Repaired sinkhole in Japan is sinking again

November 28, 2016 by  
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Earlier in November a sinkhole that ravaged a five-lane intersection in the city of Fukuoka, Japan was rapidly fixed and reopened in just a week. But now part of the repaired street has shown signs of sinking again. Around a 30 square meter, or 322 square foot, area, on the roadhttp://inhabitat.com/tag/road/”> road> sunk seven centimeters, or 2.7 inches. The sinkhole in Japan, which was near the JR Hakata Station, was repaired in around 48 hours , filled in with cement and sand. Only a week after the sinkhole closed the road, officials reopened the street. Fukuoka mayor Soichiro Takashima said the repaired road was 30 times stronger than it had been previously. Experts said new subway construction had likely led to the large sinkhole. Related: Japanese fix massive city sinkhole within 48 hours But over the weekend, officials discovered the road sunk 2.7 inches across 322 square feet. No one was injured by the newly sinking road, nor were there any gas leaks or power outages caused by the new sinking. Officials closed the road at around 1:45 AM local time, but reopened the area almost four hours later at 5:30 AM local time, according to Channel NewsAsia. Authorities determined the small sink wasn’t dangerous for people walking or driving on the road. Officials told CNN they had expected some movement after the sinkhole was fixed, and Takashima apologized on Facebook for not letting locals know that the road could sink once more. He said officials would continue to monitor the area. A government spokesperson told local news that when the cement mixed with special soil compressed, the motion could have caused the small sinking. The original sinkhole was 98 feet long, 88 feet wide, and almost 50 feet deep . No one was seriously hurt, yet the sound of a ” loud boom ” startled locals as the sinkhole opened. Fukuoka is home to around 1.5 million people, and is the fifth biggest city in Japan. Via CNN and Channel NewsAsia Images via Soichiro Takashima Facebook ( 1 , 2 )

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Artificial surfing parks expected to flood the world ahead of 2020 Olympic Games

September 6, 2016 by  
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Since the announcement of surfing being added to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games , surf parks are expected to become a growing attraction , riding the sport’s rising wave of popularity. Encouraging newbies to learn how to surf on artificial waves is similar to using manmade or maintained snowboarding and skiing slopes. And the technology just keeps getting better. Surfing is a skill which takes years to master. And not everyone has access to the ocean to practice their craft. Fernando Aguerre, president of the International Surfing Association , told The New York Times , “If you’re in the ocean for an hour, and you get six, seven waves, you’re very lucky. Learning to surf is like learning to play the guitar when you can only strum once every 30 seconds.” Related: $8M artificial floating surf park proposed for Melbourne’s waterfront Surf parks are not a new invention, but the technology behind creating the perfect waves continues to improve. Doug Coors, developer of the NLand Surf Park in Austin, Texas, told the New York Times his park utilizes a hydrofoil to make waves, a large blade that cuts through the water. He calls it “a chairlift motor with a snowplow on it.” The water is sourced from a rain catchment and filtration system, and the system overall is less energy-intensive than previous generations of wave-makers. As technology improves, companies are finding ways to fit attractions into smaller spaces in cities all over the world, increasing accessibility and ramping up interest in the sport. Coors acknowledges some surfers may be excited about the expanding attractions, but others worry it will diminish the beauty of the sport. He says, “Surfing the way it is today is fantastic and I really don’t want to get in the way of that. The idea is to introduce more people and grow the sport, but do it in a responsible manner.” Head over to The New York Times for the full story. Images via Pixabay , Wikimedia

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Melbourne home is reconfigured to bring in light and emphasize privacy

July 15, 2016 by  
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Austin Maynard Architecture – formerly known as  Andrew Maynard Architects – designed the double story terraced home to add privacy and a stronger connection to its environment through a gabled roof extension facing its back alley. The redesign accommodates a bright airy living and dining room filled with colorful furniture that contrasts with its bright white backdrop. There is also a long modern kitchen, a bathroom, a garage for a motorbike and a central courtyard filled with flourishing plants and trees. Related: Playful Melbourne family home by Make Architecture has a community hub feel An indoor-outdoor space created from a little light well is accessed through sliding double glazed doors. There is also space for an all-white mezzanine office at the top level, also flooded with natural light thanks to the skylight above. North-facing glass and a perforated metal awning enables passive solar gain , while the white angled roofs reduce urban heat, making scorching Aussie summers easier to deal with. + Austin Maynard Architects Via Arch Daily Photos by Fraser Marsden

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Rescued 1927 Austin bungalow gets new life as a sweet new solar-powered home

February 29, 2016 by  
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Mabire-Reich’s Landscape House extension maximizes outdoor spaces

February 29, 2016 by  
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Bucolic Texas home pays homage to the state’s many barns and stables

November 17, 2015 by  
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Every solar panel on this CO2-neutral Austin home has its own inverter

October 8, 2015 by  
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Gorgeous tiny home on wheels blends midcentury and boho style in Austin

August 26, 2015 by  
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UK farmer grows his own eco home from sustainable hemp crops

August 26, 2015 by  
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When UK farmer Nick Voase switched his croplands from potatoes to hemp after severe flooding in 2007, he probably didn’t know he’d one day be using part of his harvest to build a home. Fast forward to 2015 and the Voase family lives in an amazing eco-hemp house , held together with lime, that keeps cool in the summer and warm in the winter. For Voase, the journey to growing his own house was full of twists and turns, but the results were well worth the ride. Read the rest of UK farmer grows his own eco home from sustainable hemp crops

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BEEcosystem: the world’s first observation beehive to ship with an established colony

August 26, 2015 by  
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