The Case Of The Missing Stairs

June 17, 2011

This decrepit looking building is the site of one of the most bizarre stand-offs of all time. Located in Mianyang City, China, the building sits in the middle of an area purchased by a developer. A lone holdout on the top floor halted demolition, so the developer decided to decided to play dirty. The staircase to the top level was torn out, making it nearly impossible for the family living on the seventh floor to reach their apartment, resulting in a building with missing stairs:

The Case of the Missing Stairs Photograph

Despite the threat and the danger, the family stayed in their home, accessing their apartment via ladders and skillful climbing on the remaining staircase structure. The nearly-displaced family has taken the developer to court to demand an end to the frightfully unsafe living conditions.

Missing Stairs China

The Seven Lost Cities Of The World

June 17, 2011

The Seven Lost Cities Of The World: Machu Picchu, Peru

Lost Cities Of The World Machu Picchu Peru

Located on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley, Machu Picchu was the ‘Lost City of the Incas’, inhabited in the 15th and 16th century. Archaeologists believe that the mountain estate was built for the Inca emperor, Pachacuti, but was abandoned because of the Spanish Conquest.

The inhabitants were also believed to have been wiped out by smallpox introduced by Spanish conquistadors, leading to Machu Picchu becoming one of the lost cities of the world. The actual ruins were discovered centuries later, in 1911, by American historian, Hiram Bingham.

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Next In Sustainable Living: Beer Bottle Houses

May 13, 2011

As people move to more sustainable ways of living, some innovative architects have begun using recycled materials to create more environmentally-friendly habitats. Incredibly, beer bottles have become a primary means of this style of building, with far-ranging benefits including cheap construction, recycling and up-cycling, pollution reduction, natural solar power lighting, and natural insulation. The environment will definitely thank these clever builders for these eco-friendly beer bottle houses:

Beer Bottle Buddhist Temple Photograph

Beer Bottle Houses: Buddhist Temple in Khun Han, Thailand

Though drinking is considered a sin in Buddhism, 1.5 million green Heineken and brown Chang beer bottles went into the construction of the Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew temple. Located in the city of Khun Han, in north-east Thailand, the complex has been decades in the making. Enlisting the help of local authorities and residents, monks started collecting bottles in 1984. From the recyclables they have created the 20-building complex featuring the temple, houses, restrooms, crematorium, and also mosaics from discarded bottle tops.

Beer Bottle Temple Bathroom Picture

The complex works as an eco-friendly, recycling initiative, functional building (the bottles don’t fade and are easy to clean), and – through the play of light on glass and the amount of elbow grease invested – a reflection of a cleansed mind and the discipline of Buddhism. The initiative has also helped clean up local pollution, and monks intend to expand further with every bottle they can collect.

Buddhist Monk In Front Of Beer Bottle Houses

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The World’s First Zombie Proof House

April 26, 2011

Zombie Proof House

Zombie House Design

Somehow, ritual drunk-conversation concerning team captains for the apocalypse has become a major part of the lives of 20-somethings. Having been matured in the Grandaddy-crowned masterpiece film (put “A.M. 180” on and forget that you have a job) 28 Days Later and the best-selling Zombie Survival Guide, we’re all a little too ready to deal with the 2012 zombie apocalypse of our dreams.

The Zombie Safe House Photograph

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The World’s Tallest Treehouse

March 10, 2011

World's Tallest Treehouse Ministers Treehouse Tennessee Panorama

Welcome to the Minister’s House in Crossville, Tennessee! The world’s tallest treehouse, the Minister’s House measures over 97 feet tall and uses 6 Oak trees as pillars to support the structure.

Ministers Tree House Front Photograph

Construction began in 1993 when Horace Burgess believed that God spoke to him to build the treehouse. Now in 2011, the treehouse is 10 stories tall and officially measures as the tallest treehouse in the world.

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