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Vivere off the grid – Earthship by Mike Reynolds

Sono oltre 40 anni che l’architetto americano Mike Reynolds costruisce “Earthships“. Diversi modelli di quest’edificio completamente ecosostenibile sono stati realizzati in tutto il mondo, alcuni sono diventati residenze private, altri uffici o case di vacanze, mentre alcuni Earthship sono stati adottati all’interno di piani di emergenza abitativa. Con il suo design inusuale e sempre diverso, […]

6 Traditional Indonesian Houses

LUMBUNG – SASAK – LOMBOK Meaning “rice barn”, the Lumbung is traditionally used to store rice. It has bamboo walls (bedek), a wooden floor and a thatched roof and can be easily distinguished by the mountain-shaped roof that dives downwards to the ground. Signifiant “grenier”, le Lumbung est traditionnellement utilisé pour stocker le riz. Les […]

A data trove to support a hoped-for shark sanctuary in Indonesia

The sun is rising behind Mount Rinjani as a group of divers boards a boat to Shark Point, a spot popular among sea turtles and reef sharks on the north side of this small island in the Gili Matra marine preserve. They are going on a survey dive to record sightings of the sea creatures, with the hope this data will support the effort to establish Indonesia’s first shark sanctuary — a fully protected marine area where all commercial fishing, possession and trade of shark species and their products are prohibited.

6 ENDEMIC ANIMALS OF INDONESIA 

Komodo dragon Native of Komodo, Flores, it is a protected species and the largest living lizard. It is also a fierce predator; the toxins in its saliva cause their victims to go into shock and prevent their blood from clotting. Dragon de Komodo Originaire de Komodo, Flores, c’est une espèce protégée et le plus grand […]

Cashew nut – a yummy recipe for health

With their cute appearance resembling a friendly hug or a chubby half moon, cashew nuts are some of the most loved nuts of all times, in particular because of their uncountable health benefits and diverse culinary uses. Originally from Brazil, the cashew tree is widely cultivated in Eastern Indonesia and represents an important crop for […]

A Sasak roof over your head

Lumbung are a typical structure of Sasak culture, and traditionally used as a rice barn. The charm of this traditional building has conquered modern designers, and the Lumbung has now been adopted as a contemporary style for the design of private houses and bungalows where many people opt to stay during their holidays. However, this is just a small example of Sasak architecture, a well-kept building tradition that integrates people’s needs, identity and beliefs.

Escape – Tengger people – Mount Bromo

The Tenggerese is an ethnic group of Hindu religion who lives in the area around the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park. The park offers a spectacular landscape of six volcanoes including Mount Bromo, the most popular and the spiritual heart of the area, and Mount Semeru, the highest mountain in Java at 3,676 mt.

UNITY IN DIVERSITY – INDONESIA’S RELIGIONS

Indonesia has been a destination of migration for centuries and the traces of this assorted cultural heritage are also reflected in the diversity of religions practiced in the country. Animism is the oldest practiced religion, followed by Hinduism and Buddhism, while Islam is the most practiced, with over 80% of Indonesians being Muslims. Indonesia is […]

Volcanoes – Feel the forces of Nature!

You cannot say you have appreciated Indonesia’s natural wonders if you have not climbed at least one of its many volcanoes. Fierce and majestic, active or dormant, feared and worshipped, volcanoes dominate the landscape on most islands and have influenced human activity throughout history.