The prefab Plugin House turns ruins into livable dwellings in just one day

Beijing-based design studio People’s Architecture Office has proved yet again their knack for innovation and socially conscious design with their recent project the Shangwei Village Plugin House. Made with a modular building system of prefabricated panels, these customizable homes can slot into existing structures to make formerly uninhabitable spaces livable and attractive for far less than the cost of a typical renovation. The experimental dwellings were installed in the Chinese village of Shanghai…

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The prefab Plugin House turns ruins into livable dwellings in just one day

Beijing-based design studio People’s Architecture Office has proved yet again their knack for innovation and socially conscious design with their recent project the Shangwei Village Plugin House. Made with a modular building system of prefabricated panels, these customizable homes can slot into existing structures to make formerly uninhabitable spaces livable and attractive for far less than the cost of a typical renovation. The experimental dwellings were installed in the Chinese village of Shanghai…

Climate change is killing reindeer in the Arctic

A new Arctic Report Card from the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has revealed that the wild reindeer – or caribou – population has plummeted by more than half during the last two decades. According to the report, the impact of climate change in the Arctic has resulted in the reindeer population falling from 5 million to 2.1 million.

The report found that the weather patterns and vegetation changes in the Arctic tundra have had a major negative impact on the reindeer,…

Climate change is killing reindeer in the Arctic

A new Arctic Report Card from the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has revealed that the wild reindeer – or caribou – population has plummeted by more than half during the last two decades. According to the report, the impact of climate change in the Arctic has resulted in the reindeer population falling from 5 million to 2.1 million.

The report found that the weather patterns and vegetation changes in the Arctic tundra have had a major negative impact on the reindeer,…

8,000 barrels of oil spill in the Peruvian Amazon

Approximately 8,000 barrels of crude oil have spilled into the Amazon, and the Peru State oil company Petroperu says its because some local indigenous people severed the pipeline. According to a company statement, members of the Mayuriaga community in the Loreto region first damaged the pipeline and then interfered with the technicians trying to repair it.

“The townspeople prevented us from securing the pipe to stop petroleum from spilling from the pipe,” said Beatriz Alva Hart, a Petroperu…

8,000 barrels of oil spill in the Peruvian Amazon

Approximately 8,000 barrels of crude oil have spilled into the Amazon, and the Peru State oil company Petroperu says its because some local indigenous people severed the pipeline. According to a company statement, members of the Mayuriaga community in the Loreto region first damaged the pipeline and then interfered with the technicians trying to repair it.

“The townspeople prevented us from securing the pipe to stop petroleum from spilling from the pipe,” said Beatriz Alva Hart, a Petroperu…

MAD Architects curvaceous Himalayas Center nears completion in Nanjing

Beijing-based architecture firm MAD Architects is nearing completion on yet another of their massive mountain-inspired projects: the Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center. Inspired by the Chinese traditional painting style of ‘shan shui’ (‘mountain water’), the mixed-use development was designed as the “spiritual and poetic retreat in the middle of the city” and features curvaceous forms that mimic Nanjing’s surrounding mountains and waterways. In addition to its impressive mountain-like…