Stunning temporary beach pavilion rises in Lebanon’s Tyre Coast Nature Reserve

March 20, 2018 by  
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Wood, metal ties and rope come together in this temporary space in Lebanon, forming a lightweight structure designed to raise awareness of the area’s rich marine biodiversity. The Tyre Nature Reserve Hub, named MARAH, was designed by Architecture students from the American University of Beirut , who used the project as an experiment in building lightweight and temporary systems, as well as creating spaces that have a large social and programmatic impact. Some of Lebanon ’s longest sandy beaches are located in the Tyre region–also a popular nesting site for the endangered Loggerhead and Green Sea Turtles, as well as the home of several species of local wildlife, such as the Arabian spiny mouse and the Red fox. Phoenician springs and freshwater estuaries dominate the Ras el Ain area which facilities a diversity of marine life and a large part of this region has been turned into a protected area. Despite this, the Tyre region has seen severe destruction and devastation, which acted as impetus for creating a temporary pavilion that would help spread awareness of the importance of conserving marine biodiversity . Related: Floating timber pavilion transforms a Swiss lake into an exciting new public square Architecture AUB students from the DI-LAB (Design Impact Laboratory) teamed up with environmental consultants and the Tyre Coast Nature Reserve to introduce a structure that acts as a hub for the Tyre Coast Nature Reserve. The center is located directly on the beach, where it acts as a meeting point, an information point, a presentation pavilion, an exhibition space, and a training center, among other things. The pavilion was built using wood, metal ties and ropes and addresses the idea of creating a space that simultaneously generates a large social impact and minimal site impact. + Di-Lab – American University of Beirut Via Archdaily Photos by Lorenzo Tugnoli

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The world’s last male northern white rhino has died in Kenya

March 20, 2018 by  
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Devastating news for wildlife enthusiasts: Sudan, the world’s last male northern white rhino , has died. Ol Pejeta Conservancy and the Dv?r Králové Zoo announced the 45-year-old rhino was euthanized at the 90,000-acre non-profit wildlife facility Kenya on March 19 after being unable to overcome age-related muscle and bone degeneration or debilitating skin wounds. “His condition worsened significantly in the last 24 hours; he was unable to stand up and was suffering a great deal,” Ol Pejeta wrote on their Facebook page . Ol Pejeta says Sudan escaped extinction of his kind when he was first moved to the zoo in the 1970s, and then sired two females, significantly contributing to the survival of his species. Before he was euthanized, they collected his genetic material in anticipation of advanced cellular technologies they might be able to use in future reproductive efforts. Related: The last male northern white rhino suffers declining health “We on Ol Pejeta are all saddened by Sudan’s death. He was a great ambassador for his species and will be remembered for the work he did to raise awareness globally of the plight facing not only rhinos, but also the many thousands of other species facing extinction as a result of unsustainable human activity,” said Richard Vigne, Ol Pejeta’s CEO. “One day, his demise will hopefully be seen as a seminal moment for conservationists world wide.” With Sudan’s death, the only remaining northern white rhinos are Sudan’s daughter Najin and her daughter Fatu, according to Ol Pejeta. In their statement, the conservancy said, “The only hope for the preservation of this subspecies now lies in developing in vitro fertilisation (IVF) techniques using eggs from the two remaining females, stored northern white rhino semen from males and surrogate southern white rhino females.” While Sudan died of old age, it’s worth noting that humanity is a main driver of the sixth mass extinction, which, according to a news report released last year, is killing off wildlife 100 times faster than normal . + Ol Pejeta Conservancy All images via Ol Pejeta

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Amazing low-cost, off-grid Lifehaus homes are made from recycled materials

July 4, 2017 by  
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This amazing home by Lifehaus blends low-cost off-grid appeal with with holistic living and luxurious details. The Lebanon -based company started by Nizar Haddad is pioneering energy neutral dwellings made from locally sourced and recycled materials . People living in the green homes will be able to generate their own electricity and grow their own food. Lifehaus homes include a greenhouse for growing food and solar panels for generating renewable energy . It promotes sustainable water use through rainwater collection and grey water reuse. And all this comes with a price tag of around half the average cost of an unfurnished Lebanese home, which is around $800 per square meter. Related: The first off-grid Ecocapsule microhomes are shipping to customers this year Lifehaus addresses many societal issues in their sustainable dwellings that offer a way of life more in touch with the Earth. “Lebanon’s construction industry is one of the leading factors behind desertification in the country,” Media Representative Nadine Mazloum told Inhabitat. “Entire hills and mountains are being turned into wastelands as demand for conventional buildings continues to rise. Also, with Lebanon being a post-war country, successive governments, since 1990, and up until now have been and continue to be unable to provide many of the country’s citizens with round-the-clock water and electricity – so this got us thinking of going off the grid.” Lebanon has been suffering from a trash epidemic , and the crisis propelled the team into action in 2015, according to Mazloum. She said, “As garbage was left on the streets for months at a time, we felt that we could no longer wait and so dedicated ourselves fully to Lifehaus.” Lifehaus treats that waste as treasure by incorporating recycled materials in the dwellings. They also allow for composting organic trash for use in the garden as fertilizer. Passive design keeps a Lifehaus cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The homes can be partially buried, with the roofs offering additional food-growing space. This helps them be more earthquake-resistant and minimizes heat loss. The homes’ low cost design could work for housing in developing countries , or for refugees . Lifehaus counts Earthship among their sources of inspiration, and creator Michael Reynolds has endorsed the project. Lifehaus is drawing on ancestral building techniques, such as using mud and clay as opposed to concrete, and treating those materials with linseed oil and lime. Construction on the first 1,722 square foot prototype will begin next month in Baskinta, Lebanon, and Lifehaus hopes to get the community involved. “Now is the time for the human species to reconcile with nature . Our collective lifestyles are no longer sustainable,” Mazloum told Inhabitat. “The Lifehaus is not just about building a house, it’s about community and communication. We hope to reinforce the feeling of being in a community and communicating a strong message that yes, we can all make a change no matter how dark the world seems.” + Lifehaus + NH-Architectes Images courtesy of Lifehaus

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Temporary dome made from newspapers pops-up in Beirut

November 14, 2016 by  
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https://vimeo.com/189543978#at=0 Paper Dome recently popped up in Beirut’s Sanayeh Garden . A dream team of 10 local architecture students, guided by Atelier YokYok  and Ulysse Lacoste, built the structure in just seven days. Its skeleton was assembled from local pine wood, and the skin is made up of folded newspaper “tiles”. Related: Designer Woojai Lee recycles newspaper into “marbled” furniture The ephemeral structure, which offers shade and shelter to curious passersby, rests on one point so that it can be easily lifted. Once inside, visitors can enjoy the tranquility of the space and reflect on the fragility of life. Paper Dome was designed as part of Art in Motion , a public art festival in Beirut , for the inclusion of wide audiences from diverse socio-economical backgrounds. + Atelier YokYok + Ulysse Lacoste + Art in Motion Via UrDesign Photos by  Atelier YokYok

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After going viral, this unbelievable cliffside home is becoming a reality

November 11, 2016 by  
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It’s official: the beautiful and bizarre house-in-a-cliff known as  Casa Brutale is  actually being built . We reported last July on this crazy concrete design, which would be carved into a cliff overlooking the Aegean Sea, roofed by a transparent swimming pool and with a dizzying view of the sea below.  The stunning design quickly went viral, but few expected the project to actually receive the funding needed to become a reality.

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Sea turtle is rescued after being dragged onto a beach and beaten for selfies

June 24, 2016 by  
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Add this case to the list of selfish and oblivious tourists terrorizing an animal for their own entertainment. This week, a poor sea turtle was dragged onto a beach in Lebanon by people seeking a photo op, joining the ranks of the baby dolphin killed earlier this year and the shark just last week. Luckily, the turtle did not die, though it was injured, and has been taken in by a local animal protection organization to recovery from injuries. The scene took place on Havana Beach in Beirut, where a loggerhead sea turtle was dragged out of the sea and, at some point, beaten with a stick. Beachgoers took photographs and one family even made their child stand on the turtle’s back. Animals Lebanon was contacted and able to come rescue the sea creature before more harm could be done. Jason Mier, the organization’s executive director, stated, “Luckily, other people were there who did care and stopped this and helped get the turtle to a safe area.” Related: A baby dolphin died in Argentina after being manhandled by tourists The rescuers noticed a dent in the turtle’s head, where sea water had started to seep into the bone. Two veterinarians concluded that the injury was sustained recently, most likely from its abusive encounter on the beach. The turtle is currently being rehabilitated by Animals Lebanon, where it is receiving antibiotics to prevent infection. In a few weeks the turtle should be ready to return to the sea. Via  The Dodo Images via  Pixabay , screenshot

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Horrifying ‘river of trash’ flows through the capital of Lebanon

February 29, 2016 by  
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Last summer, officials in Beirut, Lebanon closed their main landfill, but they forgot one important thing: they failed to provide for a replacement. Now a health crisis mounts as two million tons of  trash spill into the streets, creating what people have begun to call a ‘ river of trash ‘ that flows through the city, spewing garbage and toxins into the once-beautiful area. Read the rest of Horrifying ‘river of trash’ flows through the capital of Lebanon

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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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Archeologists dig up what could be the largest human-carved stone block ever

December 5, 2014 by  
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It’s one thing to use a bunch of heavy, petroleum-fueled equipment to make a massive structure – but doing it by hand, the old fashioned way, is truly a feat. And archeologists recently discovered a grand example, in what could be the largest single stone block every created by the human hand. German archeologists recently discovered a 2,000-year-old stone dating back to the Roman Empire in a quarry in Baalbek, Lebanon . At 64 feet long by almost 20 feet wide, the new stone weighs in at a massive 1,650 tons. It was found next to some equally hefty neighbors that were previously discovered; the 1,000-ton Hajjar el-Hibla , or Stone of the Pregnant Woman, and another unnamed stone weighing in at 1,240 tons. Read the rest of Archeologists dig up what could be the largest human-carved stone block ever Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: archeologists , archeology , baalbek , german , Hajjar el-Hibla , lebanon , massive , old , Romans , stone

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IKEA’s Solar-Powered Flat Pack Shelters Approved for Syrian Refugee Housing

December 17, 2013 by  
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Earlier this year, Scandinavian flat pack furniture masters IKEA unveiled an easily deployable solar-powered shelter that can provide sturdy, safe housing in an emergency. Designed in collaboration with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees , the shelters are ideal for situations such as the ongoing mass displacement of individuals fleeing from the war in Syria. However, as many Syrian refugees enter Lebanon, the Lebanese government has been hesitant to approve the use of the IKEA shelters for fear that they might prove too permanent . Now, after six months of negotiations, the IKEA housing will finally be available to Syrians in Lebanon, but they may not be ready in time to protect many from the harsh winter. Read the rest of IKEA’s Solar-Powered Flat Pack Shelters Approved for Syrian Refugee Housing Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Emergency housing , emergency shelter , humanitarian design , ikea , lebanon , refugee camp , Refugee Housing , shelter , Solar Power , sustainable design , Syria , syrian war , unhcr , united nations refugee        

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