Mayor born in Syria converts abandoned Greek resort into a sanctuary for refugees

June 14, 2016 by  
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Now LM Village’s 38 bungalows are filled with two families each. About 320 refugees are staying there as they wait to find more permanent homes. The Greek Defence Ministry worked to make the resort habitable again. They renovated rundown buildings and outfitted the area with electricity and drinking water. The refugees have helped clean up the resort and maintain it. They dwell in brightly painted two story apartment homes, have a place to cook traditional food, and can spend time at the beach. Related: Temporary (SLICE) Refugee Hospitality Center is carved into a coastal cliff in Greece Morad is the first naturalized Greek citizen born in Syria to be elected in Greece. He at first sent clothing donations to the refugee camp at Idomeni, but felt it wasn’t enough and organized the approval and re-opening of LM Village. Now lawyers visit LM Village to provide free consultations. The new inhabitants of the resort wait for opportunities to interview with the Greek Asylum Service so they can find more permanent homes. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported that ” more than a dozen ” have already moved out of LM Village, headed for new homes in Portugal. While the refugees wait for housing, they have access to a school and library set up by the Red Cross, as well as donated food. UNHCR said that they are setting up a “prayer space” for Ramadan and a “food distribution system.” Former restaurant owner Tarek Al-Felou lives in a bungalow with his wife Kindra, two children, and another family. They fled their home near Damascus and are now living in LM Village. Tarek told UNHCR, “In this place we try to forget we are refugees. We can pretend we’re on holiday.” Kindra told UNHCR, “Here, of course, is better than the other camps…Still, this is temporary. We are still looking for stability.” Via UNHCR Images courtesy of UNHCR/Achilleas Zavallis

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Spectacular luxury treehouses in Tuscany let you sleep above lavender-covered hills

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Surrounded by 12 hectares of lavender hills, Suite Bleue offers spectacular views that can be enjoyed from an outdoor terrace. Despite its rustic appearance, the 44-square-meter treehouse offers luxury accommodations , from its four-poster double bed and spacious bathroom to a stocked fridge with champagne, sparkling wine, and more. Related: Historic stone stable in Tuscany hides a beautiful contemporary interior The treehouse is accessible via a spiral staircase. Farmhouse La Piantata also offers other accommodation options, including the 87-square-meter Black Cabin raised on stilts . You can book a night at the treehouse on the La Piantata website . + La Piantata Via Fubiz Images via La Piantata

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Leapfrog Project: Living Tents Could Bring Light and Hope to Typhoon-Ravaged Philipines Town

March 7, 2014 by  
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The Leapfrog Project is an initiative to rebuild the city of Tacloban, Philipines, which was destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. Initiated by Atelier Lira Luis , the project seeks to set up ten transitional structures to engage the population and give light, literally and figuratively, to the city. Inspired by Japanese Marimo balls , the structures will eventually be replaced by schools, medical facilities or housing, depending on the needs of the community. Read the rest of Leapfrog Project: Living Tents Could Bring Light and Hope to Typhoon-Ravaged Philipines Town Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: algae installations , Atelier Lira Luis , emergency architecture , glowing installations , human relief efforts , Japanese Marimo balls , Leapfrog Project , natural disaster relief , natural disasters , Philippines humanitarian design , rebuilding initiative , temporary architecture relief , typhoon Haiyan Philippines        

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