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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Syrian refugee inventor builds an electric bike to get around camp

April 11, 2016 by  
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Even in a refugee camp , this man is working to build a better life. Safwan Harb fled Syria with two family members, and they settled in Zaatari , a refugee camp monitored by the United Nations and government of Jordan. Yet Harb and his family are all disabled, and it was difficult for them to get around on Zaatari’s uneven dirt streets. So Harb designed a creative electric bicycle . Read the rest of Syrian refugee inventor builds an electric bike to get around camp

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