Afghanistans Chihilsitoon Garden is restored with rammed earth architecture

March 5, 2019 by  
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The Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) has breathed new life and purpose into the Chihilsitoon Garden, a historic cultural destination in Kabul, Afghanistan that was in ruins for nearly three decades. Founded in the 19th century, the Chihilsitoon Garden had once housed visiting dignitaries such as U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, but suffered looting and damage during the internecine conflict of the early 1990s. Now restored to its former glory, the Chihilsitoon Garden marks the largest rehabilitation project carried out to date by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, which has completed over 140 restoration and landscaping projects across Afghanistan since 2002. Spanning an area of nearly 31 acres, the Chihilsitoon Garden is laid out along a longitudinal spine centered on a historic formal axial garden , which is surrounded by informal landscapes ranging from open lawns to densely planted areas. The restoration project reinforced the axial relationship with the restoration of existing open-air spaces, such as family picnic areas, an outdoor amphitheater and a historic formal promenade that includes the original marble fountains. A new recreational zone includes cricket batting areas, volleyball fields and two mini-football pitches as well as an indoor facility with changing rooms and showers. New buildings totaling over 100,000 square feet were also added to the grounds. The contemporary buildings take inspiration from traditional designs and typologies, including the use of rammed earth as an earthquake-resistant structural material. Related: Barefoot solar movement empowers, employs and illuminates in Afghanistan “Found to have been used in parts of Afghanistan as far back as the 2nd century A.D., rammed earth structures are highly suitable to the climatic and ecological environment in the region,” the agency explained an a project statement. “Due to the workability of rammed earth, a range of architectural designs was explored for the various facilities. Reinforced with bamboo trees, steel re-bar and concrete frame structures, buildings constructed with rammed earth were designed to withstand moderate earthquakes.” The 15.1 million-euro  restoration project began in early 2015 and was completed in the middle of 2018. The newly formed independent “Kabul Historic Gardens Trust” will manage the garden. + Aga Khan Trust for Culture Via ArchDaily Images by Simon Norfolk via AKTC

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Barefoot solar movement empowers, employs, and illuminates in Afghanistan

January 4, 2016 by  
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In Afghanistan, grid electricity reaches only 38 percent of the population, leaving many residents in the dark. Many communities are remotely located in mountainous regions, making it cost prohibitive to expand the grid to service residents in those areas. Increasingly, solar power is filling the gap as the ideal energy source, given its low cost and the abundance of sunlight in the arid region. One international aid organization, inspired by the barefoot movement of India, is working to empower locals and provide means of self-employment while generating much-needed electricity for rural Afghans. Read the rest of Barefoot solar movement empowers, employs, and illuminates in Afghanistan

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Death toll climbs after powerful 7.5 earthquake rocks Afghanistan and Pakistan

October 26, 2015 by  
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A magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck in the northern Afghanistan early Monday, sending powerful tremors into Pakistan and India. Seismologists report the epicenter of the quake was located deep in the Hindu Kush mountains. Sustained tremors were felt in the capital cities of Afghanistan and Pakistan, forcing workers to evacuate office buildings and fill the streets as they trembled. At the time of this report, the death toll has climbed to 100 but many more victims are anticipated as recovery efforts continue. Read the rest of Death toll climbs after powerful 7.5 earthquake rocks Afghanistan and Pakistan

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UNESCO announces winning design for the Bamiyan Cultural Center in Afghanistan

February 27, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of UNESCO announces winning design for the Bamiyan Cultural Center in Afghanistan Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: afghanistan , architecture competition , Archtiecture for humanity , Bamiyan Cultural Center , Bamiyan Cultural Center Design Competition , cameron sinclair , cultural center , UNESCO

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Audi Prologue Avant concept is a sexy plug-in hybrid wagon

February 27, 2015 by  
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Audi just unveiled its latest concept car, the Prologue Avant – and it’s one sweet ride. The wagon, which debuts next week at the annual Geneva Motor Show , is a sleek plug-in hybrid, and it’s a far cry from your mama’s grocery getter. This concept vehicle follows the two-door Prologue concept that debuted at last year’s Los Angeles Auto Show, and is a preview of the styling that we can expect to see in Audi’s future lineup. Read the rest of Audi Prologue Avant concept is a sexy plug-in hybrid wagon Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2015 Geneva Motor Show , AUDI , Audi plug-in hybrid , Audi Prologue Avant concept , Audi Prologue concept , electric car , electric motor , green car , green transportation , hybrid car , plug-in hybrid

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The Maria Grazia Cutuli School Provides a Safe Haven for Children in Afghanistan

May 3, 2013 by  
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US Denies Link Between Bee Deaths and Pesticides Despite Europe’s Ban

May 3, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock Just days after Europe placed a two year ban on bee-killing pesticides, the US government has released a claim that there is no clear link between widespread colony collapse and neonicotinoids, The Guardian reports. Seemingly ignoring a lot of research upon which the EU based their decision to ban pesticide use on crops that attract bees , the Department of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Agency blame plummeting bee populations on a mite. Read the rest of US Denies Link Between Bee Deaths and Pesticides Despite Europe’s Ban Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agriculture , Bayer , bees , colony collapse disorder , Environment , environmental protection agency , epa , neonicotinoids , News , pesticides , pollinator , US Dept of Agriculture        

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US Military’s Open Burn Pits in Afghanistan May Be Making People Sick

August 23, 2011 by  
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Photo by Ryan Lackey via Flickr CC – “This is the never-ending burn pit at Balad. It’s a rather crude waste disposal method (burn off anything that burns, then sell the rest in bulk to Iraqis for metal recycling), but it works well enough — except when the wind blows the smoke through the rest of the base. I lived about 300 meters away from this burn pit in q3/q4 2004, which was…sometimes unpleasant.” J. Malcolm Garcia has written a piece on Guernica on the strange smell of burning plastic that comes from the American military base just outside of Bagram Vil… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Airport ‘Bicycle Shuttle’ In Rio De Janeiro (Video)

August 23, 2011 by  
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Mikael Colville’s Brazilian Friend Biking From Rio’s Airport. Image: Vimeo screen capture. There was a wave of bike celebrities visiting Latin America a few weeks ago when David Byrne hit the road to promote the Spanish version of Bicycle Diaries and Copenhagenize ‘s founder

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Winning Posters for World Water Week

August 23, 2011 by  
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Photo: wasserwarmeluft : Pawel Dadok – Poland It’s World Water Week which has been the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues since 1991. Hosted by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), this year’s theme is Water in an Urbanized World . Given the fact that the urban population is estimated to be of the same size as the total global population today by 2050, and that around 95 per cent of the global population incre… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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