A section of the controversial US-Mexico border fence expansion project crosses previously pristine desert sands at sunrise on March 14, 2009, between Yuma, Arizona and Calexico, California. The barrier stands 15 feet tall and sits on top of the sand so it can lifted by a machine and repositioned whenever the migrating desert dunes begin to bury it. The almost seven miles of floating fence cost about $6 million per mile to build.
‘This hotel was inspired in part by architect Andreas Strauss’ 2005 Das ParkHotel. However, Tubohotel’s concrete modules add a touch of glass and comfort to allow guests a better panoramic view of the local mountain range, Sierra del Tepozteco. Legend has it that Tepoztlan is the birthplace of Quetzalcoatl, Mexico’s ancient feathered serpent god. Of course, producing concrete creates a colossal ecological footprint, but recycling concrete makes it much more eco-friendly as a building material. The modules are mostly arranged in stacked pyramids of three tubes to free up the wooded site, the top room of each pyramid is accessible via a set of stairs. Inside, it’s a queen size bed, with curtains providing some privacy. Construction took only 3 months, with the hotel operating as of 2010. Targeting budget travellers, accommodations are affordable (500 pesos or $43 USD per night) and according to Tubohotel’s website, there are two bathroom houses, private showers and toilets on-site and local cuisine with a celebrity chef nearby as well.’
“A gangster lives a fast, dangerous life — especially Mexico’s brutal narco-chieftains. Just look at their houses. With the prospect of death never far away and plenty of money to burn, it makes sense to spend lavishly on a mansion — especially a fortified one. The locals have a term for the style: narquitectura.”
“The Arbol del Tule has the stoutest trunk of any tree in the world. In 2005, its trunk had a circumference of 119 ft, equating to a diameter of 38.1 ft. However, the trunk is heavily buttressed, giving a higher diameter reading than the true cross-sectional of the trunk represents; when this is taken into account, the diameter of the ‘smoothed out’ trunk is 30.8 ft. It is so large that it was originally thought to be multiple trees, but DNA tests have proven that it is only one tree. This does not rule out another hypothesis, which states that it comprises multiple trunks from a single individual. In 1990 it was reported that the tree is slowly dying because its roots have been damaged by water shortages, pollution and traffic, with 8,000 cars traveling daily on a nearby highway.”