attempt to change how urban farmers think about sustainability—and how building owners can benefit from being eco-friendly. A Swedish company called Plantagon is expected to open a basement farm under a 26-floor office tower in the city without paying a cent in rent.

How? If all goes according to plan, the heat from the LED lights helping to nourish the plants will be vented to the rest of the building, covering heating costs that are nearly three times the amount the building’s owners would charge to lease the space.

The recycled energy is part of Plantagon’s plan to alter the landscape of urban farming. According to Fast Company’s Adele Peters, the company—which is soliciting a round of capital on the Swedish crowdfunding site FundedByMe—is looking to provide a model for farmers to host and distribute their greens while minimizing overhead. Some of the produce will be sold directly to office workers above the farm, including two restaurants; Plantagon also plans to open a store in the building as well as sell goods to nearby dealers that won’t require fossil fuels to transport.


Plantagon intends to open 10 more farms in Stockholm and one “plantscraper” (the concept art for which is shown above) that will provide food on multiple floors while subsidizing costs with tenants on others floors. Eventually, Plantagon might even be able to sell its additional heat from the farms into citywide channels to further support the cost of doing business. 

[h/t Fast Company]

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