UK architect helps locals rebuild Nepal temple destroyed by earthquake

January 17, 2017 by  
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The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that battered Nepal in 2015 damaged 100 homes, killed three people, and devastated what many consider to be the country’s oldest Hindu temple in Changu Village alone. Slowly locals are rebuilding their beloved Changu Narayan temple with help from a British architect, who also helped restore Angkor Wat in Cambodia through the World Monuments Fund . Locals say the Hindu god Vishnu once appeared at Changu Narayan, the fifth century temple dedicated to the deity. Only priests ever entered the intricately carved wooden structure before the earthquake. When locals witnessed the devastation inflicted on the World Heritage Site by the natural disaster, they felt their lives had ended. But they didn’t give up hope, and began to rebuild. 61-year-old Gyan Bahadur Bhadal, who is one of a group of villagers maintaining the temple, told The Associated Press (AP), “I see now our world coming back alive.” Related: Shigeru Ban will reuse earthquake rubble to build Nepal relief shelters Architect John Sanday has loved Changu Narayan for decades, and told the AP he was very emotional visiting the site after the devastating earthquake, which damaged 600 historical monuments, palaces, and temples in Nepal. Out of those 600, Sanday decided he’d take on the temple as a project, and became a technical adviser for locals. He told the AP, “Sure, it’s peanuts, a little temple, so why is it so special? The detail. The grace. It’s one of the few World Heritage Sites that hasn’t been completely destroyed by development.” So far locals have painstakingly cleaned and made some repairs to the temple, but there’s still work to be done. The community needs to raise around $300,000 to complete the restoration initiative. Inspired by locals’ dedication, Sanday has already helped rebuild a guardhouse-sized shrine. Now he’s looking beyond the shrine to the temple, convinced the ancient building can be saved. Via The Associated Press Images via Wikimedia Commons ( 1 , 2 )

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SHoP designs 50 solar-powered schools for earthquake-damaged regions in Nepal

December 24, 2015 by  
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Shigeru Ban will reuse earthquake rubble to build Nepal relief shelters

July 27, 2015 by  
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Urban Crepe is a blooming Buenos Aires food stall in a repurposed shipping container

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Shelters for Nepal earthquake survivors can be built from reclaimed materials in two days

July 24, 2015 by  
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What really wiped out the Woolly Mammoth?

July 24, 2015 by  
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A new report that reexamines the extinction of ancient megafauna like the Woolly Mammoth takes some of the blame off humanity’s shoulders. As we trudge into what scientists are calling the Holocene extinction , it is difficult to ignore the destructive power humans wield over the natural world. The passenger pigeon, the thylacine (Tasmanian Tiger), the Carolina parakeet ; the list of species wiped out by humanity goes on. However, one may feel a little less guilty to know abrupt climate change, not human hunters, killed the woolly mammoth. Read the rest of What really wiped out the Woolly Mammoth?

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Unatti Foundation girls selflessly cook for thousands of earthquake victims

May 3, 2015 by  
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The young Nepali women of the nonprofit Unatti Foundation have responded to Nepal’s devastating magnitude-7.8 earthquake in a big-hearted way. These young humanitarians, aged from 4 to 20, are helping cook for over 3,500 people affected by the earthquake in Bhaktapur. The 18 girls and women are a part of Unatti Foundation’s group home, which works to educate and empower underserved girls who are often rescued from child labor. You can click here to find out how you can help the victims of the Nepal earthquake or learn more about the Unatti Foundation girls’ noble efforts in the link below. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bhaktapur , Nepal earthquake , Nepal earthquake cooking , Unatti Foundation

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Earthquake levels Nepal’s beautiful historic buildings

April 28, 2015 by  
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Biber Architects Breaks Ground on USA Pavilion With Edible Vertical Garden for the Milan Expo 2015

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Home Depot to phase out use of toxic phthalates in vinyl flooring

April 28, 2015 by  
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Various forms of ortho-phthalate chemicals have been associated with developmental and reproductive problems—especially in male infants—and linked to liver tumors in animals. So while the plasticizing chemicals may have the positive effect of making vinyl floors bendy, you probably don’t want you child or your pet crawling around on phthalate-laden flooring in your kitchen. Which makes it rather good news that Home Depot has committed to eliminating all phthalate-containing floors from its stores by the end of the year. The DIY giant has reportedly asked around half a dozen suppliers to cease use of the controversial chemicals, explaining to the New York Times , “This change is part of our effort to continually challenge our suppliers to develop new, innovative options for our customers.” The move comes as more designers and consumers seek out non-toxic alternatives for their homes—and with Home Depot leading, hopefully other retailers will follow. Via Treehugger Image via Shutterstock Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cancer phthalates , chemicals home , developmental problems , home depot , household products chemicals , ortho-phthalate , phthalates , plastics toxic , vinyl flooring

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