Inconsiderate truck driver scars Peru’s ancient Nazca Lines

February 2, 2018 by  
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The historic Nazca Lines of Peru have been damaged by the actions of an inconsiderate truck driver. The driver, who has since been arrested and will likely face charges related to an attack against cultural heritage, deliberately drove off the Pan-American highway and into the 2,000 year old UNESCO Heritage Site. Ignoring signs identifying the protected area, the driver left “deep scars” through the Nazca geoglyphs across an area of 100 by 300 feet. Fortunately, the damage seems to be fixable, though authorities are still conducting a full investigation of the incident. Carved into the desert by a pre- Inca civilization, the Nazca Lines are thought to have held religious significance and likely served as a site for spiritual ceremonies. Though virtually invisible if viewed from ground level, the geoglpyhs come to life when seen from above, whether on planes or surrounding foothills. The lines were originally created by removing the red pebbles that cover the ground to reveal the pale ground beneath. Because of the climactic stability of the Nazca region, located along Peru’s arid coastal plain , these ancient designs remain relatively untouched, the occasional errant truck driver notwithstanding. Related: Giant curtain built in Peru to study climate change in the cloud forests The Nazca Lines’s proximity to the Pan-American Highway, which runs 19,000 miles long from the United States to Argentina , has increased the potential for human-caused damage to the ancient site. One high-profile instance occurred in 2014, when Greenpeace activists faced criminal charges for damage inflicted on the heritage site whilst setting up a massive sign urging climate change action. While the most recent incident has prompted Peruvian authorities to increase patrols of the area, there are no guarantees. “While the Culture Ministry monitors areas with the largest concentration of geoglyphs every day, it may not be fully protected,” Peruvian Culture Ministry archaeologist Johnny Isla told Andina . “Entry and transit are possible through valleys and streams where the archaeological area spreads out.” Via The New York Times and Andina Images via Depositphotos (1)

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The Icefjord Center in Greenland will be a place for the community to learn about climate change

July 1, 2016 by  
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Once completed, The Icefjord Center will be a place for education and understanding about climate change. The building consists of wooden framework, designed as a truss, that bridges across the landscape. The building replicates the feeling of hiking across a fjord and gives visitors a place to relax and commune. The building is scheduled to be built on a UNESCO-protected site in Greenland , will present 4000 years of cultural heritage and knowledge on the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier which scientists have been studying for centuries.  MIR and  Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter  beat out renowned architectural firms and designers, including Snøhetta, Olafur Eliasson, and Kengo Kuma and Associates, to win the proposal. Related: Accessible sail-shaped viewing tower hovers over the edge of Denmark’s Aarhus harbor Dorte Mandrup’s proposal won the competition and was lauded by the jury for its poetic qualities and simplicity. Its framework is covered by a gently sloping wooden boardwalk that functions as the starting point of the World Heritage Trail. Reminiscent of a hilltop, the volume allows visitors to move across its roof, and overlook the route before descending onto the trail. Gathering points and informal seating areas are created along the length of the volume, offering undisturbed views of the icefiord. + Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter Via Designcurial Images by MIR

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