Locals protest tourism development in Komodo dragon sanctuary

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Recently announced tourism infrastructure plans for Indonesia’s Komodo National Park has ignited a string of protests from locals and activists. The park is part of the Pacific Coral Triangle and spans over 29 pristine islands which have been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. As such, the area is supposedly protected from development under Indonesian law which is why residents of the administrative region of the park, known as the West Manggarai district, are in uproar over the plans.

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Unique Fuzzy House offers locals a public shortcut through the building

When architecture studio Situation-based Operation (SO) was asked to create a home in Chiang Mai, the brief came with an unusual request: preserve the existing desire path. Since the plot had been left empty for many years, locals had created a desire path, or shortcut, through the land between two roads—and the owner wanted to keep that path functional for the community. As a result, the architects designed the Fuzzy House, a concrete home that blurs the line between public and private use.

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Oklahoma earthquake activity up 4000%, locals sue oil and gas companies

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