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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Lommel Observation tower is wrapped in over 3.5 kilometers of rope to reflect the surrounding sand dunes

May 7, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of Lommel Observation tower is wrapped in over 3.5 kilometers of rope to reflect the surrounding sand dunes Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “natural materials” , Ateliereen Architects , belgium , Dutch Architects , MaMu Architects , nature reserve , oservation tower , sand dunes , tower , viewing tower , wooden structure

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Striking A-Framed Shingle House Sits on a Fragile Site in Southeast England

June 19, 2012 by  
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Indian Man Single-Handedly Plants 1,360 Acre Forest

April 3, 2012 by  
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Subtropical forest in India photo from Shutterstock Deforestation and desertification are critical problems in India that have led to barren land, increased soil erosion, decreased agricultural production, and devastated local wildlife. However one Indian man has made a stand – by single-handedly planting and cultivating a 1,360 acre forest that is home to a complex, thriving ecosystem. Read the rest of Indian Man Single-Handedly Plants 1,360 Acre Forest Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: india deforestation , india desertification , india payeng , Jadav Payeng , Jadav Payeng assam , Jadav Payeng ecosystem , Jadav Payeng forest , Jadav Payeng local hero , Jadav Payeng nature reserve , Jadav Payeng times of india

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Invasive Weed Threatens to Overrun Nature Reserve

March 21, 2010 by  
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Photo via Nepal4 Authorities at Nepal’s Chitwan National Park are sweating over an unlikely menace which threatens to overrun the 230,000 acre nature reserve, home to some of the world’s most endangered species . The culprit is a fast growing plant, called Mikenia micrantha , native to Brazil, which has already succeeded in covering 20 percent of the par… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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10 Toothpaste Tips: Spring Cleaning With Tom’s of Maine

March 21, 2010 by  
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Cleans, defogs, and good for bug bites, too. Photo by Jonas B via Flickr Brushing your teeth with triclosan-free toothpaste is the way to keep your smile clean, your body safe, water drains less toxic, and frogs alive. Tom’s of Maine is one to choose, and it’s coming out with a couple new “..

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