This Village Was Built Inside An Active Volcano. The last recorded eruption killed 140 people in 1785. It was pretty quiet until about 50 years later, when people began once again to occupy the island.
Aogashima can only be accessed by ferry or helicopter.
Some 200 residents occupy tiny portion of the island that has simple amenities like a school, a post office, a general store, and a helipad. Scuba diving, hiking and camping around the volcano, or relaxing in hot springs and geothermal saunas are just some of the activities residents regularly enjoy.
The scalding hot steam vents on the main volcano are used for practical applications like powering the public sauna, cooking food, or generating electricity. Though it’s a two-hour boat ride south, the island is funded as a portion of Tokyo.
Geologists don’t believe the mountain will erupt anytime soon. So you can relax, enjoy a cocktail and abundant free energy while taking in the amazing beauty of the island.
2,000 used plastic ice cream bins were used to construct a microlibrary in Indonesia.
This library is the first of a series of small libraries planned to be built through Indonesia. It’s aim to to enlighten and bring attention to the declining literacy amount the population.
They hope that these building will become cultural hub by offering a space where people can read, learn, and have access to the internet.
The microlibrary was built using simple construction techniques. The first floor of the steel structure made from l-beams and concrete slabs is clad in an unlikely material-ice cream buckets. The buckets were placed in-between vertical steel ribs and slightly tilted towards the outside to repel rainwater.
Due to the mild climate in Indonesia, there is no need for air conditioners. The 2000 buckets were a cost efficient solution which lets daylight reach the interior and facilitates natural ventilation.
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