Japan is building a 250-mile concrete sea wall to keep tsunamis at bay

March 25, 2015 by  
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It’s an age-old philosophy: if you want to keep something out, just build a big wall. That’s exactly how Japan is approaching future tsunamis in the wake of the 2011 disaster that wiped out much of its northeastern coast and incited the Fukushima meltdown. The country is in the process of building a roughly 250-mile-long chain of cement sea walls along its coastline—some of which are five stories high in places—with the aim of keeping future giant waves at bay. Read the rest of Japan is building a 250-mile concrete sea wall to keep tsunamis at bay Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2011 tsunami , barrier , BUILD , concrete , concrete sea walls , concrete seawalls , construct , Fukushima , Fukushima disaster , Japan , Japan concrete sea walls , Japan concrete tsunami barrier , japan tsunami , Japanese sea walls , marine , ocean , sea life , sea wall , Seawall , seawalls for tsunamis , stopping tsunamis , tsunami , tsunami barriers , tsunami evacuation , tsunamis

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Design for discomfort: new products could force people to stop being so lazy

March 25, 2015 by  
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Imagine an elevator that stops one floor before the one you selected, and then tells you to get out and take the stairs the rest of the way. Can you envision a lamp that only turns on when you slide your smartphone into it, thus preventing you from texting obsessively? Both are very real examples of items created by modern designers who are trying to counteract the modern culture of convenience. In an era where most people choose driving over biking, or watching TV instead of walking, designers such as  Matthias Laschke are designing subtle interventions against laziness and comfort-seeking. Read the rest of Design for discomfort: new products could force people to stop being so lazy Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: active lifestyle , biking , choose biking over driving , Design for discomfort , healthy lifestyle , human blobs , inconvenience , inconvenient design , Matthias Laschke , pleasurable troublemakers , smartphone lamp , subtle inconvenience , tough choices , uncomfortability , uncomfortable designs , unhealthy lifestyle , walking , wobbly chair , wobbly stool

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Disaster-Proof Architecture: 13 Super-Strong Structures

April 22, 2011 by  
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[ By Steph in Art & Design . ] High-profile earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, hurricanes and other natural disasters have made it more clear than ever that in the face of climate change, stronger buildings able to withstand such events are not just advisable but necessary. These 13 designs range from fantastical concepts for entire floating cities to real homes that have already proven themselves disaster-proof, and from large-scale billion-dollar projects to low-cost housing solutions for the poor

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Yes, Climate Change May Cause More Tsunamis. No, That’s Not Alarmism

March 11, 2011 by  
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Photo: Photo: @_mego I know headlines like that might just make most folks roll their eyes at this point — I mean, what doesn’t climate change cause these days, am I right? And I realize that people are skeptical of news-cycle tie-ins, like this very story appears to be. But just because it’s sort of depressing to keep tabs on all of the myriad impacts of ol’ climate change occurring the world over, doesn’t mean we should be glossing over facts like this: Geologists believe that global warming may already be causing more eart…

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