Inconsiderate truck driver scars Peru’s ancient Nazca Lines

February 2, 2018 by  
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The historic Nazca Lines of Peru have been damaged by the actions of an inconsiderate truck driver. The driver, who has since been arrested and will likely face charges related to an attack against cultural heritage, deliberately drove off the Pan-American highway and into the 2,000 year old UNESCO Heritage Site. Ignoring signs identifying the protected area, the driver left “deep scars” through the Nazca geoglyphs across an area of 100 by 300 feet. Fortunately, the damage seems to be fixable, though authorities are still conducting a full investigation of the incident. Carved into the desert by a pre- Inca civilization, the Nazca Lines are thought to have held religious significance and likely served as a site for spiritual ceremonies. Though virtually invisible if viewed from ground level, the geoglpyhs come to life when seen from above, whether on planes or surrounding foothills. The lines were originally created by removing the red pebbles that cover the ground to reveal the pale ground beneath. Because of the climactic stability of the Nazca region, located along Peru’s arid coastal plain , these ancient designs remain relatively untouched, the occasional errant truck driver notwithstanding. Related: Giant curtain built in Peru to study climate change in the cloud forests The Nazca Lines’s proximity to the Pan-American Highway, which runs 19,000 miles long from the United States to Argentina , has increased the potential for human-caused damage to the ancient site. One high-profile instance occurred in 2014, when Greenpeace activists faced criminal charges for damage inflicted on the heritage site whilst setting up a massive sign urging climate change action. While the most recent incident has prompted Peruvian authorities to increase patrols of the area, there are no guarantees. “While the Culture Ministry monitors areas with the largest concentration of geoglyphs every day, it may not be fully protected,” Peruvian Culture Ministry archaeologist Johnny Isla told Andina . “Entry and transit are possible through valleys and streams where the archaeological area spreads out.” Via The New York Times and Andina Images via Depositphotos (1)

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World’s first freeform 3D-printed house to break ground this year

February 2, 2018 by  
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The world’s first freeform 3D-printed home just got one step closer to fruition. Designed by WATG Urban , the Curve Appeal home won the Freeform Home Design Challenge in 2016 – and it’s slated to break ground this year after a research and development phase. The futuristic home will be the first of its kind, and it features a complex blend of curved angles and glazed windows. The home’s construction is slated for a heavily wooded lot just steps away from the Tennessee River in Chattanooga. Although the design envisioned a strong futuristic aesthetic, the elongated arching structure with glazed walls is actually designed to provide a strong connection to nature through its open-plan living spaces and optimal natural light . Inspired by the Case Study Houses, a program developed between 1945-1966, the 3D-printed home is designed to use minimal materials. Related: WATG unveils plans for the world’s first freeform 3D-printed house Since winning the competition, the architects have been working along with 3D specialists, Branch Technology to create the sophisticated structure. The company is known for its innovative 3D technology that can create complex forms rarely seen in other 3D projects. According to the company “The arching form provides structural rigidity to the residence, using various spring points throughout the floor plan, allowing the structure to carry roof loads and provide large open-plan living spaces, shaping structures in new ways without any restrictions.” According to the Chicago-based architects, Curve Appeal is the next evolutionary step in the world of modern residential design and could lead sustainable architecture into the next generation. The architects and Branch Technology are researching various materials to create a sustainable construction process, including using gypsum materials in the printed structure as fire protection, structural reinforcement and wall finishing. They have also met with a structural design firm to create a passive mechanical system for the home with the objective of making the design a net zero energy structure. + WATG Urban Via Archdaily Images via WATG Urban

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The Icefjord Center in Greenland will be a place for the community to learn about climate change

July 1, 2016 by  
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Once completed, The Icefjord Center will be a place for education and understanding about climate change. The building consists of wooden framework, designed as a truss, that bridges across the landscape. The building replicates the feeling of hiking across a fjord and gives visitors a place to relax and commune. The building is scheduled to be built on a UNESCO-protected site in Greenland , will present 4000 years of cultural heritage and knowledge on the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier which scientists have been studying for centuries.  MIR and  Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter  beat out renowned architectural firms and designers, including Snøhetta, Olafur Eliasson, and Kengo Kuma and Associates, to win the proposal. Related: Accessible sail-shaped viewing tower hovers over the edge of Denmark’s Aarhus harbor Dorte Mandrup’s proposal won the competition and was lauded by the jury for its poetic qualities and simplicity. Its framework is covered by a gently sloping wooden boardwalk that functions as the starting point of the World Heritage Trail. Reminiscent of a hilltop, the volume allows visitors to move across its roof, and overlook the route before descending onto the trail. Gathering points and informal seating areas are created along the length of the volume, offering undisturbed views of the icefiord. + Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter Via Designcurial Images by MIR

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Australia’s Proposal to Strip Rainforest of Heritage Status is Rejected by the UN

June 25, 2014 by  
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Environmentalists everywhere (not to mention the planet itself) must be giving a huge sigh of relief today, because the UN has rejected a bid by Australia to revoke the heritage status of Tasmania’s rainforest. Australia wants to start logging in one of the last temperate rain forests on the planet, known as the Tasmanian Wilderness, which was added to the World Heritage List over 30 years ago. But the UN, after hearing arguments from both sides, unanimously decided to protect the fragile ecosystem. Read the rest of Australia’s Proposal to Strip Rainforest of Heritage Status is Rejected by the UN Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Australian Heritage Site , Australian Rainforest , Australian Wilderness , Heritage Protected Site , Protecting Tasmanian Heritage Site , Protecting Tasmanian Wilderness , tasmania , Tasmania Heritage Protected Site , Tasmanian rainforest , Tasmanian Wilderness , UN Heritage Site , UN Protects Australian Rainforest , UN protects rainforest , UN protects Tasmanian Rainforest , UN Rainforest

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Shigeru Ban Wins Bid to Design Mount Fuji World Heritage Center

March 18, 2014 by  
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Shigeru Ban has won a competition to design the new Mount Fuji World Heritage Center in Japan’s Shizuoka Prefecture. Conceived as an inverted pyramid, the $23.5 million building evokes the image of Japan’s most iconic landmark in its reflection in a large water basin. The competition for the 46,000 square foot building was commissioned after Mount Fuji was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site last year. Read the rest of Shigeru Ban Wins Bid to Design Mount Fuji World Heritage Center Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: fujinomiya , japanese culture , mount fuji , mount fuji world heritage center , mt fuji , shigeru ban , shizuoka prefecture , UNESCO , UNESCO world heritage site , world heritage site        

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INTERVIEW: We Interview Reluct’s Founder Joost Van Brug

March 18, 2014 by  
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Joost Van Brug was the man behind Reluct – an excellent design blog that uncovered cutting edge design from 2003-2007. Although Joost is squarely a part of the Dutch design scene and frequently wrote about Dutch designers, his focus was international and his audience reflected this. Unlike many Dutch blogs, Reluct was published in English – and the majority of Joost’s readers were in the US. We sat down in with Joost in 2006 in Amsterdam to chat about Dutch design, design-blogging and sustainability in design. Hit jump to read what he had to say. Read the rest of INTERVIEW: We Interview Reluct’s Founder Joost Van Brug Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Demakersvan , design blog , design-blogs , Dutch blogs , dutch design , Dutch design scene , dutch designers , Joost Van Brug , Reluct , Reluct Favorite , Reluct picks , sustainable design        

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