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World - Thailand tests floating homes in region grappling with floods


By Alisa Tang AYUTTHAYA, Thailand (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nestled among hundreds of identical white and brown two-storey homes crammed in this neighborhood for factory workers is a house with a trick - one not immediately apparent from its green-painted drywall and grey shade panels. These can lift the structure three meters off the ground if this area, two hours north of Bangkok, floods as it did in 2011 when two-thirds of the country was inundated, affecting a fifth of its 67 million people. `We can try to build walls to keep the water out, but that might not be a sustainable permanent solution,` said architect Chuta Sinthuphan of Site-Specific Co. Ltd, the firm that designed and built the house for Thailand`s National Housing Authority. `It`s better not to fight nature, but to work with nature, and amphibious architecture is one answer,` said Chuta, who is organizing the first international conference on amphibious architecture in Bangkok in late August.


Thursday, March 05, 2015  10:57

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Hong Young, 35, of Beltsville, was informed of the case dismissal Monday, the same day calls were reported of shots fired at a Wal-Mart and ...


Thursday, March 05, 2015  11:39


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