Explore an Ancient Cave City in Armenia

Absolutely love Smithsonian.com! Many of the architectural wonders the Smithsonian brings to us are living arrangements; life styles, by another name; that demonstrate ways people around the globe have worked with nature and the materials locally available, to carve out a niche of their own in the world.

On our last trip to Armenia, our guide jokingly stated that “Rocks are Armenia’s greatest resource.” This article about Old Khndzoresk, a multi-level village built into volcanic rock, testifies to the underlying truth of his claim. http://tinyurl.com/kcjh4z5

 

New Tech for Housing Construction on the Moon

We’ve come a long ways from the days of Conestoga wagons crossing the plains so settlers could put up log cabins in the mid-west. This link to the European Space Agency details an ongoing project designed to provide building materials for the day when humans begin populating our moon. It outlines one more use of 3D printers.

http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Engineering_Technology/Printing_bricks_from_moondust_using_the_Sun_s_heat