Indonesian president gives forest management back to indigenous communities

February 23, 2017 by  
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After decades of conflict over the power to oversee Indonesia’s forests, President Joko Widodo gave management rights back to nine indigenous communities. According to the World Agroforestry Centre, millions of indigenous people cared for forests sustainably for centuries until the Dutch colonial government declared state ownership, and this moment marks an important milestone in the acknowledgement of indigenous rights . For years, indigenous communities have fought for recognition as their rights have been contested by the government – even after independence in 1945, according to the World Agroforestry Centre. There are thousands of distinct ethnic groups across the islands of Indonesia, and Widodo recently took what the center described as a highly symbolic step in formally granting forest management titles to the nine indigenous communities. In a speech on the occasion, Widodo said, “Recognition also means an appreciation of Indonesia’s original values and its identity as a nation.” Related: Indonesian president announces plan to halt palm oil industry expansion Widodo cited the Kajang people, one of the nine communities, in his speech as an example from which others could benefit. An earlier national government altered the Kajang’s forests’ management status from indigenous to “production forests with limited uses” so the government could control them and parcel some land out for rubber plantations. But the Kajang developed “a set of local regulations that affirm, recognize, and protect based on traditional management,” according to Andi Adriardi, a member of a non-governmental organization that helped the Kajang regain rights. They coordinated with the local government and organizations to reclaim the title. Adriardi said the government recognized their case as a “good lesson that approaches perfection” for a well-managed forest. Kajang leader Andi Buyung Saputra, pictured above with Widodo, said in his acceptance speech, “Our traditional wisdom has played an important role in managing and preserving our forests. This has contributed to keeping our Earth greener and reducing the negative impacts of climate change .” Via World Agroforestry Centre Images via World Agroforestry Centre and Wikimedia Commons

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Kengo Kuma unveils blossoming glass and timber villas for Bali

January 24, 2017 by  
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From Ibuku’s gorgeous bamboo structures to D-Associates’wood and brick DRA House , Bali’s contemporary architecture strikes a delicate balance between contemporary and vernacular design. Among the most recent projects planned to be built on this Indonesian island is a cluster of six unique villas, a yoga pavilion and a greenhouse designed by Kengo Kuma . The 215,000-square-foot project named Tsubomi Villas, or “flower bud” in Japanese, will include six villas enveloped in overlapping layers of wood that form hyperbolic paraboloid roof canopies . The buildings, planned to be built on a sandstone cliff on the Bukit Peninsula, the southernmost point of Bali , look like they emerge from the ground like flowers. Related: Kengo Kuma unveils plans for spiraling timber-clad library in Sydney The Tsubomi Villas combine glass and timber to provide a feeling of openness and tranquility. The design blurs the line between interior spaces and the surrounding landscape, inviting the lush forest inside. + Kengo Kuma & Associates Via Architizer

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Renovated Jakarta home fights sultry summers with ventilation, green space and shade

September 2, 2016 by  
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Located in a surprisingly quiet neighborhood in midtown Jakarta, the existing L-shaped building presented a great starting point for creating an airy courtyard residence. The architects designed a transparent living room, dining area and kitchen on the first floor which offer views of the outdoor garden and the existing trees. The second floor houses a semi-public office space accessible via an outdoor spiral staircase. Built with reused materials , a see-through wooden surface is installed diagonally to create shade and accentuate the form of the house. Related: Curious Slanted House in Jakarta critiques establishment architecture In order to respond to the tropical weather conditions, the house features cross-ventilation and a large number of windows and doors that stay open throughout the day, while a vertical garden and wooden shade structure regulate thermal gain. + Wahana Architects Via Plataforma Arquitectura Photos by Fernando Gomulya

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Microlibrary built with 2,000 recycled ice cream buckets tackles illiteracy in Indonesia

July 7, 2016 by  
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The project was realized as the first built prototype of a series of small libraries planned for several locations throughout Indonesia. It aims to address the issue of declining literacy among the population of Indonesia and rekindle interest in reading. By offering a dedicated space where people can read, learn and have access to different media and courses, the building will act as a popular destination and cultural hub in the neighborhood. Related: Tiny, adorable mobile libraries pop up in Seoul The Microlibrary was built using simple construction techniques. The first floor of the steel structure made from l-beams and concrete slabs is clad in an unlikely material-ice cream buckets. The buckets were placed in-between vertical steel ribs and slightly tilted towards the outside to repel rainwater . Thanks to a mild climate, there was no need to include air conditioning. The 2000 buckets were a cost efficient solution which lets daylight reach the interior and facilitates natural ventilation . This was achieved by combing open and closed buckets in a specific pattern that conveys an embedded message in the form of a binary code. The Mayor of Bandung, Ridwan Kamil coined the message “buku adalah jendela dunia”, which means “books are the windows to the world”. + SHAU Bandung Via Archdaily Photos by Sanrok Studio

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Game of Thronescreator turns abandoned bowling alley into a glow-in-the-dark game

July 7, 2016 by  
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The House of Eternal Return is a low-energy, glow-in-the-dark interactive experience in a Santa Fe ‘s former bowling alley. Upon arrival, guests are told a story about the Seligs, an imaginary family said to have once occupied the house. Visitors are then free to roam the 20,000-square-foot space, touch everything, go anywhere and together create the rest of the narrative with the clues found. Related: Glow-in-the-dark cement could illuminate dark highways without electricity Six writers and 150 artists designed authentic real life-yet magical environments to achieve Meow Wolf’s large-scale vision within 18 months. The project was made possible by the Game of Thrones creator, a resident of Santa Fe resident who invested $3 million to renovate the former bowling alley. The House of Eternal Return is the spiritual sister of St. Louis’ famous  City Museum and is now open to the public. + House of Eternal Return + Meow Wolf Via This is Colossal

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Recently captured critically endangered Sumatran rhino dies

April 6, 2016 by  
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Last month conservationists praised the first contact with a critically endangered Sumatran rhino in 40 years . But hope dissolved when the rhino, who was christened Najaq, passed away this week. She appears to have died from an infection instigated by a poaching attempt before her capture , though the exact cause of death remains unknown. Read the rest of Recently captured critically endangered Sumatran rhino dies

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Curious Slanted House in Jakarta critiques establishment architecture

December 28, 2015 by  
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Mars Inc.’s rehabilitation of earth’s largest coral reef

November 13, 2015 by  
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The candy and rice maker’s Mars Marine Symbioscience Team is restoring the giant Coral Triangle between Indonesia and Australia because it knows how essential coral ecosystems are to life.

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Poo could power 138 million homes in developing countries

November 6, 2015 by  
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A new study demonstrates how poop could generate enough energy to power 138 million homes. Researchers at the UN University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNUINWEH) hypothesize that biogas from human waste could produce the equivalent of $12.5 billion in natural gas. Plus, creating carefully-designed poop collection system in developing countries like Indonesia, Brazil and Ethiopia – so that the methane can be harvested for clean energy – would address the additional challenge of poor sanitation conditions. Read the rest of Poo could power 138 million homes in developing countries

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Why the rampant wildfires in Indonesia may be the worst climate change crisis in the world

October 30, 2015 by  
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Indonesian President Joko Widodo cut his visit to the United States short this week, when he had to return home to face a severe crisis. Wildfires are ravaging Indonesia , a twisted side effect of deforestation, and smoke from the fires are creating a health hazard for people in Indonesia’s cities, in addition to releasing epic measures of greenhouse gases. As Tim McDonnell reports for Mother Jones , this might be the worst climate crisis in the world right now. Read the rest of Why the rampant wildfires in Indonesia may be the worst climate change crisis in the world

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