Australian architects offer pro-bono design services to those impacted by bushfire crisis

Over 100 Australian architecture studios have formed an organisation called Architects Assist, which will provide pro-bono design services to people affected by Australia‘s bushfire crisis. Architects Assist will offer free design and planning assistance to help people “rebuild their lives” in the wake of the massive fires, which have been blazing across Australia since September 2019. The […]

Ramboll uses bamboo to build earthquake-resistant housing in Indonesia

Civil engineering company Ramboll has worked with locals in Lombok, Indonesia, to build three quake-proof housing prototypes that are made almost entirely out of bamboo. Described as “template houses”, the standardised bamboo structures were designed by Ramboll with local charity Grenzeloos Milieu and University College London (UCL) in the wake of several earthquakes in Lombok in […]

DEOC Arquitectos adds yellow paint to cinder blocks for emergency shelter in Guatemala

Breezeblocks form walls in this disaster relief shelter near Guatemala City by DEOC Arquitectos, which was proposed after the deadly eruption of Volcan de Fuego in 2018. Located just 44 kilometres from the capital city, Volcan de Fuego, which translates as Fire Volcano, is one of the country’s many active volcanoes. In June 2018, one […]

Atomik is vodka brewed from grain grown in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

Scientists have created Atomik, a bottle of artisan vodka made from rye grown on land in Ukraine abandoned since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, to prove that it’s safe to farm. Atomik vodka has been triple distilled then diluted to 40 per cent using uncontaminated groundwater drawn from an aquifer in the town of Chernobyl, 10 […]

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