Incredible Ottoman-era bird palaces reveal how Turkish people pampered wild birds

October 11, 2017 by  
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Forget the simple birdhouse perched on a tree branch, avian houseguests in the Ottoman era were treated like kings thanks to the practice of affixing elaborate bird palaces onto local buildings. Although the mini bird homes were intricately crafted in order to provide shelter to the local winged population , they were also thought to bring good luck to the host households. The practice of building ornate birdhouses onto buildings was an important practice of Ottoman architecture in Turkey. The structures were often found on mosques, bridges, libraries, schools, and even public fountains. Rather than the simple, functional birdhouses that we see today, these mini palaces were often multiple stories and covered in ornate exteriors, typically resembling miniaturepalaces. Related: Artist creates thousands of urban birdhouses out of recycled scrap wood It was common belief that the bird homes brought good luck to those who built them and as such, they were treated with meticulous care. Locals would often have their own names for the structures, lovingly referring to them as (bird pavilions), “güvercinlik” (dovecots) and “serçe saray” (sparrow palace). + Insanbulium Via This is Colossal Photography by Caner Cangül via Instanbulium

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Yunak Evleri is a 5-Star Hotel Built into Ancient Turkish Caves

November 13, 2014 by  
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Pedal-Powered Centrifuge Allows Off-Grid Blood Testing in Rural Areas

November 13, 2014 by  
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Designer Jack Albert Trew ’s Spokefuge harnesses the power of the pedal to help doctors in remote areas test blood without electric medical equipment. Trew’s simple design uses a bike wheel to power a centrifuge , which enables medical professionals to test for issues like anemia, bone marrow failure and leukaemia. The lowtech device was developed to help people living in rural regions across Africa. Read the rest of Pedal-Powered Centrifuge Allows Off-Grid Blood Testing in Rural Areas Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bicycle centrifuge , bicycle-powered blood tests , bike power , blood tests in Africa , eco design , green design , Jack Albert Trew , off-grid blood testing , off-grid blood testing in Africa , pedal-powered centrifuge , Spokefuge , sustainable design

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Shalakh Apricots from Armenia Become 1000th ‘Passenger’ on Slow Food’s Ark of Taste

August 28, 2011 by  
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Mt. Ararat, seen from Armenia. Photo: Maks Karochkin / Creative Commons . Towering above the Turkish-Armenian border, Mt. Ararat is thought by many to be the place where the biblical Noah’s ark — the vessel said to have taken on a pair of every animal species in order to repopulate the earth — came to rest after the great flood… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Is the Turkish Public Really Leading the European Pack in Concern about Climate Change?

August 24, 2011 by  
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Industry in Gaziantep, Turkey. Photo: Veyis Polat / Creative Commons . Public concern about global warming is dramatically on the rise in Turkey , increasing from 48 percent in 2010 to 75 percent this year, topping a survey of 10 European countrie… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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High-Tech Help for Some Turkish Denim Workers

March 6, 2011 by  
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Turkish denim worker Mehmet ?ah Yalç?n, who died last week of occupational silicosis. Photo: Kot Kumlama ??çileri Dayan??ma Komitesi . With the recent death toll among Turkish denim sandblasting workers due to the lung disease silicosis nearing 50, one local firm has decided to abolish the practice and use a laser-based system to create the same “worn-out look” for its jeans.

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