What We Love This Week, Volume CXXII

Migrant Crisis Departing Boat

A man watches a ferry depart from Patras, Greece. Afghan, Iranian and Sudanese migrants, many living in abandoned factories in Patras, try to stow away on nearby ferries to Italy. Source: The Atlantic

The Mediterranean Migrant Crisis

Migrant Crisis Rescue Boat

Migrants crowd an inflatable dinghy as an Italian rescue vessel approaches off the Libyan coast. Source: The Atlantic

Fleeing the war-ravaged countries of Africa, the Middle East and Asia, trekking overland to Turkey or Libya, then crowding into ramshackle dinghies in hopes of crossing the Mediterranean into Europe. This is the multipartite journey behind the increasingly dire Mediterranean Migrant Crisis. 60,000 people have made the journey this year alone, according to the UN–and 1,800 of them did not survive. But even for those who do, the journey doesn’t end there. From those who must then hide out in Greece’s abandoned factories to those who attempt to stow away on trucks and ferries bound for Italy and beyond, see more at The Atlantic.

Migrant Crisis Dead Body

The body of a dead migrant is carried from a merchant ship in the Sicilian harbor of Catania on May 5. Around forty migrants died in the Mediterranean the day before, according to the survivors. Source: The Atlantic

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Six Modern Buildings You Won’t Believe Are In Tehran

Tehran Architecture Cityscape

Tehran at dusk Source: Flickr

While Iran has seen waves of great political reform–and to some, regression–over the past several decades, both the monarchy and the current republic have used architecture to shape and reflect Iranian identity, especially in its capital city, Tehran. Iranian architecture has a continuous history dating back to 5000 BC and is marked by its cosmic symbolism, inventiveness and geometric balance. During the Pahlavi dynasty, much of the architecture imitated European styles at the risk of losing specifically Persian identity. Since the revolution, architects have migrated toward modern designs fused with Iranian inspiration, particularly in the capital.

The same attention to detail that brought Persepolis to life can still be seen in contemporary Tehran architecture. And while some people may perceive Iran as a country clinging to anachronisms, these six buildings beg to differ. They embrace nature, bring in light and are changing the façade of the largest city in Western Asia:

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7 Spectacular Tiny Homes That Prove Size Doesn’t Matter

7 Amazing Tiny Homes

Source: Daily Mail

Tiny homes are sprouting up all over the world, in both highly urbanized cities and some of the earth’s most remote locales. For some people, the benefits are endless: tiny homes are eco-friendly, cost-effective, and perfect for those who want to start living out and about in the world. Yet for the rest of us, tiny home living sounds adventurous–if not impossible–like we’ve swallowed one too many of Alice’s pills in Wonderland.

Yet for people who are looking to cut costs, today’s tiny homes boast not only a small up-front purchase price, but also cost a lot less to keep going. One tiny home costs just a few thousand dollars to build, and mere dollars to maintain.

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Frank Lloyd Wright Practiced Sustainable Design Before It Was A Movement

In the United States, many conceive of the 20th century as a time when man successfully separated humanity from nature. One of the most obvious examples of this can be found in popular visions of modern architecture. After World War Two, the American economy thrived and suburban development quickly churned out homes to meet nationally increasing demand. And thus the suburbs as we think of them today were born. American city growth continued to expand outside of city centers and by the 1980s, suburbia was not just a growing reality but an ideal destination for many.

But some were uncomfortable with the cost of suburban sprawl. It seemed that homes grew bigger at the risk of habitat destruction and energy waste, while giving way to an aesthetically unpleasing uniformity. Born out of the 1970s environmental movement, contemporary architects have injected the concept of sustainability into their designs, seeking not to use the home to separate people from nature but as a device to re-integrate the two. For these designers, new home plans are focused on native material usage, energy efficiency, recycling and blending nature with human construction. But this isn’t completely a new concept; it’s a rediscovery of earlier principles.

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