Villagers in Peru stumble across what may be an ancient Inca city

October 17, 2017 by  
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Locals in the southern rainforest of Peru may have stumbled across an Inca city while grazing cattle. The Provincial Municipality of La Convención shared images of the site, close to the National Sanctuary of Megantoni. In a space around two hectares big, residents found houses, walls, passageways, platforms, and streets that could date all the way back to the Inca civilization . Villagers told local authorities of their find – which occurred on September 9 – and returned with officials to take another look at what could be an old Inca citadel that had been covered by vegetation. La Convención mayor Wilfredo Alagon said he would report the find to the Decentralized Culture Directorate of Cusco (DDCC), and monument management body head Jorge Yabar Zamalloa told the Andina news agency they have sent an archaeologist to the site to put together a technical report. Related: 2,000-year-old pre-Aztec ancient palace complex found in Mexico Structures made with stone can be glimpsed in the photographs, which have been presented as evidence for the city, according to Andina. There’s no firm date attached to the archaeological remains as of yet – although the Inca civilization flourished between 1,425 C.E. and 1,532 C.E. in South America, according to the non-profit organization Ancient History Encyclopedia . The Inca civilization often utilized stone in buildings. In a 2014 article , Ancient History Encyclopedia writer Mark Cartwright said, “Inca architecture includes some of the most finely worked stone structures from any ancient civilization…it typically incorporated the natural landscape yet at the same time managed to dominate it to create an often spectacular blend of geometrical and natural forms.” Alagon said they’ll take measures to protect these remains, according to Archaeology. Via Archaeology , Provincial Municipality of La Convención , and Andina Images via Provincial Municipality of La Convención

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Sprawling MW House blends into the Peruvian landscape with an undulating green roof

July 13, 2017 by  
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MW House by Riofrio+Rodrigo Arquitectos acts as an extension of the desert hills in Peru . Resembling the relief of the rocky landscape and featuring an undulating green roof, this seasonal house establishes a direct relationship with its surroundings and offers a series of rich indoor and outdoor spaces to its occupants. The house comprises two L-shaped blocks that house different functions. The first one is the main house which accommodates the living room, dining room, kitchen, wine cellar and a bedroom. This volume also features spaces that direct the view of the main rooms of the house towards the nearest hills. Related: Peru’s Chontay house was made using locally-sourced wood and clay to help it blend in with the surrounding mountains The second, smaller side houses service rooms and the entrance, laundry, bedrooms, car parking, kitchen and a storage space . An open courtyard connects the main house with secondary and guest bedrooms and allows occupants to enjoy a direct connection to nature. All of this is enclosed under a green roof that helps the home blend seamlessly with the landscape. + Riofrio+Rodrigo Arquitectos Via Archdaily Photos by Juan Solano Ojasi

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Modern day Machu Picchu wins inaugural RIBA International Prize for the worlds best new building

November 25, 2016 by  
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The grand jury, chaired by world-renowned architect Richard Rogers , commended UTEC as an inspirational example of civic architecture in empowering people and societies to innovate and progress. The vertical campus building is made up of landscaped terraces with clefts, overhangs, and grottos to provide natural ventilation , shade, open circulation, and exposed meeting spaces. This permeability puts the building’s activity on full display to the surrounding neighborhood to help blend UTEC into Lima’s urban fabric. Related: Six of the world’s most incredible buildings shortlisted for the RIBA International Prize “UTEC is an exceptional example of civil architecture – a building designed with people at its heart,” said the RIBA jury. “Grafton Architects have created a new way to think about a university campus , with a distinctive ‘vertical campus’ structure responding to the temperate climatic conditions and referencing Peru’s terrain and heritage. Sitting on the border of two residential districts in Lima, in section UTEC perches tantalizingly on the edge of a ravine. Seen from across the ravine it is as bold and as pure a statement of the symbiosis between architecture and engineering as could be imagined; a piece of geology imposed on its pivotal site, mirroring the organic curve of the landscape and accommodating itself in the city. To its close neighbours, it is a series of landscaped terraces with clefts, overhangs and grottos, a modern day Machu Picchu.” + Grafton Architects + RIBA Images by Iwan Baan

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Latticed aluminum shelters to help coastal Peruvians in climate emergencies

March 15, 2016 by  
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BIG, Foster + Partners, and Grimshaw Architects unveil designs for Dubai’s 2020 Expo

March 15, 2016 by  
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Mercury pollution poison threatens to wipe out a remote tribe of indigenous Amazon people

March 14, 2016 by  
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Mercury poisoning could potentially wipe out an isolated Amazonian tribe in Peru . Over 80 percent of the members of the Nahua tribe are currently sick with mercury poisoning, which is linked to anemia and kidney malfunction, and one child has reportedly died from the illness, according to tribal protection group Survival International (SI). Health experts say that Camisea Gas Project , the country’s largest gas field, is the source of the poisoning. Read the rest of Mercury pollution poison threatens to wipe out a remote tribe of indigenous Amazon people

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Crystalline Skylodge offers sky-high accommodations above Peru’s Sacred Valley

July 9, 2015 by  
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Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba Hotel opens in Peru’s Sacred Valley of the Incas

April 13, 2015 by  
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The ‘Up’ house may be come down after auction closes on April 20

April 13, 2015 by  
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The world has closely followed the story of this little Seattle house that belonged to a tough old lady named Edith Macefield. When developers sough to build a shopping mall on her block, Macefield reportedly refused offers mounting to $1 million; she would not sell her beloved cottage, only to watch it torn down and replaced by a commercial monolith. Fast forward to 2015, seven years after Macefield’s passing, and the house is on the chopping block yet again. This time, it’s been put on the market by the investment company who took possession after its former caretaker passed away. Read the rest of The ‘Up’ house may be come down after auction closes on April 20 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: anticorporate activism , downtown seattle houses , Edith Macefield , real estate development , seattle house , up house , up house auction , up house for sale

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BOOK REVIEW: Shigeru Ban’s ‘Humanitarian Architecture’ focuses on emergency response design

April 13, 2015 by  
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Shigeru Ban is renowned for his inventive and courageous architecture, which spans from museums to simple huts. While the Pritzker Prize-winning architect is often given kudos for his work in developing emergency shelters and using low-impact materials like paper, that humble work is often given second fiddle to his more grandiose designs, like the newly opened Aspen Art Museum . The Museum turned the attention it received on its head by publishing Humanitarian Architecture ; the most thorough book available on Ban’s emergency shelters. His work in emergency response design and development is such a core part of his oeuvre, it would be difficult to understand or appreciate his more high-profile projects without it. Read on past the jump for our full review. Read the rest of BOOK REVIEW: Shigeru Ban’s ‘Humanitarian Architecture’ focuses on emergency response design Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Aspen Art Museum book , Ban architecture , book review , Cardboard House , earthquake shelter , emergency shelter , emergency shelters , humanitarian architecture , Humanitarian Architecture Ban , paper tube construction , Paper Tube House , paper tubes , shigeru ban , Shigeru Ban book , Shigeru Ban book review , Shigeru Ban emergency shelters , Shigeru Ban Humanitarian Architecture , Shigeru Ban paper tubes , sustainable building materials

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