IKEA builds replica of real Syrian home inside flagship store

November 9, 2016 by  
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https://vimeo.com/190261411 Nestled between IKEA’s plush and modern furnishings, the unexpected and tiny 25-square-meter Syrian home offered a sobering glimpse inside the life of Rana, a refugee woman and her family of nine. The installation was based on Red Cross footage of Rana and her two-bedroom apartment in Damascus built from rough concrete blocks and sparsely furnished with a few thin mattresses and plastic window coverings. IKEA’s iconic posters and price tags were used to tell the stories of refugees and the struggles they face, and also offered instruction on how to help through donations. Related: IKEA Unveils Solar-Powered Flat Pack Shelters for Easily Deployable Emergency Housing In an interview with AdFreak , POL art director Snorre Martinsen said his agency strived to replicate Rana’s home as accurately as possible. The installation was on display from October 17 to October 31, 2016. Around 40,000 people are estimated to have visited the Syrian home replica weekly. The campaign successfully raised 22 million euros for the Red Cross’ efforts in Syria. + POL Via AdFreak Images via POL

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Thousands of giant snowballs pile up on 11 miles of Siberian coast

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Huge snowballs along 11 miles of coastline surprised residents of Nyda, Siberia recently. Locals say they’ve never seen a phenomenon like this one, and documented the thousands of snowballs in social media posts. Some of the snowballs are as small as a few inches, while others are nearly three-feet-wide. The icy orbs started showing up around two weeks ago near the small Siberian village north of the Arctic Circle . While the snowball-swathed beaches may look like preparations for a giant snowball fight, natural processes actually led to the strange balls. Related: Zombie anthrax outbreak hits Siberia after blistering heatwave The snowballs apparently form when water and wind roll ice pieces. Valery Akulov of the village administration told The Siberian Times, “When the water in the gulf rose, it came into contact with the frost. The beach began to be covered in ice. Then the water began to slowly retreat, and the ice remained. Its pieces were rolling over in the wet sand, and turned into these balls.” Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute spokesperson Sergei Lisenkov told The Siberian Times, “It is a rare natural phenomenon. As a rule, grease ice forms first, slush. And then a combination of the action of the wind, the outlines of the coastline, and the temperature, may lead to the formation of such balls.” Akulov said village “old-timers” had never seen such a phenomenon before, and locals expressed disbelief and amazement at the snowballs. Local Ekaterina Chernykh said, “We all were very surprised. Many people believed it only when they saw with their own eyes. This has not happened previously. And there was not so much snow for them to form. It’s so interesting.” Locals compare the size of smaller snowballs to tennis balls and large ones to volleyballs. Via The Siberian Times , the BBC and Gizmodo Images via screenshot

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Revolving solar-powered home for veterans wins California’s first tiny house competition

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Powered by eight 330 Watt Sunmodule solar panels , the self-sufficient tiny home stores its energy in saltwater batteries that are the first to be Cradle-to-Cradle certified, and the Colossus solar tracking mechanism increases its absorption efficiency by 30 percent. In addition to being completely off-grid, the tiny home on wheels is also beautifully designed for surprising comfort. A transforming Murphy bed in the bedroom maximizes space during daylight hours, the full-sized kitchen has a seating area and fold-out table for the same reason, and the wet bathroom uses a dry-flush toilet to eliminate black water. Related: KODA is a tiny solar-powered house that can move with its owners rEvolve House is not only about as green as they come, with small planters on the facade and a spiral staircase leading to a rooftop terrace, but also boasts deep humanitarian intentions . “The tiny house provides the first step in the journey of empowering veterans to evolve their independence and is a safe haven for them to acclimate and begin training their dogs prior to returning to their respective homes,” the students write in their design brief. “The Tiny House Competition – Build Small and Win Big” is a new competition in the Sacramento region, challenging collegiate teams to design and build net-zero, tiny solar houses, writes the organizer, Sacramento Municipal Utilities District (SMUD). “The event, held Saturday, October 15 at Consumnes River College, was open to all colleges and universities in California. Participation promoted an interest in energy conservation, energy efficiency and green building and solar technologies.” + rEvolve House Images via Joanne H. Lee/Santa Clara University

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Mayor born in Syria converts abandoned Greek resort into a sanctuary for refugees

June 14, 2016 by  
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Now LM Village’s 38 bungalows are filled with two families each. About 320 refugees are staying there as they wait to find more permanent homes. The Greek Defence Ministry worked to make the resort habitable again. They renovated rundown buildings and outfitted the area with electricity and drinking water. The refugees have helped clean up the resort and maintain it. They dwell in brightly painted two story apartment homes, have a place to cook traditional food, and can spend time at the beach. Related: Temporary (SLICE) Refugee Hospitality Center is carved into a coastal cliff in Greece Morad is the first naturalized Greek citizen born in Syria to be elected in Greece. He at first sent clothing donations to the refugee camp at Idomeni, but felt it wasn’t enough and organized the approval and re-opening of LM Village. Now lawyers visit LM Village to provide free consultations. The new inhabitants of the resort wait for opportunities to interview with the Greek Asylum Service so they can find more permanent homes. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported that ” more than a dozen ” have already moved out of LM Village, headed for new homes in Portugal. While the refugees wait for housing, they have access to a school and library set up by the Red Cross, as well as donated food. UNHCR said that they are setting up a “prayer space” for Ramadan and a “food distribution system.” Former restaurant owner Tarek Al-Felou lives in a bungalow with his wife Kindra, two children, and another family. They fled their home near Damascus and are now living in LM Village. Tarek told UNHCR, “In this place we try to forget we are refugees. We can pretend we’re on holiday.” Kindra told UNHCR, “Here, of course, is better than the other camps…Still, this is temporary. We are still looking for stability.” Via UNHCR Images courtesy of UNHCR/Achilleas Zavallis

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