Why the private sector must protect tourist destinations

February 10, 2018 by  
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Businesses, resident and authorities must recognize the cycles of tourism that can lead to the destruction of the most beautiful places on Earth.

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Sustainable tourism: A journey, not a destination

July 12, 2017 by  
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What will it take for stakeholders across the tourism industry to ensure ecological, economic and cultural sustainability? Here are five key ideas.

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12 cocoon-shaped shelters connect visitors with nature in a Mexican biosphere reserve

July 20, 2016 by  
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Sian Ka’an, a UNESCO World Heritage site , is home to mangroves, a huge barrier reef, and tropical forests. Arqmov’s proposed project designed to stimulate introspection would allow visitors to experience the natural beauty of Mexico. According to the architects, they want visitors to experience an “awakening” through connection to nature. Related: Escape into nature with Greenland’s off-grid Amaroq cabins Each cocoon dwelling includes a living area and sleeping area, and the cocoons could be connected by suspension bridges. Notably, as the cocoons taper off where they connect to the earth, the dwellings would take up minimal ground space. The architects say this would minimize the impact on the site, protecting nature and endangered species – like the black-handed spider monkey and the Central American tapir – found in Sian Ka’an. The organic lines of Awakening’s buildings are based on geometry found in the “natural form of shelters” like cocoons, nests, shells, caves, and burrows. A swimming pool shaped like an “open bird nest,” reception desk shaped like a “hummingbird nest,” restaurant shaped like a seashell, and multipurpose building shaped like a turtle’s shell would all enhance the natural feel of Awakening. Rainwater collection systems would provide the cocoons with water. Renewable energies such as solar and wind would power Awakening. Water could be treated on-site as well; the architects describe the system as a ” complete water cycle and zero discharge to the aquifer .” Food would also be prepared on location, using healthy, local ingredients to promote sustainable eating. Via ArchDaily Images © Carlos Verón

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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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Giant Wine Barrel Room Overlooks the Black Forest in Germany

March 13, 2014 by  
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Hut-to-Hut is a Sustainable & Affordable Eco Home Model for Southern India

January 22, 2013 by  
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Guests Can Sleep Among the Trees in Peru’s Posada Amazonas Jungle Lodge

May 24, 2012 by  
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Thailand’s Lush Beach Resort Soneva Kiri Offers a Retreat to Eco Paradise

March 27, 2012 by  
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